23 August 2011
Kelvin Avenue pocket park
The item regarding the pocket park should have been reserved out before Saturday evening if further discussion was to take place. The Mayor sought fit to accept a motion from Cr Schnell that was contrary to our meeting procedures so that the item could be deferred for further debate at the City Strategy meeting on the 19th September and then again on the 26th September if reserved out next time. The original committee made a decision in favour of the pocket park after to listening to both sides of the debate. After considerable lobbying from both sides to Councillors on the weekend one of the emails said that a petition had been signed by 150 people. At this point in time I have still not seen a copy of the petition and it was not available last night. There is clearly two sides to this debate, much stems around the lack of understanding about the purpose of a pocket park and the other relates to traffic management. It is time now to take stock, to see if the opportunity to have an innovative park concept developed in our area out weighs the the very valid desires of people using the road as their current exit and entry point to East Avenue (perceived to be safer) or if it does not. I will be working in the next couple of weeks in trying to gain a deeper understanding of the issue, working at ways to improve access from George St and Mills St to East Ave and to look at other ways of developing the park area such as allowing a driveway link exit from Kelvin Ave but not into Kelvin Avenue. If there are other suggestions I would love to hear and discuss them.