What is happening in Macedon Square?

    Macedon Square is a valued and lively hub within the Manningham community and as part of our Council Plan we are looking to support the communities’ desire for well-developed and supported local villages and activity centres. 

    Extensive consultation with the Manningham community, commencing in August 2020, provided greater insight into how locals, traders and visitors use Macedon Square, and how they want to use Macedon Square moving forward. 

    This feedback, in addition to traffic analysis studies, informed the development of an adopted concept design for a major facelift of the centre which aims to improve:

    • ageing pedestrian surfaces
    • outdoor trading areas
    • pedestrian crossings
    • access to outdoor meeting space
    • vehicle and pedestrian safety
    • car parking layouts
    • traffic flow 
    • the aesthetic appeal. 

    What is the benefit to the community of this upgrade?

    The goal for Macedon Square is for it to be a beautiful, vibrant and safe place where our community can spend their time shopping, meeting friends or taking advantage of one of the many adjacent cafes and restaurants for a meal.

    An improved streetscape that incorporates safety bollards, landscaped gardens, an improved footpath and other amenities, including bike hoops, a picnic table and drinking fountain, will encourage outdoor meetups and provide safer passage for pedestrians and vehicles travelling through the area.

    When is the work going to commence?

    The next phase will be a detailed design based on the adopted concept plan. This will include direct consultation with traders on specific aspects, expected to take place later in 2022.

    Once completed the detailed design will form part of a tender brief for the works. The works are expected to commence in 2023.

    What are the specific safety concerns?

    Improved safety is one of the key motivators for the upgrade. Specifically, the upgrade will address: 

    • ageing infrastructure 
    • pedestrian and vehicle safety issues due to a lack of adequate pedestrian space outside shops, and safe pedestrian crossing points.

    How has Manningham Council consulted with the community?

    Initial community and trader consultation commenced in 2016 with feedback received highlighting a number of key issues within the centre including: 

    • ageing pedestrian surfaces,
    • crowded footpath trading areas,
    • poor pedestrian crossing,
    • car parking layouts
    • issues with traffic flow, and
    • inadequate open space.

    Based on this feedback, the initial project scope (and budget allocation) would need to be broadened to address the public realm concerns raised above. 

    Public realm opportunities were also identified within: 

    • The Manningham Open Space Strategy 2014 on the open space shortfalls in and around the centre
    • The Council Plan 2017-2021 and Healthy City Strategy 2017-2021 objectives on providing vibrant, safe, and assemble places and spaces.
    • The changing trader makeup and community expectations within the centre for additional outdoor trading areas.

    It is considered that the combined scope of improving the traffic related issues and expanding the public realm opportunities would generate the largest community benefit and value for money for the centre. 

    From August 2020 to November 2020, Manningham Council ran community consultation sessions to source the communities’ feedback on two concept designs for an upgrade to the Macedon Square Streetscape. Residents and property owners provided their feedback on the proposed upgrade online. 

    Manningham Council decided to undertake further consultation on the options for the design due to the lack of face-to-face opportunities in 2020. From March 2021 to April 2021 the community was encouraged to have their say on the concept designs in an online survey. In-person consultation sessions with traders were also conducted during this time, to hear their views and allow them to contribute to the draft design. 

    In June 2021 the Council had additional one-on-one discussions with interested traders to further the consultation.

    What did the community feedback show?

    Feedback from traders, shoppers, and residents on the proposed improvement to Macedon Square has shown several areas that require attention:

    • pedestrian safety
    • improve pedestrian crossing locations
    • vehicle speed and congestion 
    • lack of adequate footpath space
    • conveniently located loading bays
    • adequate accessible parking
    • maintenance issues, crack pavement and trip hazards
    • lack of space for people to gather and sit
    • difficulty of car parking.

    The adopted concept plan aims to address these concerns as well as achieve the outcomes of our Liveable City Strategy to encourage a thriving local economy.

    How did the community consultation process inform the final concept design?

    The engagement period was extended to conduct extra direct consultations with traders to ensure we heard from everyone; the concerns raised by traders informed the revised concept design. 

    The community were able to provide comments on the proposed concept plans through Your Say Manningham. These comments were also considered in the development of the adopted concept design. 

    How will the centre be impacted during construction?

    We are committed to working with traders to ensure that construction has minimal impact on traders or access for shoppers. 

    The successful design consultant will be required to provide a comprehensive construction management plan to maintain access during business hours and we will provide regular updates on any disruptions here

    The work will be delivered in stages to reduce impact, with no significant works around Christmas and the New Year. 

    How did Council determine which traffic and parking improvements were necessary to improve the safety of the area?

    The proposed traffic improvements contained in the adopted concept design were determined by both Council’s traffic engineering team, and independently reviewed by consultants HDS Australia – who reviewed the functional design layout and proposed traffic and parking arrangements.

    The detailed design will also be peer reviewed. 

    Will the narrowing of the road impact vehicle movement - and will emergency vehicles be able to pass through?

    The adopted concept design reduces the width of the traffic lanes from their current width of 6.4m to 5.6m to provide space for wider pedestrian footpaths, and to contribute to reducing traffic speed through the car park to improve pedestrian safety.

    However, vehicles, including emergency vehicles, will still be able to pass a stationary vehicle as required. 

    Has the amount of car parking been impacted?

    There will be no net loss of parking spaces. The total number of parking available in the centre will remain at 132 spaces.

    How much will this cost?

    Council will be investing $3.5 million into the safety and amenity upgrade.

    Will this improve accessibility - particularly for older people?

    Accessibility throughout the centre will be improved through the inclusion of: 

    • wider footpaths, 
    • fully accessible parking
    • upgraded lighting and 
    • improved raised pedestrian crossings throughout the centre. 
    • Accessible paths through the open space and picnic facilities, 
    • age-appropriate seating (arm rests and backs). 
    • Improved toilet facilities with new accessible facilities.

    What safety measures will the design address?

    The design seeks to primarily address pedestrian and vehicle safety issues in the centre, improve ageing infrastructure and maintenance issues, and provide a dedicated relaxing and welcoming community space to support the local precinct.

    What is the next step in the consultation process?

    There are still design elements that we will be seeking feedback on in the coming months. These include: 

    • permanent safety treatments within the centre; 
    • further investigation of other suggestions such as locations for new trolley bays, electric vehicle charging station, car share spaces and smart waste bins; 
    • design elements and street furniture that best suits the needs of existing traders in appropriate locations throughout the centre; and 
    • an opportunity to hear from traders regarding how to best manage and mitigate construction impacts and timing. 

     

    What is the purpose of the safety and streetscape upgrade?

    Feedback from both traders, shoppers and residents on Macedon Square has shown several areas that require attention.

    • pedestrian safety
    • improve pedestrian crossing locations
    • vehicle speed and congestion 
    • lack of adequate footpath space
    • conveniently located loading bays
    • adequate accessible parking
    • maintenance issues, crack pavement and trip hazards
    • lack of space for people to gather and sit
    • address difficulty of car parking

    The adopted concept plan aims to address these concerns as well as achieve the outcomes of our Liveable City Strategy to encourage a thriving local economy.

    Will the narrowing of the road impact vehicle movement?

    You have told us that there are significant pedestrian safety issues in the centre.

    The adopted concept design does reduce the width of the traffic lanes to provide greater space for wider pedestrian footpaths. However, vehicles may still be able to pass a stationary vehicle as required. 

    The entrance closest to Manningham Road has been designed to improve traffic flow and congestion as it enters Macedon Square to encourage people to park in underutilized parking bays throughout the precinct.  

    An independent traffic consultant has reviewed the concept design.  

    Has the amount of car parking been impacted?

    There is no net loss of parking under the concept plan. The total number of parking available in the centre will remain at 132 spaces.

    When is the work going to commence?

    The next phase will be a detailed design based off the concept plan. This will include direct consultation with traders on specific aspects, this is expected to take place in mid to late 2022. 

    Once completed the detailed design will form part of a tender brief for the works.

    Works are expected to commence early 2023. 

    Will the centre be impacted during construction?

    Council will be investing $3.5 million into the safety and amenity upgrade. 

    We are committed to ensure that construction does not adversely impact traders or access for shoppers. The work will be delivered in stages to reduce impact. 

    The successful consultant will be required to provide a comprehensive construction management plan to maintain access during business hours.

    We will work closely with individual traders as part of our normal processes for these types of improvements. 

    What feedback was received on the options during 2020?

    We would like to thank all residents and property owners that provided their feedback on the proposed Macedon Square Streetscape Upgrade in 2020. 

    Two concept options were presented, the community feedback received in 2020 showed support for the Option B concept design (that includes a community gathering space) as the preferred design proposal. For details of the engagement in 2020, view the Council Meeting minutes 15 December 2020 Item 10.1

    Why are you asking for feedback again this year?

    Due to limitations on face-to-face public engagement during 2020, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, we are now offering a further opportunity to provide feedback and input on the proposed concept designs in person or online. 

    A drop in session will be held on Saturday 27 March from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Macedon Square Pop-up Park. This is a chance to ask questions and speak with Council officers and Councillors about the proposed concepts, before a final recommendation on the Macedon Square upgrade is presented to Council.