Bethan Evans, Reporter
Monday, April 30, 2012
WESTON could soon be home to another 24-hour petrol station, despite objections over fears the site may attract night-time antisocial behaviour.
Proposals from Symonds Retail Ltd, outlined to members of North Somerset Council’s south area planning committee last week, would allow the BP fuel station in New Bristol Road to trade all hours of the day.
Four letters of objection were received by North Somerset Council and they included concerns over the station attracting antisocial behaviour stemming from alcohol sales, possible disturbance from fuel delivery lorries and the impact of the station’s lights during the extended hours.
The applicants stated at the meeting that the shop would close at 10pm and staff would provide service through a hatch until 6am.
Councillor Stephen Fudge, who declared a personal interest on the matter, said: “We do not need this station for 24 hours a day. Weston is not a 24-hour society.
“We have a perfectly adequate Tesco which has 24-hour pumps but I do believe that if we were to refuse this it would go to an appeal.”
The proposal was approved by the south area planners and was sent to the planning and regulations committee with the condition that the canopy lights at the station be dimmed from midnight to 6am.