A hospital consultant was caught throwing bags ‘bursting with rubbish’ over his millionaire rock agent neighbour’s fence following a bitter planning row.
Dr Robin Woolfson – who chairs north London‘s Gayton Road Resident’s Association – was caught on camera throwing the refuse into Barry McKay’s garden after a dispute between the GRA and Mr McKay over his 7ft ‘rusted effect’ fence which was erected without planning permission.
It led to fierce criticism from the GRA and Mr McKay – who sued Iron Maiden last year – believes the rubbish was thrown in retaliation.
But Dr Woolfson said the refuse-slinging had nothing to do with the fence and claimed he was frustrated at bags being placed outside his home on the wrong day.
The incident sparked calls for him to step down as chairman but he was sensationally backed by members earlier this year when they refused to accept his resignation.
Pictured: The consultant throws rubbish over his neighbour’s fence during a bitter planning row. He would later blame the incident on frustration over fly-tipping
In the footage the doctor is seen making two botched attempts at getting the rubbish over the fence, before finally succeeding at 11.18pm on January 4 as a woman watches on.
The Hampstead doctor has since said sorry for his ‘intemperate and spontaneous’ behaviour.
Mr McKay’s daughter was shocked when she returned home to find sacks on top of a skylight at her home.
None the wiser as to the culprit, her father emailed Dr Woolfson to ask for help in finding who was behind the incident.
Dr Woolfson (pictured, left) apologised for throwing the bags over Mc McKay’s (right) fence but said it was nothing to do with the planning row
But he was later stunned when his other neighbours told him it was the doctor, which was later confirmed by the CCTV.
According to the Ham & High, when challenged by Mr McKay via email, Dr Woolfson said: ‘The return of your household waste to your property on Friday night […] was a spontaneous aberration for which I sincerely apologise. This is not something I have done before.’
He also claimed he acted because people in the road were ‘upset by fly-tipping’ and that ‘returning prematurely deposited household waste to offending properties’ was not unusual, although it was more often ‘left on a front step’.
Mr McKay said he feels the consultant nephrologist misled him because he told him he was resigning from the GRA, only for the members to reject the resignation.
The agent told the Ham & High: ‘He is the chair of the GRA. It’s a prominent position in Hampstead. There is an overriding feeling of injustice about how we’ve been treated. I was very upset, as was my daughter.
‘This has also caused great distress to my wife, who has been in hospital for three weeks this year. I think if he had any integrity he would resign.’
Mr McKay also claimed he didn’t realise he needed council approval to put the fence up. He has since been ordered to tear it down by the council.
He was also at the heart of a planning row in 2007 when his plans to renovate the derelict house he bought on the plot were not thought to be in-keeping with the road’s character.
Mr McKay (pictured with Casino Royale special effects designer Anthony Platt, who designed his garden) was locked in a row over the fence that is pictured
Pictured: The back garden at Barry McKay’s home, which is being designed by special effects guru Anthony Platt
He named the finished project Bosinney after a character in Hampstead writer John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga.
Special effects guru Anthony Platt, who worked on Casino Royale, designed his garden.
Mr McKay hit headlines last year when he came out on top in a row with Iron Maiden after alleging they’d stolen lyrics from a little-known band called Beckett.
He said that the band had used lyrics and music from the 1973 song Life’s Shadow in their 1982 track Hallowed Be Thy Name.
The band settled out of court for more than half a million pounds, citing mounting legal fees.