Lismore to get Woolworths petrol station

By Samantha Turnbull

Lismore's Diadem Street residents were last night distraught over the approval of a Woolworths Plus Petrol Station across the road from their homes.

Resident Robyn Martin wept as the Lismore City Council voted in favour of the development, while Diadem Street spokesman Andrew Morrisey shrugged his shoulders in defeat.

"We're not surprised, but we are disappointed," he said.

"The next step will be to try and have our homes rezoned for commercial use because they're not going to be very valuable as residential blocks any more."

The council voted to approve the development on the condition its opening hours be reduced from 6am-midnight to 6am-10pm Monday to Fridays, and 7am-9pm Sundays and public holidays.

However, Mr Morrisey said he was expecting stricter approval conditions.

"There was a hint of joy in that amendment, but it's still very disappointing overall," he said.

An amendment by Cr Ros Irwin, which included even stricter opening hours and developer-funded landscaping of dwellings on the eastern side of the petrol station, was unsuccessful.

Mayor Merv King used his casting vote to reject Cr Ir- win's amendment.

"The fact our mayor used his casting vote to support a Sydney businessman instead of the residents he represents was pretty low," Mr Morrisey said.

Cr Graham Meineke said if the council had not supported the development, Woolworths would have taken them to the NSW Land and Environment Court, at a cost of about $50,000 to ratepayers.

"I feel very sorry for the people who live across the road, but it is a commercial zone," he said.



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