Pet park owner backs off move to Gaudrons Rd
IT'S back to the drawing board for Pettina Pet Park owner Paul Bourne, after he gave up the fight to have the pet resort relocated into Gaudrons Road.
Mr Bourne has withdrawn his legal action against the Coffs Harbour City Council and will no longer be seeking approval for the proposed development in Gaudrons Road - much to the delight of residents.
“We're absolutely elated, we're just so excited and relieved it's over,” spokesperson Gordon Amman said.
“But if the Coffs Harbour City Council had been straight up with Mr Bourne and told him the land was not suitable, instead of trying to push a square peg into a round hole, we both wouldn't have had to go through all of this.”
Mr Bourne said it just wasn't financially viable for the business to pursue legal action, but was now looking forward to finding an alternative site for his kennels.
“We've decided to find an alternative site - and we are optimistic we can do so,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it is disappointing, but we are working with the council to find an alternative site. We've got about five options in front of us at the moment.
“I've spoken to a few residents (of Gaudrons Road) and a lot have said they'd support the park going somewhere else in town - and it does need to go somewhere.
“I am actually investigating moving the development out of the area - Clarence Valley Council has expressed interest. I don't want to do that, but there are no other possibilities then that's what you have to do, and that is a very viable option.
“At the end of the day, we can take our knowledge from this experience and incorporate it to potentially establish a better facility. We've learnt from our mistakes, now we're looking forward and are working with the council to find a resolution that's so desperately required.
“We'll find a means to an end somewhere - until then it's business as usual.”