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Skinner blocks locality plan

CAMPAIGNERS for strict rules against what they see as over-development of Hastings Point are furious after Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner blocked a long-awaited locality plan for the village which would have stopped most three-storey development.

Despite councillors voting four/three in favour on the new controls at Tuesday night's council meeting, Cr Skinner, along with councillors Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt later lodged a rescission motion.

The move means the controls can't be adopted until they are debated again at the next council meeting in January.

The Hastings Point Progress Association which had spearheaded the campaign against over-development and several controversial three-storey complexes in the area had been preparing to celebrate until they learnt of the rescission motion.

Spokesman John O'Reilly said Cr Skinner had pushed the community “too far” with the rescission motion.

“He is going to cop the biggest back-flack from the Hastos community; he is deluding himself. He won't even make a councillor again,” Mr O' Reilly said.

So furious are the “Save Hastings Point” campaigners that they have produced a cartoon movie depicting “three little pigs” in favour of overdevelopment and “good councillors” who help save the village.

The movie is intended to be put on the Save Hastings Point website soon.

The proposed development controls would have restricted building heights to two storeys in most areas of the coastal village.

Mr O'Reilly said the “battle of Hastings” against over-development had been “an arduous fight”.

During Tuesday's meeting Cr Skinner said he remained concerned about “the loss of ability for people on the southern side of Hastings Point to even have the chance to build what they could build before.”

During Tuesday’s meeting Cr Skinner said he remained concerned about “the loss of ability for people on the southern side of Hastings Point to even have the chance to build what they could build before.”



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