Car park back on the agenda

A RESCISSION motion is likely to be lodged against the Clarence Valley Council's decision to block the sale of part of a public car park in Maclean.

Councillors contacted yesterday declined to go on record with their views, but it is understood moves are underway for a rescission motion to be lodged before the next full meeting of council on February 24.

One of the councillors associated with the rescission motion previously voted against the sale.

Councillor Margaret McKenna, who has always supported the sale, said yesterday the new councillors should have been given a fuller briefing before their November meeting.

The Maclean Chamber of Commerce has called a public meeting, to be held at the Maclean Civic Hall from 6pm next Tuesday where the development of a new supermarket and the sale of land for a car park are to be discussed.

Chamber president and supermarket owner Bob Little said representatives of Baker Holder Enterprises, Woolworths and perhaps Buildev (developers for Coles) would be on hand to discuss their proposals.

“I encourage people to come along,” he said.

Yesterday River Street business owner Johnno Johnson was pounding the streets seeking support from the business community for a new supermarket.

He said that by 11.30am he had been to 13 businesses and each of them supported the sale of air space in the CBD for the development of a car park.

“It tells me the whole town is wholly and solely behind the development of a supermarket,” he said.

“I am doing this off my own bat. I think it is that important. I know what is best for Maclean and I don't want to see it (the commercial district) split like Yamba with a bit here and a bit there.

“I also want to see the river bank opened up and a marina developed.

“We have to move forward.”

Mr Johnson said he did not want see multi-national companies move in to set up a supermarket with a host of specialty shops.

“I don't want

to see Maclean split like Yamba”

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