A SCHEME to reduce the number of abandoned cars in Halton has been launched in a bid to cut arson attacks.
The Halton Car Clear Scheme was set up by Halton Arson Task Group following concerns over the rising number of abandoned and burned out cars .
Last year 474 vehicles were abandoned in the borough, creating risks to the community by encouraging arson and causing obstructions.
The task group is made up of Halton Borough Council, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Constabulary working with the support of other agencies.
Cllr Phil Harris, the council's executive board member for waste and recycling, said: 'Abandoned cars are unsightly, a potential danger to the public, and, if vandalised or set on fire, pose a further risk. Therefore, any scheme which aims to reduce this problem in the community is to be welcomed.'
It is hoped that the one year pilot project will be as successful as a similar scheme run in Blacon, Chester, which saw a 75% reduction in burnt out cars on the estate.
A 24-hour hotline has been set-up. Anyone spotting an abandoned car should call 0151 907 8300.