Leyland’s newest attraction?

The MOT van which has been parked in the same spot on Golden Hill Lane in Leyland for more than 12 months
The MOT van which has been parked in the same spot on Golden Hill Lane in Leyland for more than 12 months

A vehicle which has been parked in the same spot in Leyland for more than a year has been dubbed the town’s newest ‘Welcome to Leyland’ gateway feature.

A yellow van advertising car MOTs has been parked in the same spot in a lay-by off Golden Hill Lane, close to the busy Tiger junction, for more than a year.

Council bosses have unsuccessfully tried to persuade the owners, from Meanygate Garage on Talbot Road, to move it for the sake of residents.

Speaking at a full South Ribble Council meeting last week, Coun Peter Stettner said: “We’ve got gateways to Leyland like the tank, and I think we have this van now.

“It’s disgraceful residents have had to look at this vehicle out of their windows every day for well over 12 months.”

Coun Peter Mullineaux, the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, responded: “It is a very frustrating situation, but unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it because everything is being done legally.

“We’ve spoken to the owners regularly to try to make them see sense, but I’m afraid they’re not taking our advice.”

Because the van is parked in a lay-by and is not obstructing the busy road, the police are also unable to take action.

Director of Meanygate Garage, Steve Bailey, said: “The van hasn’t moved in the last four months, but it has moved around a bit before that, and I put a smaller van in its place.

“The garage moved to Talbot Road from Longmeanygate three years ago, and it’s to let our customers know where we are now.

“It’s not overlooking anyone because of the hedges in the gardens. The council can’t do anything about it because it’s taxed and insured, so I have no plans to move it.

“It’s in a prime location because of all the passing traffic, to let people know we offer MOTs at a cheap rate.”