Barclay Square footpath upgrades won’t stop Red Cliffs Country Market

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This weekend’s Red Cliffs Country Market will be in full swing despite the continuing upgrade of the Barclay Square footpaths.

Work is currently under way to replace the ageing paved pathways in Barclay Square, which due to their age and poor condition, now pose a safety hazard.

As a result of these works sections of Barclay Square have been fenced off, both to provide space for the works as well as for the community’s safety.

Councillor for Environment and Farming Sustainability Anthony Cirillo said that despite limited access to Barclay Square, this weekend’s markets would go ahead as per usual.

“Unfortunately, given the popularity of Barclay Square throughout the year, there’s simply no ‘good’ time to perform these works, however they need to be carried out and we’ve tried to minimise as much as possible any disruption,” Cr Cirillo said.

“Given the scale of this project and the time it will take to complete, it was simply unavoidable to complete these works without some interruption.

“We’ve worked very closely with the Red Cliffs Country Market organisers to ensure they’re able to continue operating, and they’ve been very understanding and accommodating.”

Cr Cirillo said all regular stall-holders would be in place at this weekend’s markets, but could be positioned in different areas due to the construction works.

Food vans and some stall-holders will be set up on the Jamieson Avenue side of Barclay Square, near the playground equipment. Access to the Barclay Square public toilets won’t be impacted.

In addition to changes to access in Barclay Square, Council has also been forced to close a short section of Ilex Street between Jamieson and Indi Avenues to accommodate the market day. There will still be pedestrian access from Ilex Street to the food court area.

Cr Cirillo said that once the upgrades have been completed, regular users of Barclay Square will notice a significantly improved precinct that is both safer and more attractive.

The works include removing the existing ageing paved pathways and replacing them with new durable pebblecrete paths. These paths will be constructed to Australian standards to ensure they can cope with both maintenance vehicles and pedestrian traffic within the park.

Trees near the construction works will be protected at all times and any turf affected by the works will be reinstated as well as reshaping of areas along the edges of the pathways.

This project is expected to be completed by 4 October this year.

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