A TRADER says Kirklees Council planners are to blame for a burglary at his shop.
Adam Byram, who runs the Cellar Scene designer clothing and fancy goods shop in Marsden, has been embroiled in a bitter row with the council over window shutters and metal railings at his shop.
Six weeks ago he removed the window shutters to comply with planning rules, despite his security fears.
He replaced them with railings, approved by the council.
And now his fears have been justified - in the early hours of this Monday, thieves made off with £3,000 worth of designer goods from the shop.
"These shutters have kept us safe for 18 months. I told the council what would happen if I removed them and I have been proved right," he said.
"If it wasn't for the council we wouldn't have been broken into. All I want to do is run my business and feel safe. This is my livelihood - but I can't continue like this."
Mr Byram, opened the shop in Derby Terrace in November 2001 without planning permission for the shop or for his £600 metal shutters.
His retrospective application for the shutters was turned down, but Mr Byram said several other businesses in Marsden - including the council's information point in Peel Street - had the same style of shutters.
Since then he has also been told to remove metal railings surrounding a fire exit, merchandise on the pavement and a wooden board on the pavement advertising his shop.
Mr Byram, who runs the shop with his wife Elaine, said their customers came from all over the country.
He said he was concerned about the accountability of council officers and their decision-making.
A spokeswoman for the council said the shutters were unsuitable for the business, which was in a residential street.
She said there had been several complaints about the shutters when they were installed.
Mr Byram had chosen to site his business in a residential area and would therefore have to abide by planning regulations for his business, including the appearance of security shutters.
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