Council proposes sale of road reserve

Council has initiated the sale of part of a road reserve, to enable a café in Ocean Grove to expand its outdoor dining area.

Council last night resolved to provide notice of its intention to discontinue about 50m2 of road reserve, on the shoulder of the road abutting 56 Wallington Road, Ocean Grove.

The shoulder is not part of the Government road and does not provide for traffic movement or parking.

The City-owned site has historically been used as an informal al fresco dining area by the abutting property, which hosts The Groove Café.

The property owner would like to acquire the partial road reserve to extend their dining space.

Mayor Stephanie Asher said the proposed sale of the land would benefit the Council, the café and its patrons.

Council has invested significantly in helping businesses activate their outdoor spaces and we’ve seen an explosion of al fresco areas across the region in the past six months.

This part of the road reserve is not required for parking, so it is a great idea to make it available for the café to expand its service.

As part of the process, public submissions will be received on the proposal.

Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair, Finance portfolio encouraged any interested parties to provide their feedback.

There will be an opportunity to provide a written submission or to be heard in person by a Submissions Review Panel, so please take part in this process if you have a view about the proposed sale.

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