Rescission motion is the next step

THE decision to build steps at the Skennars Head section of the Coastal Recreational Pathway may be overturned at today's Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Following a workshop last Thursday with councillors and consultants for the pathway, which one day will extend from Ballina to Lennox Head, Cr Alan Brown will ask council to "investigate every avenue with a view to eliminating steps on the whole of the Recreational Path to be constructed between Pat Morton Lookout and Sharpes Beach underpass."

Cr Brown was supported by in his rescission motion by Cr Keith Johnson and Cr David Wright.

He also called for the section of path from Sharpes to Boulder beaches to be built of consolidated gravel and asphalt.

"We're trying to get a path through that is going to be utilised by the majority of the community," he said. "We want to be able to cater for kids on scooters and bikes and mothers with prams and various other things. We just want to make it a coastal walk that we all can enjoy.

"The introduction of steps excludes a lot of people."

The Northern Beaches Users Club claims that a sloped pathway with platforms at intervals could be built with a direct route at Skennars Head with a gradient of 1:7.

President of the club, Denis Magnay, was pleased the issue would return to council.

The Ballina Environment Society, however, welcomed council's initial decision from the January meeting.

The society agreed that a sloped path would have to be built at a gradient of 1:20 and zig-zag across the headland, which they claimed would be costly and lead to a loss of aesthetics.

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