STATION FUELS OUTRAGE
YOUR front page article Historic blunder feared (Midland Reporter, July 16) in which you describe the decision to allow the construction of yet another service station on Great Eastern Highway at the junction of Farrell Road and Horace Street appalled me.
Here is just one more example of the JDAP (Just Develop Any Place) mentality set to ignore and upset the residents of a locality and defy commonsense planning. I use the intersection regularly and whilst it is true that it is in need of redevelopment, that redevelopment should take place in such a manner that it enhances the approach to the Midland locality rather than destroy it.
Firstly, another service station in an area already serviced by some seven others within a 1.5 km radius is surely “over-
egging the pudding”. We need another service station in the area about as much as we need a McDonald’s next to the restored Guildford Hotel.
Neither take notice of the heritage value of the surrounding areas, nor do they take account of the extremely busy traffic conditions which prevail in these areas.
The access to the proposed service station is at the bottom of Greenmount Hill. It is unimaginable that a truckdriver will want to pull into or out of a service station driveway at this junction, especially when there is another across the traffic lights about 100m away.
Further, should the developers argue that the service station will be set up to service heavy vehicles, there is already one service station in Clayton Road (Puma) which is set up to take heavy vehicles and that is about 1.5 km from the junction and is off this main highway. It may be out of the way a little but it still provides reasonable access to Roe Highway.
Finally, this is just another example of the strip development beloved by our city planning gurus, an idea propounded in the US at a time when petrol was around 5 cents per litre or less.
Midland and Midvale, together with all of our main access routes into and out of the metropolitan area already suffer from this antiquated idea of economic management.
The proposed service station will provide nothing to enhance the visual appeal of the Eastern gateway to Midland. It would be, to use another colloquial phrase, "like tits on a bull". RAY LEWIS, Hazelmere