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Have your say - Council’s Draft On-Street Parking Policy

01/02/2021

Residents, workers, visitors and shoppers who park in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters are being encouraged to have their say on the Council’s Draft On-Street Parking Policy.

The Council has developed the Draft On-Street Parking Policy to help manage on-street parking requirements while ensuring it:

  • provides fair and equitable access in mixed use zones
  • optimises the use of on-street parking to best meet the needs of the precinct
  • ensures the management of on-street parking is clear and transparent.

The provision and management of on-street parking also fits in with Council’s Strategic Plan CityPlan 2030.

Mayor Robert Bria said the Draft On-Street Parking Policy has been developed to manage on-street parking needs in the City for residents as well as people who shop, visit and do business.

“Maintaining access to local businesses, services and amenities with convenient on-street parking is absolutely crucial in ensuring the economic growth and liveability of the City.” Mayor Bria said.

“Consultation on the Draft On-Street Parking Policy will guide the Council’s work in implementing effective on-street parking management and help us deliver safer and accessible on-street car parking spaces,” Mayor Bria said.

The Draft On-Street Parking Policy has taken into account a number of factors such as parking demand, location, time limits and signage, traffic flows, and off-street parking options, permit parking and zoned areas.

Consultation on the Draft On-Street Parking Policy will be available for consideration for four weeks from today.  Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on 28 February 2021.

More information is available on www.npsp.sa.gov.au

For all media enquiries, please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077. For more information, please contact Communications Officer Simonne Reid on 08 8366 4528 or sreid@npsp.sa.gov.au

Council endorses Long-term Financial Plan

19/01/2021

The Council’s 2021–2031 Long-term Financial Plan was endorsed by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters last night.

The Long-term Financial Plan — which is a key document in the Council's Strategic Planning Framework — was approved at Council’s first meeting of 2021.

Mayor Robert Bria said endorsing the Plan assists the Council which is ensuring that it can continue to deliver enhanced and improved services by the most efficient and effective means possible, within the framework of financial sustainability.

“The Long-term Financial Plan is absolutely essential as it sets out the Council’s financial strategies and commitments over the long term,” Mayor Bria said.

“It explains how the Council will meet its obligations now and in the future, taking into account our services, our workforce, our finances and our assets.”

A copy of the Council’s 2021—2031 Long-term Financial Plan will be available on www.npsp.sa.gov.au

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077

Poolside fun this Australia Day

19/01/2021

Get back in the swim of things this Australia Day at Poolside 2021.

Poolside is a family-friendly outdoor pool party, at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre on Tuesday 26 January.

Hosted by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Poolside will feature classic Australian tunes, a sausage sizzle, giant inflatable pool toys and fun for all the family!

Mayor Robert Bria said families and friends will enjoy the buzzing atmosphere with activities to suit every age group.

“Poolside is a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the celebrations of Australia Day with hundreds of others,” Mayor Bria said.

The pool at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre is maintained at a comfortable 27 degrees and the surrounding lawns offer plenty of shade for you, your family and friends. However, it is important to be sun-smart and remain hydrated.

Poolside is a COVID Safe event and all patrons are expected to maintain physical distancing and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.

As this is a family-friendly event, Poolside is alcohol and smoke-free.

EVENT DETAILS:
Tuesday 26 January 2020
11am­–4pm
Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre (194 O G Road, Felixstow)

$2 entry per person.

This is an alcohol-free and non-smoking event.

For all media enquiries, please contact Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Simonne Reid on 08 8366 4528 or sreid@npsp.sa.gov.au

State Government u-turns on Norwood Parade traffic changes - City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters seeks injunction

13/01/2021

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has sought a Supreme Court injunction to stop the State Government from introducing traffic changes through Adelaide’s premier main street, The Parade in Norwood, without consultation with the Council.

The changes would see large swathes of The Parade’s median strip at the key intersection of The Parade and George Street replaced with ‘right hand turn’ traffic lanes at a projected cost of $330,000 – which the Council understands will be funded by the State Government and delivered by two private Parade property owners [1].

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters CEO, Mario Barone, said the decision by the State Government had come out of the blue and ignored more than four years of discussions, negotiations, consultation and agreements between the Council and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) regarding improvements to pedestrian safety at the intersection.

“The proposal, which the Council understands has been agreed to by the State Government, will turn Adelaide’s premier main street into a main arterial road.  This is completely at odds with the amenity of The Parade precinct and what the community wants for The Parade and DIT’s own categorisation of The Parade as a public transport route,” Mr Barone said.

“After four years in the making and three rounds of consultation with the community, local traders and the Department, the Council is best placed to have a clear understanding of what the community and the majority of traders want and expect from The Parade now and into the future.

“The Council is unclear why the State Government has completely changed its position on the installation of a scramble crossing simply based on the wishes of two traders out of more than 300 traders located on The Parade and at the same time, as the Council understands it, permit those traders to deliver the project on a public road.

“We have letters dated as recently as June 2020 from the Minister for Transport and his Department supporting a proposal to install a scramble crossing to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flows. This support was subject to a requirement from the Minister for a 12-month trial of no right-hand turns during peak periods at the intersection. The installation of the scramble crossing was released for tender and the appointment of a contractor was imminent just prior to a large property owner seeking a judicial review of the decision to install the scramble crossing. Then in September, we were suddenly informed by the Department of Infrastructure & Transport that it would instead proceed with the construction of right-hand-turn lanes, a proposal which had not previously been discussed and which does not accord with the Masterplan for The Parade.

“We wrote to the State Government in October seeking information regarding the reversal of what has been endorsed, but more than a month on we have heard nothing and the Council has not been provided with any details of any agreement which has been entered into between the State Government and two property owners and importantly, the Council has not been provided with a copy of the plans showing what will be constructed. In fact, the Council has absolutely no details of what is proposed, yet work is proceeding.

“Unfortunately, we have no choice but to begin legal proceedings in order to obtain information on what is proposed.”

The Council has proposed a ‘scramble crossing’ and has agreed to the State Government’s requirement for a 12-month trial to restrict right hand turns during peak hours. The cost of installing the scramble crossing is approximately $80,000.  Scramble crossings allow pedestrians to cross in all directions, including diagonally, at the same time, and improving vehicular flows. Similar crossings have been installed in other high volume pedestrian areas such as, the intersection of Pirie Street and King William Street, and Pulteney Street and Rundle Street.

Mr Barone said that following the Council’s decision in December 2019 to agree to the Department’s consideration of banning right hand turns during morning and afternoon peak times, the Council was encouraged to complete the detailed designs for the scramble crossing and proceed to tender and construction.

The Council said the new traffic lanes proposed by the State Government would impinge on the pedestrian-friendly scramble crossing proposed for the heart of Norwood by the Council and previously endorsed by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT).

Mr Barone said road traffic surveys undertaken by the Council and the Department showed the number of vehicles that made a right hand turn from The Parade into George Street during peak periods was minimal and the installation of right hand turns as now proposed would have minimal to no impact on vehicles wishing to turn right.

“The installation of dedicated right-turn lanes as a permanent installation, without a trial period on the basis of such low demand, is completely unjustified,” he said.

Mr Barone said the Council had been forced to seek an injunction as it had received no reply to its requests for information seeking clarification of the proposed works.

“The Council has sought to find out why it has not been included or even made aware of discussions and negotiations between the State Government and two local property owners Parkade Pty Ltd and 166 The Parade Pty Ltd, and why the Government has entered into a purported ‘agreement’ with these companies and has kept the details of the agreement in respect to what is proposed from the Council and other traders,” he said.

“We know that other traders on The Parade are strongly against right-hand turn lanes at George Street, so we’re surprised the State Government has sided with one set of traders over others.”

The Council is both frustrated and disappointed that the ‘agreement’ would result in an outcome that was totally inconsistent and at odds with the outcome of the consultation which had been undertaken as part of preparing The Parade Masterplan, and totally inconsistent with the endorsed final Masterplan for The Parade, which is supported by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has endorsed the Council’s Masterplan for The Parade, which at no stage contemplated dedicated right hand turn lanes with right turn arrows because they were assessed by independent traffic consultants as providing the worst outcome of the six traffic management options that were considered.

“As part of the master planning process and as a condition of approval associated with the scramble crossing, DIT had insisted on the prohibition of right hand turns from The Parade to George Street,” Mr Barone said.

“Having accepted the Department’s decision, it is now curious as to why the major reversal on this position has occurred without any discussion or involvement with the Council.

“In addition, why has this occurred through a proposal submitted by a property owner and not through any transparent and open collaboration between the Department and the Council? This is a highly unusual and questionable approach and has been advanced over the interests of the Council as the local authority and all other local business and community interests. From a legal perspective, the Council is concerned that this represents a dangerous precedent.

“The Departments proposal for this intersection will not only detract from the amenity of The Parade, it will also result in it taking on the features of a major intersection similar to a major arterial road. An outcome which is totally at odds with the fundamentals of how main streets function.”

Media enquiries: Chief Executive Officer, Mario Barone on 08 8366 4520

[1] Premier of South Australian Media Release

“Intersection upgrade to activate Norwood Retail Precinct” 17/9/2020

NPSP buys local pavers to lower costs, create jobs

15/12/2020

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has appointed local manufacturer — Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers — to supply pavers for main road footpath paving projects within the City’s Kent Town precinct.

Mayor Robert Bria said that the decision, which was endorsed by the Council at its meeting on Monday 7 December 2020, following a product evaluation of the current preferred product.

“It was determined that Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers was able to offer a premium clay paver product with the added advantage of being a local South Australian manufacturer.

“Not only is Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers offering a cost efficient option, but we are supporting a local manufacturer which will in turn create local jobs—a great outcome for South Australia’s economy as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The arrangement is also a win for the environment.

“By supporting this local manufacturer, we are also reducing transport and thereby lowering our carbon emissions.”

The Littlehampton ‘Stardust’ paver, which is new to the market in response to market trends, will now be listed in the Kent Town Public Realm Manual as the preferred product for future main road footpath paving projects within Kent Town.

Wayne Hunter, Business Development Manager at Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers, said that it is fantastic to see South Australian made products used in the local market.

“As a family-owned South Australian business, we take great pride in seeing our products used by councils for premiere South Australian streetscapes.

“We are a small business, we employ local people, we make quality products and we are agile—we can be competitive in ways that others in our industry cannot.”

The first footpaths to feature the Littlehampton ‘Stardust’ paver will be The Parade West (between Grenfell and Little Young Streets) and Rundle Street and College Road (adjacent to the Kent Town Hotel), with works commencing in January 2020.

“The business is thrilled to have been selected over multinational companies and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the new pavers in place,” said Wayne.

Along with the Kent Town Urban Design Framework, the Kent Town Public Realm Manual was endorsed by the Council on 4 March 2019.

The Kent Town Public Realm Manual is a design guide for the renewal of Kent Town’s streets and includes a palette of paving materials, furniture, trees and plants which are proposed to be used for future planning, design and capital works.

Mayor Robert Bria said, “In its product evaluation, the Council considered a range of factors including fit for purpose, whole-of-life cost, quality, sustainability, timeliness, service, support and warranty, and of course, sourcing where possible, a locally made quality product.”

“Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers ticked a lot of boxes and we are thrilled to support a local manufacturer and contribute to local job creation, particularly after such a challenging year.”

Media enquiries: Mayor Robert Bria on 0431 754 077