Market gridlocks Lennox Head traffic
LENNOX locals described Sunday's Lennox Head Market as a 'fiasco', citing its relocation to the town centre as the cause of gridlocked traffic, insufficient parking and disgruntled residents.
Chamber of Commerce President Louise Owen said the market's move from Lake Ainsworth to Ballina Street, which was prompted by flooding concerns, resulted in scenes that were 'beyond a joke, a fiasco'.
“There were cars trying to come in and out of Park Lane with cars parked on both sides,” Ms Owen said. “The intersection at Byron Street was at a standstill.”
Ms Owen said the market interrupted the Sydney-Brisbane bus route and impacted on the Westpac Helicopter Doorknock Appeal.
She said she preferred to see the regular 'second Sunday' market return to its original spot between the caravan park and lake, and improved parking for the 'fifth Sunday' market which 'should remain in the town centre to create a carnival atmosphere'.
A Lennox retailer said he didn't meet one local on the day who supported the relocation.
However retailers like Alessandro Matricardo, co-owner of Quattro restaurant, whose business was positioned amid the market throng on Ballina Street, were 'whole-heartedly' for the move.
“On Sunday we experienced a 30 per cent increase in sales,” he said.
Mr Matricardo said the stallholders he spoke to likened the crowd to a pre-Christmas turnout.
“Surely that should be the decider,” he said.