In what may be more evidence of skullduggery by McAleer & Rushe (or, perhaps, further evidence that they are simply broke?), the firm is facing yet another legal action. This time by Brighton & Hove Council in what the BBC refers to as being “over its alleged failure to build a children’s playground.”
The case is due to be heard at Brighton Magistrates Court on 8 December. The action follows the failure of McAleer & Rushe to comply with a planning enforcement notice requiring them to build the playground near Brighton Station. The requirement and obligation to build a playground was a condition of planning permission for a scheme which includes a hotel, office and homes.
Maybe the Council will be better served by suing for the costs of the playground (along with punative damages). They might well want to consider the Health and Safety record of McAleer & Rushe. However, it seems questionable, considering the auditor comments on the viability of McAleer & Rushe in their latest annual report as to whether the firm might be able to pay. In which case it might be interesting to look more closely at some of the questions posed on another post on this blog.