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Councillor complains over ‘dangerous’ van stood on Derby street for ‘six months’

An abandoned van claimed to have been stood still at a dangerous spot on a Derby street for six months has been removed by police following numerous complaints by a Derby councillor.

Alan Graves said he had received calls from residents about the stationary white vehicle for several months and was becoming concerned that little or no action was being taken despite months of pleading for help.

The van, which appeared to be damaged in some areas, was parked on Boulton Lane outside the Nunsfield House social club. The venue is a meeting place for several activity and community clubs and committees.

On the front windscreen a large sticker was placed stating in capital letters “Police aware”.

The van was parked in such a position which meant it was blocking drivers’ view of the road when leaving the Nunsfield House car park.



Residents have been complaining about the van for months.
Residents have been complaining about the van for months.

Councillor Graves told the Local Democracy Reporting Service the van had been a nuisance for both motorists and pedestrians without action being done “for months”.

Before its removal, he said: “The van is parked in a dangerous position and is a hazard to other vehicle drivers and more importantly pedestrians.

“It is a huge irritation to local residents and Nunsfield House. Six months is long enough.”

Mr Graves also forwarded several complaints from residents about the vehicle, with one dating back to November 2021.

It said: “I’m concerned there will be a really bad accident as the van is literally right on the exit of Nunsfield House.”

But action has now been taken, police have confirmed.

Councillor Graves said he was informed by police that the vehicle had been removed at 11.25am on Monday morning.

A Derbyshire police spokesperson said: “The force organised for the removal of a van from Boulton Lane, Derby, today (7 February) which was causing an obstruction to other drivers.

“Officers are able to remove vehicles under Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act.”

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