Wem­b­ley res­i­dents un­happy about 24-hour car­wash plan

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - Abbey Mar­don Mar­low Street, Wem­b­ley

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.

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