Council staff presented three new options to Jennie and I yesterday at our monthly Ward Briefing. All three options allowed for cars to travel 2 ways. Safety concerns surrounded two of the options however.
Staff have responded to the overwhelming concerns about the East Avenue intersection being restricted to one way for cars in order to save the trees. They put forward three options.
Two of the options had cars competing with bikes which all at the meeting felt was a safety risk we should not take. One of these options allowed parking along the rail corridor but no landscaping. The other allowed landscaping but prevented parking.
The third option allowed for the bike path (greenways) to extend all the way to East Avenue. The greenways of course is a State Government project and we find ourselves looking at an option for the sake of road safety that we would not have had to entertain had it not been for the Government’s greenways project.
Of course finding a solution to joint road use and this is one road that does present that way is something that fits the 30 year plan we developed out of the the Community of Possibilities Public Consultation last year.
Unfortunately this 3rd proposal reduces parking along Canterbury Terrace. I say unfortunately because parking in and around the Community Centre on the corner of Canterbury and East Avenue is another major concern identified by residents at our recent public meetings.
To address parking concerns we have asked staff to look at Parker Terrace to see if we can convert the current parallel parking in Parker Terrace to angled parking. Initial investigations suggest this is possible but a full review is needed to see if it is indeed feasible.
This option will allow a narrow verge between the cars and the bikes which can be planted with trees similar to those you have all had an opportunity to comment on.
The other obstacles with this option will see the gum trees (two maybe three by my reckoning) at risk of being removed and there may be an issue, having just walked the road myself, with off street parking for residents.
So progress is being made but we are far from able to present workable solutions for further comment from you. This means that nothing will happen for a while except the ash trees, which we all know are dead or dying, can be removed.
When we have something we will go back to you and seek your further feedback because the best option needs all of us to contribute to.
The 4 Node meetings with residents along the rail corridor to discuss how council may re vegetate the areas along and/or adjacent the corridor are about to happen. This is Councils opportunity to give the residents an amenity, in many cases destroyed by DPTI as they carried out their various projects within the corridor.
Council identified 4 “nodes” that have particular circumstances requiring particular solutions rather than try to come up with a generic solution along the entire length of the corridor within our City boundaries.
Residents in the Cowper Street vicinity will have a meeting with DPTI this week. If this goes well Council will take the opportunity to turn this meeting into a node meeting.
Canterbury and Parker Terrace residents will be next, maybe later this month. The date will be worked out between Council and DPTI at a joint admin meeting this week. The Cromer Parade node and the Goodwood Junction (Devon Street, Richard Street etc) node will follow.
Addressing part of the LATM for Black Forest is part of the Canterbury, Parker Terrace “node”. A mid week meeting is being planned, and it is expected we should be able to conduct this at the Clarence Park Community Centre in Canterbury Terrace.
Black Forest Residents will be asked shortly to attend a public forum in the Clarence Park Community Centre to discuss options that have been designed by our staff to address the various issues identified in the recent Local Area Traffic Management survey.
Thank you to everyone who participated, and who will again at the forum. Invitations will go out shortly for this.
Council and DPTI officers have been working on options for the re-vegetation of the Canterbury and Parker Terrace region of the Rail Corridor, the Clarence Park Railway Station precinct.
I expect that maybe as early as next week residents will be contacted to meet with us at an open forum, possibly at the adjacent Clarence Park Community Centre, to view and provide observations on two, maybe three options for the re-vegetation of the rail corridor environs.
Keep an eye on your letter box. This is possibly the single most impactful thing that has or will occur in our little strip so I trust we will all make a point of coming along and contributing.
I have had a briefing on the options and I am happy to say the foundations are there in my opinion for a solution that, with your help, will make our area a good one. The options have I might add been influenced (in Canterbury Terrace at least) by Council’s recent LATM of Black Forest.
The options all attempt to address not just re-vegetation , but providing parking for the Community Centre and safe use of the road (Canterbury) for both cars and bikes.
The only thing holding up progress right now, as can be seen in another of my posts today is confirmation of the mast locations for the electrification of the line. I had expected they would be available by now but?
I don’t know about you but I am keen to see our little neck of the woods take shape. The sooner the better.
The upgrade of the Princess Margaret Playground has been completed and my family celebrated with a baptism party. The upgrade includes the installation of a BBQ which was an election promise I have pursued.
The playground has more work to finish it however. The heritage listed arbour needs restoring and this will occur shortly. And I noticed today we already have some maintenance to do. The entrance gate is no self latching right now. That clearly needs fixing and there is some broken beer bottle glass that needs removing.
Jennie & I have had a briefing on the results of the recent Black Forest LATM survey.
The overall speed and volumes measured during the survey period have been viewed from a raid traffic engineer’s point of view as acceptable. There is therefore no pressing need for any speed control restrictions or awareness of addressing volumes.
Concerns expressed earlier this year by a resident near Aroha Terrace are close to resolution.
Further to my update earlier this week I thank the 20 or so people who attended either of the two forums held this week in the Town Hall.
Jennie and I attended both and we were impressed with the quality of the contribution provided by you. Issues were identified and a number of solutions suggested, which is appreciated. Submissions have been received by mail including electronic. I also have received 2 submissions, which I have passed onto staff for evaluation.
The submissions by and large have grouped in the southern section of Black Forest, centering around Byron Avenue and Cowper.
We have also, resulting from that exercise, had some of those people volunteer to be part of a resident representative group.
Whilst we await the last of the submissions you have for us we look forward to working with these people as move into the next stage of the program.
An issue has been identified that is a future challenge and that will concern the amount of cycle traffic on Canterbury Terrace. It will be interesting to see how we determine what the impact is likely to be and obviously the solutions to manage what will obviously become a shared road.
By now you should have received advice from Council regarding input from you into the effectiveness of the street network that is Black Forest.
I encourage everyone to participate in this exercise as this will be our best chance to get the best out of our Black Forest Streets. While they should be directed to our administration I have personally received one response and have passed it on.
There are two forums, one this afternoon (2.00pm at the Unley Civic Centre) that I will be heading off shortly to attend and one tomorrow night, at the Unley Civic Centre between 6 and 8.00pm.
As I noted in my last blog post on this topic Jennie and I have put a budget request forward so that we can implement the most urgent things that come out of the review in next financial year. So please take the opportunity.
The long awaited, as far as I am concerned and I know likewise some residents in Black Forest, LATM for Black Forest has commenced.
Our administration have been active this year obtaining traffic counts (speed, numbers of cars, accident counts etc) for the entire Black Forest network of streets. The will happen shortly – perhaps in the next two weeks send out a survey to residents to gain a feeling of the issues you have in your streets.
This will include a public meeting perhaps in mid march at a yet to be determined venue where we will reinforce the communities thoughts.
The resulting proposals will be put before you again before being put to Council for a decision. If the process moves smoothly I expect Council may see it at its May meeting.
Jennie and I are putting a budget submission forward to implement at least the highest priorities in the next financial year.
We have a chance to save a part of the history of Black Forest when Council next meets. If you want to be part of this come along and let Council know you care.
Kate Hubmayer cares. She is asking to present a deputation to Council at our next meeting, which will be on Monday 25th February at the Unley Civic Centre, commencing at 7.00pm.
The deputation will be early and I expect the item for decision will likely be early too.
So what part of the history of Black Forest are we focusing on. We are looking to heritage list at least one of the two Grey Box trees at the rear of a Winifred Avenue property abutting (at the southern end) the Black Forest Primary School Forest Avenue Reserve.
These two trees are both classified regulated trees under the Development Act but they are more than just significant. They are Eucalyptus Microcarpa trees and as far as I can make out they are the only remaining remnants of the species after which Black Forest was named.
The motion will be looking at whether or not the trees, or at least one of them, be placed on the heritage register. This would set a precedent as no tree has been added to the register since it was adopted over 30 years ago.
It has been suggested that our premier Jay Wetherill saw the trees on a visit to the school whilst he was still Education Minister and he commented that the trees ‘must be protected and incorporated into the reserve’. Incorporating them into the reserve is another issue to explore in the future but at the very least we should give them heritage status first.
Come along and provide support for Kate as she encourages Council to vote to save the trees.
This weekend Jennie & I met with a number of residents in these streets and discussed issues/concerns that some of them have.
It was great to see that there are still suburban streets where most people in the street know each other, like I remember in the good old days.
As your representatives we are happy to take up the causes discussed and advocate with the appropriate people in council on your behalf. I am framing the necessary communications to go to our management tomorrow.
A number of residents expressed similar concerns about road safety in this area and I am pleased to confirm that we will be conducted a Local Area Traffic Management Survey shortly, having successfully lobbied for such to be included in the current year’s budget.
I expect to be able to report on the commencement of this study shortly.
The results of the consultation on the Dunrobin Street Streetscape are in.
There is a clear majority NOT in favour of removing the trees in this street and replacing them with a new species. Not that I was around way back but I believe this is in keeping with a previous survey some years back.
We have also received summaries of the independent arborist report on all the trees in this street and the building inspection report on cracking in houses suspected to be caused by trees in the street. These reports indicated
1 That two trees do need removal due to poor health and structure and some need pruning.
2 The concerns regarding cracking are ill founded.
Jennie and I will be discussing and reviewing this at our ward briefing later this week with senior management from Council’s administration.
If you are wondering what is happening about repairs to the Arbour at Princess Margaret Playground we have been awaiting a report on its historical significance first, noting that the measures reportde on at the beginning of last month at least have made it safe.
I can say that we have uncovered evidence of it’s historical significance and as a result we will investigating repairs that be sympathetic to this. Once this is done we will cal tenders for repair works.
By the way. We have saught with the Minister of Planning to have it added to our list of Local Heritage Places.
If you live in Dunrobin Street you would already know that residents have their chance to have a say after the receipt of an Arborists Report and a Building Inspection Report.
Anyone in Dunrobin Street reading this post and has not sent in their response to our survey, please do it now because you only have until Friday of next week, the 2nd November.
All trees removed simultaneously in Year 1?
After an arbicultural assessment of all the trees in Dunrobin Street and a structural report on two houses in this street thought to be damaged by trees, we should soon be in a position to move forward on the issues raised with the trees in Dunrobin Street.
I had forgotten to write about a briefing Jennie & I had a bit over a week ago until talking with one of the residents in Dunrobin Street earlier today.
We were (Jennie & I) given a plan of the trees showing which ones needed attention, including only two who would likely be recommended for removal and replacement. We were also given a verbal briefing regarding the structural status of the two houses.
I expect we will soon be in a position to have a recommendation going forward that we can put to the residents in the street.
A quick note to let everyone who uses the Princess Margaret Playground that the temporary works to make the structure safe for ongoing use commenced today. We had hoped to have it available for the weekend but unfortunately it will be Monday before we can achieve that.
I have just received news that the damage is extensive and a major. Repairs are likely to be expensive and approval the required from council as it is not included in our budget.
This therefore may take some time to be completed.
Temporary engineer designed propping will be provided in the meantime to allow the park to remain open and usable. Once done it will be safe for everyone to still use the park.
I have asked our depot if this can be done before the weekend.
While Council awaits the results of the survey mentioned in my last blog the Playground is in the news for a different reason.
Having been alerted that there is structural cracking in the concrete cross beams that support the shade structure and vines within Princess Margaret Playground and being a building inspector I have been around to check it for myself.
There is evidence of concrete cancer in one beam. The reinforcing in the beam is probably rusting and it is likely that repairs will be needed. Whilst it has been reinforced by external steel angles it is appropriate that the area be bunted off preventing public access.