Hands off Maclean pool for when trying to solve parking issue

CLARENCE Valley Council has been told to keep its hands off the Maclean Pool as it tries to find replacement car parking during the construction of the new supermarket.

Tuesday's Clarence Valley Council Environment, Planning and Works committee meeting discussed a staff plan to create 146 temporary parking spaces to replace 139 places that will be lost during the construction of the supermarket.

Council staff recommended approval of an extra $110,000 to be added to $400,000 in the budget for the replacement car spaces.

Although Cr Jim Simmons had no trouble with the costings of the work, he was troubled by some of the details.

"It seems to me the information in the background of the report seems to go further than the officer's recommendation," he said.

Council's director works and civil Troy Anderson said it was possible to tidy up the proposal with some additional wording, but councillors opposed this.

Chief among Cr Simmons fears was a proposal to create 19 new car parking spaces near the Maclean Swimming Pool and Cameron Park, using part of the pool grounds.

He was worried the space would be permanently lost from the pool and wondered if there had been enough consultation with pool staff about a proposal to move the pool fence to create 10m more space for car parking.

"I'm saying hands off the pool area," he said.

"I suspect that once this space is gone, it won't ever be replaced."

Cr Simmons said he had heard comments the pool needed more space for children and their parents.

Cr Simmons was also worried by proposals to reduce the size of the car parking spaces to a minimum allowed size of 2.1m and count parking in side streets in the plan.

"There is an easy answer to this. Go out and rent other land during construction of the supermarket," Cr Simmons said.

"Better still buy the land. It might cost council something, but it would remove concerns over what might occur."

The plan includes temporary sealing of the car park before final drainage work on site is done on completion of the supermarket building.

Mr Anderson said this was necessary because developers of the supermarket were yet to release critical design levels of the development.

The committee voted against recommending the officer's report, instead requesting staff provide answers for councillors' concerns for next week's full council meeting.

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