2,500 signatures against height limit change
KINGSCLIFF campaigner Ron Cooper says he has gathered more than 2,500 signatures in two weeks against Tweed Shire Council's proposal to change the village's height limit.
The ex-Tweed Shire councillor said he was aiming for 10,000 signatures to be sent to the State Government which would have the final say on Kingscliff's draft development blueprint.
"I can't believe how easy it is to get these signatures," he said.
"The one-way street (Marine Pde) has been nothing but a horror and this will be too."
The petition calls for the maintenance of a three storey, or 11m height limit, across Kingscliff.
In the draft Kingscliff locality plan it is proposed that Marine Pde remains at the current building height of 11m (or up to three storeys), or else remaining at the existing allowed building height limit of 13.6m.
To date no buildings have been built up to 13.6m in Kingscliff despite it being allowable under the current height limit.
However, the height limit could be lifted to 16.6m on the Kingscliff shopping centre side of Pearl St and along the undeveloped land fronting Turnock St, from roundabout to roundabout.
Mr Cooper has so far attracted most signatures in the village itself but said he would be spreading out to neighbouring seaside villages who he said also had a stake in the issue.
Mr Cooper's critics claim he is using the issue to campaign for another stint on council at September's poll.
"I'm thinking seriously of running," he said.
"But I'd be doing this anyway if I was running or not."
Mr Cooper had been part of the 15 strong public consultation group helping inform the locality plan until he says he was "thrown off" for insisting on carrying out the public survey to gauge public views on Kingscliff's future.