Kingscliff eatery gets the chop



KNGSCLIFF'S carparking chaos has led to developers axing one restaurant from a planned dining precinct in the heart of the town.

Tweed businessman Idwall Richards, one of the developers behind a $28 million, three-storey apartment and commercial complex planned near the central Fig Tree roundabout, has announced building will go ahead with just one restaurant.

The Marine Parade site was formerly occupied by two awardwinning restaurants.

The town's car park shortage and a lack of available land to put any new public car park led to the decision which has disappointed the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce.

But at least one existing cafe operator, former councillor Dot Holdom of Dot's By the Sea, said the town already had too many restaurants.

Developers of the Azura com- plex last week told council administrators they were unable to provide the extra car-parking spaces required for two restaurants.

Engineers had found underground water pressure would cause the building to "pop out" of the ground if a second basement car park was built unless an extra $3.2 million of concrete was added to weigh down the structure. The administrators, faced with the problem of where to spend the $600,000 on public car parking if they accepted it, deferred a decision until February.

Chamber of Commerce president Des Ireland said the decision was doubly disappointing because an iconic dining precinct had been lost, along with "funds to alleviate the parking problem".

But Mrs Holdom said: "The last thing Kingscliff needed was more restaurants. Right now and for many years it's been an ongoing battle."



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