No more servos, please
TWEED Mayor Kevin Skinner has revealed he is alarmed at possible plans for a new service station and truck stop on the northern lanes of the Pacific Highway at Chinderah.
In a special Mayoral Minute due to be debated at today’s council meeting, Cr Skinner has called for a meeting with senior NSW Roads and Traffic Authority staff.
His move follows revelations in a letter to the council from RTA regional manger David Bell that the area was identified as a “strategic site for a highway service centre” in a study conducted for the RTA in 2005.
In his letter, Mr Bell wrote: “The RTA considers the location of the site suitable for a highway service centre and consistent with the RTA’s function of promoting road safety through fatigue management.”
Chinderah residents have been alarmed at the prospect of another major service station, and fear moves to create a four-lot industrial subdivision and new access road are a precursor to that occuring.
At last Thursday’s community access meeting, spokesperson for residents at the nearby Tweed Heritage Caravan Park, Lynda Mack, called for an inquiry into development plans.
She said residents had fought for 17 months against other plans to concrete over a local waterway to provide access to the proposed subdivision and felt the proposed access was safer and would not destroy the environment.
However she added: “We don’t want a truck stop there. Neither does anybody.”