Council proposes to preserve park

Carpark where the new IGA is set to be built.
Carpark where the new IGA is set to be built.

CLARENCE Valley Council will preserve Maclean car park's green area, Cameron Park, and purchase additional land for car parking if a recommendation from yesterday's Civil and Corporate Committee meeting is adopted at next week's full council meeting.

A 2200sq m portion of Cameron Park had come under threat because of council's agreement to sell 3750sq m of the Centenary Dr car park to supermarket developers IGA for $2.5 million in July.

The proposed development, according to council business papers, would provide 100 parking spaces over an area that currently provides 142 spaces - a net loss of 42 spaces.

Council's Development Control Plan states a 2000sq m supermarket requires 67 new spaces to be created to cope with the additional traffic it generates.

Based on these items, 109 additional spaces are required for the supermarket development but the required number is further complicated by the fact that the space for the proposed supermarket (now 142 spaces) only contained 98 car spaces before council redeveloped the site in 2009.

Councillor Jim Simmons yesterday rejected a proposal put forward by deputy general manager civil and corporate Rob Donges to use some of Cameron Park for the car spaces.

The committee adopted Cr Simmons' changes to the recommendations to:

- preserve Cameron Park and rezone it public recreation/community land;

- utilise space at the rear of Maclean Library for the creation of about 20 car spaces, and;

- request a further report for Council's October meeting investigating options to create more car parking spaces in the Maclean CBD.

Cr Karen Toms, who spoke against Cr Simmons' motion, said the section of Cameron Park proposed for car spaces was not utilised and did not contain the playground, rotunda or seating.

She said council should use the money it saved on buying land for new car spaces to upgrade the current facilities at the park.

Hariet Woodrow, who had made a deputation to the committee prior to the meeting on behalf of the Rezone Cameron Park in Maclean group, said outside the meeting she was happy with Cr Simmons' recommendations.

She said "the horse had bolted" on the issue of the supermarket's location but the group of some 220 members were determined to preserve the little green space left in the Maclean CBD.

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