It no longer comes as a surprise to me that City of Fremantle officers recommend approval for a 185 sqm restaurant and 285 sqm climbing wall for the Naval Store at Cantonment Hill as part of the long-term lease to the ENKEL collective.
More and more we see the non-approvable being recommended for approval by CoF officers and that is disappointing. It is a worry because Councillors take serious notice of the expert advise of the officers, even when common sense appears to be lacking in some recommendations to the elected members.
The ENKEL item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Planning Committee but will be decided by the Western Australian Planning Committee.
City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.
Officers say the lack of parking is made up for by the car park at the East Street jetty on Beach Street, but that would require people to walk up the hill and cross four lanes of the very busy Canning Highway at a dangerous intersection at a bend in the road. How many parents will risk this with their children to get to the climbing wall, and how many elderly people would dare to take the risk to get to the restaurant?
Parking and access is going to be one of the main issues with the Cantonment Hill development because activation will mean traffic concerns for local people and safety concerns for visitors because of the awkward location of the site.
It might have been better to create a car park with trees on the site proposed for a children’s playground just east of the hill, because it is unrealistic to assume that most people will visit the site by bike or on foot. Most will come by car and that has has not been catered for.
Bad call, officers!
Cute subtle shared road signs in Wesley Street, South Fremantle.
The WA government is spending another $ 3 million on strengthening the Fremantle traffic bridge after it completed the fender system upgrade earlier this year.
Advanteering Civil Engineers has the contract to use specialist divers to repair and strengthen the 100 pilons under water. The work should be completed by May next year.
Work on the Little Market Street Piazza behind the Dome and Gino’s will start soon in Fremantle and through traffic from Collie and Nairn streets to the Cappuccino Strip is now no longer an option.
New seats and trees will be installed in the next weeks, weather permitting, so enjoy Freo’s tiny new square.
There are two interesting events on this evening, sadly both at the same time, so it requires a choice on which one to attend.
At the Hilton Bowling Club the four candidates for the Beaconsfield Ward by-election will be grilled by the community on what their ideas and hopes for Fremantle are. It starts at 7 pm and is free. The postal election will be on September 16.
Also on at 7 pm at the Local Hotel are the City of Fremantle’s proposed solutions for traffic calming and beautification of South Terrace between Douro Road and South Street, so a very important presentation for local South Freo people and those of us who frequent the area often. The event is free, bar is open and meals for sale.
I wonder when we will see a protest march by emergency services and bus drivers about the ever increasing speed humps and roundabouts in Fremantle.
At the F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle it was announced that “plateaus” would be installed at Ord Street between Ellen Street and Queen Victoria Street to deter container truck drivers on the way to Fremantle Port from using the road.
Recently a ridiculous number of ugly and noisy speed humps were installed at East Street, but that is different from “plateaus” as the latter also are pedestrian crossings.
Speed humps of any kind make for a very uncomfortable journey and seriously slow down emergency vehicles, and many motorists will find alternative routes through suburban streets.
I am not sure why Hampton Road and Ord and can’t have a container truck ban, if the desired outcome is to get rid of these trucks.
The F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this evening debate to apply for Black Spot funding for four locations around Fremantle where accidents frequently occur. That is important but I believe the one for the intersection of South Street and Hampton Road should be reconsidered as it will increase traffic in South Fremantle.
The officers recommend to ban right hand turns onto Hampton Road during peak hour traffic, instead of new right arrow traffic lights to accommodate the flow.
This is not a major problem for west-bound traffic as motorists familiar with the street layout will turn right from South Street into Wray Avenue at Solomon Street and take advantage of the right arrow light at the Hampton Road intersection.
It will however create a bigger problem for east-bound traffic, as those coming along Marine Parade and who turn left into South Street to join Hampton Road will now either continue down Marine Parade or try a right-hand turn into South Terrace, to get onto Hampton Road at the Douro Road intersection.
Douro Road in the late afternoon is already stand-still traffic banking up a long way down Marine Parade often as far as the Sealanes fish shop, and the same applies to South Terrace where traffic jams go as far as Jenkins Street in the afternoon.
Motorists no doubt will also turn right into Attflield Street at South Street and drive to Lefroy Road from where they can turn right onto Hampton Road.
The banning of right turns during peak hours will create serious congestion on other roads and will encourage drivers to use small suburban streets like Attfield Street. This needs a serious rethink as the proposal is not a good solution at all in my opinion.
The City of Fremantle will be applying for Black Spot funding to reduce traffic accidents. There are two spots along South Street that the COF wants to improve.
One is the intersection of South Street and Hampton Road where the City wants to ban right turns from South Street onto Hampton Road during rush hour. While this is indeed a dangerous intersection I wonder why right arrow traffic lights are not considered to be a better option, as that works well at the Wray Avenue, Hampton Road intersection.
The second hot spot is the intersection of Attfield and South streets, where COF wants to ban right hand turns out of Attfield Street. The street is also considered a good alternative for cyclists who might not feel safe using Hampton Road or Marine Terrace.
One issue that needs to be monitored is motorist using the bus lanes along Hampton Road just to get ahead a couple of cars. This is a constant issue throughout the day and even more frequent during peak hours.
The City of Fremantle Strategy and Project Committee last night debated the Greater Fremantle Parking Plan 2020.
According to the agenda the plan will provide a city wide car parking plan to enable the City to move past a predict and provide supply approach to parking to an efficiency and management approach.
The plan will focus on enabling the progressive implementation of major new carparks to the periphery of the city core along with providing analysis of current on and off street parking provision and understanding of potential future parking needs within the greater city area.
The Greater Fremantle parking plan is structured using a staged approach, each with individual engagement approaches and individual outputs.
Parking in Fremantle is a constant community issue with the perception that there are not enough parking spaces in Fremantle and that parking is too expensive. Statistics show clearly that this perception is wrong and that especially multi-storey carparks have a lot of vacant spaces on weekdays. There is also first one-hour free parking for all and free parking Freo residents with permits until 11 am and from 3 pm.
In its desperation to revive the retail economy the City of Subiaco has just introduced three-hour free parking in one of its carparks and maybe that is something the City of Fremantle could look at for the Queensgate carpark for the first days of the week to attract more shoppers.