NSW Health will aim to purchase more land from Coffs Harbour City Council for hospital car parking.
NSW Health will aim to purchase more land from Coffs Harbour City Council for hospital car parking. Trevor Veale

NSW Health looks set to buy more parking

A DECISION at Thursday's regular council meeting is all that stands in the way of improved parking at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

Councillors will be asked to vote on an offer from NSW Health to purchase a parcel of land at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.

Although the offer is not specified in the agenda for tomorrow's meeting it is noted that the price "is in line with the land's market value and is for the original area discussed of 31,800 square metres."

The offer from NSW Health came on April 17 and follows protracted negotiations with the council.

Attachments to the agenda indicate the land will be granted a right of way over Phil Hawthorne Dr that will provide access onto Stadium Dr.

While the upgrading of this right of way will be the responsibility of NSW Health in terms of design construction and funding, the ongoing maintenance of the right of way will be the responsibility of the council as NSW Health have advised they will not offer a contribution.

If the sale is finalised it's estimated the parcel of land could provide more than 800 car parking spaces.

The council staff have recommended Councillors accept the offer with the rider that the net proceeds of the sale of the land be invested for a period of six months, after which time a report be brought back to the council with any recommendations for other council-owned facilities and asset improvements.



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