Grafton's gardens give vandals cover to attack business
GARDENS in the Grafton CBD are proving a double- edged sword for local businesses.
On one hand they create shady nooks to escape the heat and a green oasis in a concrete and asphalt desert.
But there is a downside, says hairdresser Janelle Cooper, the owner of Styles on Prince St, whose business was vandalised last week.
Ms Cooper, who has run the business from a shop near the Clocktower Roundabout for more than 12 years, says the garden outside her business gives the vandals cover.
"It used to be the taxis across the road could see the shop and we didn't have the problems we have now," she said.
On Sunday night a person threw a large rock through the front window of her shop. There was no attempt to break in, the thrill of breaking a window was all the vandal wanted to achieve.
Another business owner was targeted on the same night, but did not want to talk about the attack.
It used to be the taxis across the road could see the shop and we didn't have the problems we have now.
But he also pointed out the gardens had grown to a point where people could no longer see into the area around his shop.
Clarence Valley Council environment, planning and community director Des Schroder said after being told of the complaint a council officer contacted the business to discuss the owner's concerns.
"As a result of that conversation, we have organised for a crime prevention officer to visit and conduct a safety audit," he said.
"Our outdoor staff, who have already been involved in clearing foliage near businesses in other parts of the street, will also visit the site and remove whatever foliage they see as necessary."