Objections over Asda's plans for low-cost petrol station in Highbridge
councillors have this week formally lodged an objection over plans
by Asda to build a new low-cost petrol station outside its Highbridge
a meeting last night (Wednesday, June 19th), members of the Town
Council's Planning Applications Committee expressed safety concerns
about extra traffic at the site and the impact on residents living
here that Asda wants to build an eight-pump automated petrol
station in the small parking area at the entry to the Caxton Road
Helen Groves told last night's meeting: "I fully support
the principal of more competition to push down prices, but this
is not the right location for a new petrol station."
of traffic are already very high at the entrance to the store
during peak times and the petrol station would only make those
problems worse. I feel this is over-development of the site. I
would support it in a more safer location."
Chairwoman Cllr Pat Burge added: "This is the wrong area
for a petrol station - it's far too near the blocks of flats and
I'm also concerned that it would bring a big increase in traffic
at this busy entrance."
councillor Chris Williams said: "Traffic would enter the
petrol station by driving along part of the service road and then
come out onto the tight, sharp bend which would be dangerous."
am also concerned that Sedgemoor District Council and Raglan Homes
developed the social housing next to this site and that none of
the residents who live there had any idea of these plans at the
time as another area of the Asda site had been suggested."
Cllr Paul Young said: "It's a good idea from a retail point
of view. Everyone wants cut-price fuel in the area, but more consultation
is needed on the highways issues."
Clerk Denise Emery added that eight letters have been sent by
the general public so far - six objections and two in support
of the plans.
residents are keen to see a petrol station here on competition
grounds, but others are concerned that granting this application
will set a precedent and enable Burnham's Tesco store to submit
an application of its own," she said.
District Council's planning department is welcoming feedback from
residents until June 28th as part of its consultation period.
It will make a final decision on whether the scheme goes ahead
during July or August.
says the station would be unmanned most of the time, although
the station would have a 'forecourt greeter' 65 hours each week
to help customers at busier trading times.
firm explains: "The pumps will be fully automated and self-service
operated by means of customer credit card authorisation only;
there will be no cash sales."
method of forecourt operation is significantly more efficient
than 'pay at kiosk' and 'drive to pay' stations with much reduced
standing time on the forecourt, consequently accommodating higher
throughput with minimal queuing. The station would have four dual-sided
dispensers, on four islands set out in a 2 x 2 domino layout,
with fuel hose delivery to both sides of the dispenser, providing
eight filling positions."
reduce the noise impact to local residents, Asda plans restricted
opening hours of 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays.
The planning application states that the facilities would see
the removal of 31 parking spaces.
proposals have been welcomed by many local motorists who hope
that the extra competition will drive down fuel costs across Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge, where there is currently no supermarket petrol
Above, the small car park at the entrance to the store where the
petrol station is proposed, as highlighted in red on the map