OUR SAY: Critics missing in action
CLARENCE Valley Council's plan for an amalgamated depot looks certain to go ahead following the approval from the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel.
In a meeting that didn't take much more than an hour, the green light was given to combine the Grafton depots into one site in South Grafton.
It is a move that makes logistical sense, and according to the council's figures, financial sense, too.
It is also a move that has copped plenty of criticism from members of the public.
We have heard claims that depot will will create traffic hazards, be too noisy, create too much light and cost way too much, not to mention a threat from asbestos.
There was even a council claim that someone was doorknocking in South Grafton trying to stir up concern about the project.
Yet, the JRPP meeting yesterday had only one person making an objection. Gordon Smith raised concerns about the safety of students at neighbouring South Grafton High School, an issue the JRPP head Garry West said should be dealt with by the Clarence Valley traffic committee.
But where were the others who have been so vocal with their complaints? Has their bluster blown out or could they just not be bothered?
When there was a chance to really make a difference yesterday, they were missing in action.