Council seeking Woolies plans

BALLINA Shire Council is impatient to hear from Woolworths about when they plan to rebuild their River St supermarket and to show what plans they have for the site where the store destroyed by fire in December once stood.

"Council is very keen to get an application lodged and have it assessed as quickly as possible so that a construction certificate can be issued and building work can start," said regulatory services group manager Rod Willis.

The Northern Star reported last month that Woolworths had bought the land between the existing store and Cherry St.

A Woolworths spokesperson said yesterday the sale of the land had not yet been finalised and until it was no development application could be lodged, or designs for the future of the site made public.

At its Thursday meeting, Ballina Shire Council adopted a motion proposed by Cr Sue Meehan to write to Woolworths to seek official confirmation on its commitment to reopen the store at the River St address.

It was also proposed that the council ask for a timeline for reconstruction and information on concepts for the site which are being considered.

A letter from Woolworths regional property manager Phillip Peel to Council confirmed it is Woolworths' intention to reopen the store "as soon as is practically possible".

"At this stage our best indications are that it will take around 12 months," Mr Peel wrote.

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