State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has called on Council and the Roads and Maritime Service to work quickly to remove abandoned vehicles before they are set on fire and become a danger to the local community.
A number of vehicles left abandoned have been set on fire in recent times and there are a number of other abandoned vehicles that have been left sitting in suburban streets now for almost two months.
The Newcastle Link Road is a favourite spot for stolen or abandoned vehicles to be left by the side of the road and there are a number of burnt out shells left littering the roadside.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Local Councils and the RMS need to get their act into gear and remove these abandoned vehicles before they become the targets of local arsonists.”
“There are 2 burnt out shells of cars currently left littering the Link Road at Wallsend which seems to be a favourite place for cars to be dumped and then set on fire.”
“This becomes a major hazard for motorists but also becomes a bushfire hazard with large parcels of housing developments nearby.”
“There are also vehicles that have been left abandoned in the back streets of Wallsend. A car has sat behind my office now for almost 2 months and nothing is being done to remove it by Council.”
“These cars have had their windows smashed and parts stolen and are an eyesore, yet nobody seems to be doing anything about them despite repeated requests.”
“Council and the RMS must ensure that these cars are removed in a quick and timely manner.”