Residents oppose skin clinic
Petition hopes to prevent East Lismore cancer centre EAST LISMORE'S Lesley Menger, Helen Nott and Steve Gordon believe a proposal to build a skin cancer clinic in Avondale Avenue will become a blight on their peaceful street.
The trio has collected a petition of more than 40 signatures from fellow residents opposing the development application lodged with the Lismore City Council by WE&HM Johnston.
Mrs Menger, an Avondale Avenue resident of 30 years, said the clinic would increase traffic and heighten existing parking problems.
Mr Gordon said the biggest issue was 'once you get one, the gates could easily open'.
"There is no doctor's surgery in this street at all," he said.
"Doctors need to be near a hospital, but it will ruin this street, like it ruined Dalley Street and Uralba Street."
Mrs Nott said the area was zoned residential.
Lismore City Council executive director (development and governance) Lindsay Walker said the council's residential zone recognised the value of having medical practitioners in residen- tial areas.
"If we have doctors located within residential areas, within limits of three practitioners per practice, then it results in a small practice," he said.
Mr Walker said there would be considerable parking for the clinic off Short Street.
He acknowledged Avondale Avenue was recognised as an established older area of Lismore, but he said the building would 'still look like a dwelling'.
"And Dalley Street had always been a busy street ? it is a major thoroughfare to Lismore High School and the university. It has not been unduly influenced by some of the medical practices," he said.
The public exhibition for the proposal has closed and Mr Walker expects a decision soon.