Residents in a quiet area of Arnold have expressed their ‘surprise’ as a neighbour was found to be selling cars from his house.
Gedling Borough Council is taking enforcement action over the unauthorised activity on Angela Close in Redhill.
It comes after the council made frequent attempts to stop the man, who admitted to selling “a few cars a month”, storing and selling vehicles at his home.
“It’s a shame that people have to do things like this,” said Michelle Proudfoot, who lives on the corner of the street.
“I didn’t know anything about it. I’m surprised as there’s not usually any trouble around here. It’s a nice area.”
The council was first made aware of the activity in April, after complainants showed officials photos and registration logs alleging he was trading cars.
Iris Aukland, 85, retired, lives added: “I’m amazed actually, because normally we don’t have any problems around here, especially on the close, it’s definitely out of character.
“I’d like to see enforcement taken.”
A resident on the close, who wished to remain anonymous, commented that the street had become busier.
After receiving a letter of warning in May, the man, who rents the house, failed to stop.
A planning contravention notice (PCN) was served on the tenant and property owner on July 6, before another car was seen on sale at the property in August with an internet advert.
The neighbour assured the council he would stop in September, however in a report, the council said: “The council has, however, received reports that cars are still being stored at the property in relation to the business.”
A spokesperson for Gedling Borough Council said: “We’ve received a number of complaints about a residential property being used for business purposes in connection with the motor trade.
“The business is unauthorised and has made an unacceptable impact upon local residents, and we will take the appropriate action to ensure that commercial activities cease at the property.”