Roches on track to peaceful week
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE Clarence Valley Council needs to rethink its timing for major roadworks, according to Grafton Roches Family Hotel's John O'Brien.
Mr O'Brien, whose business has been affected by pipe replacement works in Victoria Street for the past week-and-a-half, said the council had erred by planning major works throughout the July Racing Carnival.
"Heavy equipment, large trucks and metres of orange safety (netting) surrounding trenches have deterred visitors from this popular area of the CBD," he said.
"Our city is on show to people from all over Australia at this time of year.
"I am disappointed there appears no 'timeplanning' for necessary works."
But in a win for all businesses in the area, council engineering services director David Andrews decided on Friday to halt works around the hotel.
When alerted to the problem by The Daily Examiner, Mr Andrews met with Mr O'Brien to discuss the issues and decided to rearrange the works schedule to fit in with the carnival.
"We will finish off the work that we had planned so parking will be permissible along Victoria Street and we're looking at not carrying out further works during race week so people aren't inconvenienced," he said.
"Instead of working near the hotel we will continue work at the Prince Street end and try to minimise disruption.
"That's going to improve access to the pub for race week, and by shifting the fencing around the project back so they can parallel park, there won't be a significant loss to parking."