The dilapidated town centre of Pendle Hill is in the spotlight this week after Cumberland Council unveiled a Public Domain Plan to revitalise the area.
The plan aims to 'build on the local character to create an attractive, walkable and socially inclusive open space network' featuring public art, more accessibility and improved signage among other ideas. The town centre development is hoped to immediately follow on from current $7m upgrade of Civic Park nearby. The latest plan will focus on the areas surrounding Pendle Way, Civic Avenue and Stapleton Street.
Initial community consultation has revealed that much of the community strongly agrees that an improvement to the area is 'long overdue', and it's not hard to see why, with an almost nostalgic and forgotten suburban feel in some parts.
It's hoped the development will entice a more diverse array of businesses to the precinct, which currently has over 10 Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants and a multitude of spice shops.
"Multiple restaurants are opening, but they're offering the same food, the same cuisine," local councillor Suman Saha told NewsCorp last week.
"The feedback we've received is that lots of people will come to the town centre, but they have nowhere to sit around.
"Lots of people came and shared their concerns. They're excited, but at the same time they've said it's overdue. They feel (the town) is outdated."
Locals also want another pedestrian crossing, more parking to support local business and changes to the traffic flow.
Council will offer public consultation with a pop-up stall on Pendle Way, just opposite the train station, on Thursday from 430 to 630pm. Consultation closes June 21.