Hold on sta­tion pro­posal

LO­CALS FEAR EF­FECTS OF DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

A DE­CI­SION on a petrol sta­tion pro­posed for Hamil­ton Hill has been de­ferred.

Puma Energy plans to con­vert the old KFC build­ing on the cor­ner of Clon­tarf Road and Car­ring­ton Street into a petrol sta­tion op­er­at­ing seven days a week.

It would be next to homes on its west side, with op­po­si­tion cen­ter­ing around traf­fic mod­el­ling, light­ing is­sues, pol­lu­tion and odour, and space for the trucks.

There were also gripes with the plan for the sta­tion to op­er­ate around the clock, although Puma now plans to be open 6am to 10pm all week.

City of Cock­burn coun­cil­lors at last week’s meet­ing were ex­pected to back the pro­posal fol­low­ing two pre­vi­ous re­fusals.

The sec­ond re­fusal in May pushed the ap­pli­ca­tion in the path of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal for me­di­a­tion.

But a late amend­ment made by a busi­ness owner in the ad­join­ing lot to the north re­gard­ing a car­riage­way ease­ment en­cour­aged coun­cil­lor Lyn­d­sey Wet­ton to re­quest for more time.

The de­fer­ral was also backed through dep­u­ta­tions from the busi­ness owner and Puma Energy.

Marisa Lec­cese and Carmelina Pruiti have taken up the fight for res­i­dents, and they con­tin­ued that on Thurs­day.

The pair ar­gued the safety con­cerns were real and hav­ing a sta­tion so close to homes would neg­a­tively af­fect the amenity for res­i­dents.

As the main carer for her ill hus­band, Lesley Portelli (72), a res­i­dent who has lived at the home di­rectly next to the site since she was 16, said she was not sure how much longer she could con­tinue the fight against it.

“I just don’t want them there,” she said.

“Ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent.” www.face­book.com/ Cock­burnGazett­e

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There are plans for a petrol sta­tion at the site of this old fast food out­let.

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