The Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan was passed by council after some hearty debate.
The Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan was passed by council after some hearty debate. Rodney Stevens

Split over car park funds

THE SALE of car park land in Maclean for the proposed IGA supermarket continues to be a bone of contention, with councillors debating where the proceeds should go and the public clinging to precious metres of green space.

At Tuesday night's Clarence Valley Council ordinary meeting the Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan was approved by councillors.

It includes the much-sought-after relocation of the Fisheries building as a priority to reopen river views to the town.

Cr Jim Simmons argued for the walkway to be put to the top of the priority list from at least McNaughton Place.

"I know there won't be much change from the car park sale, but it's one of the reasons the community supported that sale," Cr Simmons said and the point was included in the resolution.

Council officers stressed the Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan was a concept plan and was "very flexible", especially with regard to encouraging development in the area. One development that's causing major concern in the Scottish town is that of the proposed IGA and resulting land sale.

The council sold 3750sqm of Centenary Car Park to developers Metcash and could now reduce the size of green spaces to compensate for CBD parking.

Though the council minutes had not been released at time of print, The Daily Examiner understands a hearty debate was held in the chambers late on Tuesday night with proposed land grabs for parking in various locations being put on the table.

Land in Cameron Park and McLachlan Park has been earmarked for parking spaces and the suggested plans will now go on public exhibition for 14 days before a final decision is made.

Cr Ian Tiley argued against taking any more green space from McLachlan Park as eight months ago the council had resolved to keep the remaining green space as community land.

He, Cr Simmons and Cr Sue Hughes voted against the resolution but lost out to numbers.