Residents fighting to retain land
By Patrizia Reimer
SHORT-SIGHTED and absurd is how Victoria O'Connor describes a Ballina Shire Council proposal to sell land in the heart of Lennox Head.
But fortunately for the Lennox Care member, the council's suggestion to sell the Park Lane land, next to the proposed community centre, is a last resort and may not go ahead.
Council general manager Paul Hickey said council had looked at potential funding options for the community centre and that was one of the options.
"It's subject to further review and is not up for sale," he said. "I would think the land sale is the last option really because where we can we'd like to retain council land."
Ms O'Connor believes the land is strategically placed and if turned into a car park would relieve some of the parking stress on the town centre.
"There's not enough parking in the CBD and there's only going to be more and more developments," she said.
"There's talk all the time about the lack of parking and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that's a good spot."
The president of the Lennox Head Residents' Association, Brian Smith, said it was good news that council had not made a final decision on the land, but he said residents had to remain vigilant.
"Obviously we don't want to see the piece of land sold because of its sheer amenity to the village," he said.
Mr Smith said he had written to the council yesterday to remind them the land was within the boundaries of the development control plan and was designated a car park.
Mr Hickey said the council would not make a decision on the land until the design and development application process for the community centre was finalised in six to 12 months.