I hear, with interest, and some astonishment, news of Byron shire councillor Alan Hunter’s latest foray into ‘Development Application Land’, his request, of course, for a variation/extension of his existing development approvals, to allow the cars, utes, trailers, vans, etc. of his customers to access his mini-storage (sorry, farm storage) facility, during daylight hours, on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Comical though this slip of the tongue may seem, it demonstrates the problem that his long suffering neighbours have been dealing with for several years, now – his chronic inability to come clean about his plans and the impact his business activities have on those whose properties are adjacent to his.
As I have previously commented in these pages – in the face of all the evidence to the contrary he has persisted with this myth that somehow these serial applications have been to do with the running of his agricultural business and the necessary movement of vehicles carrying supplies and equipment onto and away from the property.
Now, confronted with the reality of a website advertising his mini-storage business and having misled his neighbours, council planning staff and consultants, to say nothing of his fellow councillors, as to his true intentions, he seeks approval for his customers to encroach on the amenity (and safety) of the Pinegroves Road Residents at weekends, as well.
Importantly, and this point has been made by myself and others throughout this ongoing saga, the weekends are the time when children, pets, strollers in the area are most at risk of being injured by the traffic that this business generates – mostly drivers from outside the area, unfamiliar with the narrow road, descending over a hill, down into the Hunters’ property.
It’s a recipe for an injury that none of us want to witness and the risk of which can be minimised by having this latest development application rejected out of hand.
Graham Mathews, Pinegroves Road, Myocum