Website content raised in row over garden

Photo Neil Cross
Jam Imani Rad has spent years turning his council flat into a wacky den of his art
Photo Neil Cross Jam Imani Rad has spent years turning his council flat into a wacky den of his art
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A pensioner has been asked to take down parts of a ‘community forum’ website in the latest row over a garden.

Jam Imani Rad, 65, is involved in a legal dispute with landlord Community Gateway Association (CGA) after carrying out landscaping work on communal land outside his flat in Harrington Street.

CGA say he was not given permission to carry out the work and he has refused to remove some features they deem to pose safety concerns.

Mr Rad was asked to sign a promise over his behaviour before a three-day trial is held in May, which included not making any further alterations to CGA land and not engaging in conduct likely to cause harassment, distress or alarm to their staff. CGA argued the content of a website recently set up by Mr Rad as an “older person’s forum’ for Gateway tenants, would breach the clause if it remained online. They requested that it was taken down entirely until the trial has finished.

Mr Rad argued: “No, this website is not just for me. There are at least 11 or 12 other people involved and if I did that, they would set up another website within five minutes.”

As a compromise, he agreed to take down parts of the website CGA disagree with.

He told Deputy District Judge Wilson: “I will agree, but I’m not happy.”