Back to drawing board for walkway
By RACHEL AFFLICK
LIGHTHOUSE Road residents Neil and Lisa Morrison have become accustomed to the noises of screeching tires, honking horns and cries of abuse.
Thanks to the one-way flow of vehicles in front of their home, the Byron Bay couple have lived with traffic chaos for nearly three years.
Yesterday they were dismayed, but not surprised, to discover that repairs to the road will face another round of delays.
Byron Shire Council has been criticised for the time it has taken to repair the section of road - it has been nearly three years since the road and walkway collapsed in heavy rain.
Hopes were raised this week when councillors met in a confidential session to decide the outcome of the Lighthouse Road tender process.
But council's director of asset management services Phillip Holloway yesterday confirmed a tender had not been awarded.
He said council only had only enough funding to pay for about 50 per cent of what the tenderer had asked for.
"The tenders came in well in excess of funding approved under the RTA's Natural Disaster Program," he said.
"Council's next step will be to approach the RTA to see how we can address the shortfall."
Even if the money can be found, the council will have to call for a new round of tenders, which means more delays.
Mr Holloway said he realised there was 'a lot of frustration in the community'.
He said the council was planning a public meeting to explain to people the issues surrounding the hold-ups.
But some residents say the time has come for the council to consider whether heavy vehicles should be using the road at all.
The Morrisons said besides the chaotic traffic conditions at the site, they were worried the road might collapse completely if it erosion continued.