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U.K. Car Wash Keeps Pub In Business

Joshua Carney sits outside his pub and the car wash that operates outside. | Witney Gazette

Joshua Carney sits outside his pub and the car wash that operates outside. | Witney Gazette

The owner of a pub near Oxford, England is hoping that an upcoming meeting of his district council won’t spell the end for his establishment. The Witney Gazette reports that residents of the surrounding Sanford neighborhood have complained about the car wash attached to his pub. They say noise and traffic, especially on weekends, make the location an eyesore for residents.

The pub Catherine Wheel, rents out a portion of its facility to the car wash, which charges $5 for a hand wash. Residents don’t like that the car wash operates out of the pub’s parking lot, taking up spaces and causing traffic jams. The pub’s owner Joshua Carney took over the pub’s lease two years ago and had the car wash move into the parking lot. He said the location helps them and the extra rent helps his pub stay in operation.

“It’s completely harmless, they are just trying to get by and do business,” Carney said. “They are nice people.”

A local resident complained that the extra cars causes a disturbance, especially when vacuums and pressure washers are running on weekends. She also complained that the signs directing patrons to the hand wash were unsightly and out of character for the surrounding area’s aesthetic.

The district council will meet June 14 to consider granting retroactive permission for the wash to continue operation. But they also reserve the right to nix the business at that time. Carney is hoping they grant a type of variance to allow the car wash to stay in business.



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