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Pressure is on after decision delayed on Stone bus company's jet wash plans

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals to install a pressure washer at a Stone bus depot have been put on hold by planners.

Townson Estates Plc want to change conditions imposed last year by Stafford Borough Council which prevent pressure washing on the site and limit outside work at their base at Walton Industrial Estate, in Beacon Road, Walton.

The company told the authority’s planning committee if it was refused the site wouldn’t be suitable for them to use.

Objector Robert Mackie, of Wood Lane, said: “The neighbours are strongly opposed to amendments to these amendments. These particular conditions were imposed and related to not working outside and not jet washing.”

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“In our opinion none of the noise reports carried out by the applicant’s consultants adequately address the concerns of neighbours and residents.”

Stone Town Councillor Jill Hood said the business was close to people's homes.

“Some of those buses are too big to fit into the unit so the cleaning and maintenance will be done outside. Planning permission was granted on the understanding there would be no outside repairing, servicing or maintenance carried out outside the confines of the building at any time.”

The committee voted unanimously to send the plans back to the applicant.

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