residents lobby council in fight over Asda petrol station plans
residents who are fighting Asda's plans to build a new petrol
station at its Highbridge store last night won the backing of
residents, pictured, outlined a number of concerns about the scheme
at Wednesday's meeting of the Town Council's Planning Applications
Committee where councillors voted to raise an objection against
first reported here
last month that Asda had changed its scheme for an eight-pump
petrol station outside its Caxton Road store, reversing the proposed
entrance and exit locations to address road safety concerns.
nearby residents are unimpressed. Racheal Loud said: "I and
other residents are very concerned about these proposals which
would see a petrol station built just a few steps outside our
petrol station would create pollution, leading to health problems
for children, cause a big increase in traffic at an already busy
junction. It is a ludicrous plan that none of us want."
Helen Groves said: "I agree with the residents - the petrol
station would be far too close to homes on the entrance road to
the store. It was never planned when the store was built and many
of the residents would not be living there now if they'd known
this could be built so close by."
added that pedestrian access to the store and increased traffic
flows are a "big safety concern".
Cllr Paul Young spoke in favour of the plans, saying: "I
don't think Asda's petrol station would be any closer to homes
than other stations in our area - look how close residents are
next to the Esso station in Burnham's Oxford Street."
added: "No-one has anything to worry about from a safety
perspective - petrol stations are exceedingly safe nowadays and
have to follow strict safety rules. I think many customers will
benefit from the station's cheap petrol and I can't see any problems
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton told the meeting: "I'm concerned
about the added noise for residents, the extra volume of traffic
and light pollution for nearby properties."
resident, Sue Slow, spoke about the health issues of the station.
"This petrol station would be built right next to a social
housing development with many children. There will be a high number
of cases of asthma in the years to come if this gets built."
Pat Burge also gave a 'thumbs-down' to the scheme, explaining:
"It's far too close to nearby houses and would cause a big
increase in traffic."
agreed to lodge an objection against the scheme and they have
asked Sedgemoor District Council to visit the site before any
decision is made on the scheme.
users of Burnham-On-Sea.com's discussion forums and followers
of our Facebook page have said they are in favour of the scheme.
original plans attracted a number of objections earlier this year,
as reported here,
prompting the scheme to be subsequently withdrawn by Asda.
District Council's planning department has begun its consultation
on the new scheme and is welcoming feedback from residents until
Top, the concerned residents Racheal Loud, Leanne Shutt, Sue Slow
and Jim Slow at Wednesday's council meeting