Monday, June 17, 2024

Waverley Council shelves pedestrian trial for Bondi street

Waverley Council has voted against a Streets as Shared Spaces (SASS) Trial at Hall Street, Bondi Beach, also known as Destination Hall Street.

Instead, a report will go to Council in February 2023 detailing a community and business consultation and engagement strategy to determine parameters for a full streetscape upgrade of Hall Street between Glenayr Avenue and Campbell Parade.

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos said the Council looked forward to continuing to work with businesses in the area and the community on ways to transform Hall Street into a pedestrian-friendly space with outdoor dining, street gardens and resting places for the community to enjoy.

“Whilst the Destination Hall Street trial won’t be going ahead as planned, Council will use these next few months to investigate how an upgrade can best meet the needs of people who live and work in and around Hall Street, and look more closely at traffic solutions generated from a local area traffic study,” Mayor Masselos said.

“We look forward to working with our local businesses and the community on ways we can transform Hall Street and this feedback will help inform the direction of any future streetscape upgrade of this popular retail and dining precinct.”

At the same meeting, Council voted to bring forward $100,000 in funding from the 2023–2024 Long Term Financial Plan to commence consultation and concept designs for a full streetscape upgrade between Glenayr Avenue and Campbell Parade.

It will also nvestigate the addition of parklets and other measures to strengthen economic viability in Hall Street and surrounding streets, and improvements to pedestrian safety, amenity and accessibility in Hall Street, east of Glenayr Avenue.

This could include consideration of ‘long weekend’ temporary upgrades for Hall Street (east) to attract pedestrians to the area following COVID-related lockdowns, the Council said.

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