Park plans are a step closer
BRELSFORD Park planning should take a step forward with a report by a landscape architect.
Cr Ian Hogbin said planning for the site was put on hold following the community consultation process, but work by the consultant engaged by Coffs Harbour City Council was expected to guide new directions on the project.
Cr Hogbin, who has been closely identified with the redevelopment of Brelsford Park, said he did not believe that the multipurpose centre would end up on the south-east cor- ner of Brelsford Park, as was earlier proposed.
There has been opposition to this location because of the handsome stand of tree on the site.
Cr Hogbin said the trees were 'a nice feature of the park' but a new site would affect how the council could provide car parking.
He said he would like to see the one parking area used for both city need and community needs, given that the times of maximum use would be different.
"The tennis courts could stay there for a bit longer, it provides life in the park, but I hope we can get the multipurpose centre within this financial year," he said.
Cr Hogbin said he favoured extending Park Avenue into the park with new civic buildings around this extension 'in a nice, park-like setting'.
Cr Hogbin is opposed to the sale of the lower portion of City Hill and has suggested several small city centre sites could be sold and parking consolidated on the perimeter of the city centre.