The Swan Hill CBD redevelopment project will go ahead as originally planned after discussions with traders in Campbell Street.
Work is currently taking place along Campbell Street, between McCrae and Rutherford streets, as part of the overall CBD redevelopment project.
Swan Hill Rural City Council last week voted to consult with traders in that section of the street, and if they were agreeable, to widen the footpath by one metre to create a dining precinct.
Mayor Les McPhee said Council officers spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week door knocking to speak to all traders in that area.
“After speaking to all the traders in that area, there was not a clear majority in favour of the proposed changes. In fact we had 11 in favour, 10 against and 4 undecided,” Cr McPhee said.
“Councillors agreed that wasn’t enough support for the last minute change, so the redevelopment will go ahead as originally planned. That will include new seating and shade structures, paving and landscaping.”
Paving work is now taking place in the area between Quo Vadis and Tellers, and will continue into next week.
Cr McPhee said one of the options considered over the past week was to install bollards in the carparking areas to stop the front of parked cars coming over the footpath, in turn making more safe space for alfresco dining.
“This is an option we can still consider at a later date if the opinions of traders change, if there is demand for such an option,” he said.
“But for the moment we will continue the redevelopment as planned, which will bring this section of Campbell Street in line with other recently redeveloped sections, and create a more user friendly and aesthetic place to shop and dine.”