Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Lancing Pensioner prosecuted for trading vehicles on highway

A Lancing man is counting the cost of continually trading cars on the public highway after he was successfully prosecuted by Adur District Council on 10th January 2012.

Tony Seabrook of 1 The Haven, Lancing pleaded guilty to three offences at Worthing Magistrates’ court.  He was fined £450 for each offence and ordered to pay £245 Council costs and £15 victim surcharge (total £1610 amount to pay).  He was originally offered fixed penalty notices of £100 for each offence to avoid prosecution but now faces a bigger bill and a criminal conviction for not paying the notices.

The Council has received many complaints about vehicle sales on Brighton Road and Grinstead Lane over the past two years from residents that have had difficulty parking near their own homes and are fed up with the road being treated as an unofficial showroom.  The offences, which took place in Brighton Road and Grinstead Lane in Lancing were witnessed by a member of the public and a Council Officer who works at Adur District Council.  They saw Mr Seabrook expose vehicles for sale on three occasions despite numerous warnings not to carry out this practice.  Despite several attempts to offer Mr Seabrook a means of dealing with the cases without the need for prosecution, he ignored all correspondence and the Council therefore took further enforcement action.

Councillor Keith Dollemore, Adur’s Cabinet Member for a Clean and Green Environment, said: 

“Residents who live along Brighton Road and Grinstead Lane in Lancing have repeatedly told the Council that they are thoroughly fed up with traders exposing their cars for sale outside their homes.  Selling vehicles on the public highway is a nuisance and an eyesore for those living and visiting the area. Traders who engage in this activity are misleading potential buyers into believing that they are dealing with a private individual.  The Council will therefore use enforcement action where appropriate to emphasise that this practice will not be tolerated.  Fixed penalty notices will be issued to those caught in the act, and if these are ignored the Council will prosecute offenders.”