42 eyesore cars are removed from behind former Bradford pub

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The cars are removed by the DVLA The cars are removed by the DVLA

Councillors have told of their delight after 42 cars were removed from behind a former Bradford pub.

The vehicles had been a blight on the landscape for more than 18 months, according to representatives of Clayton and Fairweather Green ward.

Cars were packed on to a yard behind the former Reservoir pub in Allerton Road, a patch of land described as having a “previously open and green character”.

The vehicles were also targeted by vandals and arsonists, and were also considered an environmental threat to the nearby Bradford Beck.

Labour councillors for the ward, Michelle Swallow, Carol Thirkill and Sinead Engel, have been campaigning since last April for an enforcement action to remove the cars. But it was beyond Bradford Council’s powers, they said.

Yesterday the DVLA stepped in to take away 42 of the vehicles which still had registered keepers and were parked there illegally. Six vehicles were left behind because they had SORN notices.

Representatives from the DVLA were expected to be on the site until about 3am today.

Coun Thirkill said: “It is positive progress.

“I am absolutely over the moon that it has happened - and I am sure all the residents will be as well.

“It is good news all round – we just need to get the site tidied up now.”

Coun Engel, who spent time at the site yesterday as the cars were removed, said: “It is just fantastic. I am really glad it has been sorted out.”

One resident said it was “great” action was being taken, and added: “It has basically been used as a scrapyard - it has been terrible.

“It has been mayhem, they have destroyed trees and grass. It has been a disaster.

“It was a lovely garden that belonged to the pub.”

Coun Swallow praised her colleague, saying: “Those cars have been the bane of our lives.

“I want to say thanks for all the hard work of Carol Thirkill. She literally moved heaven and earth and cars – she really did push for it.”

She added: “It is about time they were moved.”

The cars were targeted in an arson attack at the end of last November.

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7:37am Thu 13 Mar 14

Apollo says...

Has the Council gone after the owner of the former pub and site?

It sounds like they owe me a lot of money as a ratepayer and a taxpayer.

This episode will not have been cheap to conduct. Where is my money in fines and costs?
Has the Council gone after the owner of the former pub and site? It sounds like they owe me a lot of money as a ratepayer and a taxpayer. This episode will not have been cheap to conduct. Where is my money in fines and costs? Apollo
  • Score: 18

9:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

Having had to deal with staff at bradford Council over such an issue, I can attest hat they have to be forced into doing something about such problems.

I've got no doubt this could have been sorted out much sooner. Quite sickening to read of the Labour wad councillors fawning all over each other.
Having had to deal with staff at bradford Council over such an issue, I can attest hat they have to be forced into doing something about such problems. I've got no doubt this could have been sorted out much sooner. Quite sickening to read of the Labour wad councillors fawning all over each other. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 7

9:35am Thu 13 Mar 14

allannicho says...

Let us hope the owners are traced by the DVA and suitably "Billed"
Let us hope the owners are traced by the DVA and suitably "Billed" allannicho
  • Score: 22

2:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Apollo says...

What is needed now is to slap a compulsory purchase order on the building and site, get it sold or demolished and re-coup my money in that way.

Simple.
What is needed now is to slap a compulsory purchase order on the building and site, get it sold or demolished and re-coup my money in that way. Simple. Apollo
  • Score: 11

6:37pm Thu 13 Mar 14

cibasteve says...

The site is still an eyesore as it was previously a nice green area as stated in the report.
I sincerely hope that action is taken to recover the removal costs and that makeshift ramp onto Rhodesway needs bulldozing and the fence replacing at a cost to the idiots who own the land.
The site is still an eyesore as it was previously a nice green area as stated in the report. I sincerely hope that action is taken to recover the removal costs and that makeshift ramp onto Rhodesway needs bulldozing and the fence replacing at a cost to the idiots who own the land. cibasteve
  • Score: 7

9:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

graham hopkinson says...

i am mazed at how quick the council took action, 18 months to move a few cars, its no wonder that it took ten years to start the new shopping centre. you have to ask yourself what on earth do they do all day.
i am mazed at how quick the council took action, 18 months to move a few cars, its no wonder that it took ten years to start the new shopping centre. you have to ask yourself what on earth do they do all day. graham hopkinson
  • Score: 6

9:32am Fri 14 Mar 14

BigFigure says...

Errr.... the article says "...it (the removal of cars) was beyond Bradford Council's powers" The law works in mysterious ways,chums....but we know that,don't we?
Errr.... the article says "...it (the removal of cars) was beyond Bradford Council's powers" The law works in mysterious ways,chums....but we know that,don't we? BigFigure
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Avenger78 says...

why didnt there just get the local scrap yards to come and get them, it would of been free as long there could of made money off the cars in a recycling center
why didnt there just get the local scrap yards to come and get them, it would of been free as long there could of made money off the cars in a recycling center Avenger78
  • Score: 4

9:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mik_e says...

I believe this area of land is privately owned, why was council tax payers money used to clear these cars?
I believe this area of land is privately owned, why was council tax payers money used to clear these cars? Mik_e
  • Score: -1

7:04am Sat 15 Mar 14

shipley pride says...

This has cost Bradford council tax payers nothing. NSL are a private company who have the DVLA contract to enforce road tax evasion. The lads will have their bonus's this month. All the cars if not claimed are sold for scrap, or auctioned if they have any value.
This has cost Bradford council tax payers nothing. NSL are a private company who have the DVLA contract to enforce road tax evasion. The lads will have their bonus's this month. All the cars if not claimed are sold for scrap, or auctioned if they have any value. shipley pride
  • Score: 0

8:17pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Bradford56 says...

It's really good news that those cars have finally been moved. It was an absolute eye sore to look at what used to be a lovely garden. I hope the owners of the place get slapped with a big fine too. We don't want tramps like them in the area!
It's really good news that those cars have finally been moved. It was an absolute eye sore to look at what used to be a lovely garden. I hope the owners of the place get slapped with a big fine too. We don't want tramps like them in the area! Bradford56
  • Score: 1

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