City of Whittlesea residents and business owners are invited to shape the future of the Gorge Road shopping precinct in South Morang as part of council’s plan to revitalise the streetscape.

Plans include new spaces to connect, upgraded visitor parking and improved access to local businesses.

Council is asking residents to share their ideas to improve the bustling shopping strip, located on the corner of Gorge and Plenty Roads in South Morang, to make their visits safer and more convenient.

City of Whittlesea administrator Chris Eddy said creating vibrant and connected communities started with listening to what residents value in their area.

“We’re eager to hear from business owners and visitors to the Gorge Road shops about how we can make the strip more inviting and improve access in and around the area,” he said.

“Shopping precincts are the heart of local communities. We’re planning to make improvements that create an inviting space to shop and spend time with family and friends.”

City of Whittlesea staff will also be at the Gorge Road shopping precinct on Friday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and Wednesday, April 6, 9.30am to 1.30pm, for residents to have their say in person and ask questions.

Construction for the streetscape improvements at Gorge Road shops is expected to start in mid to late 2022.