BOLLARDS have been installed in Church Street in an effort to make it easier to temporarily close it for events.
The work was made possible thanks to a $767,884 grant from the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces program, with the bollards one part of Bathurst Regional Council's shared spaces pilot project.
Councillor Warren Aubin said the bollards were a much better option than the method previously used to close Church Street for events.
"They're a pop-up bollard which will, when there's events on, negate council from having to fill up those horrible, ugly water containers and put them in front of the intersections," he said.
"... I think the bollards are a great thing because they are aesthetically better and they don't create that havoc of council having to come along with trucks to put in water-fill containers."
In addition to the removable bollards, temporary kerb build outs have been installed at either end of Church Street to slow down traffic.
Lined parking is also being added along Church Street, along with temporary pram ramps off Kings Parade to improve accessibility and 15 potted street trees.
Cr Aubin said Russell Street will also have bollards installed at a later date, but assured that neither it or Church Street will be closed permanently.
"Russell Street will not be cut off. Let me reiterate that. That came up in this [Town Centre] Masterplan and that will not happen," he said.
"This is just for events when they happen, such as the winter festival, or when the car races are here if they want to block it off for autograph sessions, that sort of thing."
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