Residents' fury over plans for car wash behind Doncaster village social club

Residents have reacted with fury over plans to install a car wash behind a Doncaster village social club.

Thursday, 7th November 2019, 1:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th November 2019, 11:39 am
Concerned residents pictured on Ings Lane, opposing the proposed hand car wash. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

Applicant Kujtim Uka wants permission from Doncaster Council to operate a site behind the Skellow Social Club off Ings Lane.

Council planners at DMBC are recommending members of the planning committee grant the application for 12 months before a review of the activity decides if it can continue past that time.

But residents are strongly opposed to the development and have sent in 46 separate letters to the council raising concerns over traffic, noise and the impact on the surrounding environment.

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Residents from Stuart Corner Sanctuary Housing supported living apartments have also signed an eight-signature petition.

Ward councillors Austen White and John Gilliver have also objected and asked for the proposal to be discussed at the planning committee.

He raised concerns over the environment, pollution and the impact on the residential area, as well as the highway safety.

Lead objector Terence Hall, who lives close to the site, said the village was against the proposal and added that two hand car washes were already in operation nearby.

“Over 300 residents in Skellow have complained to the council objecting to this car wash, via phone calls, emails, letters to DMBC and protest banners,” he said.

“We do not want this – we have voiced our concerns, regarding noise, pollution, traffic and the junction of Ings lane and Skellow Road cannot cope with more traffic as it is struggling now.

“A-five-year-old was knocked down at the same spot a few months ago.“The supposed site is across from an old peoples home that could not cope with this across from flats where people also work night shifts and have banners already in there windows.

“Locals that are concerned about toxic chemicals spewing into drains, rivers and air born particles giving us breathing problems.”

Documents show if approved, the car wash would be open 9am to 5pm Monday – Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Highways, pollution control and ecology teams within the council were consulted and raised no objections following amendments to the scheme.

Planning officer Alicia Murray, said: “The proposal is considered to be acceptable as it would not result in a significantly detrimental impact to the highway safety of the area, or residential amenity in terms of noise and hours etc.

“There would be no harm to the drainage of the area or to natural environment surrounding the site.

The development would not have environmental, social, or economic issues and is therefore recommended for approval on a temporary basis of 12 months to monitor the impact and ensure if there is any harm the development can be controlled and an assessment made regarding future permissions.”