12 December 2012

Kelvin Ave; The Eastern Courier's Final Word

Park bid
THE on-again, off-again, onagain
plan to close part of a
Clarence Park road to build
a ‘‘pocket park’’ is off – again.
But this time it is for good.
A fortnight after Unley
Council decided to close
Kelvin Ave, between Frederick
St and East Ave, to
create the park, elected members
abandoned the idea last
month – meaning the street
will remain the same.
The decision came after
passionate presentations
from residents.
Residents said safety would
be compromised if traffic was
forced to use George St or
Mills St.
Francis St resident Inara
Gehling was delighted with
the decision after a saga lasting
three years.
‘‘It makes you believe in
democracy again,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re not against parks or
greening but the location was
a safety issue.’’
The plan was first mooted in
late 2009 but abandoned after
more than 200 people signed
a petition calling for the road
to remain open.
The council instead backed
a plan to make the stretch of
road between Frederick St
and East Ave a one-lane, twoway
thoroughfare. The decision
prompted a second petition
for the road’s closure.
Elected members decided to
make it a park again at a
committee meeting on November
12 this year.
Unley Mayor Lachlan
Clyne said the council would
improve the way it consulted
the community so the drawnout
issues surrounding the
future of Kelvin Ave would
not be repeated.
Picture: Noelle Bobrige
Patch Theatre
Company artistic
Its good that John got some of the facts right. There are certainly many lessons to be learned from this.

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