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Eco-car wash launched

Published Friday, 24 May 2013

An eco-car wash scheme launched by Enfield Council and offering jobs for people with various disabilities has started operating.

Cllr Chris Bond, parking, environment The scheme sees people with a range of disabilities running a social enterprise car wash for the council at the Palace Gardens multi-storey car park in Enfield. If the scheme is successful it will be rolled out to other council owned car parks in the borough.

The project, delivered in partnership with employment specialists, Seetec, has created six placements for people with disabilities and the chance of work experience and training. The car wash runs between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Sunday and prices range from £6 for washing a small car to £35 for a full wash, valet and wax for a large vehicle.

The Future Clean system used is ecologically friendly and uses less than 500ml of filtered rain water to wash an average sized car. None of the water reaches the ground and all the cleaning products are biodegradable, meaning thousands of litres of water will be saved compared with a conventional car washing scheme.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "I'm delighted this scheme is up and running. It is helping people with disabilities into employment at a difficult economic time, will encourage people into the town centre and improve security in the car park, so there are a whole range of social, environmental and economic benefits to this scheme.

"Enfield Council is determined to improve our town centres and support our traders as part of its wider strategy of improving and enhancing the borough's economy and proving jobs and training for residents.

"This is an innovative and effective scheme that benefits both motorists and disabled people as well as giving Enfield Town Centre a bit of a boost, I'm sure it will be very popular."   

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