'Stargazer ordered to demolish unlawful self-built garden observatory'

News that an amateur stargazer must demolish a 'dazzling' observatory he built himself on his garden shed features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Daily Telegraph reports that an "astronomy enthusiast who built an observatory in his back garden has been ordered to take it down after he failed to secure planning permission for it". According to the newspaper, Melvyn Thurlbourn upset his neighbours in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, with a 12ft-high dome he built on top of his shed. One neighbour is report to have said that "the reflection from the dazzling white structure forced him to wear sunglasses indoors". Thurlbourn "twice applied for retrospective consent twice and offered to paint the dome grey but was refused", the newspaper says, and now Huntingdonshire District Council  has ordered him to pull it down.

The Times reports on figures showing that retail sales "stagnated last month in a sign that consumers are growing more cautious about spending before Brexit". Sales were flat in September after falling unexpectedly in August, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


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