A BID to operate a car wash business which neighbours say has cause them problems with noise in Marehay was approved by councillors on Monday night.
Sherzad Mohammad successfully applied to Amber Valley Borough Council for retrospective permission to operate the car wash and valeting service from the forecourt of what was D B Auto Plus, on Derby Road.
Neighbour Peter Alldread said: “This all started in April, 2010, when all of a sudden we were woken up by a car wash. We have suffered ever since. No matter what happens to this it will keep going on and on.” An application to change the site’s use from a car sales pitch was refused in December, 2010, on planning and environmental grounds, and concerns from residents about noise. But an enforcement notice served in March 2011, giving Mr Mohammed three months to shut down, was held in abeyance after he applied for permission again and offered to install a Perspex screen to reduce the noise. Council officers told the planning board the noise levels, monitored by Environmental Health experts, were not found to be a statutory nuisance, and recommended the application be approved. But councillors were concerned about the application and voiced their doubts that any conditions or monitoring could be enforced.
Cllr Marlene Bennet said: “Here we are bending over backwards. We should get some teeth and tell these people enough is enough.”
Cllr Allen King said: “Thirteen months on and they’re still trading. It seems to be a complete mockery.”
The application was approved by six votes to four.