Downtown Allora as it is now.
Downtown Allora as it is now.

Councillors to pore over streetscape alternatives

CONSTRUCTION of the Allora Streetscape will be one step closer next week after the Southern Downs Regional Council adopts one of two concept plans during the engineering committee meeting on Tuesday.

Two alternative concept plans were released in late July 2011after Allora residents met with landscape architect Stephen Palmer to workshop their ideas.

Councillors were given a detailed presentation by Mr Palmer at the engineering services committee meeting last month.

Concept one had no central planting or treatments and it also retained the bus stop in the current position.

The redesign would accommodate 46 car spaces on the western side of Herbert Street and 23 on the eastern side. There would also be three pedestrian crossing links.

A highlight of this concept was the large footpath at the community hall and post office which could be used for community events and structured in such a way that it could be closed off for special functions.

Concept two had minimal central treatment.

It also included a pedestrian crossing area adjacent to the medical centre and the bus stop was relocated to Warwick St.

This concept also included parallel visitor caravan parking in Muir and Drayton Sts.

A visitor's corner was also included in this design, which included a series of information panels about the town's attractions.

During the meeting Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said it was important the public were aware they were just looking at concept plans.

"It is a just a concept design," he said.

"In order for it to happen, significant funds will be needed."

Councillor Glyn Rees said he would like to see construction start as soon as financially possible.

"The streetscape will enhance the visual aspect of Allora's already eloquent historic existing streetscape, and add consistency to council infrastructure with the town centre," he said.

"And then there will also be the drainage improvements that are also necessary."

Cr Rees said he was in favour of concept one as it allowed for more parking spaces.

Once the councillors decide on a plan it will be open for public comment.

A total of $50,000 was allocated to the initial concept development for the streetscape plans; so far it has only cost $16,602.



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