SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will be holding a drop-in session on Thursday of next week to update the Foster community about the plans to revitalise Foster’s Main Street.
The design has been developed over a number of years in consultation with the Foster Community Association, with input from the Foster Chamber of Commerce and more recent input on landscaping / street furniture from the broader community.
Council’s Manager of Engineering and Assets, John Moylan, is pleased that the extensive consultation has resulted in a well-considered plan.
“The design for the streetscape is based on making the environment more pedestrian friendly by slowing traffic down and providing more opportunities for pedestrians to cross,” said Mr Moylan. “The design of the streetscape is also consistent with Main Street reverting to local road status, with McDonald and Power streets becoming the arterial route in accordance with preliminary discussions with VicRoads.”
The works include the closure of the lane between the pharmacy and the newsagency opposite the hotel. This will necessitate the extension of the access road behind the shops around the rear of the Uniting Church onto Station Road.
The intention is to carry out these works in late 2016 (subject to availability of grant funding) to minimise the impact on the peak trading times for local businesses.
The information session will be held at the Foster RSL Clubrooms, 46 Main Street, Foster, from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday November 19.