Community consultation for High Street design to start in late July
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
The community will soon be invited to have their say on the design for High Street, Belmont, as part of the second phase of consultation for the Building Better Bike Connections project.
The City has engaged a consultant to design four potential options of what could be possible on High Street, between Mount Pleasant Road and Roslyn Road, which the community will be invited to provide feedback on. The consultant was briefed to take into account the feedback received during the initial engagement, including traders’ concerns about parking.
Consultation will begin with two information sessions for High Street business owners, traders and landlords on Monday 30 July.
This will be followed by several weeks of engagement with the broader community, which will include a community survey. The survey will be open from 31 July until 7 September 2018.
There will also be one-on-one follow up discussions offered to traders and a booth set up out the front of the Belmont Library at advertised times where community members can ask questions.
Feedback on the four potential design options will be used to inform the preferred design for High Street, which will be presented to council to make a decision on later in the year.
The City of Greater Geelong received a $4.7 million grant from the TAC’s Safer Pedestrian and Cyclist Fund to create the two cycling connections, which will make it safer and easier for people to ride to work, shops, services and other places.
A fast, reliable and connected transport network is part of the City’s 30-year community-led vision for a clever and creative city. To reach the goal of 50 per cent of journeys to work made by public transport, walking or cycling, there needs to be create better bike connections between Central Geelong and suburbs. It means safer riding, quicker journeys, less congestion and cleaner air.
Cr Peter Murrihy - Acting Mayor:
“This is a major project for Geelong so we really want to hear from as many people as we can when consultation begins later this month.
We want to work with the whole community to develop the best possible design for High Street that caters for traders, residents, shoppers, drivers and cyclists.
We have listened to the community’s initial feedback – including traders’ concerns about parking – and have made sure that this has been incorporated into the potential design options that will be presented.”