Bega shire CBD survey closes Friday

THE Bega Chamber of Commerce is set to have its say about the Bega Valley Shire Council CBD landscape master plan.

At a meeting of local businesses last Tuesday, with some follow-up canvasing of those unable to attend, business owners were quizzed on their thoughts about the landscape master plan for Bega.

Quizzed, literally, with Chamber of Commerce president Mal Barnes saying attendees were given a questionnaire to gauge their thoughts on points of interest such as parking, Carp St and Ayres Walkway.

The questionnaire looked at issues raised in the Bega Traffic, Parking and Pedestrian Study in addition to the master plan, which has been prepared by the BVSC’s consultant landscape architect, Spiire Australia.

“The questionnaire was a good way to sound out people on the master plan,” Mr Barnes said.

“Several things came up, mostly concerning parking.

“Timed parking on Carp St was an issue because if more spaces are made 15 or 30-minute parking people want to see it only in the morning, say 8.30am to 9am.

“Also many were against the trees on the street, they were all for sidewalk trees, but don’t think they should be on the street.

“Another important factor was the issue of parking in the Gipps St car park, opposite Club Bega.

“People are really against any move to make it three hours, because it really restricts where workers can find all-day parking in the Bega CBD.

“Another really important issue was Ayres Walkway and to upgrade it and make it more user-friendly.

“Overall businesses have a positive attitude towards the master plan, but there are ongoing concerns about parking.”

The results of the questionnaire were used by the Bega Chamber of Commerce to prepare a report that it presented to BVSC this week.

Spiire and BVSC have called for feedback on the CBD landscape master plans, which feature draft visions for Eden, Merimbula and Bermagui as well as Bega.

Listening posts were held in all these towns earlier this month by Spiire (BDN, 14/3).

The Central Business District Landscape Master Plans can be viewed on Spiire’s website and the online survey is open until 5pm Friday.

Visit www.spiire.com.au/projects/begavalley

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