AN ILLEGAL shisha café extension was demolished after residents complained of late night smoking sessions.
The Yasmin restaurant and shisha bar in High Road, Wealdstone, was using a 600 square foot structure as an illegal smoking den, which had been built without planning permission.
Workers from Harrow Council demolished the timber-clad structure on Tuesday after the owners failed to meet assurances they would remove it.
The building could accommodate around 40 customers and was taken down in 75 minutes.
Harrow Council took action after people in surrounding properties complained about customers making a noise, together with smells coming from the venue.
The council served a planning enforcement notice against the new structure on the grounds it was an unlicensed change of use.
Around 30 shisha pipes and bags of pungent tobacco were removed from the room.
In a day of action elsewhere, planning enforcement notices were enforced against unlicensed temporary cabins and a plumber’s office built at the rear of a property.
Councillor Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council, said: “We have got to send a signal to people who think that planning rules are some kind of minor inconvenience that disappear if you ignore them for long enough. That isn’t fair on the silent hard-working majority who abide by the law. As leader of the council they expect me to be tough on law breakers and I will do exactly that. In cases like this, we are responding to the complaints of ordinary Harrow residents who are getting fed up with illegal buildings being lashed up in gardens or at the rear of their neighbours’ properties with all the extra noise and disturbance that can result.. They are looking to the council to take a lead on the upsurge we are witnessing of beds in sheds – or in this case fags in sheds – and that is exactly what we are doing.”