Spotlight on Morpeth to shine on streets
After recently completing engagement for the Morpeth Bicentenary and Morpeth Business Opportunities, the spotlight on Morpeth will soon be shining on the streets of the historic township with a number of new initiatives set to get underway over the coming weeks.
Maitland City Council has been successful in securing $100,000 as part of the NSW Governments Streets as Shared Spaces grants program. The program will see Council unlock public space through a series of unique interventions including outdoor seating and dining parklets, creative road surface treatments, pop up activations, and activities that challenge the traditional hierarchy of our streets.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said there had been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.
‘Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future,’ Mr Stokes said. ’The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under utilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy.’
The program is expected to run from mid October to late November and as part of the program Council will also pilot a range of modifications to the on street parking in Morpeth, which will offset the implementation of the Streets as Shared Spaces program and contribute to the broader discussion around parking in Morpeth led by the upcoming Swan Street Parking Study.
Commencing in September, the Swan Street Parking Study will seek input from Morpeth residents, businesses and visitors on identified parking issues in Morpeth, the current residential parking permit scheme as well as possible solutions to the parking challenges within Swan Street.
The study, which will be a combination of an online survey and interactive map, direct mail, social media and face to face pop ups is expected to run over three weeks and will wrap up just before the commencement of the Streets as Shared Spaces project.
Mayor of Maitland Loretta Baker said ‘we’ve got a number of projects either underway, nearing completion or about to start in Morpeth, and I’m really excited to see the streets transformed as part of our Streets as Shared Spaces project.
‘I’d encourage all residents, businesses, employees and regular visitors to Morpeth to get involved in the parking study. I often hear feedback about parking in Morpeth, so this is an opportunity to really get to the bottom of what the main challenges and opportunities might be.'
For more information on the study visit here.
More information on both projects will be published over the coming weeks on Council’s website here.