Busi­ness cops spray from church

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

A BUN­BURY busi­ness has suc­cess­fully ap­plied for a ve­hi­cle spray booth de­spite health fears from a neigh­bour­ing church.

The LINE-X Pro­tec­tive Coat­ings fran­chise was hit with four ob­jec­tions to its Rose Street pro­posal, but quashed con­cerns in a pre­sen­ta­tion to Bun­bury City Coun­cil on Tues­day night.

The busi­ness spe­cialises in the ap­pli­ca­tion of spray-on me­tal coat­ing, most com­monly used for bed­lin­ers on util­i­ties. Bun­bury City Church prop­erty owner John Barnes made a pas­sion­ate plea for the coun­cil to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion this week, say­ing the church was “ex­tremely” con­cerned.

“The two prop­er­ties have been com­pat­i­ble up to now . . . this ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of use has frac­tured that com­pat­i­bil­ity due to the pro­posed use of nox­ious chem­i­cals,” Mr Barnes said.

“We are ex­tremely con­cerned about this new use.

“There is a risk that toxic fumes pumped from the vents will en­ter our church and cause health is­sues for our con­gre­ga­tion.

“We are not sat­is­fied that the fugi­tive emis­sions will not oc­cur caus­ing phys­i­cal ill­ness and men­tal anguish to the con­gre­ga­tion of our church.”

LINE-X Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Lewis fol­lowed Mr Barnes pre­sen­ta­tion on Tues­day with a dep­u­ta­tion de­fend­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We un­der­stand that ev­ery new de­vel­op­ment prod­uct can cre­ate a fear of the un­known for neigh­bours, how­ever this is a brand with 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence and 450 or more stores world­wide,” Mr Lewis said.

“The in­dus­try ex­perts on which we rely to have the re­quired knowl­edge and to as­sess pro­pos­als such as this . . . have de­ter­mined that the ac­tiv­ity is not ex­pected to af­fect the amenity of neigh­bour­ing build­ings and this de­ter­mi­na­tion should be held in higher re­gard than an ob­jec­tion to the un­known.

“The pro­posal does not pose any risk. We have agreed to a num­ber of re­stric­tions as rec­om­mended by the city’s of­fi­cers in good faith to strike a bal­ance be­tween the re­al­ity of what we’re ask­ing for and the con­cerns of the church.”

Mr Lewis de­scribed the re­stric­tions as more than fair and rea­son­able, but “bor­der­line un­nec­es­sary”.

The ap­pli­ca­tion – which was ap­proved in a 10 to two vote – has a num­ber of con­di­tions in­clud­ing spray times and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­stric­tions.

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