More parking for troubled Lake Ainsworth project
A RESCISSION motion, in a bid to stop the closure of the Eastern Road, adjacent to Lake Ainsworth, was lost at Ballina Council meeting yesterday (Thursday).
The road closure will allow the south-east precinct plan to go ahead, and transform the lakeside area into a grassed space for recreation, with BBQ facilities, pathways and outdoor showers.
The motion was rejected 7-3 and a mayoral minute was approved to address parking concerns.
Council's decision to close the popular road, used since the 1940s, was made initially on the basis of the environmental and social benefits that will result in the removal of vehicles from the eastern precinct.
The rescission motion moved by Cr Ben Smith and seconded by Cr Paul Worth heeded the 2000-plus signatures against closing the Eastern Road leading from the Lennox Head Surf Club down past Lake Ainsworth which leads to the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreational Facility.
After listening to the accessibility concerns from the increasingly vocal ‘Save The Lake Ainsworth Road’ group, mayor David Wright moved council receive a report on funding options to fast track the implementation of the southern road section of the Lake Ainsworth Master Plan, with the works priority being the formalisation of the car parking spaces proposed in this location.
“To create a safe and active open space area, the approved concept plan deletes a number of car parks that are adjacent to the existing surf club. I have received feedback from a number of residents concerned about parking in this area, including the need to provide disabled parking and longer length car parks to accommodate surf school trailers and other long vehicles that currently use this site,” Cr Wright said.
“By including a portion of the southern foreshore road in the first stage, I believe this will assist the community to adapt to the changes proposed by council and help to address the feedback from the community in regards to car parking.
“Staff are currently completing the detail design for this project which includes refining the cost estimates. The purpose of this motion is to request staff to include cost information in respect of the southern foreshore road in the design and reporting so that council can assess and determine priorities for the works to be included in stage one for the available funds.”