Su­per­mar­ket ad­dresses crit­i­cism

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bron­wyn Dono­van

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.

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