Update on the December 2017 meeting

by Margherita on 28 January, 2018

We had a great turnout of around 30 people at the December 2017 meeting – including Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Adin Lang. As this was the first South City Precinct meeting since late 2013 it was fantastic to see so many turn up.

There were two main topics on the agenda. The first was a presentation and discussion of a submission made to Mayor Brad Petttit and Councillor Rachel Pemberton on a Vision for Hampton Road and circulated to those at the meeting which includes improved pedestrian and cyclist safety, new landscaping and beautification, traffic calming and more. The second related to a proposal from Fremantle Primary to close off a section of Attfield St between the Primary and Pre-Primary schools.

There was lively discussion on both topics with clear broad support that significant changes to the existing problems and situation on Hampton Road were long overdue.

A Hampton Road Working Party has now been set up under the auspices of the South City Precinct in order to examine and progress the vision for Hampton Road. The good news is that already as part of earlier discussions with Rachel and Fremantle Council, some immediate changes have been identified and implemented as part of the resurfacing of the section of Hampton from Wray Ave to the Prison. These include a smoother, quieter road surface (technically known as SMA 10 asphalt), clearly distinguished red bike lanes, a widening of the pedestrian refuges at the two crossings near the Hampton/Stevens intersection and provision for more mid-road tree plantings in winter 2018 in front of the prison. This is a fantastic start and a big thanks are in order to both Rachel and the Council on their responsiveness.

For more information about the Hampton Road Working Group (HRWG), please contact Julie Murphy who is heading up the group at julie4hamptonroad@gmail.com

The next South City Precinct meeting is planned to be held in February where we are sure to get an update from the HRWG.

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