Council concern at crossroads becoming impromptu car yard
THE cross roads in South Grafton has become an impromptu car yard in recent weeks but now the Clarence Valley Council looks set to take action.
Mayor Richie Williamson said he wrote to the council raising safety concerns after he saw a woman have a near miss with a moving car.
"We need to be mindful that area is a part of the Gwydir Hwy," Cr Williamson said.
And he said while the decision was not the council's to make, he was keen to see a solution.
Matters involving parking have to be referred to the Clarence Valley's traffic committee which includes representatives from the police, RMS, the council and Cr Karen Toms.
Director of planning and the environment Des Schroder said there were some options available to curb the unlicensed sale yard. He said council rangers in the past had been involved in moving people and their cars on.
But he also said it was not illegal to park a car in the area or to have a "for sale'' sign on the car. "It's a safety issue," Mr Schroder said.
And he said one of the options available to the council was placing time limits on car parks in the area. Mr Schroder said this had worked in the past when the council had previously sought to stop such operations from an area in North Grafton.
"This does leave the issue of where people can take their cars to sell them if they are not going to a dealer," Mr Schroder said.
"But obviously there are websites." Mr Schroder refused to speculate on the viability of setting up an area somewhere else so people could legally show cars for sale.