OPTIONS to improve pedestrian amenity and outdoor trading opportunities are being further explored in Salamanca Place with a demonstration project to make better use of the wide space.
The Hobart City Council has approved a decision to undertake a footpath widening project between Woobys Lane and Kennedy Lane for a specific four-month trial through summer to the end of March next year.
The demonstration trial project will operate six-days-a-week from Sunday to Friday and traders will be able to take up the option of using the entire footpath width up to the existing kerb.
Temporary bollards will be placed 2.4m from the kerb on what is now the roadway.
Hobart Lord Mayor Alderman Damon Thomas said outdoor dining businesses would benefit by being able to use the space that is currently a walkway, while pedestrians would also get a much wider space to use.
“Last year during winter, two consecutive weekend trials were undertaken with temporary footpath widening and the information collected has given the council confidence to undertake a more in-depth demonstration trial,” he said.
“We have the space to make changes without causing any inconvenience to traffic. There will be new parking bays marked out and this is designed to minimise any impact on parking.”
Salamanca Place, between Woobys Lane and Kennedy Lane, will revert back to the existing arrangements avoid any impact to the Salamanca Market.
“The City of Hobart is very well aware that businesses with outdoor dining want to maximise their opportunities and the City supports a thriving business community,” Alderman Thomas said.
“We want to see activation on the street. We also recognise that on very busy days, pedestrians find it quite difficult to walk through the middle of the outdoor dining areas.”
The new arrangements now coming into play allow businesses between Woobys Lane and Kennedy Lane with outdoor dining to extend their occupation licence areas for six days a week.
These areas can be extended to include the entire area between the building line and the existing kerb.
Construction is expected to take three weeks to complete and efforts will be made to minimise disruption to trade, traffic movement and the flow of pedestrians through the area.