The Combined Sports Association of Lennox Head is concerned clubs will lose playing space under the proposed Park Lane upgrade. A variety of sports are played at Williams Reserve, including rugby union.
The Combined Sports Association of Lennox Head is concerned clubs will lose playing space under the proposed Park Lane upgrade. A variety of sports are played at Williams Reserve, including rugby union.

Sporting clubs may lose space

LENNOX Head sports clubs continue to be concerned about plans for the upgrading of Park Lane and the building of a community centre that rings Williams Reserve, the seaside town's major sporting field.

The Combined Sports Association (CSA) of Lennox Head fear the plans will reduce their already limited playing field space.

Lennox sporting infrastructure has three playing fields for its 7100 residents.

Ballina Shire councillor Peter Moore confirmed he has been invited by the CSA, along with other council colleagues, to hear their concerns.

“The president of the CSA has raised with me his concerns that the upgrade of Park Lane, along with the introduction of a bicycle path, will encroach on Williams Reserve,” he said.

“Therefore he wants to have further discussions about it.”

Council engineers recently met with sporting officials and are believed to have re-addressed parking issues to ensure the rugby union field remained full size.

Ballina Shire Council's manager for open spaces and reserves, Jillian Pratten said while development of a new skate park, to be located in the north-east area of the reserve, would take up a segment of the cricket area, it won't reduce the size.

“We can still allow for the cricket space as we will be moving the junior rugby league space slightly west,” she said.

“So it doesn't reduce the use and adds an extra activity to the reserve.”

Williams Reserve is used by a large number of local sporting groups including Lennox Head Golden Oldies, Lennox Head Rugby Union Club, Lennox Head Junior Rugby League Club and Lennox Head Cricket Club.

“When the community centre was proposed council underwent major negotiations with the CSA and community groups to ensure Williams Reserve wouldn't be encroached on,” Cr Moore said.

However, while Ms Pratten agreed with Cr Moore on Williams Reserve, she saw a future possibility of using the space as a village green especially when there were major events at the community centre.

“But this won't happen until Lennox Head has its full quota of playing fields,” she said.

The president of the CSA, Darel Vidler, was unavailable for comment.



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