Bepton villagers will have noticed the abandoned car near the T-Junction, which has been there since September.
We first reported the car to Operation Crackdown (Sussex Police’s website for anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles). They came back to us to say that the vehicle was not abandoned as it was taxed, insured and had a valid MOT. A quick check with the DVLA website showed that, although it had an MOT, it was registered as being off-road under SORN. And British insurance records confirmed that it was not insured. We went back to Sussex Police explaining this at the beginning of October. They said that they would investigate.
On Monday morning the car was hit by another vehicle. To add to its flat tyres, the side was badly damaged and the passenger window smashed with glass fragments spread down the lane. We have reported this again to the police. Their latest position is that WSCC are now discussing with Sussex Police “to see whether the vehicle can be removed”. We have pointed out that this isn’t very satisfactory and that the vehicle is a hazard.
We have been told by another parish that they had a similar situation with an abandoned car for a few months. Apparently, the police had been attempting to contact the owner to get them to pay for its removal. We shall continue to pursue!
Image of St Mary’s, Bepton courtesy of Simon Verrall
Bepton Parish Council has drawn up its Winter Plan, as required by the County Council. Although it would be pleasant to see some snow, let’s hope we don’t have to use the plan.
A copy of the plan is here: BPC Winter Emergency Plan 17-18
After long and distinguished service on Bepton Parish Council, Cllr Gerard Ryan QC has decided to stand down. Cllr Ryan will be a great loss to the Parish Council, not least in terms of his professional expertise, his great experience, common sense, and sense of humour.
Click here – BPC- Vacancy – to see the formal notice about the vacancy.
The next Parish Council Meeting is on 19th July in the Park House, Bepton, GU29 0JB at 7pm. The agenda is here.
The Council greatly values public participation, but the Parish Council meetings are not well attended by members of the public. We need to know whether what the Council is doing is in line with the wishes of the village. Do please come along.
The Annual Statutory Meeting (ASM) and the Annual Parish Assembly (APA) of the Parish Council will take place on 25th May 2017 at The Park House Hotel, Bepton.