As a former councillor I am very aware of the history and complexities of tackling the holiday let scourge through the agency of council.
The major problem is getting a majority of councillors to actually vote that way – not possible at the moment with one ‘green’ councillor voting with the pro-let faction.
If there is not a strong and concerted push from councillors then staff will not have the backing to pursue the matter with the very limited compliance resources available.
The current compliance manager was making strong strides towards getting a definitive court decision when the new (current) council were once more seduced by the concept of trying to please all parties (although one party was acting illegally).
The once discarded as impractical ‘zoning’ idea was resurrected and thus set the scene for more years of inaction with the holiday let crew conducting business as usual.
Green councillors were complicit in this weak-kneed response and I wonder if they will ever learn.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow