LEGAL moves are under way to tackle what has been described as a “total scene of devastation” in Parkgate.
The untidy land at the junction of Moorside Lane and Manorial Road South has twice been raised at the borough council’s planning committee.
Earlier this year, planning chief Tom Miller reported that the complaints also related to the parking of a caravan on the site and the erection of a perimeter fence.
Councillors were told at the time the land was not in such a state to justify action and neither the siting of the caravan nor the erection of the fence required planning permission.
The site, where an application for 19 bungalows has been rejected, was being monitored on a weekly basis.
However, complainants have now told the council the untidy land “is no longer bearable”.
Two caravans are on the land next to a public footpath and a sign has been erected suggesting scrap cars are wanted, according to a council report.
The report added: “Recent actions by the landowner have caused strong local reaction and annoyance.”
A planning contravention notice (PCN) was issued, along with letters informing the landowner if he did not reply as a matter of urgency, the issue would be passed to the council’s solicitors.
Cllr Scott Mealor (Con, Little Neston) said: “It really is atrocious. How far further is this able to go? It is a total scene of devastation.”
Cllr Graham Smith (Con, Willaston and Thornton) suggested that advertising for scrap cars needed consent and there was also a need for a licence to operate as a scrap merchant.
“This is provocation,” he added.
Planning chairman Cllr Mark Henesy (Lab, Groves) said: “We have set the ball rolling for legal advice.”
The committee is to have a further report when the results of the PCN are known and further legal advice has been obtained.