IT is probably one of the last places you would expect to encounter a rusted and abandoned car.
But well-to-do Stockbridge – recently named best place to live in Britain – boasts three.
The eyesore vehicles are understood to have been left in the same place close to the Raeburn Bar for at least nine months.
And because the car park where the cars have been dumped does not require a permit, it remains unclear what powers are available to have them removed.
An investigation is now been launched to find out who is the registered keeper of the untaxed red BMW, silver Toyota Avensis and a white Ford Escort van.
The city council said it was aware of the vehicles causing concern and officers are looking into the status of the land amid confusion over ownership.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, branded the situation a “disgrace”.
He said: “This is a lovely area and arguably one of the finest places to live in Britain. But this is blighting the area and creates a really bad impression. One of the cars has been there so long it has Christmas decorations in the back.”
Another man working in a nearby business added: “It’s an inconvenience. If they were moved that would free up some spaces. The council has been notified of the problem but they are not sure themselves who owns the land.”
It is understood that not all the vehicles are owned by the same person.
Gavin Barrie, SNP councillor for Inverleith, said: “This matter needs to be addressed. People can’t be allowed to abandon vehicles like this and hopefully we will be able to find a way to deal with it. This is unacceptable and I am happy to contact council officers to get further details and to find out what may or may not be possible to alleviate this situation.”
A city council spokeswoman said it would investigate any reports of abandoned vehicles and take appropriate action if required.
She added: “Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood office if they suspect a vehicle has been abandoned.”
In March, Stockbridge was named best Scottish place to settle down by the Sunday Times.