The Ballina Shire Council will proceed with its plans to remove the road along the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth despite pressure from more than 1300 residents to retain it.
A notice of motion from Cr Ben Smith to create a concrete pathway along the lake to allow access for elderly and disabled residents was defeated at yesterday’s meeting.
The motion followed a petition organised by the Stop the Road Closure committee, which was formed followed the council’s decision to close the road and turn it into open space.
The council wants to redevelop the area alongside the lake as a passive recreation area with no cars or parking, and will now push ahead with its plans.
To compensate for the loss of around 60 car parking spaces along the eastern side of the lake, the council is constructing car parks near the surf club.
The new carpark will include disabled parking, and access ramps will be installed near the lake to improve access for those in wheelchairs.