Council goes shopping?


PLANS are afoot again for the Spar supermarket at Maclean to swap premises with the Maclean Library.

Owners Bob and Judith Little had a proposal passed by the former Maclean shire council in November 2003 which allowed for the supermarket to take over the library premises, as well as part of the existing carpark.

The plan never came to fruition because of the council's amalgamation with other councils to form the Clarence Valley Council.

Now Mr and Mrs Little have brought the plan back to the Clarence Valley Council and are asking it to consider the move.

Mr Little said the swap would allow the supermarket to expand and provide a better shopping experience for customers.

"There would be a huge benefit to the town to have a big, modern supermarket. It would take traffic away from the main street and it would be more pleasant for people to shop in," he said.

Mr Little said the exchange would also benefit the council as it would own prime river bank real estate and another building with heritage interest.

Clarence council environment and planning director Rob Donges said a report would be submitted.

"The report will just be providing council with background information and requesting a council decision as to whether they'd be interested in exploring it further," he said.

Mr Donges said while the plan had been approved in the past, it had drawn objections.

"There would be some commercial operations in the main street that would be concerned about having a large supermarket in town," he said.

"Secondly, there were some library users who thought the current location and facility was acceptable and there's no need for it to be relocated."

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