Car wash boss cuts risk from pollution

The Environment Agency has confirmed a businessman has complied with conditions to stop water and chemicals from a car wash running onto anglers’ land close to the River Wharfe.

Site owner Michael Booth said he carried out changes and improvements at the car wash in Coutances Way, Ben Rhydding, after complaints from the Ilkley Angling Club, subject to an inspection from the agency.

And last night, the agency said Mr Booth’s efforts were enough to satisfy their conditions.

It now means no action will be taken against Mr Booth.

A spokesman for the agency said: “Our officers visited the car wash and were satisfied the tanks had been sealed off and measures have been put in place to collect waste water.”

The angling club had called in Bradford Council and the Environment Agency amid concerns about the loss of up to £2,000 worth of fish from its pond.

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