A NEW car wash is par for the course in Kelso.

An application has been rubber-stamped by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) for the change of use of a building from food catering to an automatic car wash and jet wash in the town’s Golf Course Road, at a workshop known locally as the Fillin’ Station

The unit was previously used for food processing and as a takeaway, and at an earlier point in time was the TA Watson petrol filling station.

In his report approving the application, Euan Calvert, SBC assistant planning officer, says: “The site had previously featured a petrol filling station booth underneath a canopy and there was a totem sign in the road verge.

“These have been removed since 2016 but the site access, concrete hard-standing and tank farm remains where the petrol pumps once stood.

“The site is split level with the former petrol filling station located on the upper level adjacent to Golf Course Road and the garage workshop/showroom located on the lower level.

“No objections or comments have been received from members of the public and the community council support the proposals.

“Traffic generation and movements arising from this proposal will not be dissimilar to those that previously arose from the function of the site as a petrol filling station.”

The site will also incorporate EV charging points.

The application was submitted by Northumberland-based Woodcock Contracting.