A more attractive and accessible local centre is on its way for Shortland, with City of Newcastle set to start construction on an upgrade to improve safety next month.
The upgrade will include the installation of a new pedestrian refuge and road cushions to reduce driver speeds on busy Sandgate Road, and the implementation of a 40km/hr High Pedestrian Activity Area.
A new Light Traffic Thoroughfare will also remove heavy vehicle traffic over 10 tonnes, between Wetlands Place and Vale Street.
City of Newcastle is now seeking community feedback on timed parking options for Shortland, to address concerns raised about availability of parking spaces near local businesses.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said access to safe and convenient parking is a priority for Shortland businesses and their customers.
“When we spoke to the community earlier this year we heard that safety was a key concern, but so was the ability to get a park near the shops at key times during the day,” Cr Nelmes said.
“Shortland residents are passionate about supporting local businesses, so improvements to the Local Centre such as new footpaths, landscaping and seating will make it a more attractive place to visit.
“Increasing the turnover of parking spaces means it will be easier for people to get here and access shops and services.”
Ward Four Councillor Jason Dunn said that community feedback has been an important part of developing the Shortland Local Centre project.
“It was great so many people had their say to shape this project earlier this year, and I now encourage the community to provide feedback on the range of options for timed parking in the area,” Councillor Dunn said.
“In earlier consultation we heard concerns about access to parking, particularly on mornings when bins are put out for collection, and the options being presented to the community include a possible solution to this problem.”
Visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/yoursay to view the proposed options and provide feedback before 8 November.