Richmond Valley Council off to Supreme Court
THE saga of the Evans Head Retirement Village project is heading to the NSW Supreme Court, says Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker.
But the leaseholders say the council should instead be negotiating with its tenants, claiming council is wasting money.
RSL Lifecare pulled out of the project, citing $12.3 million in water and sewer costs compared with $2-3 million for similar developments elsewhere. They cited other issues, including the one council wants to take to court, RVC's inability to register the heritage agreement of the Evans Head aerodrome and therefore, get approval for a subdivision.
"The problem with registering the heritage agreement of the airport was a number of caveats held in place by leases on the airplane hangars at the aerodrome," Mr Walker said.
"Without the heritage agreement we could not gain approval for the subdivision of the land."
"Council is going to the NSW Supreme Court in order to get the restrictions caused by the caveats removed."
Paul Mitchell is a leaseholder of one of the hangars and is angry that council is 'wasting ratepayers' money' going to the Supreme Court to fight them.
"Council won't register our leases and if we sign the heritage agreement, the leases could become null and void," he said.
"So we put a caveat on the land saying we had an interest."