Drive for Z station

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 07:33 13/12/2012

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Controversial plans for a Z service station on Onewa Rd are being backed by an Auckland Council senior planner despite all 54 submissions opposing it.

Senior planner Blair Telford has recommended to hearings commissioners Michael Savage, David Hill and Jenny Hudson who are looking over the proposal that the 119 Onewa Rd service station should go ahead.

The service station would be built on the corner of Gladstone and Onewa roads and next to St Mary's Catholic Church and primary school. It would also be on the same side as the west-bound T3 transit lane.

"My recommendation to grant the consent for the proposal in general is a balanced one and, subject to new contrary evidence being presented at the hearing, is conditional upon restricting the hours of operation for the petrol station to address the potential adverse noise effects on the adjoining residential site," Mr Telford's report reads. "Otherwise, a design attempt has been made to ensure that the final development will either avoid or, where possible, mitigate any associated adverse effects."

The report specifies Mr Telford's comments are not the final decision because public feedback is still taken into account. The public hearings were held November 29 and 30 at the Glenfield Community Hall.

St Mary's parish council chairman Iain Gallie says the church's top concerns are safety, traffic and environmental impacts.

It is "disappointing" a council officer has recommended the plan goes ahead.

"We don't feel the council has taken into account all the submissions," he says.

Council documents say a Mobil petrol station was proposed for the same site in 1991 but it was canned because of concerns raised by a council traffic engineer.

Mr Gallie wants to know what has changed to favour the proposal.

A spokeswoman for Z Energy told the North Shore Times last month the service station could be a safe place for parents to drop off their children.

Mr Gallie responds: "There's no way. Would you be happy for your child to be walking through that service station to get to school?"

A petition opposing it was organised by St Mary's.

Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman has slammed the plans, saying "it is a recipe for traffic mayhem" and children's safety is his top concern.

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