Council a hit over Lennox sports vote
BALLINA Shire Council's commitment to keeping sport a priority at Lennox Head's Williams Reserve was yesterday reconfirmed.
Emails have been circulating among residents that the council is pushing an agenda to take sport off the field.
At a council meeting, Cr Peter Moore called for the council to maintain its long-term commitment to the current sporting layout of the reserve.
“This has nothing to do with rejigging the community centre. It is to send a message back to the community that sport remains a priority,” he said.
The community earlier this year launched a Save Williams Reserve campaign, acting on a proposal that the reserve be used for temporary car parking when the community centre is built at the grounds, and that the adjoining skate park encroach on the field.
A compromise was reached in March to allow Williams Reserve to be maintained as a sports field.
However, the Lennox Head Community Aspirations Strategic Plan allows for the reserve to become a village common after other sporting fields are available.
Cr David Wright said the term 'village green' did not rule out the reserve also being used for sport.