The owner of Connaught Motor Company fined £4,800 for trading cars illegally from his home says the council's action was unjustified

Graham Sheekey was found guilty of selling cars from his home and neighbouring roads

Mr Sheekey was fined £4,800 for selling cars along Hortus Road and surrounding streets

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A car dealer convicted of illegal street dealing has denied selling cars from his home and nearby residential streets.

Graham Sheekey, 52, of Hortus Road in Chingford, used Auto Trader to advertise cars sold through his registered business, Connaught Motor Company.

Waltham Forest Council investigated the second-hand car dealership following complaints from neighbours that Mr Sheekey was using his home and nearby Elmfield Road as a car lot without a street trading licence.

On April 25, Mr Sheekey was found guilty at Thames Magistrates Court of 12 counts of unlicensed street dealing.

He was ordered to pay £400 for each of the 12 offences, totalling £4,800, and £1,160 in legal costs.

Although Mr Sheekey admitted offering some of them for sale, he claims none of cars were sold from his property or on the street.

"The fines are ridiculous. All I did was park 12 cars in the road, it’s not like I was blocking people’s drives," the 52-year-old said.

"My cars were advertised through Auto Trader and were only being sold through the internet.

"90 per cent of the time, the cars were sold from a friend’s commercial premises in Sewardstone Road."

Following the investigation, Mr Sheekey said he has “taken note” of the council and found a premise in Walthamstow, which is being used as a storage yard.

He also considering appealing against the fines, which he labelled "insane" and "outrageous". 

The neighbour who alerted the council is according to Mr Sheekey, a Waltham Forest environmental health officer living in Endlebury Road, Chingford.

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4:23pm Thu 8 May 14

driftingcowboy says...

Well done Waltham Forest Council! Good work!
Well done Waltham Forest Council! Good work! driftingcowboy
  • Score: 15

5:31pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

"The fines are ridiculous. All I did was park 12 cars in the road, it’s not like I was blocking people’s drives," the 52-year-old said.


What a blooming cheek, he sees nothing wrong with it either, if everyone blocked the roads with 12 cars, the roads, already jam packed will be grid locked. Good work by the council getting rid of this anti-social menace.
"The fines are ridiculous. All I did was park 12 cars in the road, it’s not like I was blocking people’s drives," the 52-year-old said. What a blooming cheek, he sees nothing wrong with it either, if everyone blocked the roads with 12 cars, the roads, already jam packed will be grid locked. Good work by the council getting rid of this anti-social menace. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 11

8:58am Fri 9 May 14

Techno3 says...

Other car businesses spend the money on forecourts, which has a rateable value and thereby they indirectly compensate the public for the disruption their operations cause by paying the correct taxes accordingly.

This one is using public land for private purposes, paying nothing for it and seeking a competitive advantage over its rivals who don't break the law in this way.
Other car businesses spend the money on forecourts, which has a rateable value and thereby they indirectly compensate the public for the disruption their operations cause by paying the correct taxes accordingly. This one is using public land for private purposes, paying nothing for it and seeking a competitive advantage over its rivals who don't break the law in this way. Techno3
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Fri 9 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Techno3; I was told, legal dealers have an agreement with local police/council, to allow them to park their excess cars on the roads by their premises, and the cars must be swapped around occasionally so no car stays in the road for too long; whatever, too long, is.
Techno3; I was told, legal dealers have an agreement with local police/council, to allow them to park their excess cars on the roads by their premises, and the cars must be swapped around occasionally so no car stays in the road for too long; whatever, too long, is. Thunderbird4
  • Score: -2

12:24pm Fri 9 May 14

mdj says...

I've often wondered why driving schools aren't hauled up under the same rules. At least these cars aren't clogging up the traffic, and turning quiet streets into obstacle courses.
I've often wondered why driving schools aren't hauled up under the same rules. At least these cars aren't clogging up the traffic, and turning quiet streets into obstacle courses. mdj
  • Score: 1

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