Traffic wardens crack down on car dealers in London Road, Leigh

Terry Callaghan at Bransons in London Road, Leigh

Terry Callaghan at Bransons in London Road, Leigh

First published in Local News by , Senior reporter

TRAFFIC wardens began a crackdown on car dealerships which park on pavements, slapping fines on vehicles parked outside showrooms.

Dealerships in Leigh were targeted by wardens who turned out in force, asking for cars to be moved off areas of pavements which the owners claim are their own property.

Workers at Bransons and Elite cars in London Road say that eight wardens showed up at their businesses.

Southend Council claims the cars were in breach of traffic contraventions as they are causing obstructions.

Terry Callaghan, manager of Bransons, admitted that the cars were encroaching onto the pavement on Monday morning but says the business owns that part of the land.

He said: “They turned up at 9.30am, telling us to move our cars, and they put tickets on three of them.

“We’ve been here 18 years and we’re not blocking the pavement. Every two or three years they do this when someone new takes over there, and we’ve had tickets before that have been cancelled once we show them that we’re actually on our own property.”

Gary Harris, owner of Elite second hand Jaguar dealership across the road, said that wardens made him move five cars from an area of the pavement in Olivia Drive which he also maintains is part of his property.

He said: “We’ve had a line of cars outside there for 30 years. Our land goes out about ten feet onto the pavement.

“They’re going to put me out of business if I can’t put them there. No garage showroom could continue without having that many of their cars on display.”

A Southend Council spokesman said: “A senior civil enforcement officer asked the dealer at Elite Cars to move four vehicles parked with one or more wheels on the footway and was given a full hour’s leeway to do so.

“His colleague, also a senior, experienced officer, offered the same courtesy to the Branson’s dealer who refused and proceeded to rip the registration plates from one of the vehicles, so two were issued with penalty charge notices.

“At all times, officers were courteous and actually spent time explaining the situation to the dealership owners. All actions by civil enforcement officers are aimed at enhancing public safety.”

A PROMINENT opposition councillor said he supports wardens making moves against infringements by car dealerships in the area.

Lib Dem Blenheim Park ward councillor Graham Longley, in which Elite cars is based, said: “London Road car dealers have been a constant source of nuisance and disturbance in roads off London Road for years, whether its parking in bays, on yellow lines or on the pavement.

“If the cars were parked in contravention I congratulate enforcement officers on doing their job. The camera doesn’t lie, enforcement officers take pictures when they’re there, and it will show if they were parking where they shouldn’t have been.”

Fellow Lib Dem Alan Crystall of Leigh ward, where Bransons is based, said: “It can be an issue. We expect companies to be sensible and not drive over pavements, but if they have a right to park somewhere they can park there.”

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2:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

the citizen says...

What about dealers and garages taking up parking spaces in side-roads? One servicing garage in Leigh has about 6 cars waiting to be dealt with park in the side road taking up spaces for residents. Is there a bye law covering this?
What about dealers and garages taking up parking spaces in side-roads? One servicing garage in Leigh has about 6 cars waiting to be dealt with park in the side road taking up spaces for residents. Is there a bye law covering this? the citizen
  • Score: 21

3:08pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Cockle says...

the citizen wrote:
What about dealers and garages taking up parking spaces in side-roads? One servicing garage in Leigh has about 6 cars waiting to be dealt with park in the side road taking up spaces for residents. Is there a bye law covering this?
As I understand it I believe there are restrictions on cars for sale being left in the road and on cars being actually repaired in the street but not on cars just being parked awaiting repair. Not very neighbourly but not actually illegal AFAIK.
[quote][p][bold]the citizen[/bold] wrote: What about dealers and garages taking up parking spaces in side-roads? One servicing garage in Leigh has about 6 cars waiting to be dealt with park in the side road taking up spaces for residents. Is there a bye law covering this?[/p][/quote]As I understand it I believe there are restrictions on cars for sale being left in the road and on cars being actually repaired in the street but not on cars just being parked awaiting repair. Not very neighbourly but not actually illegal AFAIK. Cockle
  • Score: 9

3:15pm Wed 29 Jan 14

fredfoot says...

Good idea they want to go to Sutton Road and see cars parked for sale in South Avenue and in the one hour waiting bay outside their business.
Good idea they want to go to Sutton Road and see cars parked for sale in South Avenue and in the one hour waiting bay outside their business. fredfoot
  • Score: 18

3:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

whateverhappened says...

Now lets get the permantly parked tesco lorry on the double yellows on a corner in the broadway moved, the co-op lorry that takes up all legal parking in belfairs moved or are these big companies untouchable
Now lets get the permantly parked tesco lorry on the double yellows on a corner in the broadway moved, the co-op lorry that takes up all legal parking in belfairs moved or are these big companies untouchable whateverhappened
  • Score: 13

3:41pm Wed 29 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Bloody good job, very well done, for far too long these second hand car dealers have enjoyed parking without a care for others
Bloody good job, very well done, for far too long these second hand car dealers have enjoyed parking without a care for others You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 23

3:43pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Now lets get the permantly parked tesco lorry on the double yellows on a corner in the broadway moved, the co-op lorry that takes up all legal parking in belfairs moved or are these big companies untouchable
I think they are allowed 15 mins Unloading time, just like a van is, they know they can pop in the bank or into Costa and park on yellows 15 min leeway, everyone should buy a van.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: Now lets get the permantly parked tesco lorry on the double yellows on a corner in the broadway moved, the co-op lorry that takes up all legal parking in belfairs moved or are these big companies untouchable[/p][/quote]I think they are allowed 15 mins Unloading time, just like a van is, they know they can pop in the bank or into Costa and park on yellows 15 min leeway, everyone should buy a van. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

4:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

runwellian says...

These cars prevent shoppers parking. The council need to make a one hour only restriction, maybe then folk could park to do their shopping.

I understand Iceland have started charging shoppers to park because Banson's park in their car park.

All cars should be taxed and insured parked on public highway, does that apply to these cars?
These cars prevent shoppers parking. The council need to make a one hour only restriction, maybe then folk could park to do their shopping. I understand Iceland have started charging shoppers to park because Banson's park in their car park. All cars should be taxed and insured parked on public highway, does that apply to these cars? runwellian
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

runwellian wrote:
These cars prevent shoppers parking. The council need to make a one hour only restriction, maybe then folk could park to do their shopping.

I understand Iceland have started charging shoppers to park because Banson's park in their car park.

All cars should be taxed and insured parked on public highway, does that apply to these cars?
They will be taxed AND insured, a trade policy will cover ins and if untaxed the DVLA anpr will take them away and the DVLA do float around the roads regular.

and Iceland has always charged shoppers for years maybe ever since they opened, so i think you understand wrong Rnuwellian., also the story is regarding vehicles on the forecourt encroaching onto the pavement, but thats a grey area in itself.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: These cars prevent shoppers parking. The council need to make a one hour only restriction, maybe then folk could park to do their shopping. I understand Iceland have started charging shoppers to park because Banson's park in their car park. All cars should be taxed and insured parked on public highway, does that apply to these cars?[/p][/quote]They will be taxed AND insured, a trade policy will cover ins and if untaxed the DVLA anpr will take them away and the DVLA do float around the roads regular. and Iceland has always charged shoppers for years maybe ever since they opened, so i think you understand wrong Rnuwellian., also the story is regarding vehicles on the forecourt encroaching onto the pavement, but thats a grey area in itself. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

5:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

scrounger‎ says...

About time they shifted the long line of cars always parked on the north side of Southchurch Road west of Christchurch Road. They all have a for sale sign with a mobile phone number in their window.
About time they shifted the long line of cars always parked on the north side of Southchurch Road west of Christchurch Road. They all have a for sale sign with a mobile phone number in their window. scrounger‎
  • Score: 20

5:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Time the car dealers left the area and move to an area that can cope with all the cars that they bring ( they won't the tight fisted long pockets and short arms barrstard$
Time the car dealers left the area and move to an area that can cope with all the cars that they bring ( they won't the tight fisted long pockets and short arms barrstard$ Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Nebs says...

How about all the cars that people park on their drives when they don't have dropped kerbs.
How about all the cars that people park on their drives when they don't have dropped kerbs. Nebs
  • Score: -1

9:17pm Wed 29 Jan 14

TB2 says...

What Traffic wardens? There haven't been any Traffic Wardens in Southend for over 10 years. Could someone tell the Echo the people who issue parking tickets are called Civil Enforcement Officers.
What Traffic wardens? There haven't been any Traffic Wardens in Southend for over 10 years. Could someone tell the Echo the people who issue parking tickets are called Civil Enforcement Officers. TB2
  • Score: 4

9:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

TB2 says...

If you look at the width of the private property in Olivia Drive between Elite Cars window and the pavement it is about HALF the width of a car. If you look down the line at the edge of their property down Olivia Drive it exactly lines up with the front walls of the front gardens just down the road so there is no argument as to where his property ends. So any car parked there is on the pavement. Just because someone has got away with something for 30 years it doesn't mean it is right. Send them a bill for 30 years worth of rent for using land that isn't theirs.
If you look at the width of the private property in Olivia Drive between Elite Cars window and the pavement it is about HALF the width of a car. If you look down the line at the edge of their property down Olivia Drive it exactly lines up with the front walls of the front gardens just down the road so there is no argument as to where his property ends. So any car parked there is on the pavement. Just because someone has got away with something for 30 years it doesn't mean it is right. Send them a bill for 30 years worth of rent for using land that isn't theirs. TB2
  • Score: 9

9:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

TB2 says...

How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.
How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on. TB2
  • Score: 4

9:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

TB2 wrote:
How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.
its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access.
[quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.[/p][/quote]its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nebs wrote:
How about all the cars that people park on their drives when they don't have dropped kerbs.
its legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access, but you do see the council come and plant bollards to stop it...unless you can pay a rip off price of £2000 for a drop kerb.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: How about all the cars that people park on their drives when they don't have dropped kerbs.[/p][/quote]its legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access, but you do see the council come and plant bollards to stop it...unless you can pay a rip off price of £2000 for a drop kerb. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

10:58pm Wed 29 Jan 14

TB2 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
TB2 wrote:
How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.
its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access.
Only where they have, as you say 'Lawful access', not to get a car on to any part of their property adjacent to the pavement. So the same applies as you have pointed out to people without a proper dropped kerb. The sad thing is that we as council tax payers have to pay for the bollards/posts just because some people think its okay to drive on the pavement. It's also worth noting quite often the pavement needs to be strengthened when someone applies to have a dropped kerb put in. So very often when drivers drive on the pavement where they shouldn't causes damage to the pavement. And guess who has to pay to get it repaired. Yes, you and me the council tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.[/p][/quote]its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access.[/p][/quote]Only where they have, as you say 'Lawful access', not to get a car on to any part of their property adjacent to the pavement. So the same applies as you have pointed out to people without a proper dropped kerb. The sad thing is that we as council tax payers have to pay for the bollards/posts just because some people think its okay to drive on the pavement. It's also worth noting quite often the pavement needs to be strengthened when someone applies to have a dropped kerb put in. So very often when drivers drive on the pavement where they shouldn't causes damage to the pavement. And guess who has to pay to get it repaired. Yes, you and me the council tax payer. TB2
  • Score: 2

9:58am Thu 30 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

TB2 wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
TB2 wrote:
How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.
its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access.
Only where they have, as you say 'Lawful access', not to get a car on to any part of their property adjacent to the pavement. So the same applies as you have pointed out to people without a proper dropped kerb. The sad thing is that we as council tax payers have to pay for the bollards/posts just because some people think its okay to drive on the pavement. It's also worth noting quite often the pavement needs to be strengthened when someone applies to have a dropped kerb put in. So very often when drivers drive on the pavement where they shouldn't causes damage to the pavement. And guess who has to pay to get it repaired. Yes, you and me the council tax payer.
i dare say the high rates that buisness premises pay also help contribute.
[quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.[/p][/quote]its perfectly legal to drive across a pavement to gain lawful access.[/p][/quote]Only where they have, as you say 'Lawful access', not to get a car on to any part of their property adjacent to the pavement. So the same applies as you have pointed out to people without a proper dropped kerb. The sad thing is that we as council tax payers have to pay for the bollards/posts just because some people think its okay to drive on the pavement. It's also worth noting quite often the pavement needs to be strengthened when someone applies to have a dropped kerb put in. So very often when drivers drive on the pavement where they shouldn't causes damage to the pavement. And guess who has to pay to get it repaired. Yes, you and me the council tax payer.[/p][/quote]i dare say the high rates that buisness premises pay also help contribute. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

10:23am Thu 30 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

put them out of business, we could do with a few more more "chicken stars"
put them out of business, we could do with a few more more "chicken stars" pembury53
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

TB2 wrote:
How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.
Look anywhere in the Borough and you will see hundreds of cars parked partly/totally on the pavement............
...................a
nd nothing is ever done about it. 'Pavements are for pedestrians, except when i want to park on it'.
[quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: How do the dealers get their cars on to some of the odd bits of their property adjacent to the pavement? Oh that's right they drive across or along the pavement to get there, funny I thought pavements were for people to walk on.[/p][/quote]Look anywhere in the Borough and you will see hundreds of cars parked partly/totally on the pavement............ ...................a nd nothing is ever done about it. 'Pavements are for pedestrians, except when i want to park on it'. Eric the Red
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Sat 1 Feb 14

runwellian says...

The DVLA turn a blind eye re cars parked on the road for sale because there are so many of them in every town in Britain.

All parking bays should have time restrictions placed on them, end of problem, cars parked on pavements depends very much on who owns the space and what rights they have.

I think in the case of Branson's, the area immediately outside his showroom may belong or be managed by him and doesn't really interfere with shoppers.

Parking bays should be time restricted to allow shoppers to shop, not salesmen to sell cars, but all along the London road, lay by's are filled with cars for sale.

The council should be fair to car showrooms but the owners need to be fair to shoppers too!
The DVLA turn a blind eye re cars parked on the road for sale because there are so many of them in every town in Britain. All parking bays should have time restrictions placed on them, end of problem, cars parked on pavements depends very much on who owns the space and what rights they have. I think in the case of Branson's, the area immediately outside his showroom may belong or be managed by him and doesn't really interfere with shoppers. Parking bays should be time restricted to allow shoppers to shop, not salesmen to sell cars, but all along the London road, lay by's are filled with cars for sale. The council should be fair to car showrooms but the owners need to be fair to shoppers too! runwellian
  • Score: 0

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