Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Scone Revitalisation Committee releases draft concept designs of Kelly Street

A MORE vibrant, livable Kelly Street – that’s what Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Scone Revitalisation Committee is aiming for.

This week they released draft concept designs of how Kelly Street could be improved.

The bypass created an opportunity to design a more attractive CBD, said committee chairperson councillor James Burns.

“The Scone Revitalisation Committee have been busy, including investigating how other towns have responded to a bypass,” he said.

“We now have draft designs for the CBD that include better landscaping, traffic flow and stormwater control.

“Basically Kelly Street would be two lanes with increased parking and room for outside seating.

“It will be a much friendlier environment, than we currently have.”

The draft  concept designs have been produced by Landscape Architects Mara Consulting.

“The committee’s horticulture taskforce are making recommendations about plant choices for Kelly Street and to RMS, with regard to replanting other areas post-bypass,” Cr Burns said.

“Before the designs are finalised, Council will undertake community consultation to give people an opportunity to have a say.

“There are also ongoing discussions with the NSW government about funding the revitalisation work and Council has applied for grants.”

The community can come along to an update on the Scone Bypass and plans for Kelly Street at the Council Chambers, in Liverpool Street, on Tuesday, February 26, at 6pm.

As well as a presentation on the Kelly Street landscaping project, it is an opportunity to ask questions directly of the Bypass Project team about the project schedule. 

Revitalisation plans for Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi are also progressing to create more attractive and vibrant CBDs through improving landscaping, parking, seating, green spaces and shade, signage and maps, pedestrian and cycling access, public art and slowing traffic.