Four years and counting for Baysy concrete plant

A FOUR-YEAR battle to build a concrete batching plant in Bayswater is set to continue.

The council deferred making a decision on approving the proposed facility at Collier Road, pending more information on its environmental impact.

WA Limestone’s original application was rejected in June 2011 and has been back and forth between the state administrative tribunal and council every since.

It was standing room only in the council chamber as residents bombarded councillors during question time.

“We need to do more investigation, there could be 40 trucks per hour at the plant,” said resident Jamie Petrovich, who’s worked in the concrete industry for 14 years.

“The environmental report provided is vague about several issues, including the impact of the dust,” said resident and former councillor Sally Palmer.

In a passionate address, Cr Chris Cornish said the distance between the plant and houses should double or even triple the 500m specified in the report.

“I believe the buffer zone has been miscalculated and we need to look into this,” he said.

“It’s not only homes but nearby businesses that can be classified as ‘sensitive land use’.”

Cr Terry Kenyon says despite the city being threatened with costs by the powerful but unelected SAT, “we are 110 per cent behind the residents fight against this plant”. “We have to look after their interests.” The item will come back to council, again, after more information on the environmental impact is gathered.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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