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Car wash owner served with £1,000 penalty notice

Published: Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The owner of a car wash on Kettering Road has been served with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice after breaking government regulations during the national lockdown.

On Thursday 12 November, neighbourhood wardens witnessed The Hand Car Wash in operation at the site of Morrisons, breaching restrictions on businesses operating during the lockdown.

This follows a previous breach on Friday 6 November, when the business was found to be operating after the restrictions had come into force – owner Mr Dalip Hasa was issued with a warning letter alongside guidance and advised that further non-compliance would result in enforcement.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: “We are always keen to take an advisory approach when it comes to ensuring businesses are adhering to the ongoing restrictions.

“Certainly, we treat enforcement as a last resort, as was the case with The Hand Car Wash.

“We appreciate these are challenging times for businesses, but it was important to take action against this particular business, which had not responded to our advisory approach, and ensure government restrictions aimed at reducing the risk of infection were enforced.

“It is also important to be fair to those other businesses that have acted responsibly and closed in accordance with the requirements of the lockdown.”

The notice was served under regulation 21(1) of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 and the owner can either pay it or face court action.