Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

Graham Wildin has been ordered to remove his huge home leisure complex when he gets out of prison (Picture: SWNS)

Neighbours of a millionaire who illegally built ‘Britain’s best man cave’ have told of their relief he’s been jailed.

Residents in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, added that they hoped it was ‘the beginning of the end’ of the row over accountant Graham Wildin’s massive home leisure complex.

The grandfather-of-five, 70, was jailed on Friday after an eight-year fight over his huge extension, which includes a bowling alley, mini-casino, squash court and cinema.

He was told he was being locked up for six weeks after judge Jarman QC ruled Wildin’s attitude showed he had been determined not to comply with repeated orders from the Forest of Dean District Council throughout the planning case.One of his neighbours has now said: ‘This hopefully marks the start of justice being done but the problems for the neighbours aren’t going to end overnight.‘It is the beginning of the end but nowhere near the end. At least some action has been taken as it has been a very stressful time for all the neighbours.’Before Wildin’s sentencing, residents said it felt like he was ‘doubling down’ on them over their objections to his refusal to follow the rules.
One added: ‘He’s not very well liked. He’s upset everybody on this road by flouting planning rules and then parking his collection of classic cars everywhere.

Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

The 10,000sq ft construction includes a bowling alley, cinema, squash courts, private casino and bar (Picture: SWNS)

Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

Residents say it’s a ‘shame’ Wildin is no longer part of their community (Picture: SWNS)

Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

The sprawling man cave from above (Picture: Francis Hawkins / SWNS)

Community ‘relieved’ after millionaire jailed for refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s best man cave’

Wildin enjoying the luxury cinema he has been ordered to demolish (Picture: SWNS)

‘He gets up everybody’s back, and to him it’s payback time for all the people on this road.

‘We don’t see him very often. It’s just a shame because he used to be part of the community and would join us in street parties and stuff, but now he’s just annoyed everyone on the road and treats us badly.‘I don’t know how they’re going to knock down the buildings now though he’s given away his houses, but hopefully they will find a way.’
Wildin’s jail term of six weeks will not end the saga as the judge told him he has 18 weeks to comply with the dismantling order when he comes out of prison.

The judge did not accept the accountant’s claims he had done most of the clearance work on his cavernous man cave, but could not afford to pay workers to finish it or physically complete it alone. 

Deputy council leader Paul Hiett said: ‘The enforcement case against Mr Wildin has been a long and complex road.

‘In what should have been a completely avoidable situation, Mr Wildin has continually ignored planning law and policies that are there to protect local communities.

‘The law is the law and we won’t give up pursuing Mr Wildin and ensuring that he complies with the legislation in exactly the same way as everyone else… to protect local communities from behaviour like we’ve seen in this case, we will continue to pursue those that ignore planning policy using the routes set out in law.’

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