Lennox may lose an icon
A PUBLIC outcry over plans todemolish the shade structure at Lennox Head’s foreshore park could result in changes to the draft master plan.
Ballina Shire Council says it received a number of submissions on the plan, which recommended the shelter be knocked down so a new one could be built.
The new facility would be smaller and include three picnic tables.
But local residents believe it would be a waste of money.
Even visitors such as Dan Ferris, and his three-year-old daughter Addison, of Terrigal, think the shelter should be retained.
“I guess with a lot of these old buildings people get used to seeing them,” he said.
“If you tear them down and rebuild them, they’re just not the same.”
In a report to be presented attoday’s council meeting, staff acknowledged concerns about thefuture of the shelter and recommended the replacement structure be doubled in size and include six picnic tables.
This is the superior option, the report states, because fixing the existing shelter will cost about $42,000.
That was also how much it would cost to demolish the structure and build a new facility.
But Fred Goodman, president of the Lennox Head Residents’ Association, is still opposed to plans for the shelter to be destroyed.
“It’s not a question of the number of seats; it’s about the character of the shelter,” he said.
“It is iconic and it adds to thehistory of the village.
“The costs of renovating the shelter are no different to destroying it, so I don’t see why they are proposing it.
“There’s no question in my mind that the majority of people want it to be retained.”