Cambridge councillors clash over amendment to rezone controversial Wembley site

Cambridge councillors clash over amendment to rezone controversial Wembley site

LIKENING a debate to a game at swinger’s party got councillor Andres Timmermanis in hot water with councillor Tracey King at a Town of Cambridge special meeting this week.

The cheeky metaphor came after a lengthy debate over possibly rescinding a decision made in August last year to initiate Scheme Amendment 33.

Mayor Keri Shannon called the meeting and submitted the motion to revoke the decision.

Amendment 33 would see 350 Cambridge Street, Wembley rezoned, at the land owner’s request, from Residential R20 and Public Purpose to Local Centre, to allow for a mixed use redevelopment over the site.

Concerns were raised about the progression of the amendment without development controls in place for the site.

Residents who attended the meeting cited a potential for a 17-storey building on the site as a cause for major concern.

After going behind closed doors for about 45 minutes to discuss advice from the Town’s lawyer, Cr Timmermanis made the comment.

“This debate has had more twists and turns than a game of Twister at a swinger’s party,” he said.

Cr King immediately called for a point of order over the relevance of the comment.

Mayor Keri Shannon dismissed it, saying metaphors get thrown around all the time.

Ms Shannon and Cr Corinne MacRae, who was on council when the August 2015 decision was made, clashed over the motion.

Ms Shannon said she was “absolutely despairing” at Cr MacRae’s position to leave the original decision in place.

Cr Timmermanis moved a motion for the council to defer its decision, which was passed by a majority vote.