CLARENCE Valley Council has refused to accept responsibility for delays in rebuilding a section of the Maclean CBD destroyed in a fire 10 years ago.
The owner of the Boulevard Cafe complex of residential units and business burnt to the ground on the morning of February 27, 2006, after a fire started in an upstairs unit.
The fire is regard as the biggest blaze in Maclean's history.
The complex's owner, Dale James blamed council for delaying his plans for a $1.2million redevelopment of the site, which has remained vacant for a decade.
He said tardiness in announcing a site for the Maclean supermarket and the glacial progress on the McLachlan Park redevelopment had halted his plans, possibly permanently
The council's general manager Scott Greensill was non-committal about Mr James's views.
Mr Greensill said it was not up to council to comment on Mr James's investment decisions.