Sidmouth layby turned into 'scrap yard' after cars dumped - and it costs taxpayers
PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 30 April 2018
Those responsible for turning a Sidmouth layby into a 'scrap yard' have been slammed for taking flying-tipping to a whole new level.
At some point over the weekend, two vehicles were dumped in the southern Bowd layby, off the A3052.
It comes just a few months after a caravan and a car with no wheels and a trailer were found discarded and vandalised in the same spot.
Sidmouth councillor Stuart Hughes said: “To turn an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into a scrap merchant’s yard is disgusting behaviour.
“It takes fly-tipping down to the lowest level. At the end of the day, it is tax payers from Sidmouth and East Devon who have to pay for them to be removed.
“If anybody has information on who put them there, then they should contact the police.”
One of the vehicles – a brown and blue Volkswagen - was dumped with no wheels, while the other - a blue and red Nissan Micra - has been left to the mercy of vandals.
Councillor Hughes said: “One had no wheels on – it must have been taken there on the back of a long loader or on a trailer. It is a right mess. “We had a caravan dumped there not long ago and that took ages to move. It is East Devon District Council (EDDC) who are responsible for moving the abandoned vehicles and it doesn’t come cheap.
“I was shocked to see them there – they have been dumped right at the entrance where everyone who is going past can see it. It is worse than fly-tipping and it creates all sorts of hazards.
“Why can’t they take them to the scrap yard? At least they get £50 for it. They don’t have any respect for the people who live in the area. It also creates another problem - if you don’t clear them up quickly, it gives the green light for everybody else to do the same.”
An EDDC spokeswoman said: “Our area officers are investigating the dumped cars and will be placing stickers on them prior to their removal in the next few days.
“It costs the council £50 per car to remove - there is some scrap value. If we are able to trace the owner(s), we will issue a fixed penalty Notice for £200 for abandonment of the vehicle.
“It is extremely disappointing and frustrating that people choose to abuse East Devon’s outstanding environment.