No go for new boarding kennels
By BELINDA SCOTT
COFFS Harbour City councillors have defied their planners' advice and closed the door on new boarding kennels in Gaudrons Road.
Planners had recommended asking for more information and deferring consideration of the development application for the new and enlarged Pettina Park development until the Rural Residential Strategy was completed.
But Cr Jennifer Bonfield moved that the application be rejected due to the unsuitability of the site and that the development was not in the public interest.
She also asked that a report be brought back to council identifying suitable areas for the development.
The motion was seconded by Cr Ian Ovens and supported by the attending councillors.
Cr Ian Hogbin and Cr Clive Joass were not able to attend the meeting.
Cr Bonfield said the council was in a 'terrible impasse between the gentleman who wants to expand his business and the community which feels their amenity will be disturbed'.
She said although deferring had merit, there had been so much contention and angst that council should put a stop to it.
After the meeting, both residents and the developer appeared relieved to have a firm verdict, but Pettina Park owner Paul Bourne said he would be 'fighting mad' if council did not provide him with the promised assistance.
He said the entire community would be the loser if the 33-year-old business had to close or relocate.