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UPDATE TUESDAY 3.45PM: Pledge made to remove campervan from Whaplode Drove after stay of nearly five months




An end may be in sight to complaints about a campervan seemingly abandoned in Whaplode Drove for the past four and a half months.

A member of the public has contacted Spalding Today to assure villagers that the vehicle will be removed during the next week.

It was claimed that the campervan had broken down in the village and plans for its recovery are now being made.

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-022TW.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-022TW.

FRIDAY 8AM: Villagers call for action to rid Whaplode Drove of campervan parked on Back Bank for four months

Whaplode Drove villagers what a campervan parked near homes for four months removed.

According to one resident, the campervan first appeared in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, at the start of September 2018.

But it has stayed there ever since, proving an obstacle for farmers and HGV drivers passing through the village.

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-023TW.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-023TW.

Villager Ray Danielli said: "The campervan arrived on September 1 or 2 and, to my knowledge, it hasn't moved sine then

"Whaplode Parish Council, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire County Council highways department and the police are all aware of its existence.

"I also know that the district council is aware of who the owner of the campervan is because it has contacted them on more than one occasion.

"The wider aspects from the farmers' perspective is that it makes getting by the vehicle difficult and they end up churning up the verges.

"It also makes it difficult for people to park on the verges near their homes."

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-024W.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-024W.

The campervan was the subject of a letter from Trevor Taylor to our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, last November.

Mr Taylor said: "Despite numerous phone calls to the council and the police by several locals, nothing has been done.

"As far as I know, if my car was parked in Spalding for nine hours and causing an obstruction, it would have been towed away and crushed.

"How long does it take to remove an abandoned camper van that has been left in Whaplode Drove?"

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-022TW.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-022TW.

Alan Pell, also of Whaplode Drove, said: "The aim of the villagers is to get the vehicle moved since it is a hazard to passing vehicles, particularly HGVs.

"But despite attempts by locals to have it removed, there seems to be no sign of it being taken away."

Coun Morris Stancer, a parish councillor for Whaplode Drove, said: "It's a nuisance where it is and a lot of the residents around Whaplode Drove are fed up because it's causing such a mess.

"Traffic has to go round it but, according to the police, it has a right to be on the round as it's both taxed and insured."

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-028TW.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-028TW.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "We received two reports of an abandoned vehicle and this has been passed on to South Holland District Council which deals with such matters."

However, a district council spokesman said: "Our enforcement officer made enquiries with the campervan's owner who has moved to Crowland, but still has connections with Whaplode Drove.

"The campervan has not been abandoned and as there is no anti-social behaviour attached to it, our enforcement officer has passed the matter on to the police.

"This is to see if there are any regulations that can enforced as the campervan is parked in a 40mph zone and it does not have any lights."

VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-026W.
VILLAGE MYSTERY: A camper van, has been parked in Back Bank, Whaplode Drove, since September 2018. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-090119-026W.


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