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The Ballina Shire Council says it’s doing ‘everything possible’ to minimise impacts of construction work in Lennox Head on the local business sector as school holiday traffic adds to existing delays and parking pressure.

Major road works are happening at the southern end of Ballina Street in Lennox Head as part of the council’s so-called Lennox Village Vision, and work hasn’t stopped for the holidays.

Byron Shire Council Director of Civil Services John Truman said via a council media release the council was working proactively with business representatives to minimise ‘inconveniences’.

‘We realise it’s busy right now in Ballina Street and that finding a parking spot can be a challenge,’ Mr Truman said, ‘however, we really hope people don’t let a bit of construction get in the way of supporting their local retailers’.

Workers asked to prioritise parking for customers

The council said dedicated car parks were being set up for construction workers, while workers for businesses on Ballina Street were being ‘encouraged’ to use alternative parking areas.

Street parking was available on both sides of Ballina Street between Rayner Lane and Byron Street, with more parking ‘a short walk away’ in Stewart Street and at the Southern end of Rutherford Street, also known as the Boat Channel, the council said.

‘Park and walk if you need to,’ Mr Truman said, ‘but don’t bypass town’.

Meanwhile, the council said Stage One of the Lennox Village Vision project was nearly finished, with underground electricity, new stormwater services and gross pollutant traps installed.

Ross Park was due to reopen in mid-July.

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  1. Ballina Council must be kidding. Lennox Head main street is a shit show with no parks, constant delays, no adequate parking anywhere. Why do it in school holidays ? Why not do it at night ? Does anyone plan these disasters ? If so, they should be sacked.

    • What we need Sue is Council on the side of the community.
      When there is no parking what are the community doing there but supporting business.
      The community gets the blame for everything.
      We have an anti-community council.

  2. Wow – how bemeaning of Director of Civil Services John Truman who says, ‘we really hope people don’t let a bit of construction get in the way’. A BIT OF CONSTRUCTION – Is this the master planner for this the work? Did he do his homework, because what I see is MAJOR contruction in the main street of downtown Lennox scheduled or overflowing into the time when businesses make their most hearty profits.

    School hoidays and a surf competition.

    Clearly, whoever the planner was – did not do their homework. Clearly there is no idea of logical planning supporting this construction and cleary whoever is responsible has caused local (and unnecessary) havoc. And he suggests that we deal with it in our stride … We are doing that Mr. Truman, but I also hope you can take a long hard look at yourself and your competeance and take responsibility for the mess you created due to lack of planning if you’re the planner.


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