Park's relocation is no pet project for residents
GAUDRONS Road residents are considering legal action in a bid to stop Pettina Pet Park relocating to the street - but owner Paul Bourne says there's simply no other place the resort can go.
The relocation has been the source of much debate over past months, and reached boiling point after the development application was rejected by Coffs Harbour City Council last March, defying their planner's advice.
Since then, an appeal has been launched to the Land and Environment Court - but Gaudrons Road residents say there are just too many environmental issues with the development.
And so, frustrated and angry residents of Gaudrons Road and Mountain Way in Sapphire Beach met on Sunday morning to discuss their options, and decided to obtain legal advice on the situation.
Resident Gordon Amann said the group agreed unanimously to fight the proposal.
“We've gathered a substantial amount of funds to go toward hiring a solicitor to represent us,” Mr Amann said.
“As before, we're committed to making sure council works with the developer to find an appropriate alternative venue.
“This is a matter that affects all future planning for a wider area than just Gaudrons Road. We're lobbying new councillors who have previously been unaware, and all but one have visited the site and expressed support for our cause.
“We trust the council can make a decision based on the facts and the needs of the wider community.”
Mr Bourne said it was simply a matter of time before the development application was approved.
“The council was supposed to help us find land way back in March - it's now November. There's simply nowhere else in Coffs Harbour it can go,” he said.
“At the end of the day, we've done everything council has asked and more, the development meets every kind of regulation necessary. At this point we've put it back in front of council and are awaiting a favourable outcome at the council meeting,” he said.
“When it comes down to it, the land is zoned rural agricultural, that's the legality of it. It's going to be on Gaudrons Road.”
A council spokesperson said yesterday the applicant had lodged an appeal with the Land and Environment Court.
“Council staff are preparing are report on the issue to go up to council,” the spokesperson said.