A VITAL element of Muswellbrook Shire Council's (MSC) preparations to reposition its Administration Centre to Campbell's Corner in the CBD is to provide additional car parking spaces for up to 80 staff.
MSC confirmed its move last month, stating a deal had been done between the organisation and Metcash, owners of the IGA supermarket based at Campbell's Corner.
The agreement will not only facilitate the relocation of council's administrative functions to the town centre but permit the dedicated future use of the existing Maitland Street building for the Richard Gill National Music Academy.
Now, MSC has developed a Car Parking Strategy for the CBD, which was endorsed for community consultation at the extraordinary council meeting on September 10.
It's been designed to negate impact on the number of car parking spaces already available to retail outlets and other businesses in the civic precinct.
"Approximately 150 additional marked car spaces are proposed along Lower Brook Street, Hunter Terrace and Lower William Street for the use of staff and visitors," MSC general manager Fiona Plesman said.
"Rear to kerb angled parking is recommended to maximise the available space, with additional parking signage and private driveways clearly marked.
"A number of parking spaces will be specifically reserved for the use of St Alban's Anglican Church.
"The parking strategy also proposes to replace three of the existing one hour parking spaces on the southern side of Brook Street, west of the Bridge Street intersection, with three by 15-minute parking spaces to allow users easy access to the banks and cafes in the area.
"It is not proposed to apply any time limit to the additional parking spaces."
An unused space on the first floor of the Campbell's Corner building, behind the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music (UHCM), will be renovated to accommodate council staff and an area on the ground floor, in space currently occupied by IGA, will be reconfigured to accommodate a customer service area.
Interested members of the community are invited to make written submissions concerning the proposed Car Parking Strategy by addressing General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, PO Box 122, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by September 25.
Under the provisions of the Government Information Public Access Act 2009, such submissions may be referred to third parties for consideration.