By Goya Dmytryshchak
Community group Better West has submitted a petition with more than 1000 signatures asking for part of Hall Street at Spotswood to be turned into a park and plaza.
The Change petition calls on Hobsons Bay council to seize a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
“The people of Spotswood, in Hobsons Bay, are being provided with a link to the Federation bike trail and access to a new park at Stony Creek, through the West Gate Tunnel Project,” the petition states.
“This gives Hobsons Bay City Council a once in a lifetime opportunity to redesign Hall Street to create a community park, a cool, green bike and pedestrian link to Stony Creek, and build Hudsons Road as a safe bike destination for Hobsons Bay and our neighbours in Yarraville.”
Better West president Rosa McKenna said residents were calling for Hall Street north of Hudsons Road to be turned into a plaza.
“We’re proposing that we close Hall Street at Hudsons Road and create a little plaza there beside the Spotswood Hotel,” she said.
“We’d close it off near the pub and have a turning circle so people could come down there and turn around but not turn into Hudsons Road.”
Hobsons Bay council is preparing a report on Better West’s petition, which will be put before council after the October election.
The council is launching a Better Places program in Spotswood and South Kingsville later this year, inviting the community to be involved in the design and future direction of their suburbs.
Residents, businesses, property owners and visitors can register their interest at participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/better-places-spotswood-and-south-kingsville.