Burnt out, dumped cars are taken away from a lane in March thanks to three members of the public
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A councillor has pledged to get barriers in place at a lane where burnt out abandoned cars were taken away by three members of the public after they were dumped there.
Charlie Winslow, Robert Peat and Pauly JL saw a post by a horse rider showing a car that was still smoking and had also burnt nearby trees.
They went to investigate and found a second car that had been burnt out which is when they volunteered to help.
Charlie said: “I commented on the post and offered to help remove them if needed, I sent the same message to councillor Jan French as well.
“The next day Jan messaged me back to ask if I was still able to help with the recovery and that she would pass my number on to FDC.
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“I agreed to help over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon me and two mates went down there to pull the cars out of the bridleway and to a suitable location where they could be recovered.
“I have a few mates that ride horses and people with kids that use that bridleway so it was more a case of having it clear and safe again.”
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Charlie does not work in recovery but has a modified 4x4 that he uses in his spare time.
He said: “I knew it was more than capable of completing the task. Apparently FDC don’t have anything in their fleet that could have done it.”
Cllr French has pledged to get barriers in place at Barker’s Lane.
She said: “There used to be barriers to prevent vehicle access, it is after all a bridleway.
“Getting these reinstated seems even more sensible given FDC don’t have the means to remove vehicles being dumped down there.
“This isn’t the first car to have been burnt out down there.”
The story came to light after a March woman came across a burnt out car when she was riding her horse and says it could have spooked him and caused an accident.
After taking a photo of the car - which was still “hot and smoking” - she posted it on the Facebook page March Cambridgeshire Free Discussion.
She wrote: “People moan about us horse riders riding on the roads. This is why we ride on the road - our bridleways are being used as a dump. There’s no need to dump a car here really.”