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United Petroleum have proposed a 24 hour service station, convenience store and fast food restaurant at 86 Maitland Rd, Mayfield (previously the Haynes Hire site). 

This development adjoins numerous residential properties who will be adversely affected due to noise, petrol fumes, fast food odours, lighting spillage, gaudy signage, traffic movements in close proximity to properties, the storage of hazardous goods and risk of contamination. 

We have serious concerns about the future health impacts of living in close proximity to a petrol station. Studies have shown that children who live next to a petrol station are four times more likely to develop acute leukaemia. Newcastle does not need another ‘Red Zone’.
There is already an existing service station less than 200m from the proposed site and a further 7 within a 3km radius (including 5 on Maitland Rd itself). Mayfield and surrounding suburbs does not have a shortage of petrol stations.
In addition to residents' concerns this development does little for the revitalisation of the Dangar Park precinct, envisaged by Newcastle City Council as a 'diverse mixed use area, focusing on new residential development combined with retail and other appropriate uses'. The application is insensitive to many aspects of this vision, particularly those aimed at providing complimentary residential and commercial spaces incorporating landscaping and design elements that encourage pedestrian use and outdoor gathering, respecting the heritage character of Mayfield and minimising vehicle access to Maitland Road. Instead it proposes a generic, high throughput development targeted solely at capturing passing traffic with minimal engagement of residents and providing few complimentary opportunities for surrounding businesses.

We do not want Mayfield to simply end up as a string of petrol stations and fast food outlets but want to encourage development that promotes Mayfield as a highly desirable inner city location, with a well thought out integration of retail, commercial and residential developments that attracts a thriving community.
Service stations and fast food outlets have their place but this is simply the wrong location for this development.
Please sign this petition to show the Council that we have the support of the local Community in opposing this development.

Many thanks from the residents of Silsoe and Myola Streets and surrounding areas.


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