THE saga over new parking and traffic arrangements in lower Rankin Street just gets worse.
First came the confusion over whether local residents and business owners were consulted about the changes that have been put in place to accommodate a new supermarket development; now Bathurst Regional Council has admitted the developer went ahead with installing a turning bay before being given approval.
More incredibly, council has conceded it will not be taking action over the breach, a decision unlikely to impress the supermarket’s newneighbours.
Again, the key issue here is communication – or what appears to be a serious lack of it.
Nobody opposes the arrival of the new IGA supermarket in Rankin Street. It is sure to draw hundreds of new customers every day to that part of town and that can only be a good thing for nearby businesses.
But the increase in traffic that will also descend on the area – and now the loss of precious on-street parking spaces – was always going to create some consternation.
That has been made worse by the feelingexisting businesses now have that their concerns have been ignored throughout the development process.
It’s not too late, though. Mistakes have been made but there is still time to put it right – and the first step must be a meeting of all key stakeholders.
The IGA development should be cause forcelebration in lower Rankin Street. Hopefully the current saga will be resolved and all residents and businesses can finally come to the party.
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