Unanimous yes for car park reconstruction

FINDING a car park in Maclean may soon get a little easier.

Yesterday Clarence Valley councillors sitting in a civil and corporate committee voted unanimously in favour of reconfiguring and reconstructing the main car park in Centenary Drive, Maclean, to create additional parking spaces.

Stage one would create 84 new spaces plus three car/caravan spaces. Two footpaths would be constructed through Cameron Park.

Councillors agreed to allocate $239,000 from the Maclean car park capital works budget for the project.

The park is located behind the central business district and adjacent to the Maclean Bowling Club. Club secretary manager Ian Wills told the meeting that about 10 years ago his club recognised the need for future expansion and acquired land to fill that need.

He said it had paid for all costs associated with land transfers needed for expansion.

He said the club had submitted plans for expansion, but would only agree to club land being used during the construction phase if there was no detrimental effect on the club.

In a written submission, the club also requested that vehicle movements be restricted to one way in order to improve pedestrian safety around the club.

The car park redevelopment would require the removal of a number of trees in the existing car park and the removal of one tree from the adjoining Cameron Park. About 240 square metres of grassed area would also be lost.

Council officers said the car park's infrastructure was substandard and the proposed works would not improve it to an optimum standard, but would increase spaces and enable a long-range reconstruction program to be put into place.

The committee's endorsement of the redevelopment was conditional on negotiations with the Maclean Bowling Club.

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