Tuesday, 17 July 2018

‘Quiet’ car wash set to open at rugby club

A CAR wash is set to be opened at Henley Rugby Club.

A CAR wash is set to be opened at Henley Rugby Club.

Stephen Edwards, of Shiplake Bottom, Peppard, wants to use nine parking spaces at Dry Leas to create an open-sided metal tube structure with a plastic fabric canopy.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended his application is approved having previously voted against it due to concerns about the noise produced by the jet washer with a compressor and generator and the loss of parking spaces.

An acoustics test was carried out in which seven readings were taken from three locations, including Swiss Farm and Phyllis Court.

Mr Edwards said traffic noise from Marlow Road “far exceeded” the sound of the car wash’s motor which wasn’t even recorded in two readings.

He said the parking spaces were allocated for administrative staff at the club and the London Wasps, an affiliated club, as well as the Citizens Advice Bureau and no public parking spaces would be affected.

Councillor Sam Evans said she supported the application, adding: “We don’t have a car wash at that end of the town and we know how busy the other one in town is.”

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said the decision had hinged on the acoustics test so the application should be permitted.

Committee chairman Dieter Hinke said he was satisfied with the test results but was still concerned about the route of the drainage pipe because it was close to trees.

The car wash would be open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 4pm on Saturdays but closed on Sundays. It would employ two full-time and two part-time staff.

A final decision will be made by South Oxfordshire District Council, which has already given Tesco permission to open a car wash at its store off Reading Road.

The supermarket is convert ing ing nine parking spaces into a hand wash and valeting service with a canopy and cabin.

Meanwhile, councillors have met a developer who wants to convert a former boathouse in Henley into two homes.

Mulberry Estates, which owns Parrots Yard in Thames Side, wanted to build three two-bedroom houses in the space behind the Chocolate Theatre Café.

In January, an application for the demolition of two outbuildings was approved by South Oxfordshire District Council but an application for the houses was withdrawn after the town council criticised it on the grounds of design and overdevelopment.

Now Mulberry Estates is set to submit revised plans for only two houses after company representatives Jeff Lowe and Peter Emmett met members of the planning committee.

The new houses would be built away from the existing properties and the developer has lowered the proposed height of the windows following concerns about privacy. There would be eight parking spaces.

Residents of Friday Street will be invited to meet the developers to discuss the proposals.

Cllr Hinke called the meeting with Mr Lowe and Mr Emmett “excellent” adding: “There’s a feeling that they want to work with people in Henley.”

Cllr Evans said: “If people want to work with the planning committee like that and if they have good ideas, they can approach us. We would like more people to do that.”

In the Twenties, a boathouse was built in the yard for use by boat builders Jack Arlett & Sons. There were offices with flats above the boathouse.

The site was bought by Mr M Parrot in the Eighties before permission was granted in 1991 for the ground-floor building to be converted into a café.

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