Sue Nicholas wrote:
Various councillors have taken up the case .
Sue, yes, various councillors say they have looked into this, but in fact have done nothing to help resolve this matter, if they had, why have no enforcement notices been issued to the site operator even though be blatantly breaches planning daily in full view of all.
Why is the car wash allowed to be a daily danger to the Highways, the Public and the Environment?
Why is the car wash allowed to breach conditions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of its planning daily without sanction?
Why has DDC refused to acknowledge the independent acoustics report which we commissioned, that clearly shows the car wash breaches the sound level restriction placed on the site? DDC has had that report since December last year and has still refused to acknowledge its findings.
Why in a letter to us of the 14th of June 2021 did DDC try and shut us up and remove our legal right to write to individual members of the council and particular officers dealing with this matter?
Why, when we requested that may be it might be a good idea to have a new set of eyes from DDC on this matter and it might be prudent that the present DDC case officer was removed from the case due to fears that the case officer in question was showing possible bias in favour of the car wash operator, why was this fair and reasonable request for a new set of eyes refused?
Why has DDC refused to answer the simple questions posed by our solicitors over the planning permission of the site for over 16 weeks even after numerous letters to them?
Why has DDC refused to answer our freedom of information requests relating to exchanges between Mr McEwen, DDC’s enforcement officer on the case, and Mr Karim, the site operator?
Why has new signage been erected on the site without planning permission and without enforcement action to date being taken by DDC?
Why has DDC allowed a new graphic design business to sub-let the site and trade for business up to 18 hours a day (up to 3:30AM!!) seven days a week without being made to apply for planning permission?
Why has DDC allowed the site to effectively now stay operating while in total breach of its planning as granted, thus in reality operate without the correct planning permission for the number and nature of businesses now trading from the site?
Why has DDC totally refused to respect and protect our human rights and our mental and physical wellbeing, even though they have been repeatedly informed that the unregulated operation of the car wash breaches our human rights and causes damage to both our mental and physical wellbeing?
Why has DDC failed to protect and enhance its Castle Conservation area and the listed buildings adjacent to the car wash from both damage of setting and physical damage?
Why has DDC allowed hazardous waste to be discharged into the environment since the car wash site was opened without once questioning the danger to public health and the environment?
In short, why has all the above been allowed to happen?
Maybe the courts can get to the bottom of why DDC seems hell-bent on protecting the freeholder and car wash operator at all cost, and is dead-set on allowing them to do whatever they choose on the site, no matter at what cost it takes on others, the environment and the reputation of Dover and its historical assets in the eyes of the world.
All we’ve ever asked is for DDC to protect our human rights and for them to fully enforce their own planning conditions that they themselves set when allowing permission for the car wash in light of both Highways safety and residential amenity, and for DDC to also enforce other planning and environmental regulations that the site persists daily in breaching.
Do good and throw it in the sea...