Packet push helps fix Falmouth eyesore engine

Falmouth Packet: The mechanic heads back to his car after fixing the flat tyre The mechanic heads back to his car after fixing the flat tyre

The local MP first heard about it eight months ago, and it's had a flat tyre for at least a year, but now - after a little push from the Packet - the old fire engine on North Parade in Falmouth is looking serviceable again.

A mechanic from Redruth (pictured above) was spotted replacing the front nearside wheel of the old engine last Thursday, the week after it first appeared in the pages of this paper.

(BELOW) The fire engine on North Parade as it looked earlier this month

Falmouth Packet: Readers see red over former fire engine on Falmouth street

Readers took to thepacket.co.uk in their droves to question why the vehicle seemingly didn't need an MOT and therefore presumably wasn't taxed or insured.

Police inspector for the area Steve Lenney got in touch to say: “we need to hopefully address the issue” while MP Sarah Newton had been informed by Cornwall Council's Environmental Protection Team that “the vehicle was legally parked, had an up-to-date tax disc” and that “there was no action they could take.”

Falmouth Packet: Fire Engine North Parade Tyre Change 5

(ABOVE) The mechanic removes a busted wheel from the engine

The owner, local builder Adam Levey, said the “nice, wide” bit of road was “an ideal place to put it” until he could move it to a piece of land “at the other end of town.”

But an irate neighbour scuppered his plans, he claims, after they let down the engine's tyre.

“When you have actually got people worried about who parks near them because it might devalue their properties then you have got a problem in society,” he said.

“If I was looking at a place to buy I certainly wouldn't be put off by the fact that someone owns a boat or a fire engine.”

Mr Levey thinks that there is “an apartheid on working people” in the town, adding: “this is Falmouth in Cornwall, not Surrey in the Home Counties.”

He argues that because the vehicle is “100 per cent a fire engine” it is MOT-exempt and he has even considered selling it on as a fire engine “to another country.”

He said: “Possibly in the future I might have other plans but it just seemed like a very good vehicle for its price. It was quite cheap and I have not actually thought about the use of it yet.”

(This despite the fact that a council spokesperson seems to think that “he has plans for the vehicle.”)

Falmouth Packet: Fire Engine Falmouth North Parade Tyre Change 4

(ABOVE) Inspecting the new tyre for the fire engine on North Parade

Danny Murphy, from Merseyside Fire Service Museum, was the owner of the engine about five years ago.

He said: “It served in the museum fleet as a support vehicle and did sterling service.”

Bought “brand new” as one of six from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service the engine “was ideal for rural roads,” Danny said and according to the number plate at least, it was registered between 1987 and 1988.

After its time in Merseyside it was sold “surplus to requirements” to someone in Gloucester and that was the last Danny heard of it until now.

And he's not happy because the vehicle “still carries our brand service name,” he said - without the museum's permission to use it.

(BELOW) "Merseyside Fire Service Museum" branding can still be clearly seen on the side of the engine:

Falmouth Packet: Fire Engine Falmouth North Parade Tyre Change 3

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Read how it was the Packet 'wot won it': 

Readers see red over beat-up fire engine on Falmouth street

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10:12am Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I don't think it is necessarily that people think that any vehicle parked outside their homes could devalue their properties, although it actually could make selling a property more difficult, I believe one of the reasons people object is because if they pay tax insurance etc and abide by the rules they feel that everyone should. Additionally that it could be deemed unfair to take up a large space in a public parking bay for a consistently long time without moving a vehicle.
I don't think it is necessarily that people think that any vehicle parked outside their homes could devalue their properties, although it actually could make selling a property more difficult, I believe one of the reasons people object is because if they pay tax insurance etc and abide by the rules they feel that everyone should. Additionally that it could be deemed unfair to take up a large space in a public parking bay for a consistently long time without moving a vehicle. Gill Zella Martin 09

12:10pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Wave says...

Do you need permission to have branding on your own private property?
I doubt it.
You can have any kind of visual art on your own property. It would only be wrong to trade or act as that business.
I might be wrong though.
Do you need permission to have branding on your own private property? I doubt it. You can have any kind of visual art on your own property. It would only be wrong to trade or act as that business. I might be wrong though. Wave

12:27pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I had 'Ford' (as in Fords cars) on a massive great logo all over one car I owned.

Can't have 'Police' on my car though.
I had 'Ford' (as in Fords cars) on a massive great logo all over one car I owned. Can't have 'Police' on my car though. Gill Zella Martin 09

12:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

oldsoldier says...

Ford may have liked the advertising, but you still can't use any ones registered Logo or brand without permission. I must raise the Tax and MOT point again, as I always say (and have already said) all areas of authority roll over so easily when the subject is "too dificult", below is the law on exemptions, how would you interpret it? Fire engines etc.
4.—(1) A fire engine is an exempt vehicle.
(2) In sub-paragraph (1) "fire engine" means a vehicle which—
(a) is constructed or adapted for use for the purpose of fire fighting or
salvage (or both), and
(b) is used solely for the purposes of a fire brigade (whether or not one
maintained under the Fire Services Act 1947 or the Fire Services 1947 c. 41.
(Northern Ireland) Order 1984). S.I. 1984/1821
(N.I.l 1).
5. A vehicle which is kept by a fire authority is an exempt vehicle when it is
being used or kept on a road for the purposes of the authority's fire brigade
service

Please note that there is another "Party Fire Engine" in the area, taxed or not?
Ford may have liked the advertising, but you still can't use any ones registered Logo or brand without permission. I must raise the Tax and MOT point again, as I always say (and have already said) all areas of authority roll over so easily when the subject is "too dificult", below is the law on exemptions, how would you interpret it? Fire engines etc. 4.—(1) A fire engine is an exempt vehicle. (2) In sub-paragraph (1) "fire engine" means a vehicle which— (a) is constructed or adapted for use for the purpose of fire fighting or salvage (or both), and (b) is used solely for the purposes of a fire brigade (whether or not one maintained under the Fire Services Act 1947 or the Fire Services 1947 c. 41. (Northern Ireland) Order 1984). S.I. 1984/1821 (N.I.l 1). 5. A vehicle which is kept by a fire authority is an exempt vehicle when it is being used or kept on a road for the purposes of the authority's fire brigade service Please note that there is another "Party Fire Engine" in the area, taxed or not? oldsoldier

12:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

If that is true that it does not need an MOT just because it is a fire engine then I think the law should be changed, because there is in my opinion a vast difference between a fire appliance being used by the fire service and obviously kept in a good road worthy condition thus keeping the fire fighters safe and other road users, to that of one owned by a private individual that could drive it around in an unroadworthy condition and put other road users at risk.
If that is true that it does not need an MOT just because it is a fire engine then I think the law should be changed, because there is in my opinion a vast difference between a fire appliance being used by the fire service and obviously kept in a good road worthy condition thus keeping the fire fighters safe and other road users, to that of one owned by a private individual that could drive it around in an unroadworthy condition and put other road users at risk. Gill Zella Martin 09

3:59pm Fri 1 Feb 13

GrahamHarris says...

I thought the tyre was looking smart the other day! :-)

Now it can move, please can the owner think about getting it off the road somewhere.
I thought the tyre was looking smart the other day! :-) Now it can move, please can the owner think about getting it off the road somewhere. GrahamHarris

6:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13

livealittle says...

Why? What harm was it doing? Actually I thought it brightened up a morning stroll towards Penryn
Why? What harm was it doing? Actually I thought it brightened up a morning stroll towards Penryn livealittle

1:49pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Wave says...

It's fine where it is as long as it pays for tax disc in my opinion.
It's fine where it is as long as it pays for tax disc in my opinion. Wave

5:30pm Sat 2 Feb 13

molesworth says...

Talking of logos - I have made my vehicle suppliers over the last 20 years remove all traces of manufacturer's logos from the new vehicles they have supplied me. The vehicles actually look better for it as well. No ugly type and ridiculous words spoiling the bodywork. I also never wear branded clothing. It's just my thing. Why should I help advertise brands free of charge?
Talking of logos - I have made my vehicle suppliers over the last 20 years remove all traces of manufacturer's logos from the new vehicles they have supplied me. The vehicles actually look better for it as well. No ugly type and ridiculous words spoiling the bodywork. I also never wear branded clothing. It's just my thing. Why should I help advertise brands free of charge? molesworth

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