(CNS): Gasoline retailer, Rubis, should know by the end of this month if its proposal to build a gas station in front of a residential area will be approved. The company is seeking Central Planning Authority (CPA) approval to construct the station on Canal Point Road, across the street from Foster’s Food Fair at the Strand. The proposal includes removing a section of the concrete divider along the Esterley Tibbetts bypass to create a third lane for southbound right-hand turns onto Canal Point Road, which has raised significant concerns.
Plans that require changes to the islands’ public roads are usually submitted to the National Roads Authority (NRA) for their expert advice and the CPA takes into consideration NRA’s comments in determining whether to grant approval for this type of construction. However, NRA sources have conceded that the proposed construction, in its current state, may not receive its endorsement. The authority also revealed that there have been other proposals along the same bypass for the new Rubis station but those have all failed to receive the green light.
NRA Assistant Director Dennis Thibeault said the authority does not dictate the decision for the CPA.
“We do not determine who from the private sector gets planning approval; we only comment on the plan,” he said. ”The decision to approve or not to approve lies with the CPA. They gather comments and observations from us and that determines the outcome. As part of our remit, we deal with the construction of roads and provide comment on their impact.”
The impact of the proposed road changes and the location earmarked for the gas station is not only being weighed by the authorities. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Canal Point resident said she opposed the idea for the gas station, and quipped that the plan might not be well received by other residents.
“There is no doubt that the construction of a gas station there will impact our community in some way, and it could definitely create some kind of conflict in the determination of property value,” she said.
Members of the CPA are due to meet again on Thursday 26 November, when it is expected that a decision will be made regarding the proposed gas station.