Builder refused planning permission puts grotesque of council leader on his property

A stone grotesque on top of a building with platforming around it depicting a bald man with a beard and glasses
The builder put up a stone grotesque depicting his local councillor after his planning application to convert an old pizzeria into a house (Image credit: SWNS)

A builder was so angry when his plans to convert an old pizzeria into a house were refused, he installed a ‘grotesque’ resembling the council leader.

Michael Thomas, 71, aimed to turn the eatery into a three-storey, seven-bedroom home, but his planning permission was rejected by leaders at Trowbridge Town Council in Wiltshire.

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