Tax­pay­ers foot the bill to clear up ‘war-zone’

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil clears de­stroyed cars from pri­vate land - and will work with land own­ers to stop prob­lems hap­pen­ing again as video de­scribes area as ‘look­ing like a war zone’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Anum­ber of burnt out cars have­been cleared from land in Peter­bor­ough - with the coun­cil tax-payer foot­ing the bill for the re­moval.

The nine vans and cars had been left in a field off Oxney Road, Peter­bor­ough over the past few weeks.

A num­ber of them were aban­doned on their roof or side, with win­dows smashed and­paint torched away. Tyres and­wheelshad­been­re­moved, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to re­trieve the ve­hi­cles.

The cars were left next to piles of scrap metal and other rub­bish on the grassy scub­land.

A video of the cars ap­peared on so­cial me­dia, com­par­ingth­e­view­tothato­fawar zone.

The ve­hi­cles were re­moved from the pri­vate land last week­end by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil - how­ever, de­spiteth­e­fact­they­have­been left on pri­vate land, a spokesman for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said there were ‘ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances’ and they re­moved the ve­hi­cles at no cost to the land owner.

The spokesman said the land owner would be ex­pected to pay for re­moval of other rub­bish from the land, an­dal­somea­surestostop­sim­i­lar­in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing again.

APeter­bor­oughCi­tyCoun­cil spokesman said mea­sures which could be put in place could in­clude a large ditch, fence or lengthy mound to stop cars be­ing dumped on the land.

Tem­po­rary mea­sures are ex­pected to be in­tro­duced be­foreper­ma­nent­de­ter­rentsare in­stalled. It is not­known­when the works will be started.

It would nor­mally cost a land owner£60tore­moveone ve­hi­cle from pri­vate land, if th­ey­con­tact­edthecity­coun­cil to carry out the job - mean­ing it would cost £540 to re­move all the cars.

The­car­swere­cleared­away fromthe­si­teear­ly­onSatur­day morn­ing.

Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue have dealt with a num­berof­carfiresint­hearea over thep­ast­fewweeks, us­ing valu­able time and re­sources.

Fire and Res­cue Sta­tion Com­man­der Karl Bow­den, joint head of the Safer­Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship, said there was a num­ber of agen­cies work­ing to tackle the prob­lem.

He said: “The part­ner­ship is aware of the cur­rent is­sues on Oxney Road and all agen­cies are work­ing to­gether to ad­dress these.

“The fire ser­vice has been called to in­ci­dents in Oxney Road on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, which have been fires in the open, rub­bish fires and car fires.

“The cars that have been aban­doned and burnt out are lo­cated on pri­vate land.

“Of­fi­cers work­ing in the Safer­Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship, which in­cludes the city coun­cil, fire ser­vice and po­lice, have agreed with the landowner’s man­age­ment to ar­range re­moval of all ve­hi­cles .

“We will also be work­ing with the landowner to re­move the rub­bish ac­cu­mu­la­tion at the same lo­ca­tion and put mea­sures in place to stop it re­oc­cur­ring.”

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said they were aware of the ve­hi­cles that had been left at the site, but nocrime­had­been­re­ported to them, and they were not in­ves­ti­gat­ing any in­ci­dents.

The spokesman said they would in­ves­ti­gate any re­ports of ar­son at the site.

Some of the cars

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