Resident sells up to escape noisy petrol station
By MARY MANN
JOHN McWHINNEY is angry that Ballina Shire Council has allowed the BP service station next to his home to operate 24 hours a day for the past eight months without an approved development modification.
He says it is setting a precedent for other businesses to do the same and is so fed up with the noise of trucks using the Southern Cross Drive petrol station at all hours of the night, he is selling up and moving out.
In 1996, the council granted consent for the station to operate from 6am to 8pm daily.
Council's regulatory services group manager, Rod Willis, was aware the service station had extended its hours of operation since the closure last June of the all-nighter at the corner of Bangalow Road and Kerr Street.
"We contacted the owner, who at the time was not aware there was a need to get approval to extent the operating hours," he said.
The owner lodged an application in October last year, which has been supported by council staff and will be voted on by councillors today.
Mr Willis said the council had not stopped the business from operating 24 hours a day, even though the application had not yet been approved, as council staff saw no reason for not granting an extension.
"It is usual practice," Mr Willis said.
The Northern Star was yesterday unable to contact the owner of the service station.
The council meeting will be held from 9am at the council chambers in Cherry Street.