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“Mechanic” working on vehicles on public highway

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 23:51, Wednesday 17 April 2019

Sent to Royal Borough of Greenwich 3 minutes later

A “mechanic” based on Riverdale Road has been using the public roads to work on vehicles, his garage was never designed to be a mechanic so can not hold all the cars he has and he is not able to fix cars on the inside. This issue has been going on for the last few years, he’s been at the location for 7 years and this has always been an issue.

The “mechanic” often fixes cars outside residential homes which means residents can’t park on the road or even outside their own homes. He has been working on large white transit vans outside 45 Riverdale Road he also works on cars on the pavement alongside his garage which makes it impossible to use that side of the pavement. I have complained about this on so many occasions and I’m aware that it’s illegal for him to work on multiple vehicles on the public road. The “mechanic” has now become a total menace and is causing a lot of distress in the local area due to his lack of respect for his neighbors. The next step after this will probably have me speaking to the local MP as I feel we’re getting nowhere with yourselves.

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  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 00:31, Thursday 18 April 2019

  • “Mechanic” still outside my house on the public road working on cars. It would seem like this garage is causing a lot of issues for the residents on Riverdale Road and some of the surrounding roads.

    There are multiple vehicles that have been dumped outside homes of residents that haven’t moved for months and some are in disrepair, just near my house alone I have dumped cars 2 either side of my house and 2 across the road. Just yesterday I had to watch as the “mechanic” fixed cars on the road outside my home, I also had the pleasure of watching his friend sit on my car as they kept him company. Please can this is be looked into it’s really becoming stressful to me and my family. I have 2 disabled people in my household and no parking bay so when he has 13 cars parked up it’s impossible for me to safely get them in the house.

    Posted anonymously at 09:23, Friday 19 April 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 09:31, Friday 19 April 2019

  • See photos attached

    Posted anonymously at 14:33, Friday 19 April 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 15:31, Friday 19 April 2019

  • Another day of the “mechanic” using the public road to work on cars and using it as an extension of his personal business. I’m sure this is illegal but Greenwich will not take it seriously, what will it take before you put a stop to this? An accident?

    Posted anonymously at 17:04, Wednesday 24 April 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 18:31, Wednesday 24 April 2019

  • Working on another vehicle on the public road...

    Posted anonymously at 09:10, Thursday 25 April 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 09:31, Thursday 25 April 2019

  • Another day another car

    Posted anonymously at 10:28, Friday 26 April 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 12:31, Friday 26 April 2019

  • Completely agree with the above comments. This “business” has turned Riverdale Rd into a junkyard with derelict cars, vans and mini buses in various stages of disrepair dumped along Riverdale and into adjoining Saunders Rd. Vehicles are left unmoved for months, along the road and variously have no tax, no Mot or even no licence plates. The pavement around the entrance is blocked by cars. Don’t understand how this situation can continue with so much disregard for the residents. I will be contacting my counsellor directly for advice.

    Posted anonymously at 16:01, Wednesday 1 May 2019

  • I agree with this report. The 'mechanic' takes up a huge section of Riverdale Road with cars, vans etc which he never fixes therefore they never move. It is a very busy road and because of this 'workshop', residents can find it difficult to find parking spaces. I know at least one other person who has complained to Greenwich Council and nothing has been done. When will somebody with any authority address this issue?

    Posted anonymously at 16:01, Wednesday 1 May 2019

  • I’ve yet to have an update on this situation which has greatly disappointed me. I would advise anyone who is affected directly by this to contact your local MP for Plumpstead and make a complaint directly to them as it seems Greenwich don’t take this as seriously as we do. The “mechanic” is still blocking up Riverdale Road with long term vehicles both now parked outside 90 Riverdale Road which again causes more strain on the residents as the road already has limited parking. There are now two vans that look like they’re being stripped for parts on Saunders Road outside the entrance to the “mechanics” “workshop” what will it take before somebody listens and puts a stop to the shenanigans??

    Posted anonymously at 16:49, Wednesday 1 May 2019

  • Another abandoned vehicle in disrepair, this vehicle is on Saunders Road just as it bends around from Riverdale Road it is right outside the “mechanics” garage. This vehicle is being stripped down by randoms as well as the “mechanic” as it’s just been dumped on the road. Sighs...

    Posted anonymously at 11:43, Thursday 2 May 2019

  • An accident has already happened outside this garage (July 2017). At least four cars were damaged. Two fire engines were in attendance. One is at the scene of the accident near the garage (the second can just be seen further down - centre of picture at the roundabout / junction with Saunders Rd). Paramedics were also in attendance and can just be seen outside the “garage”. The road was cordoned off from the bend and police cars blocked the road. I am assuming the fire engines were there due to fuel spillage or rescue as there was no sign of actual fire. All this I believe was as a direct cause of the derelict cars and vans parked along the road and on the bend restricting drivers line of sight as they enter the bend coming down the hill. There will have been police reports on the incident but I am unsure as to whether such reports would be available. In any event the incident did not in any way hinder the daily routine of car repairs.

    Posted anonymously at 13:50, Sunday 5 May 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 15:31, Tuesday 14 May 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 01:42, Thursday 16 May 2019

  • Automatically marked as "closed" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 18:30, Tuesday 4 June 2019

  • Still an issue.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 10:50, Sunday 16 June 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 12:30, Sunday 16 June 2019

  • Automatically marked as "closed" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 15:30, Sunday 7 July 2019

  • Simple solution to this resident only parking!!!!!!

    Posted anonymously at 20:33, Saturday 13 July 2019

  • Not fixed

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 11:54, Saturday 20 July 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 12:30, Saturday 20 July 2019

  • This is still an issue. Why has this not been dealt with yet?

    Posted anonymously at 16:26, Friday 9 August 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 18:30, Friday 9 August 2019

  • Problem is still ongoing as cars are still being fixed on the public highway. Just yesterday I walked down the hill and saw 3 bonnets open on the sidewalk. Confused as this problem has been reported on several occasions but Greenwich keep closing the issue as fixed when clearly it isn’t. Every time I visit my mum who lives on Viewland I see cars being worked on outside peoples houses. Please resolve the issue once and for all.

    Posted anonymously at 12:44, Saturday 17 August 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 11:20, Monday 19 August 2019

  • Automatically marked as "closed" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 12:30, Monday 9 September 2019

  • How can this status turned into being fixed!!!!! It’s still the same answers please

    Posted anonymously at 13:47, Monday 9 September 2019

  • This has not been fixed. I walked down the road today and surprise surprise there he was working on a car. Please change the status and really fix the issue.

    I’m starting to believe that you don’t even check the issues you just close them after a few months and change it to fixed. Dissatisfied and disappointed with Greenwich right now.

    Posted anonymously at 14:10, Monday 9 September 2019

  • Totally agree on your comment!!!!!!

    Posted anonymously at 16:39, Monday 9 September 2019

  • I’m so annoyed that they’ve changed this to fixed. They really do not care I really hope nobody is ever hurt or has their property damaged in the process of him working on vehicles on the pavement.

    Posted anonymously at 17:34, Monday 9 September 2019

  • What is it that The council does not want to sort this dangerous and most probably illegal issue out, just closing their eyes sticking their fingers in there ears and does not fix the issue. If someone gets injured because of this the press will have a field day when we all tell them of this and how our council did nothing , nothings after residents have cried out for help the council have total ignored us. They only mark this as fixed because closed down and we complain again it’s classed as a new issue. Because they don’t like on going issues makes them look bad

    Posted anonymously at 18:53, Monday 9 September 2019

  • Perhaps its time to get in touch with the ombudsman and make a complaint about the council as they obviously don’t want sort this issue out

    Posted anonymously at 19:11, Monday 9 September 2019

  • Totally agree

    Posted anonymously at 19:40, Monday 9 September 2019

  • I was thinking about that, I also think a complaint needs to be made about the councillors because they’ve also ignored this issue. You can actually complain about certain departments on their website, it’s ridiculous that we have to even do that I mean just sort the problem it’s much easier than having multiple complaints come in daily. I ask the question, who is protecting him and allowing this to go on for so long and why???

    Posted anonymously at 20:45, Monday 9 September 2019

  • Greenwich keep trying to close this as fixed but it’s not. Just today he was out fixing cars up and down Riverdale Road and he took up 13 spaces yes 13 and that didn’t his friends that also showed up to hang out for a quick chat. Closing this as fixed won’t make the issue go away, it’ll just annoy and frustrate the local residents.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 14:16, Saturday 14 September 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 15:30, Saturday 14 September 2019

  • I to went pass and it was difficult to drive pass made it so narrow with all the cars being worked on. What right has he been given to own that side of the road! You can’t even walk on that side of the pathway disgusting

    Posted anonymously at 17:00, Saturday 14 September 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 18:30, Saturday 14 September 2019

  • They won’t do anything about this as they don’t care, we have been complaining for years about all these issues but for whatever reason they’re ignoring residents and protecting him??? You should have seen the state of the road yesterday and it’s packed top to bottom with cars he’s working on. So unfair why are we paying council tax if they’re not going to do their job?

    Posted anonymously at 08:47, Sunday 15 September 2019

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 09:30, Sunday 15 September 2019

  • Automatically marked as "closed" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 00:30, Monday 7 October 2019

  • Not fixed it’s still happening but why do I bother as you don’t cars to fix the issue.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 23:52, Sunday
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Automatically marked as "in progress" by Royal Borough of Greenwich

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Royal Borough of Greenwich at 00:30, Monday

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