Call for ideas on The Esplanade shared zone

With works anticipated to start next month, locals are being invited to contribute their thoughts on a proposed road share zone at The Esplanade, Umina Beach.

To ensure the new zone reflects what current and future users want to see, residents are being asked to submit their ideas via an interactive concept plan by April 26.

Council received a $327,528 grant from the NSW Government to implement a shared zone after receiving requests to slow traffic and improve pedestrian safety in the area.

As The Esplanade between Ocean Beach Road and Trafalgar Avenue is currently widely used by pedestrians and motorists, a key aim is to remove non-essential vehicle travel through the laneway to increase safety for users.

Access for vehicles is said to be still on the table, however a lower speed limit of 10km/h will be introduced when travelling through this area.

Council has developed seven concept designs for this project which includes traffic easing measures and streetscape improvements such as, pavement stenciling and artwork, seating, landscaping, and signage.

Construction is expected to start in May and be completed by the start of September, with works to be fully funded under the Streets as Shared Spaces program.

Initial ideas raised by locals include the removal of overhead power lines to instead place underground, an increase of more streetlights, the planting of trees in the available green space, and the prospect of engaging local Aboriginal artists to create graphics.

Community members can have their say by visiting the Your Voice Our Coast website.

Maisy Rae