PLANNERS were split over controversial plans to install a pressure washer at a bus company’s base.
Townson Estates applied to change conditions imposed last year barring them from working outside at the base in Walton Industrial Estate, Beacon Road.
Objector Robert Mackie, of Wood Lane, told a meeting of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee: “Residents are still very strongly opposed to the amendments. The fact we are continuing to have this debate proves beyond reasonable doubt the premises are not fit for purpose.”
The plans had already been deferred in April so the company could reconsider but they said there was no evidence to suggest the plans were unacceptable.
Ward Councillor Jill Hood said: “The conditions were imposed to protect these residents. We are told the 10-feet-high acoustic fence will solve the noise for the residents but it will not be effective because it only covers the pressure washing area.”
Councillor Geoff Collier said: “I would never have agreed in the first place I had known there was going to be pressure washing on that site.”
Members were asked to approve the application subject to a condition imposing a 10-minute maximum on washing the buses.
Councillor Ian Hollinshead said: “I’m a bit concerned about putting the 10-minute condition on. Who is going to adhere with that, who’s going to enforce it. I can’t see it’s going to make any difference.”
With the committee tied at seven votes for and against, chairman Councillor Stan Highfield used his casting vote to push the plans through.