A section of Kingscliff’s busy Marine Parade will become a one-way street, creating 56 extra parking spots under a plan now on public exhibition for the next 28 days.
Tweed Shire councillors on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a concept layout plan for the road’s reconfiguration, making it one way between Turnock Street to Seaview Street with the reduced carriageway proving the extra parking spaces.
The works will include realigning the road to discourage speeding and tree plantings in pedestrian walkways and islands.
The rejuvenation plan has been given a strong thumbs up by Kingscliff’s business chamber, which had wanted to slow traffic and boost parking spaces for locals and visitors alike.
The chamber was given a presentation recently by council engineers. Chamber head Dennis Eyre said the works would beautify the area while making it safer and more pedestrian friendly.
The plan is part of the long-awaited proposed Kingscliff foreshore ‘central park’ redevelopment that most locals supported during a recent consultation and which identified lack of parking and landscaping on the tourist strip as major concerns to be addressed.
Almost 10 years ago, a controversial underground car park was recommended as the preferred option to boost parking spaces there but was put on the backburner as staff said the costly project would be difficult to fund.
Staff said a potential source of federal funding was identified last year but council resolved to pursue the Arkinstall Park upgrade at Tweed Heads South as its priority.
The Marine Parade works will be funded by $600,000 in developer-contribution funding council had available for public car parking and landscaping in Kingscliff.
Staff say replacing the existing potplants on the footpath by shade trees would create a more ‘vibrant streetscape’.
They also say some of the negative impacts of changing the road to one way includes inconvenience to northbound traffic having to use Pearl Street, confusion for motorists in the short term, and the the reduction in width of a 60-metre section of footpath on the eastern side of the parade to cater for the new angled-parking proposed.
The proposal can be viewed on www.tweed.nsw.gov.au.