Abandoned car drives residents mad

  • Blot on the landscape: the Suzuki Swift left in Lily Park

    Blot on the landscape: the Suzuki Swift left in Lily Park

An abandoned car has sat outside a Bermuda Housing Corporation property for more than a year, the head of the residents’ association said yesterday.

Charles Jeffers, who lives at Lily Park in St George’s, said the car was an eyesore and had been used for dumping trash.

He was worried it could be a hazard to children, but has struggled to get the vehicle moved.

Mr Jeffers said: “The car is not just an eyesore. It’s a danger, especially to little children who might climb up on it and fall through the broken windscreen.”

He added: “We also have concerns about mosquitoes and rats.

“My first correspondence with the Bermuda Housing Corporation was June 2018.”

However, Mr Jeffers said that despite e-mails, calls and visits to the corporation’s office, he had been unable to get the BHC to move the silver Suzuki Swift.

He added: “I spoke to an officer at the Transport Control Department who said that they used to tow vehicles, but that they no longer could because the oil has to be drained before it could be taken away.”

Mr Jeffers said: “I have suggested a solution to the powers that be. Give people notice to move the vehicle.

“If they don’t, then Government moves it, bills them and tells them they can’t get their driver’s licence renewed until they pay the moving fee.”

Mr Jeffers added that the vehicle’s licence plate was still attached, but declined to reveal the number.

He said: “It should not be difficult with the licence to track down the previous owner.

“But in the meantime, it has just remained sitting where it is.”

Mr Jeffers added that abandoned vehicles had become a problem elsewhere in Bermuda.

He said: “There are abandoned cars in various places all over the island and yet seemingly nothing much can be done.”

The Lily Park development, off Redcoat Lane South, has about 30 residents.

The BHC did not respond to a request for comment.

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Published Aug 19, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 19, 2019 at 7:49 am)

Abandoned car drives residents mad

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