B-Double trucks won't be accommodated for in a proposed new service station on The Pacific Hwy north of Coffs Harbour's city centre.
B-Double trucks won't be accommodated for in a proposed new service station on The Pacific Hwy north of Coffs Harbour's city centre. Sarah Harvey

No B-doubles for servo

THERE will be no B-doubles refuelling at the proposed new Coles Express service station at Pacific Hwy North in Coffs Harbour, spokesman for the site's owners Kent Lee said.

The development application said the proposal catered for vehicles up to 19m in length, which would accommodate an ordinary semi-trailer, while the maximum length of a B-double is 25m.

Mr Lee said the 19m was simply to cater for refuelling tankers for the service station itself and because of new occupational health and safety rules, which require the vehicle to be entirely contained within the service station site.

The five-bowser proposal includes one fast-delivery diesel pump but Mr Lee said this was to cater for four-wheel drives and small delivery trucks, which could use the service station to refuel.

"The new service station is not a truck stop, which is not allowed under the B6 zoning, it is simply a replacement for the Marcia St site," Mr Lee said.

He also said the site was 2.5m higher than the Coffs Coast Motor Inn and Villas site on the eastern side of the highway, where the council recently rejected a development application for a three-storey hotel.

He said of the three houses currently on the site of the proposed service station, only one had ever had floodwater in it. Number 212 experienced wet carpet during the 1996 flood, when grass debris blocked drains and water trickled into the house.

He said filling on the site was proposed to be confined to the foundations of the buildings.



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