Fear mechanics will swear among objections to new garage plans in Wednesbury

Plans for a garage in Sandwell are being opposed as some residents fear mechanics there will swear.

Old Water Works in Wednesbury. Photo: Sandwell Council
Old Water Works in Wednesbury. Photo: Sandwell Council

The threat of foul-mouthed engineers is one of many objections to a vehicle repair shop at the Old Water Works on Brunswick Park Trading Estate in Wednesbury.

But council officers have said the prospect of spanner-wielding mechanics turning the air blue is not grounds for refusing permission.

In a report to Sandwell Council‘s planning committee, one unnamed opponent claimed: “The language used by the works is not acceptable in a residential area.”

However, council bosses say development laws don’t cover swear words.

They warn councilors: “Residents should not have to listen to any inappropriate language, however this falls outside the scope of planning considerations, as such matters can be reported to and dealt with by the anti-social behaviour team of the council.”

Hobbyist

Other unusual objections include disturbance to birds nesting in nearby trees and a breach of the Human Rights Act.

Mr Bhupinder Singh Bhandal is asking the council to allow him to use the site for storing and carrying out repairs on his privately owned seven cars, three vans and and two motorcycles.

The extraordinary protests are among more conventional objections including concerns over parking , noise nuisance and fears the garage will eventually be used to sell vehicles.

Objectors have said a previous application for a repair shop selling used tyres on the site had been rejected by the planning inspectorate

Recommending councillors grant temporary permission for two years, a senior planning officer said: “I fully understand the objector’s concerns regarding noise and disturbance to nearby residents. However, this application differs from the previous refusal as the use proposed is not of a commercial nature and is used for a hobbyist.”

The application will be discussed by the planning committee on November 4.

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