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Abandoned 'eyesore' cars removed

Abandoned cars being removed from Cobo car park
Islanders said the abandoned vehicles on the car park were an "eyesore"

A group of Guernsey residents fed up by a dispute over the ownership of a car park on which more than 20 vehicles were abandoned, have had them removed.

They organised for the 24 vehicles left on Cobo car park, which have been described as an eyesore, to be towed to a States-owned compound.

The long-running dispute erupted after a firm bought the Fief de Carteret and claimed the land was part of it.

However, Castel parish officials said it was Crown-owned property.

A professional assessor brought in by the group said the vehicles had no value and so a dozen skip lorries loaded up the cars on Wednesday afternoon and drove them to the secure compound.

It is understood from the States that the vehicles will be scrapped.

'Complete eyesore'

According to Rodney Brouard, who helped organise the removal of the cars, the skip drivers worked in their own time to remove the vehicles.

"It's disgusting - one of our best bays and there's all these vehicles just dumped here so a crowd of us basically got together and said we'd sort this out in a few hours," he said.

"Maybe we've taken the law into our own hands... but at least we've done something good for the island
Dan Hubert

Dan Hubert, another member of the group, added: "The west coast is the most beautiful area along our coastline and it's been a complete eyesore with all these cars here so a group of us and many local companies got together.

"Maybe we've taken the law into our own hands... but at least we've done something good for the island in the summer."

Guernsey Police were called to the scene to prevent a breach of the peace but Sgt Tom Marshall said he believed it was a civil matter.

"Everyone that I've spoken to has been 100% positive - there's a real sense of community spirit," he said.

"Everyone has had a smile on their face and everyone seems relieved that this long-running dispute seems to have been resolved and the vehicles are being moved."



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