New car wash business due at eyesore site
PLANS to convert a former garage into a car wash and valetting centre have been backed by town councillors.
Businessman Mohammad Zhaleh, of Tunstall, wants to open the venture on the site of a former tyre and exhaust centre in Broad Street, Leek.
The business would create eight jobs, and open every day, from 8am to 6pm.
The tyre operation closed about seven years ago and the plot has previously been offered to developers for housing. The final decision will rest with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Leek Mayor Barry Cowie said: "I think the site is an eyesore. Let's get rid of it and get something decent there."
Fellow councillor Neal Podmore said residents had complained to him about the rundown state of the garage, which had become a target for anti-social behaviour.
He said: "The buildings look an eyesore and are an absolute disgrace on a main road into Leek.
"It is evidently an issue for local residents and local business. What people who are coming into Leek for the first time must think I don't know – it creates a negative image for the town.
"This has been an issue for some time and hopefully we can get a satisfactory resolution to the issue in the near future."