Inconvenienced store pays price for beauty

THEY say beauty comes at a price – and for Top Town Hardware at Woolgoolga, the beautification of River Street by the Coffs Harbour City Council may be very costly indeed.

In the process of revamping River Street at Woolgoolga, the council is planning to narrow the southbound lane of River Street by 1.5 metres – which means Top Town Hardware will no longer have room for delivery trucks to deliver supplies.

Owners Steve Tobin and Bruce and Dianne Sanders say that isn't acceptable.

“We're all for the beautification of the street,” Mr Tobin said.

“But this is going to severely inconvenience our business. When our delivery trucks come as it is, they are as far right as the road allows to turn into the lane, and use the whole lane when they pull out.

“We had one of our trucks test the other day – and there was no way he was going to make it.”

The trio said the council agreed to upgrade the laneway to Scarborough Street so that trucks could enter through that road – providing they come up with $15,000 to finance half of the works.

Mr Sanders doesn't understand the reluctance of the council to accomodate their suggestions.

“Why can't they redesign it? And why wasn't there any consultation? The first we heard about any of this was when the engineers came out to measure everything up.”

Coffs Harbour City Council engineer, George Stulle, said it was only semi-trailer trucks that would no longer have access.

“We are working with the owners of Top Town Hardware and the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce to find a viable solution to the problem,” he said.

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