A fight for an inner-city swimming pool is set to go to court for a $ 200,000 municipal fee for a part that the owner does not intend to make.
Elwood father Paul Jones would stand in line for father of the year after he had bought his neighbor's house with plans to build an adjacent swimming pool.
But although Port Phillip Council has paved the way for his grand vision, he insists that he must cough up $ 200,000 if he wants to combine the country in his existing home title.
Paul Jones with wife Jane and sons Jesse and Billie. Mr. Jones takes his local advice on his plans to charge him $ 200,000 to push the boundaries of his Elwood home
A Victorian father was furiously left behind after he had bought his neighbor's house so that he could build a swimming pool for his two children, but then he was hit with $ 200,000 in community costs.
An aerial photo of Paul Jones' Elwood property. He has built a bungalow at the back of his house awaiting the construction of the swimming pool on the wasteland next door
The children of Paul Jones already have a great backyard to play in. They will one day have a brand new swimming pool to enjoy, whether it is on the same title or not
The council argues that by combining the two plots, Mr. Jones's property will increase to more than 650sq meters – leaving room for possible development.
It insists that if he wants the proposed polar land to be included in the title of his house, he must pay a contribution of $ 200,000 to public open space in case the site is subdivided in the future.
Although you might think that Mr. Jones – who owns a moving company – might be stirring the pot when it comes to the issue, he thinks the municipality is just common for a hard-working, long-term resident.
& # 39; The pool can enter – that's no problem. It is not about the swimming pool going inside. It is the fact that they think there will probably be a further subdivision, & he said to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; My argument is that we are placing the pool in it, and we have a large bungalow at the back and we are not going to build, and they say "it doesn't matter. It can be further subdivided and just in case you have to pay this $ 200,000, & he said.
While the family can continue their plans to build their dream home, with a swimming pool, on separate titles, Mr. Jones pushes his limits so that the pool belongs to where he lives.
& # 39; I live there. That is the big family house. we have spent a lot of money on it. I want to make it a big centerpiece and stay there. If I don't re-align, it must be at the back of an old ruined house that hasn't been touched in all those years, & Mr. 39 said.
& # 39; Ultimately, it must happen. Because what do I have to do to sell it? Do I try to sell two large parties together or do I place the fence back in the middle? I'm just trying to do the sensible thing and tune it up again. That was the intention. & # 39;
Jones said that while he has no immediate plans to leave the house in the next 10 years, things can always change.
There is a sand pile where Paul Jones is planning to build a family pool. The municipality wants to put him $ 200,000 in case he decides to divide the property
Now a pile of sand, a swimming pool that is yet to come. Paul Jones thinks his city council will dig his heels in his attempt to get $ 200,000 from him to push his limits
& # 39; We will certainly not further subdivide it, but someone could buy it in 10 years and maybe try to break it up. Or someone in 50 years can try and they can pay the fee, & he said.
& # 39; They want me to pay the fee now and I'm just trying to fight it, because I don't believe I should pay it. & # 39;
Jones said his ongoing struggle is a fight for & # 39; common sense & # 39; had become.
He has contacted his local Member of Parliament, Richard Wynne, who is investigating the matter.
Mr. Jones has also received support from the local radio, who supported his fight.
& # 39; I only see if common sense can prevail. This fee is normal for developers who subdivide, create additional plots and place homes and families in the area and it's just not for people like me, & Jones said.
The determined resident believes that there are sections of the law that work to his advantage, but has not ruled out that he will fight with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, which acts as a watchdog for council disputes.
& # 39; Before I do that, I get all my ducks in a row and make sure I have a good chance of winning, & # 39; he said.
Anyway, Mr. Jones is ready to endure the pain.
& # 39; They just dig in their heels if they think they could win $ 200,000. Even though I'm not going to pay it, & he said. & # 39; They are just guessing. & # 39;
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