Trevor Veale

Proposed service station ‘surplus to needs’ in Yamba

A YAMBA businessman has taken to social media to oppose the development of a 24-hour service station in Yamba Rd.

The DA for a Coles Express service station on the corner of Yamba Rd and Treelands Dr has alarmed private service station owner Brett Croft.

Mr Croft this week created an online petition and a Facebook page dedicated to opposing the development .

He said a 24-hour service station in Yamba was surplus to the community's needs and was driven by a Coles marketing strategy to have Coles Express service stations near its supermarkets.

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The proposed site is across the road from the Coles supermarket in Yamba Shopping Fair.

"There are five service stations in Yamba, each one is locally owned and operated, all profits are kept and spent in Yamba," Mr Croft said.

Mr Croft said there were also issues with property values for nearby residents and the heavy traffic the business would create would create safety concerns.

"During peak periods the intersection of Treelands Drive and Yamba Road is already heavy for traffic and queuing," he said. "The DA has the service station driveway entry on Yamba Road and the exit onto Treelands Drive.

"If the service station is allowed to go ahead, westbound traffic will be forced to take the path of least resistance which is Osprey Drive, this includes heavy vehicles."

Mr Croft said the development would damage businesses in Yamba.

"Prime commercial real estate in Yamba is at a minimum and we should be putting it to better use than a business that is designed to boost the pockets of a CEO rather than the local family man," he said.

The proponent of the DA, Clarence Property Corporation, was contacted for a comment. It did not return our calls by the paper's deadline.

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