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.