Kalamunda Reporter - - Opinion -

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

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