Street may close for dining and markets

BYRON Shire Council is proposing a grand new plan to transform Bay Lane into a cultural and dining hub.

At Thursday's council meeting mayor Simon Richardson will ask councillors to vote for council to consult with business and property owners in the area to consider a proposal to stop traffic travelling through Bay Lane after retail hours each day.

Closing the lane to traffic would make way for entertainment, markets and extension of dining areas.

It will also propose that the car park off Bay Lane be converted into a bricked courtyard that could host "a pop-up bar" or "refreshment space".

Cr Richardson said "pedestrianising" Bay Lane from 5.30pm each day would take advantage of unused alleyways and arcades.

"The idea behind the proposal is to utilise poorly maintained laneways and convert them into places where we can have markets or dining," Cr Richardson said.

"Closing off part of Bay Lane in the evenings is a cheap way to beautify the town and would bring Bay Lane to life by getting cars out and creating a space where you could get buskers or musicians in."

Byron United president Paul Waters said while he had not seen the proposal the group would be interested in discussing the possibility of creating a "more vibrant dining environment".

"So long as there was consultation between business owners to address areas of concern, it seems any positives outweigh the negatives," Mr Waters said.

The closure would be from Johnson St to the Beach Hotel accommodation car parking entrance.

If approved, the council will report on the outcomes of discussions with businesses and property owners before any action is taken.

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