Diadem Street residents, from left, Cheryl Solomon, David Martin, Alicia Martin, Robyn Martin and Edgar and Kath Glasby.
Diadem Street residents, from left, Cheryl Solomon, David Martin, Alicia Martin, Robyn Martin and Edgar and Kath Glasby.

People power

By Samantha Turnbull

The martin family have won round one in their fight against supermarket heavyweight Woolworths, but they're not quite ready to ring the final victory bell just yet.

The Lismore Diadem Street residents are among almost 200 people who have objected to a proposal for a Woolworths Plus petrol station next to the Lismore Shopping Square.

Lismore City councillors will vote tomorrow night at The Channon Hall whether to give consent for the development, but council staff have already recommended the application be refused.

The recommendation was the result of eight months of protests from Diadem Street residents who live across the road from the site of the planned petrol station.

"We're happy so far, but we don't know just how determined Woolworths is," Robyn Martin said.

"When we get the final word from Woolworths that it's not going in, that will put our minds at rest and we'll finally be able to celebrate."

A Woolworths representative was unavailable for comment, however, a spokesman for the company had previously told The Northern Star they were confident the development would be approved.

Resident Cheryl Solomon said she had no problem with a Woolworths Plus petrol station being built somewhere else in the city, as long as she did not have to stare at it from her front balcony.

"There would be noise, tankers coming in at night and safety issues with the amount of traffic," she said.

"There are no service stations on the left-hand side of the road on the way from Lismore to Casino ? why don't they build one there?"

David Martin said he was also concerned the value of his property would plummet if a petrol station was built across the road.

"I've been here for 15 years and I wouldn't have moved here if I knew this would happen," he said.

A report by council staff listed the small size of the proposed site, traffic access problems and the public backlash as reasons for the development application to be turned down.

Robyn Martin said she was crossing her fingers in the hope Lismore City councillors would agree with the recommendation at their meeting.

"We're optimistic at this stage," she said. "But we'll be at the meeting front row and centre to find out for sure.'



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