Servo plan fuels fire
THE Town of Bassendean has recommended the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel refuse a proposed petrol station near Eden Hill Primary School.
Vibe Petroleum has proposed three fuel bowsers, a convenience store, signage and 12 car bays – worth $2 million – at 72 Walter Road East in Bassendean.
A 9m concrete crossover to Marion Street and a 10m concrete crossover to Walter Road East were also proposed.
The subject site was historically used as a service station but between 2014 to 2018 it has been used for an advertising billboard.
Councillors supported Town officers’ recommended refusal at a special council meeting on October 16.
Reasons for refusal included the proposal not taking into account risk to human health or safety, not accommodating standard heavy rigid vehicles and articulated vehicles, and a failure to demonstrate management of potential noise impacts.
The proposed petrol station has resulted in more than 100 Eden Hill Primary School parents forming the No Fuel Near Eden Hill Primary group to raise their concerns with Education Minister Sue Ellery and the council.
According to an officer’s report, of the 131 submissions received, there were 121 submissions objecting the proposal, six supporting and three providing general comment.
The Town consulted government agencies, with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage having no objections and the Environmental Protection Authority advising the applicant needed to provide a scientific study to ensure sensitive land uses were not affected.
The Department of Education was also unsupportive of the proposed development and said without a scientific study or a health assessment to demonstrate a lesser separation distance and potential health impacts of vapour emissions, the 50m separation distance requirement should apply.
The panel will make the final decision on Wednesday, October 31.
The Eden Hill Primary School protest against the petrol station proposal.