Dam­age damp­ens neigh­bour­hood spirit Jaime Shurmer

Canning Times - - NEWS -

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.

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