Mixed emotions from community over 'Eat Street' changes

CHANGES AHEAD: Two of the regulars food vans on High Street in Launceston, Food for Dudes and Burger Junkie. The site is under review. Picture: Holly Monery
CHANGES AHEAD: Two of the regulars food vans on High Street in Launceston, Food for Dudes and Burger Junkie. The site is under review. Picture: Holly Monery

Potential change to the way ‘Eat Street’ operates at St George’s Square has been met with mixed emotions by the Launceston community.

The City of Launceston approved interim safety measures at its Monday meeting, including a speed reduction to 20km/h while the food vans are in operation.

On social media Samantha Carsley said she did not think slowing the traffic down was the answer.

“Other than there being no toilets there I don't see the problem,” she said.

John Perry suggested the vans park on one of the square’s side streets, which could be closed off during service.

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Steve Youd disagreed with the speed reduction, saying it was “inconveniencing the many to appease the few.”

“Wouldn't it make more sense to move the vans to the western side of St George’s Square rather than even being on High St in the first place? Even better move them to the car park behind Windmill Hill completely out of the way,” he said.

Rod Bowen said he loved seeing the young families eating and playing in the park.

“I don’t need speed signs to tell me to slow down, it’s just common sense with so many people around,” he said.

Sarah-Jane Acheson it was hard to travel much faster than 20km/h at peak times without the formal reduction in speed.

“Really if it bothers people that much take another route home, there are so many other ways to get around it,” she said.

The new measures will be in place until September 30 when a long-term plan is due to be delivered to the council.