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Fire rebuild delay not our fault says council GM

CLARENCE Valley Council has refused to accept responsibility for delays in rebuilding a section of the Maclean CBD destroyed in a fire 10 years ago.

>> RELATED: Owner blames council for delays in rebuilding after fire

The owner of the Boulevard Cafe complex of residential units and business burnt to the ground on the morning of February 27, 2006, after a fire started in an upstairs unit.

The fire is regard as the biggest blaze in Maclean's history.

The complex's owner, Dale James blamed council for delaying his plans for a $1.2million redevelopment of the site, which has remained vacant for a decade.

He said tardiness in announcing a site for the Maclean supermarket and the glacial progress on the McLachlan Park redevelopment had halted his plans, possibly permanently

The council's general manager Scott Greensill was non-committal about Mr James's views.

Mr Greensill said it was not up to council to comment on Mr James's investment decisions.

>>SEE ALSO: Former Maclean Fire Brigade captain says CBD fire brought out the best in his men


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