Hampton Street Upgrade to Proceed

20 February 2013

Council has deferred plans to create pedestrian outstands and a plaza in Hampton Street following opposition to the loss of on-street parking.

Mayor Stephen Hartney said Council will proceed instead with modified plans that will upgrade the existing footpath areas between Crisp and Willis streets with no impact on parking.

“Council received 676 responses to a survey on the extent of the overall upgrade planned for Hampton Street and options for the corner of Hampton Street and Service Street. The response favoured the option to minimise any loss of parking.

“It was initially proposed that sections of footpaths would be widened to create more space for street trees, furniture and public art as part of a masterplan to make Hampton Street more attractive and appealing to shoppers.

“The masterplan seeks to achieve a balance between provision of parking and opportunities to improve pedestrian safety, reduce the volume and speed of traffic along Hampton Street and enhance the amenity and character of Hampton Street.

“Consultation for the masterplan in 2010/11 was supportive of proposals to upgrade footpaths, improve pedestrian links, plant additional street trees, install new street furniture and improve traffic management.

“Unfortunately, the full suite of improvements detailed in the Masterplan could not be achieved without the loss of some on-street car parks,” Cr Hartney said.

It is anticipated that Stage 1 of the works will commence in March. Footpaths will be replaced with smooth, dark grey coloured concrete with feature saw cuts. New street furniture and garden beds will be installed and consistent new signage will promote the features of the shopping strip.

Council will also write to VicRoads requesting resurfacing of Hampton Street and a 40km/hr speed zone in the shopping precinct.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services Mr Steven White said there will be some inconvenience to traders and shoppers while we undertake the works.

“We will make every effort to minimise any disruption to trade and ensure that access along the street is maintained at all times during trading hours,” he said.

Further information about the Hampton Street Masterplan is available at www.bayside.vic.gov.au/hamptonstreet or by phoning 9599 4444.

Page last updated: 20 Feb 2013