Wembley residents unhappy about 24-hour carwash plan
A proposal for a car repair workshop and 24-hour carwash on the corner of Marlow Street and Grantham Street in Wembley has residents worried about the impact they will have on the local community.
Many residents attended the Wembley West Leederville Residents’ Association’s annual general meeting last week to raise key concerns about how the proposed development will increase traffic flow to unmanageable levels, and significantly increase noise and light pollution in a residential area.
The carwash and workshop would be located at 59 Marlow Street, a block previously occupied by a petrol station and left vacant for many years as a result of groundwater pollution.
The proposed development would share boundaries with an established childcare centre and residences in Marlow Street, and is located at a key intersection used by children walking to Wembley Primary School.
The traffic statement and planning proposal indicate the peak traffic flow at the proposed businesses would coincide with the times children and families are walking to and from the school and childcare centre.
The carwash would be illuminated 24/7 and its vacuum bays would be on the residential side of the block.
Additionally, the planning proposal leaves it open for traffic authorities to restrict vehicles to exiting by a left-turn only in an attempt to reduce the danger associated with vehicles turning right on to Grantham Street.
This could cause traffic issues for residents in Reserve Street, who would be frequently disrupted by vehicles leaving the carwash then performing a three-point-turn in their street before turning right on to Grantham Street.
The plans are available on Cambridge council’s website.
Concerns about the proposal, submitted in writing to the senior statutory planning officer, were due this Friday, November 9, call 9347 6043 or email mail@ cambridge.wa.gov.au.