Council abandons two cycleway options
BALLINA Shire Council is pressing ahead with most of its preferred route for the coastal cycleway, despite two-thirds of submissions opposing the plan.
But the council has abandoned two of the most controversial sections: Rayner Lane in Lennox Head, and the entry point to Byron Shire.
More than 30 concerned residents attended a civil committee meeting this week, where councillors voted on the nine different sections of the route. The recommendations will be put to the council meeting later this month.
The new recommendation for Lennox Head village is for the cycleway to go along Park Lane.
And the council has deferred its decision on the section that leads into Byron Shire.
This comes after Byron Shire Council said it would not support the preferred route.
Another one of the controversial sections - Lennox Head to Flat Rock - would go on privately-owned land.
But the council has still recommended that route, despite concerns from the property owners.
Fiona Folan, whose father Dr Peter Stewart owns the Skennars Head land, said her parents would be 'disappointed' with the decision.
“Unfortunately this is exactly what they expected,” she said.
“But this is by no means the end of the story. This is a continual, ongoing battle and we will keep lobbying.”
Cr Alan Brown said the council had to 'press on' with the cycleway.
“This has been mucked about for such a long time,” he said.
Cr Sharon Cadwallader said the cycleway issue had divided the community, while Cr David Wright said residents had to 'compromise'.Do you have concerns about the cycleway? Leave a comment below, phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948.