Lack of progress at BP

Surf Coast Shire Councillor Heather Wellington, left, and Growing Winchelsea president Jenny Mathison want to see Winchelsea’s BP service station re-open as soon as possible.

A Winchelsea local government representative is disappointed with a lack of progress to refurbish the town’s closed BP service station.

The station has been fenced off since April, and Surf Coast Shire Council said the site’s owner was yet to meet the council’s demands for upgrades at the site.

The council’s general manager of environment and development Ransce Salan said the council was waiting on more details from BP before plans could be finalised.

“Council has issued a planning permit to allow the redevelopment of the site with a new service station and motel, this planning permit was issued in September 2018,” he said.

“It is now up to the applicant to act on the planning permit, other approvals are required.”

The council’s e-planning portal indicates it received a planning application on July 25 for a $2.75-million development at the Wills Street site and amended for to the applicant on August 23, but the council and BP remained tight-lipped about the issues which might still need to be resolved before plans could progress.

Winchelsea ward councillor Heather Wellington said the unkempt station wasn’t a good look for visitors to the town and she hoped the parties could find a solution soon.

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