PHOTOS: Coles caves into demands, Tannum servo plan revealed
WHILE residents still aren't impressed by the idea of plonking a Coles Express fuel store in the middle of Tannum Sands, the supermarket giant has caved in to some locals' demands.
Residents can chalk up a win as the adjusted development application approved by council yesterday shows the removal of on-street parking.
Residents have been voicing their concerns since the plans were revealed in October last year that they are worried the development will clog Booth Ave.
But the final development application reveals Coles has dumped its plan for on street parking, opting for ten parks within the complex.
PHOTOS: Tannum Coles Express service station approved plan
On top of the parking space, the 143sqm service station site will consists of three fuel bowsers and advertising signs.
A PROPOSED Coles Express service station that caused a stir in the Tannum Sands community was approved yesterday by Gladstone Regional Council.
The development application was never supposed to be presented to the councillors in a general meeting because the 5-7 Booth Ave block was already zoned to accommodate a service station.
But after The Observer revealed the application had been lodged the community made enough noise to force councillors to intervene and take back control of the approval process.
Boyne Tannum Veterinary Surgery owner St Clair Hayes was one to complain and doesn't understand how the site has now been approved.
"Any educated sensible person would put it (on Hampton Rd) opposite Coles," he said.
"There are no car parks now and the road is so busy. I can't see how they will get their trucks in and out."
He has had the veterinary surgery opposite the proposed site for almost 20 years. He says he feels like packing up, then saying the council doesn't care about small business.
"Except for PJ Sobhanian who was the only one who came down here once he was invited," he said.
In the council meeting councillor Sobhanian said members of the community had spoken to him about the dangers of increased traffic in an area with "mums with prams, children and small businesses".
But the council's planning officer Helen Robertson said as the application was compliant with town planning regulations she recommended it be approved and it was.
"You can't stand in the way of development," said Mr Hayes.
"But it's the wrong spot for a service station."