'Dangerous': Safe place needed for ALDI pick-ups
TRAFFIC congestion outside Gladstone's new ALDI store has created a push for a safe pick up point.
Blue and White Taxi chairman Allan Rowe said a "safe place" was needed where people could be picked up and dropped off by taxis or other drivers.
Mr Rowe said he had been in discussions with Gladstone Regional Council about designating a pick-up point outside the Boles/Breslin St store.
"It doesn't necessarily have to be a taxi rank, it could just be a place where drivers could drive through and collect the passengers," Mr Rowe said.
"It could be for taxi drivers as well as relatives or whoever.
"The shop needs to be accessible, and they've got the ramp and lift, but there needs to be somewhere people - especially the elderly - can get to, to be collected."
Mr Rowe said it was difficult at the moment to navigate the area around the store.
"It can be a dangerous area with the traffic from the school and the shop, and we can't always pre-empt where we can stop," he said.
"What we want is a safe place where we can drop people off and pick them up again.
"I've made enquiries with council who said they'll do an inspection, and get back to me within about a week."
Mr Rowe said he had unsuccessfully tried to contact ALDI about the issue.
Councillor Chris Trevor said he had spoken to Mr Rowe about his concerns.
"I believe he was trying to contact ALDI about developing an action plan," Mr Trevor said.
"I told him if he was unsuccessful there to let me know and I would follow it up.
"Whatever way (it's resolved), we'd like to see the issue resolved as quickly as possible given its nature."
A council spokesman confirmed they were investigating the need for a taxi rank at the store.
"Council's Planning Scheme, at the time of the ALDI development approval, required a taxi rank only if the floor area of the building exceeded 2500m2," the spokesman said.
"Given that the floor area of the structure is about 1900m2, this requirement was not triggered."
ALDI was contacted for comment.