A desire for plants, shade, and nature in a public open space.
Thanks for providing your feedback on our draft Concept Plan. We're now reviewing what we heard and will update you shortly.
We've used the feedback you provided us at the end of last year, to create a draft Concept Plan for the proposed pocket park on Charlotte Street. This design responds to the key themes identified from your feedback, creating a public open space with trees and greenery for the community to gather and socialise or just relax and read a book under the shade of a tree.
You can read a summary of what we heard in our first round of consultation in the section below - 'Feedback from round 1' and in our Consultation Findings Report.
In the design, we have considered aspects such as:
From Friday 28 July until Monday Monday 28 August we invited you to review the draft Concept Plan and tell us what you think. Check it out using the interactive map and by looking though our image slide and document library.
Did you know that only 12% of the overall area of central Richmond is open space?
To make sure more of our community has access to nearby open space, we’re proposing to close the western end of Charlotte Street (between Church and St Crispin streets, in front of Richmond Library) to turn it into a small pocket park.
This exciting new pocket park would reclaim the roadway and provide greenery, shade and seating, making it an area to relax in and to meet friends.
The possibility of creating a park in this location was first noted as part of the Swan Street Streetscape Masterplan in 2021. During the community consultation for the masterplan, the idea of reclaiming the roadway to create a pocket park in Charlotte Street was well-supported.
Thank you for providing your feedback on our proposal to close part of Charlotte Street in Richmond to create a new pocket park.
We received lots of interest including 256 responses to our survey, a petition opposing the proposal and a number of emails from residents. The results were very positive in favour of the park with:
Council has now considered the findings from the Stage 1 Consultation and Council staff are progressing with a concept design for the proposed park. We will then undertake another round of community consultation on the design in August 2023.
From the 256 responses to the open-ended questions, five key themes emerged and included:
A desire for plants, shade, and nature in a public open space.
The opportunity to borrow a book and read it outside, or take a break in the Pocket Park after a visit to the library.
Concerns about the impact of the proposed road closure on the traffic in neighbouring streets.
Concerns that the proposal would lead to greater competition for parking bays particularly in regards to accessibility to the library for people with a disability, families with prams or for people wishing to quickly return library books.
Many parents of children welcomed the new opportunity for a place to gather and have a snack, while some noted the need to design the space so that it discourages children from running close to Church Street.
A number of responses were concerned about the impact on traffic in and around the local streets with the proposed new park. Detailed traffic studies were conducted throughout March 2022 (when Covid-19 restrictions were not in place) by an independent consultant, Traffix Group who specialise in traffic modelling.
Read the full Consultation Report for more information.
Data for the traffic modelling was collected in March 2022 over multiple days and at multiple times including weekday peak hours, and peak times on weekends. The study period was selected outside of school holidays and any local road works were also factored into the traffic modelling.
The report indicates that the projected increase of vehicle numbers for Elm Grove, due to the closure of Charlotte Street, is estimated to be up to 500 additional cars per day.The traffic modelling shows that this is anticipated to be spread over the day as follows:
The report outlines that Elm Grove and Charles Street can accommodate up to 3,000 vehicles per day. This is known as the 'environmental capacity' of the street which is the number of cars a street can handle before the traffic volume has a negative impact on the street and its surroundings. The projected figures show that if a park was created, then the expected traffic volume for the busiest street would be 1,450 cars per day. This is approximately half of the capacity.
The proposed new park may result in a loss of 5 on-street car parks but no car parks located directly outside of residential properties will be affected.Parking in the area will be monitored into the future, and further parking reviews may need to be completed to address availability and traffic turnover once the park is constructed.
The impact of a road closure and loss of car parking would result in an average of 68% parking occupancy during the typical morning and daytime periods, and above 90% occupancy in the evening. This means there would be parking available throughout the day.
The traffic report identifies the requirement of a disabled parking bay close to the entrance of the library for any future design. This requirement will be incorporated into the design of the park.
The report also indicates that the proposed new park will provide benefits for pedestrians and cyclists, such as a continuous footpath along Church Street, more opportunities for greening, shade and seating opportunities and additional bike parking.
Informal, individual or group seating, playful and sculptural seating elements
Such as deciduous and native trees for shade
For small gatherings or to have lunch
In and around the park for safety and atmosphere
With flowers and different foliage textures and character
Elements integrated into the overall design
Hoops will be included in the design
Grassed areas for sitting, relaxing or playing
Bins to cater for park users
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