Nov 8 2011 by Greg Christison, Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
A 12-YEAR feud between a defiant Perthshire pensioner and the local authority was re-ignited yesterday.
Madderty resident Peter Roy (73), who has been at loggerheads with Perth and Kinross Council chiefs since being evicted from his Bairds View home, has been instructed to relocate a portable toilet and caravan from a road end leading to his property at Craigmuir Farm.
Informed that both are “adversely affecting amenity to the local community”, Mr Roy has been given until midnight on Friday to make the alterations.
But the retired pig farmer, who lives at the bottom of the road in a compound of static caravans with his disabled wife Catherine (81), refuses to move them closer to his home, as requested.
Mr Roy, who gained notoriety after dumping oil barrels full of human excrement by the roadside in protest at the 1999 eviction, claimed yesterday that the road leading to his dwelling was insufficient to provide access for contractors, Smart Loos.
He said: “I am not moving it. They [PKC] are saying they are going to get Smart Loos to move it.
“They had better think about fixing our road first then. The roads would just deteriorate.
He continued: “I know what’s going to happen here. They [PKC] are going to force Smart Loos to pull out and I’ll be left with nothing again and we’ll be back to square one.
“I’ve asked for a public enquiry because the council just won’t leave me alone.”
But one insider yesterday alleged Mr Roy was “at it” and has only moved the toilet from a site beside his home in an attempt to aggravate a neighbour.
And, confirming Mr Roy’s worries, the PA understands the ongoing saga has forced exasperated Smart Loos bosses to re-consider the lease and the toilet could be removed within seven days.
Responding to Mr Roy’s comments, a spokesperson for PKC said: “The request to move this portaloo is part of a planning enforcement notice that requires Mr Roy to move caravans from the road end where they do not have planning consent.
“As the portaloo is for use by residents of the established caravans, it is reasonable to expect it to be located beside these other caravans.
“The company which services the portaloo has assured the council that they will still be able to access it when it is repositioned where the established caravans are situated.”
Smart Loos were contacted yesterday and refused to comment on the issue.
If Mr Roy fails to comply, the caravan will be removed under section 135 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 – and Smart Loo will be asked to relocate the toilet.
The lengthy dispute, which has resulted in several court appearances, fines and also a jail term for Mr Roy, appeared to have been settled in July.
After being issued an eviction notice, the Roys were permitted a stay-of-execution after it emerged the family’s caravans bordered Craigmuir Farm and did not actually impede the site.