Onsite visit leads to car park change
TRIMMING about a dozen temporary car parking spaces from the Maclean supermarket construction site has saved nearly half the $110,000 increase budgeted for the work.
Clarence Valley Council staff came up with a proposal to create about 140 car parking spots to replace 139 parks lost during the construction of the supermarket, which should begin later this year. However, councillors were unhappy with the proposal and inspected the site before last Tuesday's meeting.
In consultation with staff, they found a way to provide 128 car parks, but at a cost of $59,000, saving $51,000 for beautification of Maclean".
At Tuesday's meeting Cr Sue Hughes moved that council allocate an additional $59,000 toward the construction of replacement car parking at: Adjacent to Maclean Pool, near Cameron Park; Stanley St entrance; Miscellaneous.
Part two of the motion was the design plans for the temporary parking be brought back to the council for final consideration.
The council voted 8-2 for the motion, with Cr Andrew Baker out of the chamber after declaring an interest in the decision. Crs Margaret McKenna and Jim Simmons opposed the motion.
In debate Cr Simmons was worried about a proposal in the new plan to take 10sq m of space from the Maclean Pool grounds.
He said the history of the development of this site showed the dangers of losing areas of green space to the development.
He quizzed the council's director works and civil Troy Anderson about how far the pool fence would be moved to create four car parking spaces.
Mr Anderson said the western end of the fence would be moved to straighten a kink in it, bring it back into alignment with rest of the fence. This would take 10sq m of space from the pool grounds.
Cr Simmons said he could not support any motion that advocated taking more green space. Cr McKenna took a different view. She objected to the loss of car parking spaces from the original plan.
"I was pleasantly surprised to see we had lost no car parking spaces," she said. "I'm surprised to be voting on a proposal that reduces the number of parks by 18."
Deputy Mayor Craig Howe favoured the proposal, although he shared concerns about any loss of green space.
"I'm opposed to losing green space, but overall 10sqm is a relatively small area," he said. "The current proposal allows business to carry as close to usual as possible."
Cr Hughes said providing parking was important for the town, but a survey had shown there was a relatively high turnover of parking throughout the day. "We have to balance the benefit of car parking to making everyone happy," she said.