Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has joined local residents and councillors to fight plans to open an eight-bay car wash on the site of Tooting Constitutional Club on Tooting High Street, SW17.
Local residents, members of the Tooting History Society and ward Councillors have been up in arms to oppose plans they believe would be an eye sore, on the site of a historical building. There are also concerns that the plans only include one access point, on Woodbury Street. Woodbury Street is already a narrow and congested residential road, and residents are worried a car wash could have a real impact on traffic and safety on the road.
Sadiq Khan MP has supported local residents by objecting to the planning application and has urged Wandsworth Council to put the concerns of local residents first.
This is part of the MP’s larger campaign to Save Our High Streets, which has included campaigns to save The Wheatsheaf pub in Tooting Bec from developers, objecting to the number of betting shops on our high street, and protecting the heritage of the Defoe Chapel, also on Tooting High Street.
Concerned residents have until 23rd September to object by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference 2014/4579. Click here to view the application and here to view Sadiq's objection.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“Woodbury Street is already used as a rat run by drivers hoping to avoid traffic at Tooting Broadway or on their way to St George’s, and I share local concerns that a car wash would only make traffic on the road worse and more dangerous.
“I would encourage anyone who shares our concerns to submit their objections before the 23rd. The more people who have their say, the more chance we have of making the council realise this carwash is a bad idea.”
“Over recent months I have been campaigning with local residents to Save Our High Streets; from over-development, from the over-saturation of betting shops and to protect our heritage. This application is just another example of why much-needed changes at government level are needed, to give our community more power to say no.”
Cllr Alaina MacDonald said:
"A busy car wash in this location is the last thing local residents need. As the local Labour councillor I will be working with the community to object to these plans and make sure that any development on this site reinforces the regeneration happening in Tooting, rather than undermine it.”
Click here to find out more about Sadiq's Save Our High Street campaign.