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Vehicles left at Vale Church car park risk being removed

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FAIR WARNING has been given to owners of vehicles in Vale Church car park who now face them being removed with police assistance.

By lunchtime yesterday, 10 cars were still parked on the site, five of which looked as though they had been there for a long time.

The area needs to be cleared before work to resurface it and set out parking spaces can take place.

A sign has warned drivers of the consequences if their vehicles were not moved by the end of yesterday.

‘I drove past earlier [yesterday] and was quite pleased that many vehicles have moved along quietly, as expected,’ said Peter Blake, Vale Commons Council president.

‘A number of vehicles in the car park definitely haven’t moved in a long time and a few others are iffy.’

All cars parked had valid insurance discs and could be driven to another location, allowing the car park to be cleared before work begins.

The sign he put out has acted as a ‘polite notice’ before things get more heavy-handed, he said.

‘States Works signs are going out now.’

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A notice in La Gazette Officielle states that car park users have until the end of the month to move.

‘They’ve had fair warning with my polite notice and as of 31 January anything left will be taken away,’ Mr Blake said.

‘The police are helping with that and we are working closely with them.

‘We have a contractor in place ready to go as soon as the last vehicle has been removed.

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‘When the first digger arrives to begin the work hopefully all will go to plan.’

If the car park is cleared without any fuss, then works can begin sooner and be completed sooner.

‘It is going to be inconvenient, but if people play fair and do not misuse car parks in this way then we wouldn’t have this problem,’ Mr Blake said.

‘We are planning to do the same with other problematic car parks at a later date.

‘But this car park is our main concern for now, as it causes the most problems and interferes with the church.’

The works are expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

They will primarily involve improvement to the surface.

Parking allocation will be reviewed to include long-term 23-hour parking, short term three-hour parking, a disabled parking bay and an area of dedicated parking for nearby residents.

Yesterday, cars with the following registration plates were parked at Vale Church: 30634, 18108, 48266, 63412, 62548, 8617, 57985, 33645, 24553, 57715.

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