12 February 2021

The changing face of Imlay Street in Eden

| Sharon Kelley
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The Crown and Anchor Inn on Imlay Street in Eden.

The Crown & Anchor Inn on Imlay Street in Eden. Photo: Supplied.

Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to the Eden Town Centre section of its Development Control Plan 2013 to introduce a Heritage Conservation Area at the southern end of Imlay Street.

Comments on the draft amendments to the Development Control Plan are welcome during the exhibition period and will be accepted until 11.59 pm on Sunday, 7 March, 2021. Council will then consider a report from staff in relation to feedback received during public consultation.

The draft amendment to the Eden Town Centre in the Bega Valley Development Control Application is available at council’s Have Your Say page.

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Work to upgrade pedestrian and vehicle access to the Port of Eden is about to begin on Imlay Street to relocate the stone retaining wall at the top of Albert Terrace and realign the kerb and gutter adjacent to the police station. There will be minimal traffic disruption for this stage.

The project includes improvements to the intersection of Imlay Street and Albert Terrace; construction of a shared path on the eastern side of Albert Terrace; revitalised public space on the southeast side of the intersection of Albert Terrace and Museum Street; and the renewal and upgrade of existing infrastructure, including pavements and kerbs.

“The upgrade to this part of Eden has been long-awaited and it’s great to be making a start on what will be a significant and valuable enhancement to the corridor connecting the township with the port,” said Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick.

The Imlay Street and Albert Terrace upgrade project is expected to be completed in six months, weather permitting. Work will be undertaken in stages to reduce the inconvenience for road users, residents and businesses.

More information about Connectivity Improvements to the Port of Eden project can be found on Bega Valley Shire Council’s website.

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Ron Crichton6:46 pm 08 Mar 21

Roundabouts are useful in allowing traffic to negotiate an intersection safely. I know this from my experience in Canberra, and generally am in favour of the use of roundabouts. However, they can be unsafe when the roundabout has been constructed on a sloping surface. Not all vehicles have functional handbrakes. A loaded truck without a handbrake can lead to a dangerous situation should the truck be obliged to stop at a roundabout in an uphill direction with the consequent risk of uncontrolled reverse travel and possibility of rearward collision into vehicles to the rear of the truck. I hope the redevelopment considers heavy vehicles and the difficulties they may have in negotiating roundabouts in these conditions. Whilst it’s advisable that all vehicles be roadworthy and operating within safe workloads, it’s not uncommon for vehicles to be severely overloaded and in unroadworthy condition. Please don’t build a dangerous development if it can be avoided. I’m not a truck driver. I just don’t want to see anyone suffering an accident from an out of control truck.

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