Final Concept Plan
Click and drag the arrow on the image below to see how Wheatsheaf Road could change.
This Artist's Impression depicts improvements to Wheatsheaf Road, as seen from the intersection of Argyle Street, Blucher Street and Wheatsheaf Road.
Street Tree Improvement
Stage 1 - Current Trees
The current trees block shop fronts from view, car doors from opening properly and create a dark, enclosed feeling footpath.
Stage 2 - New Trees
The new trees will be more spaced out and positioned at the ends of parking spaces to ensure better performance. They may look sparse to begin with, but they will grow to approximately 6-8m in height.
Stage 3 - Established Trees
Despite fewer trees than before, the established trees will be maintained to provide a more open footpath and car spaces with greater canopy coverage.
A Draft Concept Plan was exhibited for community consultation in June-July 2021, and feedback received has been incorporated into the development of the Final Concept Plan shown above. While not all the feedback we received was able to be integrated into the final design, we believe it strikes a balance between site constraints, stakeholder needs and the project budget and will result in a positive improvement to the area.
We would like to reiterate with the community the following impacts on Wheatsheaf Road to make the proposed improvements possible:
Loss of trees
- Based on community and trader feedback, 14 of the existing 17 trees will be removed and replaced with 10 larger canopy trees, resulting in a net loss of 7 trees. The new trees will provide better views to shop windows and be better positioned so as not to impede people getting in and out of vehicles.
Loss of Car Parking
- The design will result in a net loss of approximately 10 on-street car spaces due to the proposed safety improvements including signalised pedestrian crossing, raised threshold crossings (suitability subject to overland flood impact analysis), more appropriate tree placement and additional improved accessible parking.
- The typical on-street parking occupancy percentages and the large number of nearby off-street car spaces off of Waterloo Road and Blucher Street (approximately 167 spaces) indicate that a reduction is not expected to create a parking shortage.
- The design will introduce an additional accessible on-street car space near the local health care facilities (imaging centre, podiatry clinic etc.)
Council is currently also investigating funding opportunities for improvements at the intersection of Wheatsheaf Road and Plumpton Ave, and will continue to advocate for a speed limit reduction along this section of Wheatsheaf Road.
Further Background Information
The Wheatsheaf Road Streetscape Improvement project seeks to address various issues including safety, amenity, connections and the presentation of the street.
As Wheatsheaf Road is managed by the Department of Transport and contains a bus route operated by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), some of ideas suggested by the community may not be achievable.
The proposed design will create key opportunities such as:
- A new pedestrian operated signal crossing over Wheatsheaf Road
- Two new raised threshold crossings over Argyle Street and Blucher Street
- New street trees and water sensitive garden beds
- New street furniture, including seating, bicycle hoops, way-finding signage and bins
- Refurbished laneway connection to adjacent Waterloo Road and Blucher Street carpark
- Wider on-street parking spaces and upgraded accessible parking spaces.
Wheatsheaf Road is a vital part of Glenroy's local community. It hosts a variety of vibrant and unique shops and businesses. Wheatsheaf Road will become an important link connecting Glenroy Station, soon to be upgraded as part of the Level Crossing Removal works, with the new Wheatsheaf Community Hub, currently under construction.
This is why Wheatsheaf Road has been recognised in the Glenroy Structure Plan, which aims to create people-friendly streets. The local knowledge and importance of this shopping strip is integral part of Council's commitment to improve the Wheatsheaf Road streetscape between Glenroy Road and Plumpton Avenue.
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Initial Community Feedback
By joining the conversation, you provided us with so many ideas and stories about Wheatsheaf Road and the local area to help inform the Draft Concept for this project.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
The first stage of consultation was held from 2 November – 29 November 2020. A big thank you goes to all the community members who took the time to share their thoughts and feelings about Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy.
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