Upper Hunter Shire Council has warned that time is running out to make needed changes to Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) plans for the Scone bypass and overpass.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council’s priorities had always been achieving unrestricted access for emergency vehicles, safely getting heavy vehicles in and out of the central business district, and reducing the number of heavy vehicles in the CBD.
“The bypass must have full connectivity, with left and right turning options at both the northern and southern ends of the bypass,” Cr Bedggood said
“The rail overpass must not destroy Elizabeth Park and should have minimal impact on residents. That is why Council has long supported a modified version of the current Option B which includes changes to reduce the impacts on the park and surrounds.”
Council is encouraging residents to attend the next Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) drop-in information sessions in a fortnight.
Council and the Scone Chamber of Commerce are hosting a briefing for Scone business owners on the bypass/overpass design and Council’s revitalisation plans for the town centre at 6pm on Thursday 28 January 2016 at the Council Chambers, 135 Liverpool Street, Scone.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Alan Fletcher will outline Council’s concerns with the latest RMS Scone bypass and overpass design, and Council’s suggested changes to the design.
Council’s Business, Enterprise and Tourism Manager Sean Constable will report on progress to create a town centre revitalisation masterplan for Scone.
“The Scone Bypass will present challenges to Scone businesses but is also an opportunity to revitalise the central business district,” Mr Constable said.
“Council encourages businesses and residents to work with Council in our plans to create a fantastic space on Kelly Street, free from the heavy traffic of the New England Highway.”
RMS community drop-in information sessions on the draft bypass design to be held at Scone Motor Inn on:
Thursday 4 February 2016, 3pm to 7pm,
Friday 5 February 2016, 10am to 2pm.
Caption: Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Alan Fletcher said Council has serious concerns with the latest RMS Scone bypass and overpass design.