Prince Street power plan popular

By EMMA CORNFORD

PRINCE STREET will undergo a facelift between Pound and Bacon streets if a Clarence Valley Council plan to install underground power goes ahead.

Council resolved at its April meeting to continue the former Grafton City Council's program of installing underground power in the CBD, and is now awaiting a project costing.

Harvey Norman electrical franchisee John Stewart said he welcomed the proposal, despite possible disruptions to the store.

"They've already done it on the other side of the street and it looks great so I don't mind paying my share of extra rates to cover that (because) it's important to make the town look as good as it can."

Mr Stewart said the power supply to the area was due to be upgraded in the near future, so the work would be of 'two-fold benefit'.

"I do believe this will affect trade but anytime you do any renovations to your building you're always going to be affected in some way or another but it's really short-term disruption for a long term gain."

He said he was confident Country Energy would be mindful of any impact on customers.

"Last time they did similar work they did a great job and really tried to minimise disruption so I think they will be mindful of ensuring access."

The lines and mains on Prince Street at the levee wall will also be moved underground under council's plan.



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