Instead convert centre turn lane to a median strip & extend, to Cromer Rd, Beach Rd’s 2-lane safety section from Charman Rd, adding 3 m of road surface to 1 m of verge. MORE
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View from just west of Deauville Street towards Charman Road
Safety Section of 2 motor lanes between Charman Rd and Deauville St
EXTEND SAFETY SECTION: SAVE BUSH & RESERVE
Use part of Beach Rd Reserve:
Council again unsuccessfully contacted VicRoads, and its then Minister, seeking room on the road reserve for the bicycle road. See VicRoads ‘sharing’ page. In June 2008, Greens MLC, Sue Pennicuik, addressed Parliament on that. Next month, Liberal MLC, Andrea Coote, presented a 599-signature petition to Parliament seeking its support.
Extending to Cromer Rd the 850 m Beach Road Safety Section (Mundy St, Mentone, to Deauville St, Beaumaris) – where car lanes were reduced from 4 to 3, over 15 years ago – by only 40% (350 m) would give that room.
Damage to Foreshore Reserve will result otherwise:
Council recognizes that, if the road reserve is not utilized to avoid intruding into the Foreshore Reserve, part of the 30 hectare Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site (ID is 18053) – on the Register of the National Estate since 1999 – and VEAC’s proposed nature reserve will be harmed, by removal of over 100 trees, and a lot of its soil.
By 2011, three major points have emerged:
little-used 3 m wide central turning lane in the Safety Section (usable by
westbound traffic only) ought to be replaced with a much narrower
raised median strip, to provide c. 1.7 m more road
space, except at the Charman Rd end.
· the Safety Section ought to be extended 350 m further west to near Cromer Rd, to remove the need for incursion into the Foreshore Reserve there, except near Cromer Rd, where a dedicated right turn and U-turn lane would be needed.
· if the above road changes are not made, DSE’s Vegetation Gain Approach will entail closing the sandy cliff top walking track between Charman & Cromer Roads – to strong disapproval locally & much further afield.
LAST UNCONCRETED 850 METRES: AN ERRATIC HISTORY
Kennett Era: The Conservation Minister from 1992 to 1996, Hon Mark Birrell, decided to build a bicycle road around the Port Phillip coast, with no planning for the most environmentally difficult sections, such as this 850 metre length. That led to that era’s unelected municipal commissioners dutifully and enthusiastically building the easy parts elsewhere first, thus creating a momentum to force damaging outcomes on sections like this.
2000: See Bayside Council’s Black Rock-Beaumaris Foreshore Master Plan. Its Fig 7 (Action 11H) set a Priority 2 for the bicycle road’s “missing link” (Cromer Rd to Charman Rd) to be on the Beach Road reservation or, failing that, along the kerb. It knew that meant trees would be lost.
2002: Bayside City Council removed the improperly sited end of its concrete bicycle road at Cromer Road, as it intruded near the cliff brink.
2003: Bayside City Council published its Bayside Bicycle Strategy 2003.
2005: 16 pink survey markers appeared along the present unpaved cliff-top walking track, which is not a route on which the link to Charman Road should be even considered, as bisecting the vegetated reserve would add 2 extra edges to it, and lead to pressure for great disturbance by widening, and by lighting on light poles. The alternatives would not so greatly increase the number of edges to vegetated areas. The closer to the cliff brink the more important is Beach Park’s vegetation and ambience.
2006: The bitumen on Beach Road east of Cromer Road is about 1 metre wider than it is to the west. That legacy of former councils whose boundary was Cromer Road should enable release of the surplus 1 metre to reduce impact on Beach Park.
2008: Bayside Council staff proposed a bicycle road to bisect this unconcreted strip either by a “meandering” route cutting through bushland, or – to make the inevitable damage less publicly conspicuous – by surfacing most of the sandy walking path. The staff’s alternative option was an impracticable “granitic sand” road that would eventually be replaced by concrete, and just distracts from the concern about bisecting the reserve.
2009: Bayside Council rejected the 2008 staff options, and unanimously resolved (minutes P. 11) to favour a “back-of-kerb” option (as called for by the 2000 Master Plan) and renew its approach to VicRoads in that regard.
2011: See VicRoads plans for Beach Rd’s 2-lane & 4-lane sections. Bayside Council has asked it to explain why the little-used central turning lane should not be removed, so the bicycle road extension could fit on Beach Rd, thus avoiding removing scores of mature coastal trees, & concreting foreshore. VEAC Report’s Recommendation E4 is for a 3 ha nature reserve here.