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Car wash plan could create 'havoc' in Totton
1:30pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Shiny Car Wash Ltd wants to open a branch beside one of the main Totton to Southampton roads in a move that would create the equivalent of five full-time jobs.
But the site in Commercial Road, Totton, is opposite the entrance to a retail park containing some of the town’s biggest stores.
It is also near a bend opposite land on which fast food giant McDonald’s is planning to open a restaurant and drive-thru facility.
The car wash scheme came under fire at a meeting of Totton and Eling Town Council’s planning committee.
Cllr Neville Penman cited the problems likely to be caused by cars queuing to turn into the site and said: “It’s going to cause havoc.”
Cllr George Dart added: “That section of road is particularly dangerous and with McDonald’s in prospect goodness knows what will happen. I’m extremely concerned about the potential highway hazards.”
The committee agreed to recommend New Forest District Council to reject the application.
Cllr David Harrison, a member of both authorities, said: “I don’t think it would add anything at all to the quality of the town.
“And if I were living in nearby Causeway Crescent I’d be very concerned about the prospect of car doors slamming and all the associated banter.”
The district council has already received a letter of objection from a Causeway Crescent resident.
‘Pollution’ Juliana Biasio said: “I have two young children who play in the garden and I will not be happy to expose them to chemical pollution and nuisances.
“My two-year-old son has asthma and I fear it will worsen his condition.”
A design and access statement accompanying the planning application says the proposed development will improve the appearance of the town centre site.
It adds: “Care has been taken to site noise-generating activities away from residential properties at the rear of the site.
“There is sufficient on-site parking to prevent queuing onto the road.”
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