A hand car wash business has been opened in Bishop’s Waltham without planning permission sparking fears over the possible environmental impact on the nearby ponds.
The car wash has been set up on the site of the former Esso petrol station in Winchester Road, next to the North Pond and what will shortly become a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
A substance has today been spotted on the surface of a section of the North pond and at least one dead bird has been seen, although it is unclear as to whether this is connected to the car wash.
BW North Pond Conservation Group (BWNPCG) has met with Winchester City Councillor David McClean and discussed the matter and concerns with the Parish Clerk.
Eric Birbeck, Vice-Chair of the BWNPCG, said: “The matter is now in the hands of the Winchester District Planning Committee, of which Cllr McClean is a member and the Parish Planning Committee discussed the matter last evening.
“The BWNPCG have also informed the Environmental Agency of the proposed operation of the Hand Car Wash previously and we shall be returning to them, I believe of some urgency.
“I have on behalf of the BWNPCG requested that the site be closed until such time as a planning application (Retrospective) has been received.”
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