Supermarket addresses criticism
THE developer of a proposed supermarket on Canning Highway in Como has responded to claims in a full-page advertisement taken out by Como IGA X-press owner Chris Van Der Veen.
The advertisement in last week’s Southern Gazette South Perth edition outlined traffic, parking safety and planning concerns that Mr Van Der Veen had with the Farmer Jack’s application.
Calico Bay director Evan Briers said he understood people objected to developments for various reasons and aimed to accommodate feedback.
“Contrary to concerns raised by Mr Van Der Veen, Farmer Jack’s will load trucks from Canning Highway into Hobbs Avenue and down a laneway to the centre about one to three times a day on weekdays, meaning they will only be on Hobbs Avenue for less than a minute at a time and there will be no reason for those drivers to come past the school, as it’s quite an illogical route,” he said.
“The proposal will occupy a maximum 1700sq m of leasable area and after receiving community feedback, our original plans have changed slightly in that we have increased the number of full term parking bays to about 110, reduced the roof height by more than a two-and-a-half metres, and have moved and widened the pedestrian pathway to run outside the store instead of along the Canning Highway.
“We do hope the community can see the benefit this offering will deliver to all the residents and that council take a leadership position, knowing their qualified staff will assess the technical elements of the development.”
The City of South Perth’s economic development strategy 20132016 said anecdotal evidence suggested many residents shopped outside the City and Como had been identified as a prime site for supermarkets.
■ In last week’s edition, we spelled Chris Van Der Veen’s name incorrectly. The Southern Gazette apologises to Mr Van Der Veen for the error and to readers for any misunderstanding.