A misguided proposal by a couple of residents to extend the Victoria St Mall to Archer St has been kiboshed by Councillors. This idea surfaces every decade or so.
A report to the last Council meeting revealed that the budget needed to extend the Mall would be of the order of $37 million.
The footnote to the report was the need to create a “CBD orbital by-pass” (referred to as “associated works”). No budget has been indicated for such a by-pass nor where it would be built. It is highly likely that the budget required for such a by-pass would be exorbitant.
Due to the timing of the Council meeting and based on previous resolutions of the Association we wrote to Councillors prior to the meeting requesting that:
“No further work or expenditure be undertaken on the proposal to extend the Chaswood Mall further down Victoria Avenue until an investigation and report (including a budget) is completed and presented for the development of a CBD orbital by-pass.”
At the meeting Councillors voted unamiously to’Note’ the council officer’s report and recommendation. This effectively takes the proposal ‘off the table” as no further work on it by Council officers has been authorised.
Subsequently, council officers wrote to us advising:
At that Council meeting on Monday it was resolved unanimously:
That Council note the preliminary information provided regarding the potential for extension of the existing Chatswood Mall.
MOVED COUNCILLOR MUSTACA
SECONDED COUNCILLOR WRIGHT
The motion on being put to the meeting was CARRIED to become the resolution of Council.
There is not an intention to further consider the extension of the mall at this stage. Given the importance of the Chatswood CBD to all areas of the Willoughby local area, please feel free to share this information with your members.
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