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A Step Forward for Accessibility in Unley

Improved pedestrian accessibility will arrive in the new year for the City of Unley, with preparations to roll-out a new Footpath Trading Policy set for January 1, 2019.

The decision comes after the City of Unley Council recognised its current outdoor dining areas provided an inconsistent walkway for foot-traffic.

Acting Unley Mayor Peter Hughes said the proposed changes were another example of the Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting a vibrant local community.
“The new policy aims to balance the needs of businesses for outdoor trading with those of pedestrians,” Acting Mayor Hughes said.
“Adjustments will offer a continuous walkway on all footpaths to ensure predictability of access while still being responsive to the needs of traders.”
Targeted community engagement has revealed more than 65 per cent of survey respondents were concerned with footpath accessibility in the area. A further 40 per cent were interested in increased pedestrian safety.
Acting Mayor Hughes suggested the new policy would also benefit traders with improvements to walkway layout.
“A well-managed footpath promotes amenable streets that are attractive to all visitors,” said Mr Hughes.
“Offering accessibility to all members of the community presents greater foot-traffic potential for the approaching Summer period, which will always be beneficial to our many businesses.” 
Traders will need to be compliant with new guidelines obliging outdoor dining areas are consistent for the length of a block. As an incentive, new footpath trading permits will be offered free of charge in the first year.
Proposed changes include a minimum 1.2m walkway zone on footpaths less than 3.1m wide and a minimum of 1.5 m zone on paths more than 3.1m wide. Ideally, walkways will be against property lines although in cases where this is impractical, a continuous path must be provided.
Exemption of the policy will be granted to businesses on King William Road until completion of its proposed upgrade expected to commence in April 2019.
All other traders must be compliant with the new guidelines by January 1, 2019.  
To view the Footpath Trading Policy and Guidelines, visit our Business Responsibilities page.
For further information, please contact: City of Unley Communications Officer Erin Thompson - 8372 5183 or 0420 507 599