Cash for Clothes in Boulevard Shopping Centre in Borehamwood appeals decision to refuse planning permission

A business that buys second hand clothes is appealing against the council’s decision to refuse it permission to park its portakabin.

Hertsmere Borough Council refused the ‘Cash for Clothes’ company planning permission to operate out of The Boulevard Shopping Centre in Borehamwood in November.

Planning officers explained their decision by saying the portakabin would lead to the loss of three car parking spaces at the busy shopping park.

The report also stated cars and pedestrians waiting outside the cabin blocked access routes to the shopping centre and hindered the safety of those using the retail park.

However Robert Pretorious, whose company Anglo-Recycling owns the ‘Cash for Clothes’ portakabin, said he did not know why permission had been refused.

In a report to the council he said he had received no complaints about the cabin’s position or the fact it was blocking traffic from shoppers or other retailers

He said he did the local community a service by enabling people to recycle their clothes in a “safe” area, as well as giving them money to spend in the shopping park.

The applicant said the car park was rarely full and the cabin occupied a few spaces its least busy part.

He added his company gave employment to people without experience or qualifications, including one man who had been out of work for 15 years. 

The result of the appeal is currently being determined.

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9:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

OldB34 says...

Profiting from poverty, presented as a social good?
Profiting from poverty, presented as a social good? OldB34
  • Score: 2

10:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

studio70. says...

If this fine and upstanding business model should rent one of the many empty shops in Borehamwood. Did anybody notice that the bags of clothes left outside charity shops stsrted to dissapear when this crowd opened?
If this fine and upstanding business model should rent one of the many empty shops in Borehamwood. Did anybody notice that the bags of clothes left outside charity shops stsrted to dissapear when this crowd opened? studio70.
  • Score: 4

1:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

david Burcombe says...

I think it s a hindrance to traffic movement and they could always occupy a shop. Some times I have to leave the car park as nowhere to park.
Less clothes are being given to charity shops.
I think it s a hindrance to traffic movement and they could always occupy a shop. Some times I have to leave the car park as nowhere to park. Less clothes are being given to charity shops. david Burcombe
  • Score: 0

12:00am Sat 22 Feb 14

Palma21 says...

I am pleased about the decision because I am guessing that when Debenhams opens later in the year there will be not adequate parking for the expected shoppers and their cars attracted by this department store.
I am pleased about the decision because I am guessing that when Debenhams opens later in the year there will be not adequate parking for the expected shoppers and their cars attracted by this department store. Palma21
  • Score: -3

4:19pm Sat 22 Feb 14

poshiesymons says...

i have used cash for clothes a few times , the clothes go to poor people in war torn areas of third world countries .also the money paid to oneself for the clothes is only 50p per kilo which helps my family in these hard times and the clothes have to be washed and in perfect condition or they wont accept them also they dont take any clothes with any form of camoflage design on them because of the areas of the world that they are going ( kids or adults wearing camoflage are likely to be shot etc) . i think these guys and ladies are doing a great job and i dont see them causing any problems whatsoever at the boulevard .
i have used cash for clothes a few times , the clothes go to poor people in war torn areas of third world countries .also the money paid to oneself for the clothes is only 50p per kilo which helps my family in these hard times and the clothes have to be washed and in perfect condition or they wont accept them also they dont take any clothes with any form of camoflage design on them because of the areas of the world that they are going ( kids or adults wearing camoflage are likely to be shot etc) . i think these guys and ladies are doing a great job and i dont see them causing any problems whatsoever at the boulevard . poshiesymons
  • Score: 4

3:20pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NewTeacher says...

The clothes are NOT donated to poor countries! They are SOLD to them and then once there have to be bought by the poor people that want them! Where is the charity in that?

The staff at these places skim off the nice expensive stuff and sell it on ebay. I know as a friend used to work in a similar company!

This is no charity its a business the best place for your unwanted clothes are the numerous charity shops on the high street!
The clothes are NOT donated to poor countries! They are SOLD to them and then once there have to be bought by the poor people that want them! Where is the charity in that? The staff at these places skim off the nice expensive stuff and sell it on ebay. I know as a friend used to work in a similar company! This is no charity its a business the best place for your unwanted clothes are the numerous charity shops on the high street! NewTeacher
  • Score: 1

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