‘Eyesore’ car wash screen remains up

SPLASHDOWN: The screen at Diamond Car Wash in St John’s must be taken down following complaints from neighbours.

SPLASHDOWN: The screen at Diamond Car Wash in St John’s must be taken down following complaints from neighbours.

First published in News

THE future of an “eyesore” plastic screen at a Worcester car wash remains uncertain a week after councillors ordered it to be torn down.

The three-metre plastic fence at the Diamond Car Wash, on Bromwich Road, St John’s, was put up last December following complaints from residents about noise and spray from the business.

Although the screen – officially designated an ‘acoustic structure’ – was intended to shield residents from noise from the business, neighbours had said it was not doing its job and asked for it to be removed.

It was set up without planning permission and last week it was refused retrospective consent by Worcester City Council’s planning committee, meaning the business must take the screen down as soon as possible.However, manager Jali Karin did not know about the decision until a reporter from your Worcester News visited the business on Tuesday afternoon.

He said he would consider what action to take once he had received an official notification from the council.

“We’re not going to remove it until we have something from them,” he said.

“It was put there because of concerns from neighbours so something has got to be done about that.

“We’re not going to shut the business just because we have to take the screen away.”

A spokesman from the council said the authority would be serving an enforcement notice on the business requiring them to remove the screen, although they anticipated it may be removed voluntarily.

None of the people living nearby wanted to comment.

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9:23pm Wed 7 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Pathetic people complaining. It's not even an eyesore..as long as it's kept clean it shouldn't be a problem to anyone. Put a conservatory type roof on it if possible, will look better and not as flimsy.
Pathetic people complaining. It's not even an eyesore..as long as it's kept clean it shouldn't be a problem to anyone. Put a conservatory type roof on it if possible, will look better and not as flimsy. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 8

9:41pm Wed 7 Aug 13

brooksider says...

At least it has highlighted the lethargy within our City Council.
I wonder how long it will take them to put the notification in the post?
At least it has highlighted the lethargy within our City Council. I wonder how long it will take them to put the notification in the post? brooksider
  • Score: 2

11:33pm Wed 7 Aug 13

tub_thumper says...

"None of the people living nearby wanted to comment".

I wonder why...
"None of the people living nearby wanted to comment". I wonder why... tub_thumper
  • Score: 2

7:18am Thu 8 Aug 13

jb says...

I drove past yesterday and it's gone, so are we now just waiting for those poor neighbours to complain about something else? When you see guys working and earning a living but are hassled by such petty people it really doesn't reflect well on the city or the council .
I drove past yesterday and it's gone, so are we now just waiting for those poor neighbours to complain about something else? When you see guys working and earning a living but are hassled by such petty people it really doesn't reflect well on the city or the council . jb
  • Score: 6

8:38am Thu 8 Aug 13

pronstar says...

notANOTHERbrillianth
eadline
wrote:Put a conservatory type roof on it if possible, will look better and not as flimsy.

Genius! How anyone else hasn't thought of that I don't know.
[quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline [/bold] wrote:Put a conservatory type roof on it if possible, will look better and not as flimsy.[/p][/quote] Genius! How anyone else hasn't thought of that I don't know. pronstar
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7:27am Fri 9 Aug 13

Keith B says...

This is the dilemma. Resident never want ANYTHING that disturbs their lives yet will happily use a service if it is located elsewhere. I must admit I am just the same. Meanwhile we cry out for jobs and this business is providing them, all be it for non indigenous people, who are at least willing to get off their backsides.

Worcester Council reaction worries me. Is their FIRST reaction to issue an enforcement notice? Why not write a letter telling the owners of the decision and ask them nicely to remove the screens. Then if they don't that's the time for enforcement.

Mind you, ask the city council to take up a trading standards issue against a national company, and you get a complete blank. Enforcement only applies to small businesses!
This is the dilemma. Resident never want ANYTHING that disturbs their lives yet will happily use a service if it is located elsewhere. I must admit I am just the same. Meanwhile we cry out for jobs and this business is providing them, all be it for non indigenous people, who are at least willing to get off their backsides. Worcester Council reaction worries me. Is their FIRST reaction to issue an enforcement notice? Why not write a letter telling the owners of the decision and ask them nicely to remove the screens. Then if they don't that's the time for enforcement. Mind you, ask the city council to take up a trading standards issue against a national company, and you get a complete blank. Enforcement only applies to small businesses! Keith B
  • Score: 0

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