Maclean waits for verdict
CLARENCE Valley councillors will face a tough decision in Maclean tonight when they have to decide if they want to proceed with plans for the tidy town's Cameron Park.
The staff's recommendation for the development of the park acknowledged key stakeholders, the Scottish Town group, the Maclean Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Maclean Action Group had all raised objections with parts of the development.
The agenda for the meeting noted they had all "cautioned conditional support with strong objection to certain issues/elements".
Green space, or parkland, in the tidy town was one of the issues that had been continuously raised by the community.
But the council staff said a second supermarket would be of great economic benefit to Maclean and the loss of park land would be met by "expediting the work on the Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan.
Councillor Andrew Baker was listed as sitting on the Environment Planning and Works Committee but he will not be there as he has resigned from it.
He said he would have declared an interest in the matter, in any case, as he still owns the Palace Arcade which is beside the park.
Another issue the council acknowledged would be a concern to the community was the decision-making process.
Listed as an "issue" were the following lines.
"Poor decision-making by council to change its mind on the amount of open space to be provided and to now turn part of it over to car parking."
But under "response" the following rebuttal was listed:
"Council's decisions have been made in the interests of the community and the economic, particularly over the longer term. Car parking in the vicinity of a new supermarket is vital and makes sense, with there being little or no scope for any feasible alternatives."