Ian Warren, from Golden Bakery, welcomed the announcement. “There are a lot of businesses here; my wife Le (pictured) has owned the bakery for 17 years, and anything that helps people stay in their local area to shop is a good thing,” Mr Warren said.
“Attractive shrubs and evening out the footpath will definitely make the area more appealing, which is great because with what we’ve just been through with COVID, we’ve seen that shopping locally has a lot of benefits.”
Council CEO Phil Cantillon said: “These changes will make a wonderful difference to the look and feel of Excelsior Drive. These projects support our businesses by giving shoppers great local options and help attract new retail and hospitality workplaces to our city.”
Mr Cantillon said work on the project was expected to start next March and would take about three months to complete. Plans will be made available towards the end of the year so businesses and the community can provide feedback.