Plans for Mallams supermarket scuttled
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
BYRON Shire Council has rejected a plan to build a new Mallams supermarket in Mullumbimby.
Mallams co-owner and manager John Waterhouse yesterday said he and his staff were 'gutted' at the council's refusal to rezone land at Station Street to allow for a new supermarket to replace the Burringbar Street building that has housed Mallams since 1904.
"Staff are devastated. If we can't expand, get better unloading facilities, meet our occupational health and safety issues and provide a competitive price range, we'll reach the point where we will have to downsize or close," he said.
The rezoning of the State Railowned land along Station Street was needed to enable the go ahead for a new supermarket, bottle shop, chemist and parking for 130 cars and was recommended by council staff, but rejected by Byron Shire Council's Green majori- ty at Tuesday's ordinary meeting.
Concerns were raised over flooding issues, an expected 3000 traffic movements along Station Street per day, the impact on nearby home values, and claims the new supermarket would draw people away from the town shops.
"I'm not persuaded by a larger range of shampoos to further concrete the planet," Cr Tom Tabart said.
"The whole concept of a supermarket that needs acres of car parking is anathema to me. It would change the whole nature of the village," Greens councillor Richard Staples said.
However, those bankrolling the development said they would continue to fight for the plan.
"We're very disappointed, we've spent five years on this and there was every indication the council was supporting this proposal," part-owner Ray Musgrove said.