East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed a joint operation to seize illegally parked cars in the Taylor’s Avenue area of Carrickfergus.
The Ulster Unionist representative had previously called for a “multi-agency” response to the problem after a resident highlighted upwards of 20 vehicles that had allegedly been abandoned in the area.
Several of the vehicles were parked on the public footway despite having no tax or having been issued a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).
On Tuesday, October 3, a number of cars were seized in the area in a joint operation by the PSNI, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).
A MEA council spokesperson said: “Ten cars were removed from Taylor’s Avenue and Barn Mills. The vehicles were seized as part of Operation Evader, which targets tax evasion.”
Commenting on the operation, Mr Beggs said: “I’m pleased that the DVA, PSNI and the council have worked in partnership to identify and deal with the significant number of vehicles that have been illegally parked in the Taylor’s Avenue area.
“It will be a lot safer for them having been removed.
“A residential area should not be used for operating a business which appears to involve recycling car parts and repairing multiple cars.
“I’m calling on statutory agencies to see what additional action they can take to prevent further vehicles accumulating.”