Damage dampens neighbourhood spirit Jaime Shurmer
A DISPUTE over damp has a Willetton karate school and neighbouring car detailer at odds.
West Coast Karate School property owner Brian Sullivan billed Innomotive’s Kevin Chong $550 for the clean-up of mould under the mats in the karate school.
He also commissioned Dynamic Planning for $5000, which determined the karate school’s water issue was coming from the floor and not the roof.
Mr Chong bought the building last year and had Innomotive fully operational in February this year – but without approvals from the City of Canning or the Water Corporation.
Innomotive sought the relevant approvals after the karate school complained. Mr Chong said they had not used the car wash bay for four months.
The business had also been releasing water into a street drain but now has a pump to transfer filtered waste water to the sewer.
The City of Canning has determined the neighbours’ dispute to be a civil matter.
Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron said City officers were contacted about 12 times by Mr Sullivan and Dynamic Planning from June 9, which prompted them to investigate.
Innomotive was instructed to seek the necessary approvals which it secured from the city October 11.
When the Canning Times visited the street last week, the water-proofed washbay with perimeter gutter was not in use, although car washing was occurring at the site.
Mr Chong said he had given the karate school the benefit of the doubt over its complaints about the cause of mould and had stopped washing cars inside. But he claimed the buildings also had existing issues with leaks in heavy rain.
He questioned the design of the school and its ventilation and suggested a garden bed up against the side wall could also have contributed to causing damp.
The Water Corporation has a setback to the right of the karate school and a water holding/drainage area, which is used by helitacs in the event of a nearby fire, is to the right of that lane.
Mr Chong has not paid the $550 bill and said he had spent thousands of dollars getting the relevant approvals and upgrades to install a compliant washbay.
West Coast Karate has billed a car detailer for the clean up of mould.