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Burned-out car in the city’s nature reserve “stopped for weeks”

A Coventry resident attacked the city council about the time it took to remove a burned-out car from a local nature reserve.

The Wyken Nature Reserve is a hotspot for dog walkers and families, but a lack of care shown to the area is perpetuated by the fact that it takes too long for the council to address certain issues, says one resident.

Aden Biggs, who currently runs Coventry Dog Walkers, a Facebook group of over 1,000 members that roam across town, recently spoke to CoventryLive about the problem.

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He said, “The council is doing an excellent job of maintaining these areas, but full trash cans, rubbish and burned out cars, bicycles, etc. are becoming an increasing problem.

“Of course, this cannot be blamed on the council, but it can be the poor response and pick-up times.

“These pests are like rotten apples as residents will find it difficult to be proud of the city, leading to more garbage and apathy.”

Aden admits that during his absence he tries his best to help, but says that some issues are beyond the group’s capabilities.

He said, “We pick up as much rubbish and dog droppings as we walk as we can, but the bigger things are a little too big to throw in the bin.

“With all the money being spent building various community projects, it’s shocking that the services are so underfunded.”

A Coventry City Council spokesman said: “We encourage local residents to ensure that abandoned car cases are reported to us. We will work with our partners to ensure that they are safely removed. “

It is not the first time that burned-out cars have been parked in public places for weeks, which is an issue in the city.

Earlier this year, two stolen vehicles were set on fire at the same time and left in a field behind Riley Square in Bell Green. The council said at the time that the delay in processing the disposal was caused by flooding in the area.

A spokesman for Coventry City Council said at the time: “We are aware of burned-out cars. In such cases, we aim to remove the vehicles within 24 hours. However, this was not possible in this case as the ground is currently wet and swampy and recovery is currently not possible.

“We aim to recover the cars as soon as possible as soon as the ground has dried sufficiently.”

One resident said at the time that this happens so often that people are “desensitized”.

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