Council to act on dune structures
Byron Council has voted to spend $45,000 on removing ‘private encroachments’ on Crown land dunes in Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park.
Those encroachments, according to the council, include decks, pathways, boardwalks, retaining walls, seats and barbecues built on the dunes.
The push to act on the encroachments has come from mayor Cr Jan Barham and is sure to infuriate beachfront property owners.
Cr Barham said a survey of dune encroachments in Alcorn Street was undertaken two years ago with letters subsequently sent to property owners asking them to voluntarily remove them.
She said property owners had been given enough time and it was now ‘appropriate’ to remove any remaining encroachments from the Crown reserve.
A report to the council warned some owners might object to removing ‘substantial’ paving and landscaping works and legal action could be a possibility.