When the council finally re-zoned Westgate Bay Avenue and Westbrook Avenue to prohibit the street trading of cars, like many other residents, I was delighted.
Right outside my own house is an accident black spot which has had five accidents I have seen in three years and my own wall has been knocked down twice in the past.
At the beginning of the month, one of the street traders re-appeared and parked a car right outside my gate, just in the right spot to cause a car to pull into the oncoming traffic at the brow of the hill, which causes these accidents. I quickly reported this to the council, who told me that they would pass it on to the police to deal with. Result. Absolutely nothing.
Meanwhile, total strangers can wander into my garden and explore and when challenged can reply, “I’m interested in that car outside mate.”
On Monday, I repeated the complaint exercise and was “assured” that the matter would be dealt with quickly but the blue Peugot is still there and the police presence will be restricted to breakfast at Beanos café.
If we’ve gone to the trouble to re-zone the area to deal with the problem, the least the authorities can do is enforce it but instead the message being sent is the same as ever, “do what you like because it’s unlikely that the local bylaws will be enforced.”