Work has started on the next stage of the Camden Town Centre upgrades.
The stage 1b works are on Argyle Street between John and Hill Streets and are expected to be completed by the end of June.
The works include installing pedestrian signals to replace the zebra crossing in front of the Capital Arcade, widening the footpaths by one metre as well as upgrades to street furniture, lighting and footpath material.
Drainage improvements and new landscaping will also be conducted.
“Everyone loves the Camden Town Centre and no one wants to see it experience urban decay so this is why council is investing in infrastructure upgrades,” mayor Lara Symkowiak said.
During the previous stage of works conducted last year, residents raised concerns about a lack of parking, excessive sound and dust generated from the upgrades was disrupting the trade of local businesses.
A council spokeswoman said the latest works would be divided into different zones so shop access was maintained.
There are also plans for selected works to occur at night.
Cr Symkowiak said council would keep residents informed throughout the process.
”Council regularly communicates with affected store owners and responds to any concerns received from residents,” Cr Symkowiak said.
“There is a dedicated contact person for this project, Charlie Saab, who will receive and respond individually to any concerns from residents or store owners.”
Residents and community groups continued to be concerned about footpaths work that remains unfinished from the previous stage.
The paths were filled with asphalt so they could be used in time the for Light Up Camden event in November.
A council spokeswoman said work on the paths stopped during the Christmas/New Year retail period after consultation with business owners and would be completed alongside the current works project.
Camden Community Alliance president Pieter Versluis said conducting the upgrade works in different zones was a step in the right direction, but more communication about the process was needed.
“The alliance trusts council will engage the community more, work more closely with businesses in the street and with the contractors,” he said.
“We trust council will be a bit more transparent and open about the works.”
Residents with concerns about the upgrades are encouraged to contact council’s executive liaison officer Charlie Saab on 4645 5187 or visit the camden.nsw.gov.au.