Council takes U-turn on Maroochy business precinct
THE fate of a Maroochydore business precinct has been up in the air for the past six months.
But there is a glimmer of hope for the Primary School Crt East businesses with a signalled U-turn proposed as part of the Evans St upgrade.
Sunshine Coast Council has been working for six weeks to come up with a solution to enable vehicles to easily access the business zone in the upgrade plan.
In February, the Evans St upgrade community consultation presented three plans, none of which suited the "enraged" business owners.
The current plan means residents and businesspeople in Primary School Crt and other side streets off Evans St have limited access in and out of their streets, due to a raised median strip.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said after an "extensive consultation" with businesses in Primary School Crt East, council would propose a U-turn.
"However, the plan is still subject to further design considerations and Department of Transport and Main Roads approval," he said.
At this stage the council does not have an exact timeframe for the final decision, but some feedback on the proposal is expected this week.
Clinic One psychiatrist and spokesman for the business precinct, Petros Markou, said if TMR approved the signalled U-turn everyone would win.
"After thinking the council wasn't responsive, they have come up with a proposal that will work for everyone," he said.
"As long as it is approved we will be very happy. The proposed U-turn solves everything.
"It is not over until it is over, but it looks like it will happen.
Maroochydore Residents Association president Allen Reed said he was pleased the council had listened to the business community.
He said he hoped the council would continue to listen to the businesspeople and residents in the area during the construction period from 2015-17.
Councillor Jason O'Pray said if approved the proposal would please the business community and residents.