Emma-Jayne Schenk, 27 September 2015

A GROUP of people are up in arms over a proposal to demolish a derelict building in Croydon to make way for a petrol station.

Maroondah Council approved a 24-hour United Petroleum service station for the land at 394 — 410 Maroondah Highway in June this year.

The development would include a convenience store and two shops.

A vacant building, that was once a trade supplies business but is now covered in graffiti, will be demolished to make way for the centre. The building has been sitting vacant for more than five years.

A group of residents have appealed the development, which will now go before VCAT in February next year.

Nearby business Lavre Hair and Beauty believes the site was sold for $3 million last year.

Manager and owner Sue Dunford said the petrol station and added retail shops could help her business, as there would be more foot traffic in the area.

“It would be lovely to put something there to increase the traffic flow,” she said.

“The council won’t do anything (with the derelict building) and with all that graffiti on it, it’s not a good look.

“It affects business.”

Mayor Tony Dib said the council’s Municipal Building Surveyor could issue an order for the site to be made safe and secure.

But he said the MBS can only order the building to be demolished where the building was at risk of significant structural failure, which was not the case with the Maroondah Highway premises.

The Leader has attempted to contact the residents for comment.

Extracted in full from the Herald Sun.