Liberal Democrat councillor demands action on illegal Noel Park car wash

Councillor Fiyaz Mughal, Liberal Democrat councillor for Noel Park ward, is demanding urgent action to close down a car wash operating without the required planning permission.

Cllr Mughal first raised this issue in April after receiving numerous letters from local residents expressing their concerns. However, seven months after the issue was raised no action has been taken by Haringey Council.

In 2005 Station Cars applied for planning permission to turn their business from a car sales yard into a car washing business. This application was turned down by Haringey Council on the grounds that “the proposal would have a significant detrimental impact on adjoining residents, pedestrians, the amenity of the area and the character of the adjoining conservation area”. However, a car wash business continues to operate on the premises.

Fiyaz Mughal has written many times to the Enforcement Action Team at Haringey Council since he was first made aware of the problem in April 2008.

Fiyaz Mughal commented:

“I am extremely disappointed by the reaction of Haringey Council to this issue. The car wash is causing a great deal of concern to residents and I’ve written to the Enforcement Action Team on numerous occasions asking them to intervene. If the car wash is allowed to continue trading it will make a mockery of Haringey Council’s business planning regulations.

“Haringey Council clearly turned down the application and now it should enforce its decision. Entrepreneurs should be encouraged, but they must operate within the law.”