Apology issued after councillor is told historic ruin should have TV licence

TV LICENSING officials have admitted making a blunder after sending out an enforcement letter to a 400-year-old derelict building in Whitehouse.

The letter addressed to 32 Whitehouse Park - the site of Newtownabbey's oldest and most historic building - warns that the legal occupier of the property could face a fine of up to 1,000 for failing to pay for a television licence.

The White House, which has been standing for more than four centuries and was visited by William of Orange in 1690, has been a ruin for many years. It is currently being restored by the White House Preservation Trust, but doesn't have a TV and only got an electricity supply connected a matter of weeks ago.

"I received a threatening letter telling me what I would need to do if I was taken to court for not having a TV licence. I received this letter as Chair of the White House Preservation Trust," councillor Billy Webb told the Times.

"Because the building doesn't have a TV, indeed an electricity supply was only connected a few weeks ago, there is no need for a TV licence."

The Alliance representative went on to question the tactics being used by TV Licensing's enforcement section.

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