A passion for restoration, preservation, nostalgia and joy has turned in to heartbreak for Fairground Follies owner Craig Robson.
Tucked away on Kirkham Street Bowral, Fairground Follies took visitors back to a bygone era and attracted visitors from all over the country.
However Mr Robson has closed his warehouse roller door shut for good.
The decision has come after the June 24 Wingecarribee Shire Council meeting.
A development application was heard to extend the operating hours on an 18 month proviso.
In a statement to Southern Highland News and on the Fairground Follies Facebook page, Mr Robson said that he had "no alternatives but to close".
"We participated in a [Wingecarribee Shire] Council meeting last night," he said.
"Councillors gave an approval that was so hard that few could cope with. Whilst we received an approval to operate, the terms of that approval do not leave me with any viable options.
"The Council linked the DA with a previous DA, which demanded a $296,000 contribution with a possible variable discount and an 18-month trial period.
"After the 18-month trial period then the approval ceases and we would have to start again and reapply (another 18 months - two year wait), also we lose our $296,000 as we will have an expired DA. There is still no breakdown of the contributions assessment, despite numerous written requests.
"As you can appreciate, tour bookings, weddings and business planning is often conducted 12 months in advance. For employee apprenticeships, it's a two-three year commitment. We of course can't offer security of employment or insurance without a DA."
Mr Robson apologised to the people who wanted to visit and missed out.
"I am so sorry for those that wanted to visit, those that wished to revisit, and the Southern Highlands inbound tourism industry generally."
A Wingecarribee Shire Council spokesperson said council fees were in relation to water and sewer headwork charges to the amount of $35,170 for water and $34,096 for sewer.
"This is a contribution paid by all developments where increases in water usage and wastewater generation is determined to occur, based on the expected use of the site," they said.