I’m not sure about this at all! What about parking? What about Anderson St? Does it just get left to get even crazier?
Or will closing Ballarat St effectively close Anderson St to vehicular traffic as well?
The closure is on the block directly outside the Sun, but being intimately familiar with the area and its intense traffic flows, I reckon the following quote is debatable: ”The area to the north (of Anderson Street) outside the Sun Theatre is not a central traffic route.”
The closure of such a small portion of the street with unknown but potentially severe ramifications for the surrounding area seems iffy.
This just doesn’t seem very imaginative – or good value for money.
I’d be happier to consider the complete closure of Ballarat AND Anderson streets – big upsides all round and not much greater downside.
Without doing a head count, I’m pretty sure there are more Anderson St traders than there are on Ballarat St – so why choose the latter over the former?
And I can certainly understand the concerns of the non-Ballarat St trader: “I sympathise with those cafes not getting $50,000 spent on beautification on their doorstep.”
I once exchanged rather angry words with a tour bus driver who was attempting to take his Very Large Vehicle across the train tracks and along Anderson St.
“It’s none of your bloody business,” he shouted at me.
Uh, buddy, I live here – it most certainly IS my business!