AN ILLEGAL car wash has been ordered to close by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority following a large number of complaints and concerns. The car wash was set up on land just off the A811 at Drymen Bridge that is next to the Endrick Water, a Special Area of Conservation.
The operators were served with a Temporary Stop Notice by the Park Authority at 3pm on 30 June 2017, requiring that activities on the site were stopped immediately.
The activities cited in the notice were for the unauthorised use of land for:
- the operation of commercial car washing;
- the siting of, and sale of food and drink from, a snack van; and
- the unauthorised display of advertisements relating to these activities.
The National Park Authority’s reasons stated in the notice said:
“The unauthorised activities specified above are a breach of planning control that has given rise to a significant number of public complaints about the inappropriate use and adverse appearance of the site, which is in plain public view from the A811 and adjacent to Drymen Bridge, a Category B Listed Building.
“In addition, the detergents and chemicals associated with car washing operations are potentially harmful to the adjacent watercourse which bounds the site to the north and east. The Endrick Water Special Area of Conservation is a European Protected Site on account of three qualifying interests namely Lampetra fluviiatilis (River lamprey), Lampetra planeri (Brook lamprey) and Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon).”
Stuart Mearns, Head of Rural Development & Planning for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, says: “While the Park Authority is keen to support entrepreneurial activity in the National Park, we cannot allow activity that blatantly disregards planning and environmental regulations and the process for establishing a business in the proper, legal way. This car wash was set up without any of these in place and we immediately started receiving complaints from residents and Drymen Community Council, concerned about inappropriate use of this site and risk to the Special Area of Conservation that it sits in. We welcome the removal of the signage this week and it appears that the operators are ceasing operations. We will continue to monitor this site to ensure compliance.”