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“Parklets” plan for King William Road.

August 1, 2014

In the first step of a long-term transformation of Unley’s premier shopping strip, a series of “parklets” is being planned for King William Road.

Unley Council has just given its stamp of approval for the installation of what could eventually be a series of  mini, on-street  public seating areas along the busy  commuter route… The fenced-off sections of the “Yellow Brick Road”  will  each occupy  two parking spaces and will be available to the general public, NOT for the exclusive use of adjacent eateries to add to their dining facilities.

acc-adelaide-foods-for-life-parkletCouncil has a long-term vision of KWR’s transformation from a busy commuter route into one of Adelaide’s top venues. In recent times the shopping strip has suffered from an above-average vacancy problem, with almost 20 empty premises, a trend which neighbouring businesses hope will be reversed by the street’s imaginative proposed revamp.

When Council debated (and approved) the idea at it’s July meeting I raised the spectre of inconvenience to visitors driving to the venue, with the possible loss of a significant number of parking spaces. I was told that none of the existing parking areas were ever fully occupied and the loss of on-street parking would not be a problem. I hope that will be the case,but only time will tell. I suppose it depends very much on just how many “parklets” (like the one pictured above right in the CBD) eventually spring up, and how we can  make visitors aware of those empty behind-the-shops parking spaces.

Over-all, though, I applaud the initiative, as KWR was never meant to be a commuter route. That burden was thrust upon us many moons ago when the traffic lights sequence on Cross Road south of Heywood Park were altered to facilitiate the north-south movement of traffic through the back-streets of neighbouring Mitcham.

It was a move I opposed strongly but unsuccessfully.,

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy Barton permalink
    August 1, 2014 2:55 pm

    I like to have coffee and /or a snack down King William Road nearly every day. I go to which ever coffee shop has fairly nearby parking.
    However, if parklets are established I may decide to go to Malvern or Goodwood or Dulwich for snack, lunch, evening meal or just coffee, if parking is closer.
    I don’t think establishing parklets is in my best interests or that of the coffee shops & cafes.
    If businesses on King William Road want more clients perhaps they should share their own parking areas and the Council establish more off street parking also.


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      August 1, 2014 7:32 pm

      I have been a long-time advocate of more off-street parking, but my pleas have fallen on deaf ears.


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