Ovens St upgrade
$1.41m redesign to make street more pedestrian friendly
A PROPOSED $1.41 million redesign to Wangaratta’s Ovens Street and King George V Gardens will reduce parking spaces to create a more pedestrian friendly area in the CBD.
Parallel parking spaces will replace angle parking, and the footpath will be widened on the gardens side of Ovens Street, while and a central median strip will be built, eliminating about 17 parking spaces in total.
Councillors will decide tomorrow night whether to endorse the revised concept design of the area and allow a detailed design of the project to progress.
The report, which took into account feedback from 60 formal submissions, including 329 public comments, will be tabled also asking for councillor ratification about how community consultation influenced design changes.
Key concept plan features include be a pedestrian priority (zebra) crossing in the centre of Ovens Street and another crossing close to the Rowan/Ovens streets roundabout, with both crossings raised.
The report details that “a change in priority within the CBD from vehicles to pedestrians” will provide a connection from the CBD to the gardens with “a safe crossing point for pedestrians such as families with children to access the park”.
Public safety measures will be put in place with street lighting to be installed within Ovens Street and path lighting in the gardens.
The existing stage in the gardens will stay and be enhanced to incorporate seating and its visual aspect, following a petition against its proposed removal.
A more centralised northsouth facing stage and extra seating will still be installed under revised plans as it is more suitable for morning events.
The level of interactive art pieces in the concept design have been reduced because they did not with the heritage aspect of King George V Gardens and barbecue facilities have been omitted from the plans.
The September ordinary meeting of council will be held at the Wangaratta council chambers at the corner of Ovens and Ford streets at 6pm tomorrow.
CHANGES PENDING: A redesign of Ovens Street will go before council tomorrow night following a public consultation period which attracted 60 submissions.
ENHANCED: King George V Gardens will get major improvements.