Mum calls for veto on petrol plan

Jowita Rutkowski, of Elizabeth Street in Blackpool, is protesting against plans to site the new Sainsbury's petrol station  on Talbot Road opposite her house. Jowita with 3 year-old daughter Oliwiia and the planning notice from Blackpool Council
Jowita Rutkowski, of Elizabeth Street in Blackpool, is protesting against plans to site the new Sainsbury's petrol station on Talbot Road opposite her house. Jowita with 3 year-old daughter Oliwiia and the planning notice from Blackpool Council
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A LAYTON mum has hit out at plans to open a petrol station near her home over concerns for her daughter’s health.

Jowita Rutkowski, of Elizabeth Street, Blackpool, lives just a stone’s throw from where supermarket giant Sainsbury are set to build a new multi-million pound superstore.

But the nursery worker, who has a three-year-old daughter, has questioned the need for another petrol station in the town centre saying it is bad for health and the environment.

She said: “I just can’t understand why we need a third petrol station, the idea is against good health, a healthy environment and in general against nature.

“It makes me wonder if Environmental Health Services have checked the impact on people living near so many.

“It’s also not good for the area as petrol stations can also attract lots of people at night time.

“I don’t feel very safe in my home at the moment but having a third petrol station will make things even worse.”

If passed by town hall planners, the new petrol station will form part of the new store opposite 238-240 Talbot Road.

But a recent study from the University of Murcia in Spain has suggested dangerous airborne pollutants from garages could contaminate buildings as far as 100m away.

Scientists say a minimum distance of 50 metres should be maintained between petrol stations and housing, and 100 metres for especially vulnerable facilities such as hospitals, health centres, schools and old people’s homes.

Mrs Rutkowski, who moved into the area from Poland seven years ago, added: “It is very sad we don’t have many family friendly places in my area, we don’t have green paths, we don’t have trees, we don’t have anything to produce fresh air.

“We need more green areas not more concrete.

“Where I live is very noisy already so I am really afraid how noisy will be when we’ll have petrol station so close to our house.

“It is not a rocket science petrol stations mean more cars and more cars means more disturbance.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman said all concerns will be looked at when the scheme goes before planners.

She added: “Before any planning application is considered local residents and interested parties are invited to have their say.

“We have received two submissions from Ms Rutkowski which will be taken into account along with all the other comments we’ve received on the plans.”