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Have your say on proposed changes to timed parking at Blackbutt Village

Proposed changes to timed parking at New Lambton’s Blackbutt Village have been a cause for concern to local residents who will now get the chance to have their say on the issue.

The chances to parking are part of a $3.7 million upgrade of the popular local centre which is scheduled for overall completion in early 2024.

“When we spoke to the community during the development of this upgrade we heard concerns about pedestrian safety and connectivity, and also the importance of available of short-term parking for people visiting the shops and local services,” City of Newcastle Traffic and Transport Manager, Ryan Tranter said.

“We understand that it is important for the New Lambton community to be able to support small local businesses, and that parking is a key consideration when choosing where to shop.”

The online survey is seeking community views on a range of free, timed parking options encouraged to boost the availability of spaces close to the shops. Proposed restrictions will reduce all-day parking in the area and promote active turn-over of spaces to improve access to the precinct.

The project at Blackbutt Village is being delivered as part of City of Newcastle’s Local Centres program and follows similar upgrades at Carrington, Beresfield, Joslin Street in Kotara, Llewellyn Street in Merewether, James Street Plaza in Hamilton, and upgrades currently under construction in Stockton and Shortland.

You can have your say on the proposed changes by visiting newcastle.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say.