MAROONDAH Council will meet with Ringwood's Maidstone Street residents to address their concerns about a proposed new Salvation Army centre.
The Weekly reported on January 22 that residents near Tintern private school's Southwood Boys Grammar — which is set to be taken over by the Salvation Army at the end of 2013 — were concerned about the impact the training centre would have on their street.
After receiving 19 objections to the application, the council decided it would hold a public meeting to directly speak with those concerned.
Salvation Army manager of projects David Sinden said he did not expect there to be any issues with the application.
"Some people have said they're worried about the traffic the new centre will bring . . . our consultants have shown there will be less traffic than there is currently," he said.
"It'll be the army equivalent of a monastery, a quiet place for study and reflection."
Mr Sinden said the idea that the centre would be used for other purposes was "fanciful".
He also said work being undertaken on the site — also queried by residents — had nothing to do with the application before the council.