Club in fight with council

A DISPUTE over the number of car-parking spaces at a Tweed club looks like being settled in court.

Twin Towns Services Club is taking Tweed Shire Council to court because of delays in approving redevelopment plans, partly due to the dispute over parking spaces at its Twin Towns Juniors clubhouse at Banora Point.

But the council has been undeterred by the looming legal action in the NSW Land and Environment court, instead vowing to fight on.

Councillors have voted unanimously to defend the case despite Cr Warren Polglase raising queries about the number of car-parking spaces council officers want the club to provide.

Cr Polglase said the sought-after 298 car spaces would take up 8100 square metres of land, but the property was only 5300 square metres. He said the club could only provide 103 car spaces. But chief planner Vince Connell said council officers had already spoken to the club about the possible use of an adjacent council car park.

Twin Towns Services Club wants to demolish the existing Juniors clubhouse in Fraser Drive and construct a new $7 million two-storey building with function rooms, dining area, children's play area, a bar and TAB, gaming and entertainment areas, beer garden and offices.

In a report to the councillors Mr Connell said officers had asked for additional information to justify the car-parking shortfall. Because that had not been received the planning department had been able to make a determination of the development application.

The club has now lodged an appeal with the NSW Land and Environment Court under deemed refusal provisions because a decision has not been made.



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