CONCERNS: SPAR owner Bob Little was among those questioning issues surrounding the IGA supermerket development application for Maclean. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
CONCERNS: SPAR owner Bob Little was among those questioning issues surrounding the IGA supermerket development application for Maclean. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Revised plan still opposed for Maclean IGA

PARKING and delivery routes remain the big-ticket issues for the proposed supermarket development in Maclean.

A meeting was held by the Greater Maclean Community Action Group on Monday night to air concerns about the revised Maclean IGA development application.

Under the new proposal, the supermarket would be moved closer to the Maclean swimming pool and bowling club, and council must rezone land near the bowling club and construct car parking at the corner of Morven, Argyle and Clyde streets.

Warren Rackham, a former Maclean Shire Council town planner, spoke on behalf of the GMCAG in front of a 100-strong audience. He said the consensus of the group was the new application was better than the previous one, but still had too many flaws and problems.

"Our council has dug itself into a hole already and they are only going to dig deeper," he said. "We want considered development.

"We're not opposing another supermarket in Maclean - we just want it to be put in the right place."

Mr Rackham said Monday's meeting was an important part of GMCAG's aim to keep the public informed and he hoped it would result in more people making submissions to the council, for or against.

"I want people to be interested," he said.

Maclean SPAR owner Bob Little raised concerns over unfair treatment from council, and the Maclean Bowling Club spoke of its opposition to the new development application.

It said a proposed semi-trailer and delivery vehicle route ran straight past the front of the club.

Clarence Valley councillor Jim Simmons, who was expected to vote on a land re-zoning application to pave the way for the supermarket at a council meeting yesterday evening, agreed the perceived effect on the bowling club could be an issue.

Fellow councillor Karen Toms, who also attended the meeting, said she was disappointed by the negative attitude of the meeting but respected the community's right to voice concerns.

She conceded a few things did surprise her in the report, including a requirement for council to pay for a carpark to be built at the old Telstra site on Argyle St.

"It's been a long process and I think, too, sometimes peoples' perceptions of what has gone on in the past isn't a reality," she said.

After the meeting, Maclean resident Tina Vitolins said she would be "sorely disappointed" if council elected to go ahead with the current development application.

"Considering that the DA itself falls 29 car spaces short of council's own current policy, among many other problems that the proposal has, it would be legally and morally wrong for it to go ahead," she said.

"This supermarket proposal does not take into account growth in Maclean population. Maclean deserves better and should be afforded the opportunity to grow, not stick a supermarket into a tiny space with no room for growth."

The development application is on show at the Clarence Valley Council offices.



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