One-way the way to go

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S CAHILL

MORE than $400,000 will be spent mak­ing Avion Way a one-way street and in­stalling pub­lic art at ei­ther end.

Last week, the Town of Clare­mont agreed to al­lo­cate $337,425 from the Joint Ven­ture Re­serve Fund to cre­ate a sin­gle lane from St Quentin Av­enue to Stir­ling High­way in Times Square.

In re­turn, Times Square owner John Bond will con­trib­ute $67,484, as well as $25,000 to­wards pub­lic art, pro­vided the Town matches it, which it agreed to at the coun­cil meet­ing.

Cookie Dough owner Lisa Walsh, who moved in to Avion Way seven months ago, said cre­at­ing more at­mos­phere in that pocket of Clare­mont would make peo­ple re­alise there was more down there.

Ms Walsh said she would def­i­nitely take up an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide more ta­bles and chairs out­side.

“Foot traf­fic has def­i­nitely been less than we would have ex­pected,” she said.

Lost Souls re­tail sales as­sis­tant Elle Glee­son said any­thing that helped the busi­nesses on Avion Way was a great idea.

“The main strip and Clare­mont Quar­ter get a lot of traf­fic but some peo­ple don’t even know we are here,” Ms Glee­son said.

Lost Souls owner Kate Collins said the Avion Way shops of­fered a more per­sonal shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It would be so good to have the support of the lo­cal cus­tomers. They don’t tend to ven­ture out of the Quar­ter, yet when they do dis­cover us they’re in­stantly con­verted,” Ms Collins said.

Work on Avion Way will not start un­til ap­proved works to Stir­ling High­way, Stir­ling Road and St Quentin Av­enue are com­plete.

While the majority of Clare­mont coun­cil­lors sup­ported the project, sev­eral voted against it, say­ing ratepay­ers’ money would ben­e­fit only one land­lord and lim­it­ing traf­fic to one-way would cause con­ges­tion.

“Clare­mont traf­fic is al­ready con­sti­pated,” Cr Chris Mews said.

“Traf­fic con­ges­tions can­not help business be­cause if they can’t get in or out they will go some­where else.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d425800

Avion call­ing: Elle Glee­son and El­lie Green of Avion Way busi­nesses Lost Souls and Cookie Dough re­spec­tively are ex­cited about plans for the road to be de­vel­oped into a more pedes­trian-friendly place.

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