By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
LISMORE'S Diadem Street residents have the champagne on ice but are waiting just a little bit longer before they pop the cork.
The group convinced Lismore City councillors at a meeting on Tuesday night to refuse a development application for a Woolworths Plus petrol station across the road from their homes.
However, they said their full celebrations would not begin until they received word that the supermarket giant had given up.
"We want confirmation from Woolworths that it's over," said resident Andrew Morrissey.
"As long as Woolworths persists, so will we."
Woolworths Plus general manager Ramnik Narsey said yesterday the company would not give up.
"If the council has serious concerns, we'll try and work with them to come to a mutual agreement," he said.
"We're very keen to open a service station and we've been working hard to get a good site and we think we have one. We like to have sites close to our supermarkets and it's the model our customers like."
A report prepared by council staff recommended the development application be refused because the site was too small, there were traffic access problems and there had been a significant public backlash.
A Woolworths representative failed to convince councillors of the development's merits on Tuesday night, despite offering to get down on his knees and beg for approval.
Every councillor, except for Brian Henry and John Chant who could not vote because of a con- flict of interest, agreed with the council staff report that the development application should be refused.