Hampton Park redesign negotiations positive


A DIPLOMATIC three-step shuffle dividing up Ballina's Hampton Park Reserve is the outcome of lengthy negotiations between Ballina's bowling, tennis and croquet clubs.

A plan of management for the crown land is now on public ex- hibition.

The Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club leases a portion of the town block between Moon, Cherry, Bentinck and Burnet streets.

But it wants a bigger chunk to build a new restaurant and function room, and the croquet lawn in Cherry Street is in the way.

It has submitted plans to relocate croquet facilities to the park's north west corner.

A new road off Moon Street will lead to parking and landscaping at the back of the bowling club.

In the plan, tennis courts would be shifted towards Moon Street.

If changes are approved by the NSW Department of Lands, the bowling club will submit plans for its extension.

But David Brann, Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club secretary manager, is cautious.

"We have to wait for the Government to do what is re- quired," he said.

NSW Department of Lands refused the bowling club's first application to extend its crown land lease two years ago, Ballina Shire Council acting general manager Gary Faulks said.

"We decided to progress the thing in August 2003," he said.

Ballina Council has developed the plan of management in consultation with the affected clubs.

Hampton Park Reserve has been used for recreational pur- poses for 118 years.

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