CONTROVERSY: Council has been accused of failing to fully consult the public on the Park Ave bus stop plan.
CONTROVERSY: Council has been accused of failing to fully consult the public on the Park Ave bus stop plan.

Bus stop work spawns formal complaint against GM

COFFS Harbour businessman and former councillor Ian Hogbin attacked Coffs Harbour City Council over its planning and work on the new Park Ave bus stop.

During a public address to Thursday's council meeting, the former city councillor accused the council of failing to consult adequately with Park Ave businesses before work began and then failing to seek to mitigate the problem appropriately.

He said he would be making a formal complaint against the general manager, Steve McGrath, on this basis.

Mr Hogbin said the temporary bus stop and construction work was causing major problems for business, including loss of parking spaces.

"Council have no understanding of how important car parking is," Mr Hogbin said.

He said Park Avenue had temporarily lost 28 parking spaces and would permanently lose seven and the new bus stop would also take up the second east-bound lane in Park Ave.

The work being carried out by the council will provide a new waiting area for bus passengers, with shelters, lighting and seating, as well as new public seating, reconfigured disabled parking spaces, new paving and planting, described as "a vibrant tropical streetscape".

Mr Hogbin said the temporary bus stop was bringing rubbish, abandoned trolleys and undesirable people to the front of his business premises, which had forced him to hire security to protect his female staff.

He said the Park Ave work conflicted with the original CBD Masterplan and the council should now reimburse CBD ratepayers for the cost, since they paid for the plan, Mr Hogbin said.

He also complained the council had not undertaken traffic studies and had failed to implement a ring road system for the CBD.



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