THE Signature Gardens Retirement Resorts project at Oakey Creek and Marrowbone roads ("War of the vines over aged care" Herald 11/10) has been rejected by the Cessnock community. It has been seen as unsuitable for the location.
The developer now seeks legal avenues outside the community to bypass local opinion, overturn long-established land-use priorities and in effect detract from a vision for tourism and winemaking in the Hunter Valley.
Cessnock Council must defend the decision of the joint regional planning panel. To back out at this stage would give the developer a win by default.
The hundred-plus local ratepayers who opposed the application from day one demand nothing less from the council.
They believe they have been disenfranchised by the present legal action - but the council remains their voice.
They want to hear that voice in court, loud and clear.