Business body slams Camden Council's Argyle Street plan

Camden's Argyle Street is set to receive a major makeover. Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale
Camden's Argyle Street is set to receive a major makeover. Pictures: Jeff de Pasquale

The Camden Chamber of Commerce remains concerned about the changes Camden Council intends to make to Argyle Street.

The councillors voted to adopt the changes to Camden’s main street six votes to three in December despite concerns from community members and the chamber of commerce.

Chamber president Miriam Roberts said the chamber was ‘‘disappointed’’ the council had approved the Camden Town Centre Enhancement Plan.

‘‘Chamber was particularly concerned with the position of the proposed multi storey car park, the installation of traffic lights in Argyle Street and the proposed street improvements that council can only fund to a small section of Argyle Street between John and Oxley Streets,’’ she said.

‘‘We acknowledge that council undertook a process of community consultation. However we don’t believe that consultative process provided a balanced and broad presentation of the facts or the alternatives.’’

Mrs Roberts said the chamber was disappointed the council was continuing to pursue a ‘‘fragmented and ad hoc’’ approach to the future of Argyle Street, Camden.

‘‘Now that council has decided, not unanimously we note, to proceed with its plan, our chamber will seek to contribute to the design discussion to minimise the negative impact some of the key elements of the plan will have on Camden,’’ she said.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said she was willing to work with the chamber, but ‘‘it was a two way street’’.

‘‘The chamber is entitled to their opinion but more people in the community are supportive of what council are doing than not,’’ she said.

‘‘I would be more than happy to work with the chamber to work through [the car park] detailed designs, but it’s a two way street.’’