18:37 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Parish council pours cold water over car wash plans

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

04/12/13 GV of the Rustic Cent - Derby Road, BurtonThe Rustic Centre on Derby Rd .Plans have been submitted to convert the location into a car wash 04/12/13 GV of the Rustic Cent - Derby Road, BurtonThe Rustic Centre on Derby Rd .Plans have been submitted to convert the location into a car wash

PLANS to change the Rustic Centre in Burton’s Derby Road into a car wash have received fierce oppositon from parish councillors.

Members of Stretton Parish Council claim the proposals would see a huge increase in traffic and cause safety issues for everyone using the busy road.

They also argued the site would produce an unacceptable amount of noise for people living nearby.

At their latest meeting, councillors agreed to ‘strongly oppose’ any plans to alter the former wood trading site into a hand car wash.

Councillor Malcolm Goode said: “Any vehicles waiting to use this car wash from out of town will clog up the road. It could block traffic right up to the A38.

“Plus, with all the money which has been spent to visibly improve that road, to stick a car wash on it negates the work they have done.”

Members also claimed that traffic could cause safety issues at the nearby Stretton Day Nursery.

As part of the application, which includes a toilet block and a waiting area for customers, a two-metre high screen would be erected at the roadside to prevent and cars which are passing from getting wet.

Concerns were raised about the impact it could have on people using the canal on the other side – particularly if chemicals were to escape into the water.

In a similar application for a car wash at Dover Road in Burton, dozens of residents complained about potential noise levels.

Parish council chairman John McKiernan said he was concerned this would also be an issue for people living near the Rustic Centre.

“The people living on the other side of the canal will see it, and there will be a lot of noise.

“And the traffic will be horrendous,” he added.

The plans, which also include siting for a hot food van, have been submitted by Zahid Akram & Hama Hewa.

They will be determined by East Staffordshire Borough Council at a later date.

There is another hand car wash down the road at Derby Turn.

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