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"Action taken" over Dorset's 450 abandoned cars each year

A man from Gillingham has been ordered to pay £650 for abandoning a vehicle on a road - something the council says is "unsightly and annoying for residents."

Gary Castle, 21, from Wyke, ignored a council warning to remove it.

Dorset Council say in the past year they've had 450 reports of abandoned vehicles and will take action.

On Wednesday May 15 last year, an enforcement officer visited Fairey Crescent in Gillingham, having received a complaint regarding an abandoned vehicle.

A seven-day notice was placed on the windscreen of the vehicle. 

A letter was also sent to Mr Castle’s home address, requesting removal of the vehicle within seven days and noting that 'failure to remove it would result in the vehicle being removed and placed in storage'.

No response was received and the vehicle taken away.

Dorset Council said 'Mr Castle was spoken to in person  and informed of the situation' and he responded with "I will not be paying the fine."

On June 20 a reminder letter was sent to Mr Castle to remind him of his 'opportunity to pay the FPN' but no payment was received and the car was destroyed.

Tony Alford, Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services at Dorset Council, said: "This is a great result for Gillingham residents, and I'd like to thank all the officers involved for their hard work in bringing this case to court.

"Our Enforcement Team received around 450 reports of abandoned vehicles on Dorset’s roads in the last 12 months. 

"Each of these are investigated by our Enforcement Team, who can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to those owners who fail to comply with the law. Failure to pay an FPN will result in further action being taken by Dorset Council.

"Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and annoying for nearby residents, creating further congestion on our roads and other public places. 

"If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please make a note of the registration number and any other descriptive details, and let us know."

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