For Local Businesses

I operate a business in the Stage Two proposed works zone. Will this impact my business?

Council will be working with local businesses to help in developing a construction schedule which will deliver the least impact to their business operations. Furthermore, with businesses who do not have rear access to receive goods, we will discuss options with you to ensure you receive your deliveries during the construction period.  

At all times during construction business operators, their employees and customers will retain access to each business entrance. In the period of footpath re-construction, the methodology undertaken includes a sectional demolition and replacement of the footpath which enables temporary ground covers and, if necessary, ramps to enable access at all times to your business.  

Council has embarked on this significant project to improve the visual amenity and pedestrian access of Great North Road. The desired outcome is to deliver a streetscape and environment which is appealing to and safe for visitors.  

What is the background to the footpath dining structures on Great North Road, Five Dock?

In 2003/04, Council commenced a streetscape upgrade of Great North Road between Henry Street and Queens Road, which included trialling a new Council initiative resulting in footpath dining shelters designed and installed by Council with cost recovery achieved through an annual rental paid by business operators.  

The scheme was, and is still, unique to the City of Canada Bay’s footpath dining program. Within our other precincts it is the responsibility of the property owner and/or business operator to install their own structures which typically includes a Development Application process.  

Over the past few years, some businesses have not been supportive of the Five Dock structures and this has resulted in the removal of several of the structures installed in 2003/04.  

The City of Canada Bay’s current streetscape upgrade provides an opportunity to review the scheme and deliver a better outcome for business operators, their customers, residents and the overall amenity of this town centre.  

What are Council’s plans for improving the aesthetics of footpath dining?

In May and June 2016, we undertook face-to-face engagement with current footpath dining permit businesses to assist in informing a new Footpath Dining Policy in relation to Great North Road, Five Dock.   

All existing structures installed by Council in 2003/04 are to be removed, providing greater flexibility for business operators. Please refer to Council’s Business Use of the Footpath Policy.

Page last updated on: 11/09/18

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