The Wheatsheaf Road Streetscape Improvement project aims to lift the overall presentation of the street, and make it safer, greener and more attractive. It is one of a number of projects happening around Wheatsheaf Road in Glenroy that will activate and improve the precinct for our community.
This project is an item in Council’s Action Plan 2022-2023, under the theme of ‘Vibrant Spaces and Places in Merri-bek’.
What else is happening in the area?
- The award winning Glenroy Hub is now open.
- The Glenroy level crossing removal is almost complete. Final touches are currently being put on the new station precinct.
- the Shopfront Improvement Program worked with Wheatsheaf Road businesses last year to refresh their presentation, branding and displays
- A number of murals have been painted in Wheatsheaf Road as part of the Love Outdoors and RenuWall activation program.
- We are continuing advocacy to the State Government around pedestrian safety at Plumpton Avenue.
The Wheatsheaf Rd Streetscape project so far
We consulted with the community in November 2020 and June-July 2021. Community feedback was incorporated into the final Concept Plan, which was released in October 2021.
Our concept plan is informed by the top 3 things the community thought would improve Wheatsheaf Road:
- outdoor dining
- improved pedestrian crossings
Common talking points during consultation
- The street and shops look tired and run down
- Requests to reduce the speed limit
- Existing trees are problematic and should be replaced with more appropriate street trees
- The Wheatsheaf Road - Plumpton Avenue intersection can feel unsafe for people walking and driving
- Desire for more extensive improvements and change throughout Glenroy were expressed, including improvements to the cycling network and cycling infrastructure.
What about the Plumpton Avenue Intersection?
The Wheatsheaf Road - Plumpton Avenue intersection is an important connection to the new Glenroy Community Hub.
We have heard from the community that the Plumpton Avenue intersection can feel unsafe for people walking and driving.
This intersection is managed by the Department of Transport, and is part of the arterial road network. Upgrades to this intersection are not included in the scope for the streetscape improvements. We are working together with the department to identify opportunities and funding sources to improve the safety of the intersection and the connection to the Glenroy Hub.
Phase 1 - community ideas
Initial Community 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.
Phase 2 - draft concept plan
The second stage of engagement saw low levels of participation, with 16 comments received. These comments will be taken into account in the development of the detailed design.
Some comments fell outside of the scope of this project but related to other projects planned for the Wheatsheaf Road area. These have been passed on to the relevant project teams for them to consider in their work, including those related to transport, safety and retail mix.