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.
If you do have concerns let me know.
Once upon a time, instead of going to the movies or watching TV, people would gather to listen to someone tell a story or recite a poem. This was a custom that celebrated the beauty of the spoken word and engaged the community. The City of Unley has brought the oral storytelling tradition back to life by presenting live poetry performances in local Cafés.
- By Blackbird Coffee and Desert Cafe, Shop4, 100 King William Road, Hyde Park
- Hyde Park Bakery, 1 Mitchell St, Hyde Park
- Pellegrini Café, 169 Unley Road, Unley
- Lunch Club, Unley Shopping Centre, Unley Road
- Carnevale Coffee 114 East Avenue, Clarence Park
The west in Unley is in for a Sublime Coffee experience.
As I noted on the 20th in this blog site the third coffee shop is due to open soon. I called in today, the door was open, to talk to the owners and their volunteers as the scramble to get the shop ready for opening.
The word is, all going well, they will be open on January 7.
Two of my recent blog posts have referred to the recently installed speed cushions in Leah Street. The report on Kate Ellis’s recent street meeting and tonight’s post on the budget.
Since I reported back on June of the delay in deciding on proceeding with the pedestrian refuge we have determined that it would be presumptuous to proceed with it at this time.
Because we have (as previously reported) approved in this years budget a local area traffic management study. If you have an interest in this it is reported on in previous blogs.
It makes no sense to install a refuge until this study is completed, It can then be part of a suite of actions to address whatever comes out of the study.
An election issue raised as I pounded the streets in October of 2010 is now on the books.
I am happy to report that a Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) survey is about to commence in Black Forest. Looking at traffic safety in this area was raised by a number of residents and it became one of my election platforms.
At last months council meeting the LATM was approved to proceeed iun this years budget.
Our road safety committee meeting, which I attended as a spectator, discussed it last night and all is ready to proceed. Our Road Safety Committee wisely have determined that while we proceed with this survey that it would be prudent to delay construction of the East Avenue Pedestrian Refuge (refer previous posts this year on this one). Whilst I was looking forward to seeing this proceed it makes sense to delay it just in case the LATM reveals reasons to reconsider where it is most needed.
Amongst issues identfied that need to be investigated include school traffic generated in side/suburban streets as a result of the construction of the South Road/Anzac Highway underpass and the Tram Overpass. Also to be looked at will be the concerns experienced with the speed reduction strategy in Byron Road.
With the State Government’s Rail Electrification project set to commence in January of next year it would be prudent to have the survey completed by the end of this year. It is envisaged that will have a number of street meetings and that we might form a working party including resident representatives to work through the information gleaned from those meetings.
When I know more about when those meetings will be I will post appropriately.
By the way….on the East Avenue Refuge. Once it becomes apparent where is the best location for the refuge it is likely we will proceed with it because it is in our budget.
The agenda for the upcoming Unley Road Safety Committee does not include the East Avenue Refuge.
It is likely now to be on the agenda for July. I guess this means being patient; cant rush local government.
Obviously our administration has not yet been able to be sure the design works and the wait is therefore with it. As before….. watch this space.
The East Avenue pedestrian refuge has yet to get past our Road Safety Committee after an alternative proposal, suggested by our Administration, was not accepted.
After two public consultations, one originally at the current location and one recently adjacent Dunrobin Street, we now await some finessing on the design and advice from admin on what further public engagement will be legislatively required.
The Road Safety Committee should be in a position to make a recommendation to Council next month. And then the original aim of providing safer access across East Avenue for school children heading west to Black Forest Primary or east to Goodwood Primary or St Thomas will have been addressed.
I was informed last night that a response to the concerns over the design of the refuge at the revised location near Meredyth Street will be bought before our Road Safety committee meeting at it’s next meeting in May.
Assuming the design will work this will have to go back out to consultation. More on that later.
Jennie and I were informed at a ward briefing this week that our Managemnt intends putting a budget submission prepared for a Local Area Traffic Managment project for 2012/13 for the area bounded by Train line, South Rd, Forest Ave and East Avenue.
We asked for this for the curent budget in repsonse to requests from residnets in this area during the election.
We also understodd that it WAS included in this year’s budget and are seeking clarification of why they beleive otherwise.
Watch this space!
AND….. the line marking contractor has confirmed that the yellow box markings over rail crossing will be installed in mid – February subject to availability of TransAdelaide rail controllers.
These initiatives came from the public consultation process on the Kelvin Avenue project and to which I referred in my last Kelvin Avenue Blog.
Yes! Public Consultation does work. Initiatives prompted by residents are taken on board and this little ducky feels good about the process we underwent, even though I was frustrated by the time it took. But I guess that is local government.
A Victory for the People once again. And thanks to the resident in Frederick Street that prompted me to look at the East Avenue, Mills Street, Millswood Crescent network. And thanks to the East Avenue observer of the problems with cars stopping on the rail line in peak hour traffic.
Outcome of consultation will be reported to the Road Safety Committee at their March meeting. A recommendation will then be put to Council for consideration.
As I reported some time ago now I alerted DTEI, through our administration, that the rails the rail crossing on East Avenue was loose.
A big thank you to DTEI for commencing works on rectifying this.
Little did I realise the work entailed in effecting the repairs however. The crossing was closed at 6.00pm last night and will remain closed until 6.00 pm tomorrow night. And what a team was present to make it all happen.
And while the road may have been closed to allow work to proceed safely, the trains kept running with the worst of the work beign doen once the trains went to bed for the night.
The rail line will now be safer. Congratulations to all involved.
The yellow boxed lines I promised would happen earlier by DTEI. Not now, at least by them. We will be programming this work ourselves in the near future. Then hopefully cars will not bank across the rail line in peak traffic conditions.
This is now a step closer in that formal consultation is about to commence. The outcome of this survey will be reported to the Road Safety Committee at their November meeting.
If supported this will provide much needed safe access for residents of Black Forest (west side of East Avenue) to catch the bus that comes down East Avenue.