Cafe shelved but loos get to go ahead
CLARENCE Valley Council has ditched plans to build a cafe on the South Grafton Plaza and now plans to spend $140,000 building a toilet block.
The original idea was to build a cafe and a toilet block and $8000 was spent on preliminary plans. But at Tuesday's meeting of the environment, planning and works committee, council staff flagged the money would not be enough to finish the job.
"Council had previously resolved to construct a toilet block and cafe at the South Grafton Plaza (on the corner of Skinner and Through Sts)," the meeting's agenda said. "This decision was based on cost estimates that were not correct as the detailed design of the facility had not been completed."
So the councillors decided to use the left-over $132,000 to build the toilet alone and set the cafe idea aside.
Cr Jeremy Challacombe declared an interest because he had expressed interest in leasing the cafe if it was built. The councillors resolved to have the staff let him know the cafe would not be going ahead.