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A former town crier who had a series of planning disputes with his local authority, Arun DC, made a final defiant g...
A former town crier who had a series of planning disputes with his local authority, Arun DC, made a final defiant gesture by arranging to be buried in a mausoleum in his back garden, claiming his final resting place did not need planning permission.

The Times (p5) reports that Geoff Bridges, crossed swords with several planning officers at the council who objected to a series of building schemes.

They included a wall made of false teeth and an unofficial museum that Mr Bridges opened at a former home - which became a popular tourist attraction.

The pensioner spent£3,000 building the mausoleum, which is surrounded by marble statues, elaborate columns and ornate flower pots.

His daughter, Gillian Lawrence, said that her father once hung effigies of hated officials on a 'gallows' that he created near his home, but had to take them down when someone called the police.

She said she was delighted that council officials could not stop his dying wish.

An Arun DC spokeswoman said that there had been disputes between officials and Mr Bridges many years ago.

She said: 'He had his land and wanted to do things to enjoy it which officials did not always agree with. That set the relationship off at loggerheads. I know he didn't think affectionately about the council, but several officials here have spoken about him with affection, remembering him as a character, rather than anything awful.'

She said that anyone could be buried in a back garden as long as any building involved was within permitted development rights. She added that it was necessary to register where a burial took place and details had to be kept by the property owner.

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