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Damien Hirst Creates in Garden Shed
A 10X7 garden shed has become his main place when he goes to paint revealed Damien Hirst. When speaking on Radio 4’s Front Row, he admitted that he is now painting by hand rather than creating the big installations which he is well known for. He is a little embarrassed by some of his more earlier recent artworks created in the shed. For over two years he admitted he was a little wary of people seeing his work and didn’t want anyone to come into his garden shed and see his creations. He fully expected art critics not to like his new work. He went on to say that they would ‘hate them – hate them’
People are more used to seeing animals made from formaldehyde and are actually shocked that you have picked up a brush and canvas and going back in time. I’m sure the great artists of the past will be turning in their graves at this thought.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 and his full name is Damien Steven Hirst. He is as English artist, art collector and entrepreneur. He was part of the Young British Artists, of which he was a prominent member, and these dominated the art scene in the 1990’s.
His 10 x7 garden shed is at his farmhouse in Devon in the grounds where he can work in peace. Devon is probably best known for Clotted Cream, also known as Devonshire Cream, and farmhouse cider (Scrumpy.)
One of life’s little pleasure is clotted cream, rich and thick, spread on warm scones with home-made strawberry jam. 10ft x 7ft Garden Sheds, Workshops and Summerhouses
Spy Plane Costing £24,000 Finds Illegal Garden Shed Residents
Local councils have a job on ensuring that monstrosities and carbuncles (as Prince Charles would say) are not built and that any new buildings or structures being constructed meet certain standards. This include all aspects of the home as well as all garden buildings. However, in general terms most garden sheds, summer houses and garden workshops are exempt from planning laws provided they meet some basic specifications.The most common one which garden sheds can fall foul of is the height of the building which needs to be less than 2.5m if the shed is closer than 2m away from the boundary. On most garden shed ranges they will be below that and on many cheap shed ranges they can be less than 1.5m (5ft) which will be good if you are a midget. However good shed makers will ensure a good height for their buildings.
Often on 10X7 garden sheds these will have extra height so that there is plenty of space for working in and can be quite tall. On some Platinum garden workshops the standard height is normally under 2.5m but if you have a requirement for it to be lower this can be done. You can find more details about planning restrictions on online.
Other aspects which the local council will cover is building regulations and these are to ensure that the building being constructed will meet all required standards for the purpose for which the building will be used. This also applies to garden sheds, workshops and summerhouses if they are going to be used for human habitation. If you have a shed or summerhouse where your children sleep on an odd occasion then that should not be a problem. However if someone is to live in your 10X7 shed then you would need building control approval and you should contract your local council for guidance as to what should be done.
In some areas of the country many home owners have been renting their sheds and out houses for people to sleep in without obtaining permission or meeting the required standards. And these councils have been appointing people, whose job is to spy on shed owners, and to catch these people out. Hounslow, near Heathrow, is an area where many people are being caught and the residents of these sheds are being thrown out onto the street.
Whilst I agree with the logic about sheds and summerhouses meeting certain standards I do feel sorry for the people who have to resort to sheds for shelter because they have no where else to live. What are the council doing to help these people? Nothing ? they don’t care ? they have done their job and are quite happy to be ‘jobs worth’. If it was their children having to live in these sheds or summerhouses would they take the same view? I don’t think so!
To my astonishment I have read that Slough council not only do they employ people to spy on their residents but have actually hired a ‘spy’ plane with a thermal imaging camera to build up a 3d plan of the town. As the plane flies over the town the plane is able to pick up the heat from anyone living in any out buildings and is logged onto their main computer. From this scan they are then able to send officers around to physically check the buildings. The cost for the council comes to about £24,000 and, bearing in mind the shortage of funds for projects because of the recession, should be questioned as to whether this is the right use of rate payers monies.
The council did find many sheds being rented out by unscrupulous landlords and they were fined with their tenants being evicted. If the tenant did not move out they were charged £200 per day. I have to agree that rogue landlords renting out unsafe buildings to vulnerable people needs to be stopped but on the other hand responsible home owners allowing their children, friends or relatives to occupy their 10ft x 7ft sheds or summerhouse should be overlooked, or at the very least helped.
The shortage of homes is a problem for many areas of the country and local councils need to work with their local community to help their vulnerable people. However the cutbacks from central government is making this a very difficult nut to crack. I’m just pleased that I’m not one of these unfortunate people ? I do feel so very sorry for their predicament.
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