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Ealing Council gets tough on abandoned vehicles in Hanger Hill following campaign by local Lib Dem councillor

A dozen vehicles that were untaxed, illegally parked and not roadworthy have been removed from the streets of Hanger Hill ward in Ealing earlier this week (6 March 2023) following an ongoing campaign by local councillor Athena Zissimos.

The Liberal Democrat councillor has been raising concerns to Labour-run Ealing Council about abandoned vehicles in the area, which is close to the North Circular Road, for many months and previously got 21 vehicles removed in November 2022.

Councillor Zissimos said: “Liberal Democrats brought the problem to the attention of Ealing Council months ago, and it is good seeing the issue being taken so seriously by the Council, as the Council continues in its efforts with the help of the Local Community Police.”

According to Ealing Council, the vehicles towed away included a illegally parked Range Rover and trailer, a large not roadworthy van left on the road to store tools and car parts for months at a time, and an untaxed car that was parked illegally on the road.

Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Peter Mason said: “This was the first time that the council has attempted this sort of joint enforcement with the police for tackling both illegally parked vehicles and towing away abandoned vehicles at the same time.”

He added: “It will not be the last time, though, because local people and businesses should be able to go about their everyday lives and should not have to worry about being blocked and obstructed by anti-social and unlawful behaviour. These types of hotspots will be targeted again, both in the day and at night.”

Councillor Zissimos has welcomed the approach and says they will continue to challenge Ealing Council to keep on top of the situation.

According to Councillor Zissimos the tough approach is welcomed by local business: “who have been concerned at the additional clutter and obstructions of old vehicles which may lead to blocked access, increased fly tipping and is damaging to the environment.”

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