Crackdown on cars dumped in street
The council has launched a crackdown to stop dozens of unauthorised cars being left in a local neighbourhood.
Norfolk Road, Brockhurst, and a private parking area off the road, are where the crackdown is focused. Many residents have been unable to get access to their garages, use their private parking spaces, or use public parking spaces on the road.
Many of the cars have no MOT, tax or insurance and are not roadworthy. Some have been stripped for parts and some are a risk to the public and the environment because of exposed parts and leaking fluids such as oil.
The crackdown is being backed by Hampshire Constabulary, who have attached council warning letters to 25 vehicles on Norfolk Road and the private parking area. These say that unless the vehicles are removed within 28 days, the council will issue a community protection notice for anti-social behaviour. If this is not obeyed, court action can follow, with a possible fine of thousands of pounds.
Cllr Graham Burgess, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: "We can't let this situation go on, with local people unable to park or get access to their property. Because the problem is on such a large scale, and is affecting people's lives, we're dealing with it as serious anti-social behaviour.
"These warning letters are the first step in tackling the situation and we hope they will have the desired effect. If not, we can take further legal action. We're grateful to our police colleagues for working with us on this."
Sgt Alison Zachs, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "We acknowledge the impact on local residents' lives caused by these issues. We will continue to work closely with our partners in the local authority to support them in addressing matters that are affecting our communities."