Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fancy a Cheap Motor Guv?

I see that a Ramsgate man has been fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £100, after pleading guilty to two counts of illegal street trading.  Can we have a blitz on the same in Westgate please?

Anthony Delo (50) from Wellesley Court appeared before Margate Magistrates Court today (Monday 8 January). The Court was told that in the first incident, a police officer was on patrol in Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs on Tuesday 31 October, when he saw two vehicles for sale on the highway. On Thursday 2 November, the same officer was again in Broadstairs Road and saw the same two vehicles parked and unattended, both of which were still being offered for sale.

The officer attached a “police aware” notice to one of the vehicles, a Vauxhall Agila, but as he went to attach the notice to the other vehicle, a Renault Clio, he became aware that the notice was being removed by a man, who confirmed he was Mr. Delo. He also confirmed that he was the owner of both vehicles and that he was a registered trader with Kent County Council and that he was aware of the existence of prohibited roads for street trading, one of which is Broadstairs Road.

He was fined £250 for each offence and ordered to pay £100 costs to Thanet District Council.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr Delo sounds a bit stupid actually, approaching the vehicle while the cop is still there, admitting everything etc etc.
The main problem with these cars for sale in the street is that the sellers are not traceable, the cars may be in poor condition or nicked,tax is not paid on the proceeds, and also that they can cause accidents by distracting drivers who try to read the details on the for sale notices whilst driving along these busy roads.
Its a cheap way to flog your motor though, ain't it Arfur.

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't anything been done about the cars offered for sale as you approach Westgate railway bridge ? There are usually 6 or 7 with the sellers number in the windows, along with an assortment of camper vans. This man has been trading for months, even using the marked bus stop bay to park his rubbishy cars ! Isn't this illegal ? And how come the community warden passes this place daily on his way to the cosy library where he hangs out most of the time but has done nothing ! What is he paid to do ? I've only ever seen him drinking tea in cafes or chatting in the library.

DrMoores said...

It's probably not zoned against street trading. Westgate Bay Ave and Westbrook Ave are now only zoned because I made a pain of myself in representing residents concerns to TDC through ThanetLife.

Anonymous said...

Don't knock our "Big Tony"! Talking to people and putting himself about is part of his job.
What should concern you more is a certain PC who parks her police car outside her friend's house in Lymington Road almost every day and spends a great deal of her time seeing her friend when she should be out and about!

Anonymous said...

Well 'anonymous 9.05' if you don't think the police car is there on official duty, then do what I did and report it. Why do you say 'hands off big Tony' ? Is it ok then for him to chat on duty but not for a policewoman ? I don't see the difference, they are both in uniform, both public servants and both accountable. 'Big Tony' might be your mate - as the nickname you've given him suggests, but I doubt the time he spends in the comfort of cafe kitchens can be considered 'putting himself about'. He should be walking the streets, patroling the area and reassuring the public at large, not individual proprietors of warm premises. It is enough that he has been reported and he is now aware that his movemnets are being noted. AS SHOULD THE POLICE OFFICER that you comment on. Why not log the times and dates when she's there, maybe then someone at the police station will listen to you - doubt it though.

DrMoores said...

From what I have seen and experienced, Big Tony does a great job in Westgate with limited resources and I'm not going to begrudge him a break in a warm cafe. We would be a great deal worse off without his presence as a community!

Anonymous said...

From what i can see and hear anecdotally everyone likes Tony, especially the traders. I think its great he has got to know the people on his patch, he even deals with the kids outside the station...(this used to be called a village bobby) who else would do that, not the police!... The Chap with the camper van for sale lives opposite his van. He looks after mentally ill adults and also does a superb job. His camper van is used to take some of those adults on days out and small breaks, good for him! He has nowt to do with the other cars for sale... Westgate is great and Tony is part of that, With his very limited resources we cant exspect a one man CSI/swat team... No, i dont know him, have never spoken to him, i have just seen and heard about him doing a good job for the community and i for one appreciate and thank him for that.