TRAFFIC and parking issues in the Bega CBD, the improvement of sport spectator facilities, and a proposed ban on plastic shopping bags are among the items to be discussed at tomorrow’s council meeting.
At its meeting tomorrow, the Bega Valley Shire Council will consider the findings of the Bega Traffic, Parking and Pedestrian Study commissioned earlier this year.
The council’s agenda summarises the study’s findings, saying no major traffic problems currently exist.
It also establishes “Bega does not have a shortage of car parking spaces to meet…requirements now or for the immediate future”.
However, a number of opportunities to improve and enhance existing parking options and pedestrian links are outlined for councillors’ consideration.
Among them is the suggestion to consider “traffic controls at the intersection of Carp St and Gipps St” - perhaps more easily achieved now the bypass is opening to traffic as of tomorrow.
Spectator facilities at Bega Recreation Ground are in line for improvements, with the suggestion in tomorrow’s meeting agenda “seating for additional capacity at finals, fixtures and special events is a priority”.
While consideration was given for a raised grass mound along the boundary opposite the existing grandstand, council staff recommend the purchase of “up to 10 portable grandstands at the approximate cost of $50,000”.
This option is seen as beneficial for the whole shire, with the transportable aluminium tiered seating able to be utilised across the shire for special events as well as sports finals.
Also on the agenda is the recommendation to wind up the mobile library van service due to limited patronage.
In its place, an expanded Home Library Service and the local history librarian position could benefit from a reallocation of its budget.
Meanwhile, Cr Keith Hughes has plastic bags in his sights as he asks his fellow councillors to support in principle “consideration of a ban on the retail issue of single use, lightweight checkout style plastic bags and invite community members and retailers to provide feedback and suggestions on steps to a successful implementation”.
Tomorrow’s meeting is held from 2pm at the council chambers, Zingel Place, Bega, and is open to the public.