Carlisle Bay Hotel Owner OFFERS to Purchase Derelict Vehicles So That They Can Be Removed at Entrance

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Dozens Of Derelict Vehicles Removed In ‘Operation Derelict’ in 2020/File Photo

Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst announced today that the owner of the Carlisle Bay Hotel has offered to purchase derelict vehicles at the entrance of Old Road from Fig Drive.

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Carlisle Bay Hotel Owner Steps Up to Address Old Car Accumulation in Old Road

This initiative aims to clear the unsightly cars that have been accumulating and affecting the aesthetic and business environment of the area.

“The owner of the Carlisle Bay Hotel has agreed to pay the owners to purchase all of those old cars and to dispose of them because they are not exactly enhancing the business of Carlisle Bay Hotel,” Hurst explained. This proactive move is expected to significantly improve the entrance to Old Road and support the hotel’s operations.

The government hopes that this initiative will encourage collaboration from the public to address the issue.

Hurst highlighted that despite efforts to remove these vehicles, some residents have been playing “cat and mouse games” with tow truck operators. “When tow truck operators mark vehicles with an X, there is a period of three days during which owners can remove their vehicles. However, some owners simply move their vehicles to their yards and return them to the streets once the tow trucks leave, creating the same problem we are trying to fix,” he said.

The government is urging residents to dispose of these vehicles properly to prevent them from becoming breeding grounds for rodents and other unwanted vermin. “Taking them down to Cooks for eventual crushing and recycling into useful metal is a better solution,” Hurst suggested.

While the government can remove vehicles from public streets due to their interference with traffic flow and other public concerns, addressing vehicles on private property poses a more complex legal challenge. “We are exploring options to craft laws that might allow for the removal of vehicles from private property in a way that would pass constitutional muster,” Hurst noted.

The government’s aim is to ensure healthier communities and better-managed villages and towns. “We intend to tackle this problem head-on, ensuring that derelict vehicles are disposed of properly, improving the overall environment for everyone,” Hurst concluded.

With the Carlisle Bay Hotel owner’s commitment to purchasing and removing these old cars, there is optimism that this collaborative effort will enhance the community and provide a cleaner and more welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike.

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