Councillors warned off

TWEED councillors have been warned by planning staff not to reconsider proposals for a new bridge across the Terranora Broadwater at West Tweed Heads because it would cost too much and infuriate a large section of the community.

Councillors last month ordered staff to bring forward a report on the possibility of reinvestigating plans for the Lakes Drive Bridge which were shelved in 1999 after community opposition.

The report, due to be considered by councillors today, warns the bridge would cost more than $30 million, is unaffordable and would reignite environmental and community opposition which plans had triggered more than 10 years ago.

Cr Kevin Skinner last month called for the report on the bridge which was seen as a way of taking traffic pressure off Kennedy Drive and redirecting it along Kirkwood Road to Tweed Heads South.

In the report planners warned that costs for several other major road programs are expected to double leaving no funds for the $30 million-plus project.



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