Dumped caravan in Sidmouth left for months as council can’t find anyone to remove it

PUBLISHED: 12:15 06 January 2018

Dumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5071. Picture: Terry Ife

Dumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5071. Picture: Terry Ife

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A dumped caravan has been 
left in a Sidmouth lay-by for months because the council has been unable to find anyone to remove it.

Dumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5070. Picture: Terry IfeDumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5070. Picture: Terry Ife

The mobile home, which is 
in a state of disrepair, mysteriously arrived in the 
Bowd lay-by, off the A3052, a few months ago.

Shortly after it appeared a black Renault Clio with a trailer was also dumped. The car has been left with no wheels and standing on some bricks.

Councillor Stuart Hughes 
said he noticed the appearance 
of the caravan a few months ago and reported it to East Devon District Council.

He added: “This is not the first time an inconsiderate person has dumped a caravan in this lay-by. It is in a right state - in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it really is not very nice.

Dumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5068. Picture: Terry IfeDumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5068. Picture: Terry Ife

“Surely they must realise that 
it is the council tax payers who have to pay for the removal? These dumped caravans are a magnet for petty crime and in 
the past we have seen them set on fire by arsonists.

“After the caravan appeared, a car pulling an advertising sign 
for a garage in Newton Abbot turned up.

“When highway officers rang the business that it was advertising, they said they had sold it months ago on eBay.

“I have been pushing the council for months. I think 
they have now found somewhere to take it.

Dumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5066. Picture: Terry IfeDumped caravan in a layby in Sidmouth. Ref shs 50 17TI 5066. Picture: Terry Ife

“It is time the officer involved raised the paperwork and placed a notice on the vehicle or caravan which adds additional time to how long it remains there before being removed.”

An East Devon District Council spokeswoman said: “East Devon’s StreetScene team is aware of 
the caravan and we are trying 
to find a contractor who will 
tow it away, as our regular contractor is unable to help us on this occasion.”

A police spokesman said the removal of the car and the caravan was a council matter. He added that when cars were left like this they did try and trace 
the owner, but the vehicles were often not registered to anybody, which made it difficult to track who was responsible.


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