The Lismore City Council has decided not to sell a portion of a one-way road that runs through land owned by the Lismore Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
Trustees of the church had asked that the council sell a portion of the Brunswick Street, which runs adjacent to Trinity Catholic College and the Catholic Education Office.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith, who used his casting vote to reject the request, said a majority of the councillors had decided against the sale because of concerns over community access to nearby parks, and the possibility that a fourth river crossing would be built in the area.
Nearby residents had complained that the road closure would result in loss of access to the parklands, and force them to access the park via the busier Orion and Dawson Streets roundabout, which channels all traffic from Bangalow Road into Lismore.
Concerns were also raised about loss of access for emergency vehicles.
And while the river crossing was most likely ten years aways, Cr Smith said the council had already begun collecting contributions towards it.
The crossing would be an important link to the proposed North Lismore Plateau development.
Cr Smith said the council was still waiting for a development application to be lodged for the proposed plateau development.
‘We’re still waiting for a DA and are quite anxious to see it come in,’ he said.