Bayswater workshop draws together ideas for town centre’s future

Bayswater workshop draws together ideas for town centre’s future

ROOFTOP bars, utilised laneways, night-time options and cycling lanes topped the list of ideas of the future of Bayswater town centre.

Last weekend, some 70 people met for a Bayswater town centre “visioning” workshop with consultants TPG to help inform a structure plan that will guide development in the area.

The creation of the structure plan was brought forward by Bayswater council following public concern about the height and form of the soon-to-be-built Heir Apartments at 9-11 King William Street.

Some of the main issues raised included having activities at night, rooftop and small bars, different dining experiences, streets friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists, having interesting built form next to the heritage-type buildings, more trees, the connection of both sides of the railways and the use of laneways.

Deputy mayor Stephanie Coates said the workshop was a “unifying experience” for the different individuals and groups; which included Bayswater Deserves Better, Bayswater Urban Tree Network, Future Bayswater and Baysie Rollers.

“Even groups who have had differences of opinion over time, there was some solidarity in what they valued for the town centre,” she said.

Cr Coates said she personally would like to see better pedestrian access to the train station, small bars, night festivals and shops open after 3pm.

“I would love to see trees planted throughout the town centre, protected bike lanes on King William Street, it more connected for pedestrians; for example the laneway behind the IGA run all the way through to Bert Wright Park,” she said.

“I think there’s a lot to do and we’re working on it.”

Cr Coates said she wanted thoughtful design guidelines with intensive consultation so there would be “peace in Bayswater”.

TPG will host further community consultation workshops and session with the community advisory group.