Servo plan fu­els fire

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.

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The Eden Hill Pri­mary School protest against the petrol sta­tion pro­posal.

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