AN IMPASSIONED meeting between Cityprom members and the Launceston City Council last night focused on ways to best improve Launceston's central business district.
The meeting, which was attended by a number of CBD business owners, saw Launceston City Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski give a presentation that touched on bus stops, free parking and an initiative tentatively named the Launceston City Heart Project.
Most aldermen were in attendance.
An informal vote at the end of the meeting showed that moving CBD bus stops was seen as an urgent matter to inner-city retailers. Pollution and undesirable people were listed as issues that the bus stops created.
Mr Dobrzynski said the council was looking at a number of alternatives to the interchange's current placement, including moving it to the Launceston Transit Centre or placing stops further along St John Street and out of the city centre.
Beautification of the city came up as a significant issue as well, with some shop owners asking that buildings be cleaned up and flowers planted to help improve the city's mood.
``We just have to get some good feng shui into this town otherwise we're in trouble,'' Forever Lace owner Lynn Hardwick said.
Parking sparked passionate discussion about the best ways to bring more people into the CBD.
Parking operations manager Andrew Frost was on hand to dispel parking myths and assure the Cityprom members that the council was willing to try initiatives to spark more business.
``We're gaining greater insight into the concerns you've got, and clearly something needs to happen,'' Mr Dobrzynski said.