Franklin Parade Pedestrian Improvement Concept Options go to council

GREAT PLACE TO WORK: Business owners on Franklin Parade Ray Carroll and Ashley McCallum.
GREAT PLACE TO WORK: Business owners on Franklin Parade Ray Carroll and Ashley McCallum.

City of Victor Harbor are addressing road safety concerns on Franklin Parade.

Elected members considered Franklin Parade Pedestrian Improvement Concept Options and have endorsed a concept option 3, which is a hybrid detailed design, which will take into account community comments in relation to option 1 and option 2.

However council will not proceed to the Option 3 detailed design of Franklin Parade pedestrian improvements, as it has been adjourned to enable a workshop with Elected Members before the matter is brought back to a subsequent council meeting. At the September council meeting this was supported with the casting vote of the Mayor Moira Jenkins.

Both concept options address the safety of pedestrians that cross the road in front of the Yilki Shops through the use of kerb protuberances to facilitate a safer crossing environment for pedestrians. Both options also include stenciled asphalt with a contrasting colour to indicate to motorists the increased pedestrian activity in this area.

Option two is a 'Whole of Street Approach' that involves the use of landscaping, widened footpaths, shared parking and protected outdoor dining areas.

Given that the Encounter Bikeway runs adjacent to Franklin Parade, bicycle lanes have been excluded from the proposed new concepts. Both concept options would require the street lighting to be upgraded.

Public Consultation for the Franklin Parade pedestrian improvement concept options commenced in March and was undertaken online and with targeted letter drops to key stakeholders, including the three shops (Yilki Shops) and surrounding residential properties.

Franklin Parade.

Franklin Parade.

Consultation was open for four weeks, during which council received 21 responses. Nineteen of the responses were from Encounter Bay residents, the remaining three responses were residents of the City of Victor Harbor.

Six responses preferred option one, four responses preferred option two, nine responses preferred a combination of both and two responses preferred to do nothing.

The comments provided in the responses included safety concerns over the option two proposal of the footpath and road at the same level, liked to see more parking, positive feedback on the proposed improved pedestrian safety, option two is an overkill and a waste of money, provide a shelter over the tables and chairs and more rubbish bins, retain the current set back parking arrangement (layby lane) on the ocean side, unnecessary expense, Yilki area would benefit from a "tidying" up not a "tarting" up.

Owner operator of the Beach House on Franklin Parade Ray Carroll said whatever options were undertaken, he hoped it would have vision.

"We cannot afford to lose more car parking. Council needs to capitalise on this unique location and magnificent views that we have on Franklin Parade," Mr Carroll said.

"Any other seaside town would have decking on the seaside of the street and angle parking would be preferred. The speed needs to be reduced."

Currently the speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour.

Operator of the Yliki Store Ashley McCallum agreed with Mr Carroll.

"We are fortunate to have a business at this great location in Encounter Bay. The area is bicycle and pedestrian friendly, which must be maintained. It gives great access for families to come here and utilise the beach," Mr McCallum said.

The community comments had elected members re-think the options and come up with an option 3, which will come back to council to be endorsed.

CEO Victoria MacKirdy said it was important to get the design right.

"The funds to do the project is not in the next budget, but we need to endorse the design, so we can get the project shovel ready and available for funding opportunities," Ms MacKirdy said.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy.

City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy.

Records show that safety concerns for pedestrians around the Yilki shops on Franklin Parade, East of Ridgeway Street at Encounter Bay date back to 2002.

Public consultation was previously undertaken in August 2012 on pedestrian improvements and an angled parking option to provide an additional five car parks.

A report was presented to council in May 2018 providing data from a traffic survey that indicated a high level of compliance by drivers adhering to the 50 km/h speed limit.

Franklin Parade is a collector road that runs along the foreshore at Encounter Bay within a predominately residential precinct.

There are three shops located along Franklin Parade near the Ridgeway Street roundabout with parking available on both sides of the road.

Council spokesperson said the project objective is to make the interactions/conflicts between pedestrians, parking vehicles and through vehicular movements safer along the 90 metre length of Franklin Parade.

"A review of the on-street parking identified that there is insufficient width in the west bound traffic lane to provide angled parking at this location.

"Given the close proximity of the roundabout, speeding is not a concern in this area," the spokesperson said.

On August 13, the Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee recommended to council to proceed to detailed design of Franklin Parade pedestrian improvements based on the revised concept plan - option 3, with consideration for the addition of an identified access car park.

The detailed design will be finalised in 2020/21, however there is no allowance in the 2020/21 budget for construction. This will be reconsidered in future budgets.


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