By CHRISTIAN STANGER
IT should have been built last century but the BP Service Station at the entrance to the Lakewoods Estate in Elanora looks no closer to completion than it was several years ago.
Repeated notices from council to clean up the site have prompted little response from owner Sukhchain Singh, who claims he is waiting on a council approval for a new roof to the proposed station located on the corner of Casuarina Drive and Guineas Creek Road.
Lakewoods Estate residents Liz and Barry Williams said the service station was one of the selling points of the estate due its convenience to the new estate, but it's turned into little more than an eyesore for passing motorists.
"One of the selling points of this estate 10 years ago when we bought, was that within four years we would have a service station there to use as a corner store," Ms Williams said.
"Now here we are 10 years down the track and all we have is a terrible eyesore and an awful welcome to Lakewoods Estate."
Fellow residents Dorothy and Ronald Walkden didn't want the service station there in the first place and campaigned against it, but they too would like to see the station finished and the issue put to rest.
Councillor Daphne McDonald, who has been dealing with complaints regarding the disused site for some time now, agrees with locals but said all she can do was issue notices to get the site cleaned up.
"The owner is basically just not a good neighbour, I'm really disappointed that somebody had to put the community offside like this," Cr McDonald said.
Mr Singh said he had been waiting on the approval from the council for a new roof for the last five months and once that goes through work will continue. Mr Singh claims the original design for the roof was too high for residents' liking so it had to be changed.
"As soon as it's approved, work will continue but it's been a long time going through council," he said.