Hand car wash served with prohibition and fixed penalty notices for operating illegally

A hand car wash in Cudworth has been served with a prohibition notice and fixed penalty notice by Barnsley Council Regulatory Services officers.

The action follows reports made to the council by members of the public, raising concerns that the “non-essential” business was continuing to operate during lockdown.

A visit was made to the business - Cudworth Hand Car Wash Ltd, 15-17, Pontefract Road, Cudworth, Barnsley, S72 8AY - where a Community Safety Officer witnessed members of the public having their vehicles washed by staff on site.

Julia Burrows, Barnsley Director of Public Health, said: "This has been a very hard time for a number of Barnsley businesses, but the rules around which types of business can operate during the current lockdown are quite clear.

“The vast majority of Barnsley businesses and residents are making the effort to follow all the rules and guidance, even though it hasn’t been easy, and I thank them for this.

“There is no excuse for failing to follow the rules, we have provided support and information on support grants available to businesses via Enterprising Barnsley, and we will not hesitate to take action on those who do not comply.

"Our infection rates are currently very high compared with other areas of the country, which puts Barnsley in a very precarious position. Breaches like this put staff, customers and the wider public at increased risk.

The Fixed Penalty Notice has a penalty of £1,000, which has to be paid within 28 days.

The Prohibition Notice is a legal instruction to the business owner to cease trading, which if breached could result in prosecution and/or a closure order being served on the business.

Both notices were served under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.

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