WHAT SIGN? Cars parked on the side of Ryan St for sale where council has put up No parking signs. Photo Adam Hourigan
WHAT SIGN? Cars parked on the side of Ryan St for sale where council has put up No parking signs. Photo Adam Hourigan

How’s that sign working?

A CLARENCE Valley councillor says council's failure to stop private car sales at a popular site in South Grafton is embarrassing.

Cr Jeremy Challacombe used Tuesday's council meeting to air the issue.

He called for debate on the April report of the Traffic Committee and moved a motion calling for recommendations from the committee to be followed through by the appropriate officers.

The motion was ultimately unsuccessful, but during the debate Mayor Richie Williamson conceded council's efforts to control car sales at the Crossroads at South Grafton, had been thwarted.

Cr Andrew Baker spoke against Cr Challacombe's motion. He said there was no need for the appropriate officer to follow through on any issue.

"When council makes a resolution it passes the ball to the general manager and he runs with it," he said.

"Council can be lazy on this. Once the GM has the ball, he can make all the running."

Cr Challacombe said he agreed with Cr Baker's view in principle, but in practice this was not happening.

He said the continued car sales at the Crossroads were a "spectacular" example of council inaction.

"The Traffic Committee recommends this shouldn't be happening, but nothing has been done about it," Cr Challacombe said.

Mayor Richie Williamson took issue with the claim nothing had been done.

He noted council had installed no-parking signs as well as recommending police and council rangers patrol the area.

"I share Cr Challacombe's frustrations, we placed the signs there and they moved the cars from one side of the road to the other," he said.

"It is important we follow through on recommendation and the action has been to put the signs in place.

I share the frustration at the outcome, but it's nobody's fault and not a judgement on anyone."



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