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Councillors from Marrickville and the City of Sydney have spoken out against the state government’s Sydney Clearways Strategy, which has listed King Street Newtown among possible future clearway sites.

Marrickville Mayor Jo Haylen said it would be at the expense of local businesses, pedestrians and diners.

“[King Street] is a thriving local retail and entertainment district that is used by thousands of people every day,” she said. “It actually benefits from slower traffic volumes.”

City of Sydney councillor Linda Scott called on the NSW government to rule out a clearway on King St, saying it would put the strip’s identity at risk.

The document says the government will “refine” its strategy in 2014, “with a plan to progressively expand the clearly network over the next 2-5 years”.