Pottsville in line for overdue facelift

TANIA Murdock can barely contain her excitement. After months of pleading with Tweed Shire Council to protect Pottsville shopkeepers from a huge new shopping complex in nearby Seabreeze housing estate, she is praising the hard work of council staff in drawing up plans to beautify the heart of the village and slow down the main-street traffic. Those plans went on public display on the council's website yesterday. They include a reduction in the speed limit to 40km/h though a stretch of Pottsville's main street, Coronation Avenue, raised crossings, designated parking bays and attractive streetscaping. "I think it's fantastic," said Ms Murdock, who runs a pharmacy in the village with her husband, and is president of the Pottsville Beach Business Association. "The council has done a great job. The streetscaping, the atmosphere and slowing traffic down to a 40km zone is very good for the main street and for pedestrian safety. Basically it reinforces the village atmosphere." Ms Murdock said she understood the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority had given its stamp of approval to the changes and the council was now publicly exhibiting the concept plan "to see if there is any feedback one way or the%other". "From the business association point of view we are really happy Tweed Shire Council has put time into this. We are strongly supportive," she said. Ms Murdock said the association would hold a meeting tonight at 7pm in the First National Real Estate office in Pottsville to further discuss details of the plan, which is on public exhibition until Monday week, April 14. According to the council traffic engineer Trevor Harris, the council has sought a grant from the RTA for the work which provides a "high-pedestrian activity 40km/h zone for part of Coronation%Avenue". "The proposal provides for better delineation of pedestrian and traffic areas and is expected to%enhance the use of the area by%pedestrians," he said. The concept plans show one%designated pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Elizabeth Street, two raised crossing areas at either end of the main shopping strip and various paved sections along the road aimed simply at encouraging traffic to slow down. The road is to be narrowed with new parking bays created in front of new kerbing. The existing parking areas would landscaped and turfed.



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