Brakes applied to car-park trial

THE question of whether to halve parking time limits in Murwillumbah's Main Street has been put on the backburner after council opted to reschedule an $800,000 community works program.

The town's business community has split over the push to trial one-hour parking and the local business chamber has been unable to make a decision on the matter.

The shortage of parking in the heart of the town threatens to worsen following a recent decision by Tweed Shire Council administrators to delay a start on a two-level car park near the Murwillumbah Swimming Complex.

And the parking situation had looked likely to become even more desperate with council planning major drain- age works at the eastern end of Main Street in October and November.

However, the council's chief engineer Mike Rayner announced yesterday the drainage work had been rescheduled and would be undertaken in February or March.

Murwillumbah District Business Chamber president Phil Youngblutt, already under siege from rebel chamber members unwilling to accept his recent election, welcomed the announcement.

"The parking problem is now not that urgent," he said.

Mr Youngblutt said the delay gave the chamber time to sort out whether it supported trialing one-hour parking.

He said the views of members would probably be canvassed in a newsletter.

Mr Rayner said drainage work would still begin in October but would be restricted to Proudfoot Lane while the works in Main Street would commence after the Christmas retail activity.

In all, $800,000 is to be spent on new drains in the area. The works include installing drains to channel an open creek as well as replacing ageing pipes.

Meanwhile, Mr Youngblutt has dismissed rumblings of discontent from some Murwillumbah District Business Chamber directors who are understood to be challenging the election of a new board at the recent annual general meeting.

"A couple of people just can't accept they didn't win the election," he said.

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