Laneway transformation on the cards for Washing Lane

Published on Wednesday, 27 July 2022 at 1:36:00 PM

A section of Washing Lane could soon be transformed into a thriving, pedestrian-friendly laneway.

The City of Vincent will ask the Minister for Lands to close part of Washing Lane to vehicles to create a safer and better activated pedestrian space.

The section of road is about 88m long and runs between William and Money streets.

“Closing part of Washing Lane to cars and delivery trucks will allow for more greenery, shelter, vibrancy and connection in the laneway,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“It will give businesses a chance to better interact with the street and will open up opportunities for alfresco dining.

“The creation of a safe space for pedestrians, along with greenery, seating and lighting will transform this laneway into a vibrant community meeting place.”

Washing Lane is currently a one-way and low-speed road that also accommodates delivery trucks.

The City received the proposal to partially close the road from a major landowner adjoining the laneway.

If the Minister approves closing the laneway to traffic, the applicant would make improvements to the streetscape and landscaping.

A 15-minute car bay on Washing Lane, near Money Street, would be changed to a loading bay which addresses ongoing parking issues of vehicles blocking the entrance to the complex carpark.

The City received 47 submissions on the proposal to partially close the road during the public consultation period, with 79 per cent of respondents in support.

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