Council buries bypass

It has taken 3342 days, but Byron council has finally killed off the planned Byron Bay town-centre bypass.

The deed was done last month when councillors voted to withdraw the bypass application lodged in April 2001, making it the oldest undetermined development application at the council.

The planned bypass, which was to have been an extension of Butler Street, running alongside the railway track and crossing the track at Browning Street, has been the subject of numerous costly consultants' reports and a sustained campaign from supporters who wanted it built.

Their efforts were wasted.

But the council is still looking at ploughing ahead with the so-called mini bypass or, as it is being called these days, “town-centre diversion”.

The “diversion” would make use of the existing rail crossing at the southern end of the railway station and connect with Jonson Street adjacent to Marvell Street.

Councillors voted to have the “diversion” plan assessed under state environmental planning policy and to consult with stakeholders including the State Government, adjoining land owners and Byron United.

They also called for an assessment of a one-way traffic system for the “diversion”.

Mayor Jan Barham said she was hopeful of getting “something happening” on the “diversion”.

“We have to see what will work and whether it's possible to get the necessary approvals,” she said.

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