Plans to significantly alter Avoca’s main street came under fire on Wednesday night as up to 200 community members gathered to discuss the proposed changes, with “overwhelming” calls for the Pyrenees Shire Council to leave it as it is.
Called by Avoca Ward councillor Ron Eason in order to better understand community views, Wednesday night’s meeting came after council received 158 submissions from residents, business owners and community groups in response to the latest version of the plans, which among other changes, propose to reduce High Street from double to single lanes.
First endorsed by council in April, the Draft Avoca Framework and Main Street Plan was developed following community feedback through the Pyrenees Futures Project about planning policies, fostering growth, traffic safety and town centre amenity.
Submissions received by council included a need to reduce the town’s speed limit and improve traffic safety, to retain dual lanes, a need for improved pedestrian safety and movement, maintaining through-access for large and oversize vehicles and a need to protect and enhance Avoca’s heritage value.
Heated discussion surrounded the possibility of Avoca’s main street being reduced to a single lane, with questions raised as to the benefit this would have for safety.
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