Legal hold-up for restaurant clean-up
RENOVATION of a fire-damaged restaurant co-owned by North Lincolnshire mayor Jawaid Ishaq is being slowed down by legal action, it has been claimed.
Kashmir Gardens, on Frodingham Road, was the target of a suspected double arson in 2003 and the structure has stood in ruins ever since.
North Lincolnshire Mayor Coun Jawaid Ishaq has owned the site since 1988, but did not own the restaurant business housed within the property.
A statement released by his solicitor said: "Mr Ishaq and others are currently engaged in litigation relating to the most unfortunate damage and loss of the Kashmir Gardens restaurant premises.
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"He remains committed to redevelop the property nothwithstanding he is inevitably hampered by the litigation."
The site is co-owned by Coun Ishaq and his council colleague Coun Mashook Ali, although Coun Ali said he was not aware his name was still on the deeds.
He explained: "20 years ago I handed it over to Coun Ishaq and I thought it was transferred to his name.
"I was quite surprised to see my name on the deeds."
Humberside Police are still investigating the suspected arson attacks. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the damage caused and detectives are open to receiving new information.
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