Byron scraps coastal plan – ABC News

A Byron Shire Council decision to scrap its controversial draft Coastal Zone Management Plan may result in some legal action being dropped.

The plan attracted strong criticism from home owners on the Belongil Spit in particular, who thought it was unfair on those living in areas threatened by erosion.

The Byron Preservation Association’s vice president, John Vaughan, says thousands of staff hours were wasted preparing the plan and later defending it in court.

He says he still has several cases pending against the council.

“Obviously, subject to costs, we’ll be able to withdraw the action against the plan and the process but we still have the problem with the structures which are damaging the properties along here,” Mr Vaughan said.

“So hopefully we’ll get a resolution to that and a bit of sense will come out and when the council starts again they’ll get a new plan that might resolve some of these problems.

“Well there are a number of options which were recommended to council four or five years ago, all of which we were very pleased at.

“So hopefully they’ll revisit the recommendations of the experts of 2002 and ’03, and that’s managing the coast rather than having all the buildings and railways lines and everything on a retreat process.”

The Byron mayor, Jan Barham, is choosing not to comment on the issue at this stage.

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