Canterbury and Parker Terrace Landscaping Complete

After the dramatic interruption to Canterbury and Parker Terraces during the recent State Government Rail Revitalisation project we now have seen the final touches put to these streets.

And the result, as far as this elected member/resident is concerned the end result is good.

 

P1490920While I was away in Darwin the last of the trees were planted. This was at the southern end of Canterbury Terrace where there was planned to be some street art that was not received favourably by those impacted the most. These trees are the same age as those originally planted, having been nurtured in the nursery.

The vegetation along these two streets have been well looked after by our depot staff. The growth over the last season and the planting of the new trees has transformed this area. It is looking great as a result. It is visually a vast improvement on what was there originally notwithstanding the loss of  some significant trees down Canterbury.

As these trees grow we can look forward to an even more  pleasant streetscape.

We have also seen the installation of a park bench and street signs for both streets at the East Avenue end.

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Just to ensure all remains well I noticed one of our  depot staff bringing in more bark.

Arundel Avenue along the Belair line rework has I understand just been completed and next week we will see replanting in Cromer Parade. This replanting has been necessary as the outside contractors did not look after the original plantings like our staff did on Canterbury & Parker.

Watch out too for some new landscaping adjacent the path between Arundel Street and Victoria Street. The land has been cleared already in preparation of landscaping with I understand at least one tree being planted with the capacity to become significant.

 

 

Black Forest Public Art Consultation

As I have indicated to most people over the weekend who received a letter last week from Council that the content in the letter was not as I, nor our CEO had expected.

In error we informed we would be doing the proposed art rather than seeking your input into the design and locations. 

As my blog title indicates I am here to represent you and advocate for you, which is exactly what I have done to right the confusion that the letter has created. I have spoken with our CEO and he has re-affirmed that we will be listening to what you, my neighbours, have to say.
He promised me on Saturday to prepare a letter apologizing for the confusion and seeking to clarify what we are seeking with you to achieve. I expect a letter may be mailed out tomorrow so watch your letter boxes.
Indeed, if I understand correctly, he has already received enough feedback on the Canterbury Terrace regrowth tree sculpture to meet his promise not to proceed with it if this is what you want. Not sure if has received many yet on the Cowper Road art.
Depending on what might come in on Cowper I believe we will likely formally seek input in November after the end of the caretaker mode caused by the elections. Seems the original letter should not have gone out under the caretaker provisions as our administration are not permitted to conduct a public consultation during this period.
Really. Conducting my business, even with all the red tape I am exposed to pales when compared to the red tape council has to endure. It (the red tape) is one of the contributing factors behind some of the mistakes we (as an organisation) make from time to time.
Watch out for his letter for confirmation of what he is offering.

Canterbury & Parker proceeding

Excavation of the filling in the verge along the rail corridor in Canterbury Terrace has been completed and loam is being delivered as we speak.

With preparation done the good part is on the way. Landscaping, including low level vegetation and the 3.0 m high trees will commence next week.

While this is happening the repaving along the other side of the line, in Parker Terrace (which administration had hoped to have occurred before now) will also commence. This includes creating new bays for tree planting, which are marked by white painted lines in the adjacent spoon drain, and paving those areas that will no longer have a tree.

I have collaborated with our staff to ensure we have a disabled carpark adjacent the southern entry into the rail station. As part of this I have ensured that there is a clear and identifiable access to the gate to the station, with landscaping either side of it.

It may be that once the project is complete there may be a need for minor adjustments to be made. Let me know if there is anything that you feel could be improved on once completed.

Hot off the Press-Canterbury & Parker Terrace Trees

Admin have just confirmed the much awaited tree replacement along Canterbury Terrace Black Forest and Parker Terrace Clarence Park is scheduled for the next few weeks.

It has been determined that the same tree will be used on both sides of the rail corridor. It is the Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ as per the picture below. I have been advised that these trees will be 3.0 m high when planted which is fantastic news. There will also be low level vegetation.

The trees in Parker Terrace will located such that we will create more carparks than there used to be with bollards located to protect the trees. This will result in paving repairs being undertaken along Parker as well.

As I expect you already aware there will be no footpath and bike path along the fence of the rail corridor in Canterbury. I understand the trees in Canterbury will be planted opposite those in Parker.

Black Forest Residents Alert

After our recent ward briefing last week our Administration has prepared this schedule of works resulting from the recent Black Forest LATM consultation survey.

In the chart WB refers to Ward Briefing. As you will see Jennie and I have ensured some issues, identified as low priority have been bought forward. They are all easy to implement and low cost. The bid ticket item is the one being delayed pending more information from DPTI about what they will be doing with South Road.

Work on South Road is likely (in my opinion) to occur in 2 to 3 years at best and hence we have held back on what would have been the big cost of implementing the LATM

Description/Street Recommended Priority (from Consultant Report) Timing
Byron Road (slow points) Medium (3-5 years) As per the Council endorsement, changes to slow points will be considered upon DPTI’s confirmation on the future of South Road
Canterbury Terrace High (1-3 years) The work request has been issued to A&I refer the item A38 of Goodwood Sth ward briefing
East Avenue High (1-3 years) Pedestrian ‘Kerb Build outs’ -Concept designs are being prepared – Concept to be available by end of July/ early August – a Work Request will be issued to A&I following the concept design work.
Additional Parking Restrictions  Medium (3-5 years) Additional Parking controls at Dryden Road and Hartland Avenue – A work will be issued to A&I by end of June with an aim to install the signs by end of July. (although a Medium priority, direction at WB is to proceed with recommendation)
Byron Road and Cowper Road –
Local Shops Access 
Low ( 5 years and beyond) Negotiation will be undertaken with the shopping centre owner/manager as per the Council endorsement – commencement from late August 2014  (although a Low priority, direction at WB is to proceed with recommendation)

Canterbury & Parker Terrace Planting not far away

Working from home can have advantages in that I can spy Council people hovering around. This morning I caught two looking at the pavers in the carpark bays at the southern end of Parker Terrace this morning.

They were checking out the pavers in this area I believe with a view to determining if to repair them and re-level them before or after the planting. If where up to me I would re-level the paving and then do the planting. Less chance of damaging the trees that way.

Anyway the good news is this is evidence to me that we will see some action on these town streets soon. It may be that the paving work is to be scheduled to commence in the next two weeks. Planting I expect will follow soon after.

This is of course something I can confirm at our next Ward Briefing, which is scheduled for Thursday week. So keep an eye on the two roads and this blog site for further news.

Canterbury Terrace approved

An amended motion from the one recommended by Council’s admin put forward by Jennie and I was unanimously approved at Council last Monday night in front of a number of Goodwood South residents who made  the journey up to Fullarton Park Community Centre to witness Council in action.

The motion that was unanimously approved reads as follows:
That:
1. The report be received.
2. The proposed changes (as outlined in Attachment 1 to Item 1110/14) at the intersection of Canterbury Terrace and East Avenue be implemented.
3. The existing verge area be replanted with the selected tree species and understory.
4. Staff continue to monitor bicycle traffic in both Canterbury Terrace and through the intersection at East Avenue and report back to Council in 12 months.
5. The community originally consulted on the matter and all other respondents be notified of the Council’s decision.
6. The ‘No Parking” Zone be retained in Canterbury Terrace.
Items 3,4 & 5 were added by us as we, along with a few residents are not convinced the staff’s recommendation for getting cross East Avenue is workable, that the planting selection needed to be noted with residents feeling that this was being ignored, and because there has been a lot of interest in this issue and people who contributed needed to be kept in the loop and not find out when work begins.
Item 6 was included at the last minute thanks to an observation by a resident on the night.
The work has been budgeted for and planting WILL occur, along with the adjacent Parker Avenue during the current planting season, somewhere between now and September.

Canterbury Terrace Finally comes before Council

Just in time from my return from a short holiday the long awaited and much debated solution to make Canterbury Terrace safer with the advent of the bike riders from the Government’s Greenways Project is set to come before Council at our upcoming meeting.

After much public debate we (the elected members) we have two options to decide between. One of these will be (from memory) option 3, the extension of the Greenways bike track which will relocate the trees further out from the track. This option you will recall is a two way option, keeping the left turn from East Avenue.

Since the consultation however our admin have secured what they believe to be reliable data of bike traffic movement using Canterbury Terrace. Word is the traffic volume, even if 5 times more than what it is, does not warrant doing any work other than cleaning up the East Avenue crossing to facilitate bikes and pedestrians getting safely across east Avenue to Cromer Parade, which no-one is yet to see.

So the second option, which is the recommended option (Option 1 in the agenda), will be to leave Canterbury Terrace as it is, except for changes to alignments at East Avenue. This of course is far from what the consultants felt would be necessary and it goes without saying will also keep the left hand turn from East Avenue.

Sounds like a suitable solution/recommendation eve though our Administration were not keen to let you know about it first which provides little opportunity for you to determine if there are concerns or not. I am not happy that this is the case but I reckon the vast majority of you will probably agree with it.

Here is a link to the report on the Council Website the meeting agenda, providing you with the opportunity, albeit fleeting, to advise any concerns you may have before it is considered by Council.

http://www.unley.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/minutesAgendas/Council%20Agenda%20April%202014-1.pdf

If you do have concerns let me know.

Canterbury Terrace comes before Council this month

Our administration has confirmed today that Canterbury Terrace WILL be coming to Council this month.

The final detail is being finalised as we speak. It will be submitted for edification to management by the end of this week, which is the timeline in order for it to be part of this month’s agenda.


I expect the report may include information on the number of cyclists using the Greenways path and therefore the number of cyclists using this intersection. This will obviously inform the final recommendation put to Council.

Council meets net on Monday 28th April. The agenda for the meeting is due to be posted on the Council website the previous Thursday. This is the same day it is becomes available to elected members.

With Friday being Anzac Day I expect this will be bought forward to the Wednesday.

I invite you to check it out and let me know your thoughts prior to Council considering it.

PS   And I confirm I still expect the two way solution to be recommended.

Traffic Woes become Elected Member Woes

This blog is prompted by the article in this weeks Eastern Courier Messenger and reaffirms observations in my previous recent blogs on the Black Forest LATM and the Canterbury Terrace options for connectivity to East Avenue.

Unfortunately the Eastern Courier reported has not picked up on the facts with Canterbury Avenue and has inadvertently misquoted Jennie and I on the dead ends of streets of Black Forest with South Road.

So even though I have blogged on this previously hear are the facts again;

1   The State Government is going to turn (eventually) South Road into a non-stop road which means at least restricted access to and from side streets connecting with it.
2   We have received advice that this may mean that what I thought might be the case, no right hand turns in or out, may wind up being no access period, by way of creating dead ends. Either way traffic into and out of Black Forest is going to be significantly restricted.
3   So if Dryden Road, Cowper Road, Byron Road, Forest avenue become dead ended it will be the State Government doing it, not Council.
4   I personally pushed for a change in the proposed motion at last weeks Council meeting to delay doing any work (ie spending money) on Byron Road until we could ascertain what the Government’s intentions are.
5   Council are not considering a one way option for Canterbury Avenue. It is actually considering  a two way option and this is likely to come before Council in April for approval.
6   The Consultant encouraged Council to consider the one way option but Council does not have to do what the Consultants recommend and as noted in 5 above …. aren’t.

So beyond that and speaking on Jennie’s behalf without asking her first we are both of the view that Canterbury Terrace have a two way intersection with East Avenue.