Sometimes the government consultations on planning can be well run. This looks like one of the good ones.
The ACT Government, that is Minister Meegan Fitzharris, has released new draft designs for the upgrade of the Brierly Street and Trenerry Square urban spaces – the open space situated across the street to the west of Cooleman Court in Weston.
Back in June there were community consultations on this with the design team headed by Redbox Design Group who are commissioned to deliver the landscape design (good to see locals on the job). The draft design work is available online – see links below.
According to the Minister’s media release the locals outlined the following priorities: Improve accessibility, provide a cycle connection along Brierly Street, street furniture, lighting and shelter from the elements, and landscaping.
The most significant change being considered is to close off access to the car park from Brierly Street to Trenerry Square – which should then deliver an improved public square.
Based on a first read of the plans it definitely seems that pedestrian access is improved, along with seating, bike racks and shading from trees (we like that).
The media release hints at some longer term improvement that include:
- a shared zone on Brierly Street adjacent to Trenerry Street to prioritise pedestrian and cyclist movements;
- better connections for pedestrians with a crossing on Liardet Street that links to a central path through the car park to the public space and the shared zone;
- cycleway connection to the Streeton Drive cycleway;
- widened verges and new trees.
Want to see more?
Then go to the government information page (click here) and note the following
- There are some dates for on-site consultations with the design team, times and dates online – ranging over three days – Thursday 1st– Saturday 3rd September.
- There are very good planning documents to be downloaded to the right – under the term Document Library.
- And finally – on the same page (click here), there is a survey for you to provide comments.
There are several methods outlined by which you can respond and they are set out on the page (click here) under the heading ‘Have your say’.
Please note: This latest stage of the consultation finishes Tuesday 4th October 2016.
Highly recommend you allocate time to this. The plans online are useful as they contain loads of details and the time lines and the various means by which you can respond should be enough for people to have their say.
Always interested in the design of our urban spaces – so we will be watching how this progresses.
FYI: My former comments on Cooleman Court are here.