Forestville LATM sent back to consultant

The report on the Forestville LATM by GTA Consultants was presented to Council last night.

 

A thorough report I would suggest by GTA Consultants has identified all issues from recent traffic surveys conducted by Council and the public consultation last year.The report is a holistic report, identifying all issues in the Forestville, Everard Park zone.

The report is not just about Leah Street, or what the recent installation of speed cushions has meant to Everard Avenue and First and Second Avenues. It covers an area bounded by the tram corridor to the south, Anzac Highway in the west, Leader Street to the north and the train corridor to the east.

The report has suggested a series of possible solutions to the problems identified  by residents and the traffic survey. It (the Forestville LATM report) then summarizes what they believe to be the preferred suite of solutions.

The consultants have determined a program that realistically is a 10 year program to implement.

Of interest to this Councillor, being the representative of the ward to the south of this area, is the speed cushions and  the observations about public transport.

On the first of these observations we sent the report back last night to have 3 specific options recommended for further public consultation, rather than the suite that have been put in front of us thus far. 3 options which include a group of complimentary initiatives. 3 options that include on the one hand the removal of the cushions, and one leaving them in place.

As far reaching as the report goes the impetus behind this LATM was the installation of the speed cushions and the removal of similar in Everard Avenue. So we (your elected body) want to ensure they remain the focal point of future discussion.

The question of public transport I will address in a separate blog post.

The public engagement area, much to the chagrin of those living south of the tram line, will remain the same as it was for the first consultation. I understand the rationale for this because to widen the consultation area begs the question, where do we set the boundaries. Do we extend it all the way to say Cross Road to catch users of East Avenue. Why not further down Winston Avenue.

Having said that Jennie and I are keen that those outside (south) of the area get a say and invite you to make observations about the speed cushions which have aggravated most of you since they were installed.

Leah Street speed cushions the focus of a new LATM.

Having learnt from the forerunner to a whole of suburb LATM pioneered by your Goodwood South Councillors in Black Forest we now have a whole of suburb LATM in Forestville and Everard Park.

The second of a number of City Wide LATM’s this one is bought about by the widespread condemnation, including from Goodwood South residents of the use of the speed cushions in Leah Street.

Provided at the request of Leah Street residents and without consideration of the likely impact on neighbouring streets and indeed the inconvenience of their southern neighbours in Black Forest, Clarence Park and Millswood I expect they will be a focus of the LATM.

Public Consultation has commenced, with letters going to all residents of Forestville and Everard Park. While Black Forest, Clarence Park and Millswood residents will not be recipients of these letters they can contribute to the survey.

There are a number of ways you can participate:
  • Completing an on-line feedback form, or
  • If a local resident who received the letter mentioned above: Attending a Community Meeting/Workshop on 24 August 2014 between 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, at the Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034. 
    At the workshop, you will be able to share your knowledge and concerns about local traffic and parking issues as well as put forward any ideas you have about potential actions to address the problems. Your views will be helpful in assisting Council to address the traffic issues for the area. 
    Interested residents will also have an opportunity to become part of a Community Reference Group (CRG) who will work with council staff and consultants to develop traffic options for the study area. More information on the CRG will be provided at the workshop.In order to assist us for catering purposes, if you are thinking of attending the workshop, can you please RSVP by Friday, 15 August 2014 to Justine Short on:Email: [email protected]

I encourage Goodwood South residents, whether from Black Forest, Clarence Park or Millswood to participate. In so doing let council know your address (or at least your suburb) so they can value appropriately your opinion.

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)

Goodwood South leads the way as $500,000 being committed to solve Unley’s traffic woes

Yes. As the storey by Emmie Dowling in this weeks Eastern Courier says Council is looking to conduct a series of 6 local area traffic management surveys. Once complete the 6 surveys will have cost us $ 500,000 and will have covered the entire City of Unley.

And once again the west is leading the way, the example being the recent Black Forest Local Area Traffic Management survey. This was an initiative of Goodwood South’s proactive local Councilors; yours truly and my co-Councillor Jennie.

We successfully lobbied for the Black Forest LATM in the current year’s budget, having believed we had successfully lobbed for it last year. This study has been completed and a number of recommendations are ready to be implemented with a budget allocated for their completion. Regular readers of the blog will be aware that uncertainty over what the State Government have in store for the interaction of our suburban streets with South Road is delaying the start of the major components of the plan.

The next area to have an LATM is the Forestville area in Goodwood Ward. This is the area where a lack of a proper LATM saw the installation of speed humps in Leah Street demonstrating the need for properly conducted LATM’s.

It is nice to be ahead of the pack and leading the way.

What is happening with the Back Forest LATM & Byron Road

Last Month I reported that Council approved the recommendations from the exhaustive Black Forest LATM we undertook last year. I reported also last week that Canterbury Terrace has also now the green light for modifications to address bicycle safety.

Most of the recommendations from the LATM have been programmed to be executed. The work in Byron Road however, which attracted the largest funding requirement was, as I noted, put on hold pending advice from the State Government of their intentions for South Road.

The story is that the State Government wants South Road (in time) to be a non stop express way. To facilitate this it may be that all suburban streets intersecting with South Road may become dead ends.

At my request our administration is seeking information for the State Government’s relevant department (DPTI) as to what is planned for South Road. The reason is we do not want to be wasting the rates you pay council doing the recommended work on Byron Road if it quickly becomes obsolete because the Government has plans for the streets that intersect with South Road that make this work redundant.

We are still waiting for a firm commitment as to what they are doing but it appears the design work will take the rest of this year to complete. That being the case it may be that we (Council) may need to wait until the end of the year (when a new Council will commence) before committing to do anything on Byron Road.

Leah Street Traffic Malaise to be Investigated

There would not be many people in the Goodwood Ward of the City of Unley, or my ward Goodwood South, who have not been inconvenienced by the speed cushions that were installed in Leah Street, Forestville last year. This was clearly a mistake on our part.

Of course not only did we (the elected members) decide to have these cushions  installed, but our administration (in their infinite wisdom) decided to not replace the speed humps in Everard Terrace after road works.

The end result is we created a traffic nightmare for residents in the streets adjacent Leah Street. We could have simply reversed our decision and I would have been happy to do just that.

There have been other issues that have become apparent in the area however and it is appropriate that we go back to scratch and look at the whole area and determine what is an appropriate solution for traffic management in the whole Forestville precinct. This means undertaking a Local Area Traffic Management Program (LATM). This is like the survey we recently undertook in Black Forest.

This came before Council this week and the following motion which was unanimously approved is our response.

MOVED Councillor Schnell 
SECONDED Councillor Palmer 

That: 

1. The report be received. 

2. Council commence a Local Area Traffic Management study of the Forestville 
area bounded by South Road, Leader Street, Nairne Terrace/ Ethel Street 
and Railway Terrace/ Norman Terrace and Anzac Highway as part of the 
2013/14 traffic programme. 

So for all those affected by our error I apologise and I look forward to the LATM having actually contributed to what will be a better traffic environment for locals from what originally existed.

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.

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.

Black Forest LATM Moves to next stage

The much awaited Black Forest LATM report by Tonkin Consulting was received and considered by Council tonight.

It included a number of recommendations including for Canterbury Terrace. Council considered the recommendations excluding those for Canterbury Terrace.

As I trust most people in Black Forest are already aware Council have already proceeded with working through the issues concerning Canterbury Terrace. This is considering the clash of cars, bikes entering Canterbury Terrace from the Government’s new Greenways bike path), pedestrians crossing from the Rail Station to the Community Centre and getting our trees back.

The proposals for this are expected to be put before Council at the end of April and the one way option that Tonkin’s are asking us to consider have been. The option to be recommended to Council is likely to be the 2 way option that includes extending the Greenways path along the corridor to east Avenue with a verge with small trees and shrubs separating this from the road. More on that in April.

In light of information to hand concerning the possibility of road closures by the Government (whoever gets into power) of all Black Forest roads that intersect with South Road to facilitate their non stop South Road goal we also determined we should hold off on any decision concerning the Byron Road slow points.

We accepted that there would be little point in spending money of significance on Byron Road if it were to become a dead end in the near to mid future. Once the State election is out of the way and we know who the Government is we will then be better placed to consider the Byron Road options.

We have agreed to proceed as follows as far as the remainder of their recommendations:

ü  Council install kerb build outs at several locations along East Avenue as shown in the concept
plan.
ü  Signpost a No Stopping restriction on the southern side of Dryden Road through the bend into Gordon Road.
ü  Signpost a 2 Hour Parking restriction (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) along the eastern side of the
Hartland Avenue, between Aroha Terrace and Dunrobin Street.
ü  Discuss the practically of alternative access arrangements with the shop owners of the Black Forest Shopping Centre and mark ‘Keep Clear’ messages in Byron Road and Cowper Road.

Watch this space next month when I should be able to report on Canterbury Terrace.