Topics:  footpaths, jeff johnson, lennox head

Lennox footpath out of puff

The section of footpath councillors have stopped construction of for fear the lookout was being covered in concrete.
The section of footpath councillors have stopped construction of for fear the lookout was being covered in concrete.

WORK to concrete a new pathway connecting the boardwalk at Pat Morton Lookout at Lennox Head to the car park has been put on hold after concerns were raised by Ballina Shire councillors.

A 150sqm section of concreting along the front of the car park was set to be done today.

But Cr Jeff Johnson said the work to concrete the grassy area had now been postponed.

"The iconic lookout is in danger of being covered in concrete," he said.

"What a disgrace. People come to the lookout to enjoy the tranquillity and enjoy the magnificent views.

"They don't want to be looking at up to five metres of concrete.

"If this goes ahead, it will result in an increase in glare and radiated heat from the concrete.

"The grassy area is popular with both adults and children sitting on the old log seats and relaxing on the grass.

"Concreting this area will ruin the experience."

The new section of path would be an extension of the new boardwalk.

In the current design, the pathway would extend halfway along the front of the car park, providing access for people in wheelchairs and for people with strollers or prams.

It is understood council staff will now review the design concept with councillors next week.



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