Car salesman who drove residents to despair fined £400

Echo: Fined – Alan Napper Fined – Alan Napper

A CAR salesman who made residents’ lives a misery by parking cars in the street has been ordered to pay £1,000.

Alan Napper, of The Chase, Benfleet, used the street as a showroom for his business, Chase Cars.

Residents complained to Castle Point Council that vehicles were continually parked along the street and near the junction.

In a first for the council, they pressed charges against Chase Cars for selling cars on The Chase.

At Southend Magistrates’ Court, Napper was prosecuted in his absence for an offence under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environments Act after five cars parked for sale were found on May 22.

Napper was fined £400 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £40, with £563 costs.

Council leader Colin Riley said: “We will not take the soft option with people who flout the law and will take legal action where necessary.

Offenders need to understand they risk not only a criminal record but a hefty fine.”

Neighbours, who did not want to be named, said a petition was organised against cars clogging the streets.

One resident, of nearby Chase Close, said: “It’s a nightmare; the cars are dotted all over this street and others. They used to be parked with two wheels on the kerb but that has stopped now. At Christmas, and when we have parties, we have to use our neighbours’ drives as there is no space. We continually complained, but police said they could do nothing.”

Others claimed up to 25 cars belonging to Chase Cars were parked in the area.

Another resident said: “It’s difficult to get in and out. When I’m coming in the road I’m always very slow and coming in on the wrong side of the road because of the cars.

It is such a dangerous junction.”

THE salesman prosecuted for leaving cars in the road said the first he heard he had been taken to court was a Facebook post.

Alan Napper, who also works for Porsche and Audi, said: “I didn’t even know there was a court appearance.

“I’m going to my solicitor to sort it out. The council fined me £100 about two months ago for contravening the act, and I paid it.

“There are not 20 cars down the street. I have five cars and I don’t mark cars up for sale.

“I’ve lived here for six years with no complaints and I’m not being funny, but I have sold cars to some of my neighbours, so it is obviously just a small minority complaining.”

Mr Napper has been in the trade for 20 years and used to have a showroom in Leigh.

He said: “I think it’s pathetic, and I think there’s an element of jealousy. It’s a game. I could put three cars outside and one on the internet, then move one and put it on the internet.

There’s a way of doing things.

“Provided the cars are spaced out, I can still effectively carry on trading.”

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4:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

sounds as if napper has the measure of these moaners.... move a few, carry on as normal, and who cares, it's out of harms way, in a tatty side street....
sounds as if napper has the measure of these moaners.... move a few, carry on as normal, and who cares, it's out of harms way, in a tatty side street.... pembury53
  • Score: -43

8:18am Tue 8 Jul 14

Druggie Scumbag says...

Spontaneous combustion may be a deterrent for this chancer.
Spontaneous combustion may be a deterrent for this chancer. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 25

10:03am Tue 8 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

“There are not 20 cars down the street. I have five cars and I don’t mark cars up for sale.

no not 20 and not 5 but 16 cars on the website with photos showing them on a street, the website says 'our showroom in benfleet stocks a wide range, so you can buy with confidence and peace of mind' (at the side of the road) why not rent some lock up/storage nearby, maybe wants to keep overheads down and max the profit, its tough out there.
“There are not 20 cars down the street. I have five cars and I don’t mark cars up for sale. no not 20 and not 5 but 16 cars on the website with photos showing them on a street, the website says 'our showroom in benfleet stocks a wide range, so you can buy with confidence and peace of mind' (at the side of the road) why not rent some lock up/storage nearby, maybe wants to keep overheads down and max the profit, its tough out there. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

12:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Nelly99 says...

I used to live in a road opposite a car dealer who did a similar thing, often 6 at a time. When challenged he said, "They are all taxed and insured and I,ll park where I like". Sadly even invoking the spirit of good neighbourlyness didn't work and I had to admit he was right and give up. Nobody owns the road and like Oscar Pistorius I didn't have a leg to stand on!
I used to live in a road opposite a car dealer who did a similar thing, often 6 at a time. When challenged he said, "They are all taxed and insured and I,ll park where I like". Sadly even invoking the spirit of good neighbourlyness didn't work and I had to admit he was right and give up. Nobody owns the road and like Oscar Pistorius I didn't have a leg to stand on! Nelly99
  • Score: -6

2:45pm Tue 8 Jul 14

rayleigh123 says...

His file should now be passed to Trading Standard, suggesting that he is a bona fide trader - where in fact he nothing more then a "cowboy".
His file should now be passed to Trading Standard, suggesting that he is a bona fide trader - where in fact he nothing more then a "cowboy". rayleigh123
  • Score: 27

5:43pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

“I’ve lived here for six years with no complaints and I’m not being funny.”

it's OK mate. No-ones laughing.

Well not with you. At you is a different matter.....
“I’ve lived here for six years with no complaints and I’m not being funny.” it's OK mate. No-ones laughing. Well not with you. At you is a different matter..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 20

7:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Nebs says...

As long as they all have tax, insurance and MOT then where is the problem.
As long as they all have tax, insurance and MOT then where is the problem. Nebs
  • Score: -33

7:18pm Tue 8 Jul 14

white_van_ man says...

A quick look on companies house web site reveals that there's no business called chase cars at that address. I do hope it's an above board business for mr napiers sake!
A quick look on companies house web site reveals that there's no business called chase cars at that address. I do hope it's an above board business for mr napiers sake! white_van_ man
  • Score: 25

8:33pm Tue 8 Jul 14

andyman1971 says...

£400 fine.. that'll teach him. That's not even the total amount of profit on one car.
£400 fine.. that'll teach him. That's not even the total amount of profit on one car. andyman1971
  • Score: 22

9:40pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Thames Gateway says...

This seems to happen fairly widespreadly throughout Southend, particularly some of the so-called 'posher' areas.
This seems to happen fairly widespreadly throughout Southend, particularly some of the so-called 'posher' areas. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 9

1:06am Wed 9 Jul 14

111111 says...

What unbelievable arrogance

Uses the street to sell his cars causes residents hassle

But a business premises ,pay business rates and stop misusing roads to sell cars blocking a street that many elderly live down making it dangerous and difficult to turn out of chase close
What unbelievable arrogance Uses the street to sell his cars causes residents hassle But a business premises ,pay business rates and stop misusing roads to sell cars blocking a street that many elderly live down making it dangerous and difficult to turn out of chase close 111111
  • Score: 15

1:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

111111 says...

Also this is not a tatty side street but a respectable place where many retired people live

I suggest mr nap per that if you don't like this road as little as you say you should take your car sales elsewhere

Your making peoples lives a misery by this and making parking difficult

Again,buy a premises,sell your cars from there not from the street and stop causing innocent people difficulty just because you don't want to pay out for a business premises
Also this is not a tatty side street but a respectable place where many retired people live I suggest mr nap per that if you don't like this road as little as you say you should take your car sales elsewhere Your making peoples lives a misery by this and making parking difficult Again,buy a premises,sell your cars from there not from the street and stop causing innocent people difficulty just because you don't want to pay out for a business premises 111111
  • Score: 10

1:18am Wed 9 Jul 14

111111 says...

And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored

You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close

It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team
And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team 111111
  • Score: 13

7:39am Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

111111 wrote:
And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored

You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close

It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team
so what number do you live at? it must of been a right royal pain with all those vehicles taking up a space what other vehicles would be in if these weren't.
[quote][p][bold]111111[/bold] wrote: And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team[/p][/quote]so what number do you live at? it must of been a right royal pain with all those vehicles taking up a space what other vehicles would be in if these weren't. Robin Reliant
  • Score: -13

9:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

conveluted says...

the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped
the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped conveluted
  • Score: 10

9:47am Wed 9 Jul 14

scrounger‎ says...

Nebs wrote:
As long as they all have tax, insurance and MOT then where is the problem.
People in the motor trade seem to come by MOT's very easily often without the car leaving the street.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: As long as they all have tax, insurance and MOT then where is the problem.[/p][/quote]People in the motor trade seem to come by MOT's very easily often without the car leaving the street. scrounger‎
  • Score: 10

10:36am Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

conveluted wrote:
the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped
Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.
[quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped[/p][/quote]Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 5

10:51am Wed 9 Jul 14

conveluted says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
conveluted wrote:
the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped
Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.
The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped[/p][/quote]Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.[/p][/quote]The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents conveluted
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Ian P says...

white_van_ man wrote:
A quick look on companies house web site reveals that there's no business called chase cars at that address. I do hope it's an above board business for mr napiers sake!
Only limited companies are registered with Companies House. As a sole trader the business would not be listed.
[quote][p][bold]white_van_ man[/bold] wrote: A quick look on companies house web site reveals that there's no business called chase cars at that address. I do hope it's an above board business for mr napiers sake![/p][/quote]Only limited companies are registered with Companies House. As a sole trader the business would not be listed. Ian P
  • Score: 5

2:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

conveluted wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
conveluted wrote:
the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped
Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.
The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents
If it says. 'MUST NOT'...it would comes under a fixed penalty ticket, the police probably don't know what to do anyway.
[quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped[/p][/quote]Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.[/p][/quote]The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents[/p][/quote]If it says. 'MUST NOT'...it would comes under a fixed penalty ticket, the police probably don't know what to do anyway. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Wed 9 Jul 14

John Bull 40 says...

Would you buy a used car from this man?
Would you buy a used car from this man? John Bull 40
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ChampKind says...

So based on his logic then, if I go and murder someone tonight, then as long as no-one complains, it's ok !
So based on his logic then, if I go and murder someone tonight, then as long as no-one complains, it's ok ! ChampKind
  • Score: 9

7:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

ChampKind wrote:
So based on his logic then, if I go and murder someone tonight, then as long as no-one complains, it's ok !
let us know how you got on tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]ChampKind[/bold] wrote: So based on his logic then, if I go and murder someone tonight, then as long as no-one complains, it's ok ![/p][/quote]let us know how you got on tomorrow. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Wed 9 Jul 14

conveluted says...

Section 243 Highway Code, simply says 'do not' no law nor fixed penalty attached to this section. I was surprised but the police repeatedly state that no parking law is being broken, so there's nothing they can do.
Section 243 Highway Code, simply says 'do not' no law nor fixed penalty attached to this section. I was surprised but the police repeatedly state that no parking law is being broken, so there's nothing they can do. conveluted
  • Score: 0

7:17pm Wed 9 Jul 14

111111 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
111111 wrote:
And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored

You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close

It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team
so what number do you live at? it must of been a right royal pain with all those vehicles taking up a space what other vehicles would be in if these weren't.
.i don't live down the road and I don't know why it is your business if I did .i have had though many situations In where I have pulled into and out of the road and due to cars for sale lined up either side of the left hand of the road had near misses
It is not just one car it is more like 7

Until this car seller started doing this trade by the road there was never this issue ,ever.

Very inconsiderate attitude
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]111111[/bold] wrote: And as for your comment no one has complained I know of many that have down chase close whom you have ignored You park your cars blocking spaces making it dangerous to pull out of chase close It really isn't on and we'll done to the prosecution team[/p][/quote]so what number do you live at? it must of been a right royal pain with all those vehicles taking up a space what other vehicles would be in if these weren't.[/p][/quote].i don't live down the road and I don't know why it is your business if I did .i have had though many situations In where I have pulled into and out of the road and due to cars for sale lined up either side of the left hand of the road had near misses It is not just one car it is more like 7 Until this car seller started doing this trade by the road there was never this issue ,ever. Very inconsiderate attitude 111111
  • Score: 6

4:25pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

another liberty taker
another liberty taker Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

conveluted wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
conveluted wrote:
the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped
Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.
The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents
There is a website "Ask the police" - who state:

"Between sunset and sunrise all motor vehicles parked on a road must be parked with the nearside of the vehicle as near to the kerb as possible and the vehicle cannot be parked within 10m of a junction without any lights on.

There are exceptions,

Parking within 10 metres of a junction with lights on
Parking on a one way street
Vehicles dropping off or picking up passengers
Vehicles connected with emergency services
Vehicles connected with building work, repairs to road, cars, sewers, gas pipes etc
If the road does not have a 30mph limit then parking lights must be used when parking a vehicle in the hours of darkness.

A heavy goods vehicle (over 7.5 tonnes) must be lit and must not cause an obstruction if parked on a road during the hours of darkness.

A failure to comply with these rules will lead to a fixed penalty notice being issued.

https://www.askthe.p
olice.uk/content/Q38
6.htm
[quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: the complaints to police, council, essex council, local MP, have gone on for over five years and the main problem is the parking right on the junction of the chase and chase close, simply an accident waiting to happen but no-one wants to know. simply move the cars clear of the junction before there's a serious accident. Parked cars are a part of life but dangerous parking should be stopped[/p][/quote]Thought you cannot park if its within 10 metres of a junction, of course go to any road around town and its apparent that no fixed penalty tickets are issued for this, just ignored as in this case it seems.[/p][/quote]The not parking within 10 meters is not a law, it's purely in the Highway Code as a 'advisory' measure as the police have repeatedly told residents[/p][/quote]There is a website "Ask the police" - who state: "Between sunset and sunrise all motor vehicles parked on a road must be parked with the nearside of the vehicle as near to the kerb as possible and the vehicle cannot be parked within 10m of a junction [b]without any lights on.[/b] There are exceptions, [b]Parking within 10 metres of a junction with lights on[/b] Parking on a one way street Vehicles dropping off or picking up passengers Vehicles connected with emergency services Vehicles connected with building work, repairs to road, cars, sewers, gas pipes etc If the road does not have a 30mph limit then parking lights must be used when parking a vehicle in the hours of darkness. A heavy goods vehicle (over 7.5 tonnes) must be lit and must not cause an obstruction if parked on a road during the hours of darkness. A failure to comply with these rules will lead to a fixed penalty notice being issued. https://www.askthe.p olice.uk/content/Q38 6.htm _Lotus_
  • Score: 0

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