At long last we can begin work on improving pedestrian safety and the street-scape in the Hilton Town Centre!
Councillors and staff met with Main Roads (who control South St) about five years ago and discussed a range of options and how we might co-fund them. Then everything stalled and we never heard from them again.
In September 2016 councillors met our new Director of Technical Services on the site at about 4pm on a weekday afternoon to show him just how dangerous the environment is for pedestrians. Nine cars sailed through a red light at the pedestrian crossing in the space of twenty minutes! He was left shaking his head in disbelief.
In another twist, last year Main Roads turned off the facility for vehicles trying to exit Paget and Victor Streets. You might know that cars queued at these intersections for a sufficiently long time would trigger a synchronised red light at South/Carrington and the pedestrian crossing, creating a gap in the traffic to allow people on these side streets to access South St.
This facility was introduced after extensive negotiation with Main Roads a few years ago, so we were shocked to discover they had just turned this off without even telling the City of Fremantle, let alone consulting with us.
Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk announced during the state election campaign that a Labor government would contribute $250,000 to pedestrian safety and street-scaping at this location.
The City of Fremantle will put some money on the table as well and resume the community consultation on this project.
I think it would be fair to say that many of us are very fond of the Hilton Town Centre in spite of its physical architecture, not because of it. We can't make all the owners redevelop in a synchronised and harmonious way but we can do a bit to improve the public realm. I look forward to your input.
This is one of the many good little projects we can press on with now that Perth Freight Link is buried.