Jenny Coman, Bangalow
When a council ignores its own rules and regulations, how can it expect its residents and ratepayers to comply with them? Holiday renting in residential zones is illegal and has been ever since the 1988 LEP; the recent Terrigal decision simply reinforces this.
Byron Shire Cr Wanchap’s attempts to sidestep the issue by suggesting yet another way of supporting the illegal practice does her no credit. Given that successive councils have failed to act (despite heartfelt pleas from residents, many of whom have given up and moved away) and that the illegality has continued for so long, a case could be made for giving these renters a (limited) period of time to cease operating – and sell if that’s what they want to do. I believe this should be the basis of any future negotiations.
No more endless talkfests and useless attempts to bring together totally disparate interests. I think all councillors attended at least some of the public meetings held earlier in the year to hear about Byron’s problems around New Years Eve and beyond – and many of the stories we heard were heart-rending.
I welcome the current planning for NYE but Council’s duty of care is supposed to apply all year round so we wait to see if this council will finally take action against holiday letting and prove itself worthy of our respect.