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We told you last week about how plans for a car wash in a derelict site in Alexan­dria had been met with fierce op­po­si­tion.

Res­i­dents had ral­lied to ob­ject to the pro­posal for the gap site on North Street. Lo­cal peo­ple shared their views on the ap­pli­ca­tion which was later thrown out by West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee (see page 12 for de­tails).

Ge­orgie Mooney said: “A great idea.To get a de­cent car wash we ei­ther need to take the car to Dum­bar­ton or Dal­muir as the lo­cal car wash places leave your car look­ing like it’s not been cleaned.”

Jackie Whi­ley added: “It’s not the best place to put it fac­ing right into my house.

“The noise and the fact loads of kids play around cars there are bad enough as it is with­out bring­ing more traf­fic to the area.”

Ste­wart Bow­ers made the point: “To­tally agree this land needs de­vel­oped as it is derelict and is a com­plete eye­sore... but not with money mak­ing firms. Rather than putting an­other larger profit mak­ing busi­ness into a town area vastly rid­den with poverty and de­pri­va­tion, why can’t we put some­thing back into the com­mu­nity to serve and ben­e­fit all in the Vale?

“There are al­ready a num­ber of small busi­nesses pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent stan­dards of car wash ser­vices that pro­vide an af­ford­able and ef­fi­cient ser­vice to the area.

“Lo­cal small busi­nesses rely heav­ily on the ex­ist­ing pop­u­la­tion of cus­tomers to stay afloat.

“An­other profit mak­ing car wash would only un­der­mine the ex­ist­ing busi­nesses in the area, driv­ing the smaller firms out. This space of land could be ex­tended to a mul­ti­tude of com­mu­nity-based ser­vices for both young and old. For years now lo­cal coun­cils have stripped our li­braries, play parks, drop-in cen­tres and com­mu­nity cen­tres to the point noth­ing is left.

“We don’t need more busi­ness we need some­thing for our kids and fam­i­lies now.”

Michael McKer­nan said: “As a res­i­dent of North Street I feel there is way too much traf­fic as it is with­out mak­ing it worse with a car wash at the bot­tom of the street.

“There are loads of chil­dren who play very close to the road as there is nowhere else for them to go.”

Liz Grace said:“This site was sup­posed to be a kids play­ground, to re­place the one that the new houses at top of the road was built upon.

“Got the houses - no play area for the kids.”

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