When the decision was made to not allow a drop-off zone for vehicles near Tattersalls Hotel in the Armidale mall it was not the end of the debate.
Since then, Mayor Simon Murray has told The Armidale Express he is concerned about the ramifications of the decision, specifically what it means for vehicles accessing the mall now, such as security or businesses.
But it's not a viewed shared by some councillors who voted down the proposal.
The council had voted on a recommendation to trial allowing cars, especially taxis, to be able to drop and collect people outside Tattersalls Hotel in the mall.
"It was pretty clearly put by Cr (Ian) Tiley that there should be no traffic in the mall," Cr Murray told The Express this week.
"But the debate was around a drop-off zone. There was never talk of having traffic through the mall, it was always a drop-off zone.
"As a consequence of that decision, by rights then there should be no drop-offs in the mall. That was a stipulation by council," he said.
He said the decision would mean the only vehicles that have access to the mall would be emergency vehicles, in an emergency.
"That was clearly put by council as we were discussing a drop-off zone, not (other) traffic."
One of the councillors who voted against the drop-off plan was Jon Galletly.
Cr Galletly was surprised when told of the mayor's comments on Thursday.
"I've got no idea why he'd be even doing that because the whole thing that they tried to put through was an after-hours thing for one person. Even a blind man could see that," he said.
"He's deadset trying to cover their own big mistake, he really is.
"That hasn't been a problem with Moxon's going in there, and security, most definitely not."
The proposal had sparked some anger in the community. Two years ago, a proposal to reopen the mall to traffic prompted protests, which saw the plan stopped.
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