Residents threaten legal action over new shopping precinct

THE developer of a fast food and shopping precinct on the crest of the Toowoomba Range may face a legal injunction from nearby residents despite the project's approval by council.

Jim Kelly has been given the green light to build a supermarket, cafe, restaurants and McDonald's and KFC outlets on the north-west corner of Herries and Cohoe Sts.

The ruling was made on the proviso that traffic lights would first be installed at the busy intersection, a stipulation that has drawn strong criticism for endangering the lives of motorists.

Nolans Transport director Adrian Nolan has slammed the decision.

"They don't have any consideration for trucks and movements that go through Toowoomba," he said.

"When the road is wet, it will be pretty much impossible for trucks to start again when they are stuck on the range.

"All traffic will come to a halt.

"Tow truck companies are going to make a fortune."

Range Shopping Centre owner Philip Collins is considering lodging a complaint to the Planning and Environment Court on the grounds of public safety.

He said his next step would become clearer in the coming week.

"We're utterly amazed that it has been approved," he said.

"It is just a terrible spot for any commercial development.

"That's the most shocking corner as it is and this is just going to aggravate the situation."

East Toowoomba resident Kate Powell has organised a public meeting next Friday aimed to form a committee and ramp up the fight.

"That's right where the fog settles at the top of the range, so just imagine the potential for pile-ups," she said.

"It doesn't bear thinking about.

"Any long-haul road transport is going to create chaos on the range."

Great Divide Motor Inn manager Trent Hohn initially backed the development, but that has all changed.

"We were big supporters until we heard there was going to be a new set of lights put in," he said.

"Our line of business is trying to accommodate people with a nice, quiet and warm room.

"That's not going to be possible if big semi trailers are always starting and stopping outside the motel."

 

A public meeting for concerned residents will be held at the St Luke's Anglican Church hall at 7pm on Friday.

All are welcome to attend.

Topics:  cohoe, herries, legal, mcdonald's, range, toowoomba



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