FEARS have been raised that a proposed auto business on a Bognor Regis commercial site could harm vulnerable adults.
The intended vehicle repair and MoT testing centre would be next to Frame of Mind vocational training community interest company on Arun Business Park.
Frame of Mind founder Ian Bates said it worked with adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia. “The safety of our vulnerable clients would be put at risk by the great increase in traffic being moved in and around our unit which is next door.
“Parking is already full to capacity and any extra vehicles parked in and around the area would create a major hazard due to limited access and visibility.”
He said the noise from the garage would potentially disturb the clients’ wellbeing and their work framing pictures.
He also claimed it would add pollutants to the work when it was sealed.
Adding another motor trade unit to the seven on the business park would also harm its diversity, he added.
His comments were among 15 made to Arun District Council about the application by last Friday. Of those, 13 were objections. Two were in support.
Angelika Kalaczynska-Wawrzyczek, of Gordon Avenue Vehicle Services, has applied to Arun to change the use of Unit 24 on the business park from an autocentre to a garage with five parking spaces. She says in a letter the unit backs on to the busy A29 Shripney Road dual carriageway.
“Traffic noise is the main contributor to background noise levels in the area,” she said.
“The highest typical noise level in our garage is around 95 decibels measured at 1m from source.
“Given the location, the proximity to the A29, it is not considered that noise from the premises will give rise to material harm to the occupiers of properties in the vicinity.
“With reference to exhaust emission, no extraction or ventilation equipment is proposed. All work is carried out while the engine is not running,” she added.
AJ Parker is one of several motor businesses on the estate to object to the proposal. Mr Parker said in his letter the extra vehicles generated by the proposed business could overwhelm the business park.
“The general site congestion is already a major issue already causing trading disruption,” he wrote. “On many occasions, I and my customers find it difficult to gain entrance and to exit to my garage.”
But a letter from David Chaffe says the new business should be backed. “Arun Business Park was built as an industrial area and this change of use fits in with this criteria. The units when constructed were each allocated parking spaces and this proposed use will not use more than that allocation.
“It is a non-food outlet and it will increase employment potential which is much-needed.
“The unit is empty at present and Bognor needs to encourage new business to the area in line with policies contained in the local plan.”