How would you feel if the closure of Hibberston Street was permanent? That’s the question Labour backbencher and local, Meegan Fitzharris, has been asking the community.
As part of the expansion of The Marketplace Gungahlin, Hibberson Street will be closed to all traffic between Gozzard Street and Gungahlin Place West from Tuesday 13th October until Tuesday 8th December 2015. This temporary closure is to allow for the construction of a tunnel to link the new underground car park to the existing basement under Big W.
Ms Fitzharris is currently surveying the local area to find out how people feel about permanently closing Hibberson St, and exactly how it would work. To ensure it's a community decision, Ms Fitzharris is requesting feedback on a number of areas: should the street be closed to cars permanently or only during the day? As an alternative, should they trial a shared zone with a low speed limit? Many people feel the street would be safer if it were closed to traffic, however would it be safe at night without any traffic? And would there be a negative impact on local shops? There is also the possible issue that traffic in surrounding streets may become worse.
The 8 week temporary closure of Hibberson St is a good opportunity to test the impact on the community and town centre. Over 600 people have completed Ms Fitzharris’s survey so far, with preliminary results showing 75% of people support a permanent ban on cars on Hibberson St. Close to half of respondents said they would be more likely to visit the town centre if the street was more pedestrian friendly. The results of the survey will be presented to the Minister for Roads and Planning Mick Gentleman for consideration when submissions close in mid-October.
Keen to have your say? Complete the survey now