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?

    Yes, engagement with the community has been extensive. Below you can find the list of the overall consultation undertaken before starting the temporary pop-up treatment.
    ·  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?

    The intent of the trial is to gather as much community opinion prior to Council investing significant funding to implementing permanent changes. The trial of changed conditions also allows Council to modify the designs to what will ultimately create better functioning streets for pedestrians and cars. We will be undertaking a formal community engagement program towards the end of July, where you will be able to respond to this project.

    There is synthetic turf and café barriers along Greville Street, are they temporary?

    The synthetic turf installed in Greville and Porter Streets is not permanent. It has been installed to merely reflect the space. The ultimate designs propose widened footpaths in these areas for dining, trade, trees, garden beds and extra pedestrian spaces and will be constructed with high quality treatments and furniture similar to the finishes in the recently constructed Grattan Gardens.

    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?

    Council has been working closely with traffic engineers to improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians. Safety can be achieved by reducing the ’rat running’ along Greville Street by closing King Street from traffic, reversing Porter Street to one-way North bound between Greville street and Commercial Road, and also creating one-way traffic flow along Greville Street between Porter Street and Izett Street. This change in traffic flow also reduces conflict points at the Izett Street intersection which has been an ongoing issue, confusing pedestrians and drivers alike.

    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?

    Early on in the design process, Council undertook a social and commercial impact assessment which made some comments on how the changes might improve the commercial viability of Greville Street. This report can be found at connectstonnington.vic.gov.au/grevilleandking

    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?

    In order to improve the balance between traffic flows, pedestrian spaces and greenery, the designs are proposing to replace seven car spaces on Greville Street and six car spaces in King Street to allow for an avenue of trees and additional greenery and increased opportunities for people to stop and interact and enjoy the street. It is understood that creating these types of environments will over time encourage more people to the area and in turn, improve the economic viability of the area.