Aban­doned bus fi­nally moved by coun­cil

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A DOU­BLE decker bus aban­doned in Up­per Ach­in­tore ‘for sev­eral years’ has fi­nally been re­moved.

The yel­low eye­sore, be­long­ing to Tran­sdev Lan­cashire United Bus, based in Black­burn, Eng­land, was re­moved from An­gus Cres­cent.

Fort Wil­liam coun­cil­lor An­drew Bax­ter told the Lo

chaber Times it has taken the coun­cil ‘too long to solve the prob­lem’.

He said: ‘I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed it has taken so long to re­move this eye­sore.

‘Although of­fi­cers had to un­der­take the proper process of no­ti­fy­ing the reg­is­tered keeper we were go­ing to re­move and dis­pose of this bus, it’s taken too long. It seems the coun­cil was re­luc­tant to take ac­tion be­cause we can only legally re­cover a few hun­dred pounds from the cul­prit. We need to be cam­paign­ing for a change in this par­tic­u­lar law.’

He added a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach should be taken to cases like this.

Mr Bax­ter said: ‘Serve the ap­pro­pri­ate no­tice, wait un­til it is ex­pired and then take ac­tion. No dither­ing. No de­lay. The coun­cil is risk averse with cases like this – scared an in­di­vid­ual will re­spond with le­gal ac­tion. Let them. We only need one case to prove we aren’t go­ing to be bul­lied in that way and we will take ac­tion to prove we won’t tol­er­ate this sort of dis­re­gard for our area.’

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘ Lo­cal author­i­ties are not re­quired to re­move aban­doned cars from pri­vate land, although they have a duty to re­move them from land un­der their con­trol. The coun­cil is happy to work with landown­ers to try and iden­tify the owner of ve­hi­cles if they are de­fined as aban­doned, how­ever, be­cause of the costs of re­moval, stor­age and dis­posal, lo­cal author­i­ties in Scot­land do not have to process such ve­hi­cles. The po­lice should be con­tacted on 101 if it is con­sid­ered an aban­doned ve­hi­cle on a pub­lic road is dan­ger­ous or is caus­ing an ob­struc­tion.’

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