Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance puts members' issues to Lake Macquarie City Council representatives

DORA STREET: Concerns about the safety and accessibility of footpaths in the Morisset CBD were raised at Tuesday night's meeting. Picture: David Stewart

DORA STREET: Concerns about the safety and accessibility of footpaths in the Morisset CBD were raised at Tuesday night's meeting. Picture: David Stewart

COUNCILLOR David Belcher will ask the council to undertake an audit of footpaths in the Morisset CBD in response to concerns raised by business owners at the Southlake Business Chamber and Community Alliance meeting last week.

SBCCA president Fiona Hall said planned works on footpaths are slated in Lake Macquarie City Council’s Footpath Program 2018-2023 and in the Morisset Streetscape Master Plan.

There were immediate concerns, however, about the state of Morisset’s footpaths.

“Cr Belcher advised that he intends to raise the issue with council requesting an audit of the footpaths in the business district, from both a safety and accessibility perspective,” Ms Hall said.

“He will keep us informed of the progress on this.”

Cr Belcher and council’s recreation and land planning co-ordinator Stephen Price addressed the meeting and provided feedback on a number of issues raised by SBCCA members.

The meeting heard that $850,000 had been allocated for council’s Bernie Goodwin Sporting and Recreation Plan in the 2018-19 financial year.

Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall

“David was pleased to report that council has been most proactive in the design concept ensuring that true accessibility will be achieved without the need to provide disability-specific equipment,” Ms Hall said. 

“The skate park originally intended as part of this project has been removed due to concerns around noise. Alternative sights are being investigated, and a commitment of $716,000 has been made towards this.”

Traffic concerns at the intersection of Yambo and Bridge streets; Watagan Park’s proposed cycleway route; and Morisset Hospital land were also discussed.

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