BUSINESSES operating illegally in residential streets have been warned they will face action if caught, following a spate of closures.
Two car storage firms, a car wash and a beauty salon were all told at a recent meeting to find new premises or face legal action by Hounslow Council.
Deputy council leader Ruth Cadbury this week told the Chronicle the council would continue to take enforcement action against such businesses, which she said were a blight on neighbouring residents and other traders.
"If you've got a business operating illegally on a residential street it can be disruptive and potentially dangerous for surrounding residents. It can totally change the character of a street," she said.
"People are entitled to the peace of mind that comes with knowing residential properties in residential streets will be used for residential purposes. We will continue to take action against firms who flout planning regulations.
"We want to encourage shops, in particular, to be based in business areas. Some of our shopping centres are quite vulnerable and have a number of vacant shops. By preventing shops opening illegally in residential areas we can help ensure we have more flourishing shopping parades with fewer empty shops."
Members of the sustainable development enforcement sub-committee voted on September 29 to take enforcement action against the following businesses:
Car wash, 497 Staines Road, Hounslow - given two months to shut down after councillors agreed it had subjected neighbouring residents to an unacceptable level of noise and disturbance
Beauty salon, 137 New Heston Road, Heston - given three months to shut down because members felt the change of use was inappropriate for a conservation area
Car storage, rear of 17 Burns Way, Hounslow - given three months to move after councillors agreed the crash-damaged cars spoiled neighbours' views
Car storage, Ye Olde Plough pub, Church Road, Cranford - given three months to stop operating because use was deemed inappropriate for green belt land.