It’s interesting to read media stories coming out of Sydney regarding Byron, often using old stories pasted together that are both out-of-date and out-of-touch with what is reality in Byron.

In order to get the story direct from the horse’s mouth Byron United has just run a member survey to get feedback on the summer season for Byron businesses. This gives us an up-to-date snapshot from real people running a broad spectrum of businesses in Byron today.

Over 80% of those surveyed reported that business was up or just as good as last year. On councils move to have Special Event Parking Areas (SEPA) over 70% of business said it had no impact on their business. However, there were several comments that 2 hours wasn’t a long enough period for their customers and also that signposting could have been clearer. Exemption passes for residents and businesses could be easier to access by mail or email as getting back from Council’s pick-up points for passes was lengthy due to traffic.

Congestion into Byron is always a big issue and this season was no different, it is the biggest complaint. Park and Ride, although a great idea, without a dedicated bus lane from Ewingsdale Road, most of those surveyed said their customers didn’t use it.

Soul Street, Byron’s family friendly event proved to be a success with many families coming out to enjoy the festivities. Businesses gave positive feedback that the event succeeded in attracting family tourists rather than the younger party crowds and although a large portion of Jonson Street was closed it didn’t impact negatively on their businesses.

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