Bullying claims in petrol station row
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
ROBYN Martin feels deflated but not yet defeated by Woolworths' plans to resubmit a development application for a petrol station across the road from her home.
The Martin family are among a group of Diadem Street residents who have spent 10 months protesting against a proposed Woolworths Plus petrol station next to the Lismore Shopping Square.
The residents won round one when the development application was refused by the Lismore City Council in March.
However, a Woolworths spokesman has confirmed a new proposal will be resubmitted to the council in the 'very near future.'
He said the revised application would encompass a larger area of land to address council concerns about the size of the site being too small.
The application will now cover three blocks of land, in- stead of two, owned by Queensland-based McConaghy Properties.
Mrs Martin said she felt betrayed by McConaghy Properties for giving Woolworths access to an additional block.
"We offered to buy the extra block of land to prevent Woolworths from relodging their application, but I got a letter from Jim McConaghy saying no because he already had plans for the site," she said.
"I feel like we're being bullied by these corporations."
Jim McConaghy said on Friday his company would not sell the site to anyone, but would rent it to Woolworths.
Diadem Street's Andrew Morrisey vowed not to give up.
"It hasn't been approved so there's still hope," he said.
"The fat lady has not sung!"