Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ON June 21 I at­tended a Joint Depart­ment of Plan­ning As­sess­ment (JDAP) meet­ing to lend my sup­port to fel­low res­i­dents while they made their im­pas­sioned pre­sen­ta­tions op­pos­ing the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of a ser­vice sta­tion (with semi-trailer re­fu­elling fa­cil­i­ties), and fast food out­let on the cor­ner of Fauntleroy Av­enue and Great Eastern High­way, As­cot.

I was hor­ri­fied by the lack of in­ter­est shown by the JDAP panel at the con­clu­sion of each of these pre­sen­ta­tions.

The JDAP deputy pre­sid­ing mem­ber and spe­cial­ist mem­ber did not ask a sin­gle ques­tion of the pre­sen­ters.

Al­though ini­tially op­pos­ing this pro­posal, the City’s plan­ning depart­ment has rec­om­mended con­di­tional ap­proval.

Dur­ing their pre­sen­ta­tion the city plan­ners quib­bled about the mean­ing of 'truck stop'.

How­ever, the de­vel­op­ment pro­posal it­self con­tains the fol­low­ing: "A pull-over area is also pro­vided at the northern end of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment which will ac­com­mo­date short term park­ing for heavy ve­hi­cles for drivers util­is­ing the other fa­cil­i­ties on site af­ter re­fu­elling."

This pullover area backs onto res­i­den­tial land.

May I ask the coun­cil if they will be polic­ing this area to en­sure that drivers do not park for long pe­ri­ods of time?

Will they also be polic­ing heavy ve­hi­cles ap­ply­ing their air brakes whilst within the grounds of the ser­vice sta­tion?

The City's plan­ning depart­ment has also to­tally dis­re­garded EPA Guide­lines which re­quire 200 me­tres of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween ser­vice sta­tions and res­i­den­tial land.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will oc­cur within me­tres of some lo­cal res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties.

If all cur­rent de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions are ap­proved there will be a to­tal of seven ser­vice sta­tions be­tween Fauntleroy Av­enue and Stone­ham Street.

Why on earth would any sub­urb want or need this many ser­vice sta­tions? DEBORAH RANSOME As­cot

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