I thought I’d use this week’s column to set some facts straight about the proposed Station Street Upgrade Project.
Three of the most discussed elements of the proposal revolve around tree removal, the railway station precinct and parking.
The upgrade will result in a major streetscape renewal along the entire length of Station Street. It is proposed that a total of 72 trees be retained and a further 96 new mature and purpose-grown street trees be planted.
Eleven of the 15 pin oaks within the existing avenue near Memorial Park will be retained and the camellias at the train station will be relocated to a nearby park or left in place.
Bus, taxi and parking facilities at the train station are still being negotiated with transport providers.
It’s also proposed that the majority of the existing all-day parking spaces near the train station be moved to Kirkham Road. This will be accompanied by a footpath and street lighting to help pedestrians travel safely to the train station and town centre.
Council has recently acquired additional land in Wattle Lane to extend the car park which means there will be no nett loss of parking spaces in the town centre.
Staff are currently working through the 117 submissions received, and discussing details with key stakeholders including Sydney Trains and Berrima Buslines before placing the matter before Council at its meeting in February next year.
To see the plans for yourself, including detailed concept plans, a fly-through and fact sheets, visit www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/SSU.
As this is the final column for the year I would like to wish the readers and families of the Southern Highland News a joyous Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe new year.
On behalf of my fellow Councillors I wish everyone a prosperous 2018!