by Ian Shires on 14 August, 2019
An unauthorised car sales appears to be operating from the former Tardis Environmental site in Cannock Road, New Invention. It began life two to three months ago as car storage, which was when it was first brought to our attention. Naturally we asked Planning Enforcement to investigate.
The initial contact feedback was that it would be nothing more than just storing vehicles for an on-line car sales business. Since then it has become obvious that it’s more than just for the storage of cars and more and more it takes on the appearance of a car sales site. Either way, in our view, it would constitute a change of use in which case a planning application would be required. There is also a question mark about the use of the former office use on the site.
Many of you will know that the site is directly opposite the entrances of both New Invention Infants and Junior Schools. It’s also next to a busy pedestrian crossing and a few doors away is New Invention Health Centre. You really could not pick a worse place for a car sales business.
This is just one of many sites across the borough which are under investigation by Walsall Council’s Planning Enforcement Team. We say Team, but in reality we are talking about two hard pressed officers, whose job it is to pursue all the issues like this one across a town with a population of around 270,000 people. Is it any wonder ordinary hard working people feel so frustrated by a system which is stacked against them?
We are demanding that, because of its location near two schools on a busy road through our area, urgent action is taken to bring this potentially dangerous situation to a close.2 Comments