what a joke these small minded WANKERS are.
England's highest pub has been brought down to earth after a makeover it was given as part of a nationwide advertising campaign landed it in trouble with planning authorities.
Home improvement firm Everest recently returned to the Tan Hill Inn, which stands 1,732ft above sea level in the Yorkshire Dales, where it made its first television commercial 22 years ago.
It featured the late Ted Moult allowing a feather to flutter down inside double glazed windows to demonstrate their draft-proof qualities during extreme weather.
Now a new marketing drive has been launched with a modern makeover of the stone-built premises involving energy efficient windows and solar panels.
But not all viewers have been impressed by the changes, with planning officials realising that they had not authorised the work.
Homeowners have not needed permission to install alternative energy technologies such as solar panels since April 6, but this does not extend to commercial properties.
Tracy Daly, 42, landlady of the Tan Hill, said: "We thought all the paperwork would have been sorted out before Everest came in to do the work.
"I thought the council would have wanted us to do our bit for the climate but it seems they’re more interested in filling out the paperwork."
The advert shows Craig Doyle, a sports presenter, walking in as the finishing touches are being applied to a new set of windows.
For its part the pub received about £90,000’s worth of equipment, including the new windows, the solar water heating panels and a new boiler.
Ms Daly, who took over the pub three years ago, added: "When Everest asked us if they could use the pub again for their TV commercials, we thought it would be great publicity for us and we could get the extra improvements done at no cost to ourselves."
The panels will have to be removed unless the company can obtain retrospective permission from the local authority.
Tom Stirling, of Richmondshire District Council, said the solar panels need building regulation consent, planning permission and probably listed building consent as well.
"Obviously we’re not going to be draconian about this, so we hope to speak to the owners again shortly and help them complete the necessary paperwork," he added. (but they are of course going to be fucking dogmatic about it!!!)