De­vel­op­ment con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

AF­TER a pro­posed ser­vice sta­tion and fast food out­let de­vel­op­ment for As­cot was given the green light last week, lo­cal res­i­dents were vo­cal about their dis­plea­sure.

The plan was ap­proved three votes to two at a Metropoli­tan Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) meet­ing.

But lo­cals vented their frus­tra­tions af­ter the meet­ing. Trevor Atkins, who was against the pro­posal, said more should have been done to stop it.

“There were dis­cre­tionary pow­ers there to take the con­cerns of the res­i­dents on, to be able to refuse it on noise and amenity… but in this case they sim­ply chose to say it’s sup­ported so there­fore we’re go­ing to let it go ahead,” he said.

Res­i­dent Brian Ralph said the fence of his prop­erty backed on to the pro­posed ser­vice sta­tion, while his wife, Gabriella, said there were older res­i­dents liv­ing even nearer to the area.

“The el­derly peo­ple live closer and they’re go­ing to get all the fumes and all the noise,” she said.

Mr Atkins said he could see po­ten­tial prob­lems aris­ing with traf­fic in the area de­spite Main Roads ap­prov­ing the project.

“When you look at the con­ges­tion that will come from the Fauntleroy Av­enue area, it’s with­out doubt that cars will start to use the wrong exit and go down the wrong side in or­der to get away from the con­ges­tion,” he said.

He added that lo­cal res­i­dents were not ad­e­quately rep­re­sented. “In re­al­ity, your mums and dads of the neigh­bour­hood can do noth­ing to stop these big pro­pos­als,” he said.

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