For the last 15-20 years, Labour-operated Slough Council had repeated turned a 'blind eye' to a gang of commercial car sellers operating in the area with, it is claimed, impunity.
A police source told the Slough Times:
The gang park their 'for sale' cars on public roads and on roadside verges in Slough and South Bucks.
The police source estimates that, at any one time, there are between 30 and 50
For Sale cars parked on Slough roads and roadside verges.
The most obvious sign of a potentially dodgy 'For Sale' car is a printed notice in the car's windows with an anonymous mobile telephone number.
The experienced police officer explained to the Slough Times
the gang are operating a commercial business, not declaring their profits
to the authorities and not paying any taxes.
When something goes wrong with the vehicle, the seller often disappears and
the mobile telephone number is unanswered or disconnected.
Buyers should be aware of the risk of buying what is, effectively, a vehicle
abandoned on a public highway or a highway verge, without a proper receipt or
Fiat model 500.
First registered on 30 December 2009.
Expiry dates: MOT 30 December 2015; Road Tax 31 December 2015.
Public reaction to this long existing nuisance is universally the same. The cars should be towed away as
Slough Unitary Authority, the almost fully privatised Labour-run council, has repeatedly done very little. Often ignoring the - to them 'invisible' - problem until residents make official complaints.
Residents stated if an individual wants to sell their car, they should do if from their own home, not park the vehicle in a street or on the grass miles away from where they live. Car dealers should operate from commercial premises not from the public highway.
A different, but equally helpful, police officer told the Slough Times there is a law banning two or more vehicles for sale by the same entity being within 500 metres of each other in a street.
Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
Part 2 : Nuisance parking offences
Section 3 : Exposing vehicles for sale on a road
“motor vehicle” means a mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads, whether or not it is in a fit state for such use, and includes any trailer intended or adapted for use as an attachment to such a vehicle, any chassis or body, with or without wheels, appearing to have formed part of such a vehicle or trailer and anything attached to such a vehicle or trailer;
road — (a) in England and Wales, means any length of highway or of any other road to which the public has access, and includes bridges over which a road passes
link to this section: http://sloughtimes.com/ns/ns15/ns15808.php#law
The Slough Times asked the Head of Neighbourhood Policing in Slough, the Local Police Area Commander Simon Bowden, what - if anything - the police are doing about the ubiquitous 'cars for sale' nuisance.
Mr Bowden is holidaying until Tuesday, 18th August 2015. We will publish his reply.
The Slough Times asked Miss Mann, the local councillor who lives just one minute's walk away, and can see the abandoned car from the end of her exclusive cul-de-sac in Farnham Lane, for her comments.
If Miss Mann responds we will publish her reply.
The Slough Times has asked the local authority, which continues to operate using its old and out-of-date title 'Slough Borough Council', for their policy on removing the abandoned 'For Sale' cars littering the whole of Slough.
We will publish whatever Slough Unitary Authority supplies.
The council's responses:
Providing excellent customer services is one of the council's