Council pushes beach underpass
BALLINA Shire Council has refused to give up on its attempts to have a pedestrian underpass built at Angels Beach Drive at East Ballina.
The underpass was originally part of the design for developer Chris Condon’s new subdivision, Angels Beach NorthEstate. But he later applied to the Department of Planning to have it removed from the conditions of consent.
The department agreed, saying Mr Condon could insteadinstall a signalised pedestrian crossing with traffic lights.
However, the council and the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) have not approved thedesign submitted by Mr Condon’s planner, Steve Connelly.
That is because it does not meet regulations, according to the council’s civil services group manager, John Truman.
“At this stage, the RTA is responsible for approving the design,” he said.
“However, they are not satisfied with the design that has been submitted.
“There is a range of standards and we don’t think it’s compliant with the relevant standards. I’ve also recommendedto the council that it’s possibly going to be difficult for that compliance to occur.
“I’ve suggested we enter discussions with the applicant and RTA to see if, between the three of us, we can find a satisfactory outcome.”
Mr Truman admitted the pedestrian underpass was still first on the council’s list of preferred options.
“We’d like to negotiate that option with the applicant. The council is still interested in developing that option,” he said.
“But we realise (Mr Condon) has a condition of consent that allows him to put in lights, but that’s provided they meet the RTA’s requirements.”
Mr Connelly said he would be happy to meet with the council to discuss the issue.
“Providing pedestrian access to the development is very imp-ortant,” he said. “We are more than happy to meet with council to review further options.”
The final stage of the Angels Beach development will be put on hold until a solution can be found.