THE site of the proposed Woolworths development at Medowie is still without a building more than two years after being given the green light by the council.
Port Stephens councillor Geoff Dingle is frustrated by the delays and believes they are stalling the growth of the town centre.
‘‘This places our commercial centre roundabout development on hold, the bus stop relocation stuck in indecision mode and the construction site left in a mess,’’ Cr Dingle said.
‘‘Medowie looks like expanding its population with a string of developments coming on line and this supermarket would support that. We haven’t seen any physical work done on the site for four months.’’
The $18million Woolworths development, on the corner of Ferodale and Pepper Tree roads, would provide a second supermarket for the area’s growing population.
Coles is already operating nearby.
Port Stephens councillors are preparing for a boom in housing around Medowie.
They have already confirmed their commitment to upgrading the controversial Campvale Drain as well as to supporting new housing developments.
A total of 1500 new lots will be opened across various subdivisions, including 350 blocks on the Boundary Road site in northern Medowie known as The Meadows.
Cr Dingle said the new lots would cater for nearly 3500 more residents in the community, which has a population of about 9000.
As the rest of the township forges ahead, the Woolworths site has been plagued by delays.
A Woolworths spokeswoman confirmed this week that construction on the site had stalled.
She said Woolworths remained committed to the development and was hopeful construction would be completed next year.
Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie is also confident the development will proceed.
‘‘I’m 100 per cent assured in my mind that after a few hiccups people will be shopping at the Woolworths site in Medowie by the end of June 2014,’’ he said.
Developed by Nathan Tinkler’s Buildev company, via its construction arm Bolkm, Medowie’s Woolworths supermarket was originally earmarked to be open before the end of 2012 but little more than clearing has taken place on the site.
Mr Tinkler’s Sydney-based public relations spokesman yesterday confirmed Buildev still owned the site and said the supermarket would be delivered ‘‘as scheduled’’ by June 2014.
The controversial Woolworths development went before Port Stephens Council 20 times in three years after originally receiving council support in 2009, despite some community opposition.
The 38,000-square-metre supermarket was finally given the go-ahead by the council in May 2011.