GOING, GOING, GONE: The three houses to be demolished to make way for a new Coles servo.
GOING, GOING, GONE: The three houses to be demolished to make way for a new Coles servo.

No flows from servo

DISCHARGE from a proposed new service station's bunded undercover area will be piped into a reticulated system and will not be allowed to overflow into Fern Tree Creek under an approval for the development given by Coffs Harbour City Council on Thursday.

The planned Coles Express service station on the Pacific Hwy at North Coffs Harbour, between Argyle St and Wentworth Ave, will carry Shell signage.

The councillors rescinded their previous deferral of local businessman Kent Lee's development and unanimously voted to approve his application to demolish three houses and construct the service station, with this specific condition added to their conditions of approval.

At the previous council meeting on November 27, a majority of the councillors voted to defer approval for the development until a number of environmental boxes were ticked.

But they also voted for staff to speed up implementing these requirements, the most serious of which was the concern that discharge from the service station could overflow the site's proposed 20,000 litre SPEL tank and end up in Fern Tree Creek, a tributary of Coffs Creek.

Following that meeting, Mr Lee said delaying the project until 2015 would involve him in significant extra financial costs.

A number of existing and former Coffs Coast service stations have caused or continue to cause environmental concerns about contamination of soil and water.

One experienced service station operator said this week that while fuel storage tanks were usually the focus of concern, piping was another problem area, because of the vibration experienced by service stations' infrastructure, due to their location beside busy highways with heavy truck traffic.



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