What has initiated this project?
This project responds to the Greville and King Streets Improvement Plan which Council developed based on previous community feedback. The project seeks to improve the pedestrian amenity along these streets by widening kerbs, increasing greenery and lighting and encouraging more street dining/ trade.
The designs initially developed from trader and resident concerns relating to Greville Street’s gradual loss of ‘character’, ‘commercial edge’ and ‘pedestrian amenity’. Throughout the design process, one of the main objectives of the project has been to facilitate and improve the economic viability of the streets by creating more pedestrian-friendly and healthier streets. This can be achieved by creating a better balance between pedestrian space, greenery, traffic and parking.
Has any engagement occurred before starting the pop up project?
· Dedicated webpage, stonnington.vic.gov.au/grevilleking
· Leader Newspaper advertisement for concept development (July 2015)
· InStonnington advertisements
· Online and hard copy surveys for feedback on the initial concept designs (July 2015)
· Information sessions on the initial concept designs (July 2015)
· Pop-ups in Greville Street based on the initial concept designs (July 2015)
· Signage, communication materials and on-site decals
· Letter to owners, residents and traders (February 2016)
· Council Report (April 2016)
· Letter drop to residents (May 2016)
What is the intent of pop up temporary trial?
There is synthetic turf and café barriers along Greville Street, are they temporary?
In relation to the café barriers along Greville Street, Council installed these to protect pedestrians using the increased width footpath/café trading areas in the temporary form only. The ultimate design does not propose to have these along the extent of the carriageways.
What was the reason for changing the traffic flow?
The changes to Porter Street from one-way south bound to one-way north bound was a requirement by Metro Trains and Public Transport Victoria to improve the safety of the rail crossing/intersection.
Traffic engineers are studying these changes throughout the trial and will be making further recommendations on the success of these changes in the coming months. This information will be made available to the community.
How does this project affect my business?
As there are many influences at play within any public space, Council decided to test the changes prior to committing to any permanent implementation.So far, the street pop-up has allowed us to gather some very useful information and we will be running community engagement sessions on this project late July to early August as we are keen to work with traders and business owners to get a positive outcome for all.
Why have some car spaces been replaced with trees, public space or street dining spaces?