Bowser battle

PLANS to build a petrol station opposite Mt Hawthorn primary school have been refused by Vincent council, following a wave of opposition from locals.

The proposed site, on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Buxton Street, was previously a servo and is now a Red Cross Shop.

Owner B R Rispoli wanted to build a new “Vibe” service station, but council staff said it failed to comply on nearly a dozen planning fronts, from the potential for fumes and noise to the design not enhancing the area as a town centre.

When the application was advertised five months ago, dozens of objections were submitted to council.

• A petrol station planned for the site above, opposite Mt Hawthorn Primary School, was opposed by locals. Photo by Steve Grant

Mount Hawthorn primary school P&C president Scott Yelland wrote that he was, “totally opposed to a service station on this site”.

He said it was directly opposite a primary school with more than 700 students and a daycare centre, and having kids walk past with cars entering and exiting, “will only lead to more dangerous situations”.

“Traffic congestion already exists at school drop off and pick up times—the road isn’t designed to handle more congestion.”

Shane Meek wrote “this business will not fit in with what has been achieved in transforming Mt Hawthorn into the wonderful place it is today”.

At the June 27 Vincent council meeting, councillors unanimously voted to reject the plan.

Mayor Emma Cole said “we’ve given consistent advice to the applicant about the many nonconforming aspects of this application” and it had taken up a lot of the city’s time.

We contacted B R Rispoli to see if they would appeal the council’s decision with the state administrative tribunal, but they didn’t get back to us.

by DAVID BELL

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