Kibosh put on hotel markets
By NERIDA BLOK
DALLAS BAYLY is frustrated the market he planned to start up behind his Winsome Hotel in Lismore has been canned over car parking.
The owner-manager of the 106-year-old hotel said the Drover's Market, as it was to be known, was to kick off this Sunday, but a State Government law required him to have 35 car spaces for 20 proposed stalls.
"We went to council and they said our DA would be refused," he said.
"The council were quite helpful, but they are hamstrung by State Government legislation."
Mr Bayly said it was a shame because 'we were doing it for the community'.
"We wanted to create a festival atmosphere which would have been good for weekend tourism," he said.
"There's an empty council car park over the bridge and at least 100 car spaces on Bridge Street every Sunday."
Lindsay Walker, executive director development and governance, said the council had not formally refused, but simply advised of the difficulties of providing sufficient car parking on such a constrained site as the Winsome Hotel.
"The community has an expectation that safety issues will be adequately addressed along with parking considerations," he said.
Mr Walker said the council would consider alternative options.