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What do you think about the proposed upgrade works to the public domain area at Castlecrag Shopping Village?

by Willoughby Admin, over 6 years ago

This consultation has concluded.

  • EvaW over 6 years ago
    Why does Castlecrag Village need an upgrade? - It looks fine to me. Artarmon's Hampden Rd shopping strip which is more than a 100 years old and a conservation area, is desperate for one but council does not seem to care. We're facing four empty shop fronts - three of them owned by councillor Tony Musaca. Instead of replacing the planters, council are taking them away. A broken bench was replaced with one that is completely out of sympathy with the rest of the Hampden Rd streetscape. Police has confirmed empty shop fronts invite crime - and the latest crime stats show Hampden Rd was the most violent street in Artarmon in the March quarter. While crime all over the north shore has come down - crime in Artarmon has gone up 47% in the last six months and it is now the crime capital of Willoughby. Perhaps the council should get its priorities right.
  • Bobf over 6 years ago
    As presented to the recent Castlecrag PA meeting, the Castlecrag village shopping centre is scheduled for an upgrade and, from the proposed upgrade works, Council officers have come up with a well-conceived plan that will enhance the entrance to this unique suburb. Upgrading the paving on both sides of the street is a priority and the proposed tiles are excellent, both in terms of their colour/motif and their ability to allow additional cabling works etc to proceed and then the tiles to be put back in place without destroying their appearance.There has been come concern expressed regarding the proposed 'Entry Statement', but I feel the approach presented in the Information Sheet is appropriate both in terms of scale and character. It will help to define the suburb and its village shops. I also agree that the planter boxes at The Quadrangle need to go. The criteria for selection of street trees are appropriate.New street furniture is mentioned, but there is no indication of what this might look like. Some more information on this is needed. In addition, the section of the shopping village within the Griffin Conservation Area, including the original Griffin-designed shops, offers scope for interpretative material on the Griffin heritage and the walking tracks within the Griffin Conservation Area. This needs to be further developed in consultation with local community groups.
  • Greenberg over 6 years ago
    If Council was so concerned about the 'look' of this shopping area then it should remove the overhead cabling and electical/telegraph poles that are dotted along the footpaths.
  • Greenberg over 6 years ago
    I find the regurgitation design of hodge podge pavers in dire need of replacing. Placing a few bike racks would be good as well, to try to promote more cycling and less dependance on 4W4s.Also, I think the shop awnings that jut out from the cafe's on the southside to be quite dangerous and obstructive, especially when it's raining and I'm trying to navigate past table tops along the footpath, with an umbrella. The awnings at the cafe look like they might be adjustable in terms of height, and the staff adjust them to limit the sun shining into their shop. However in doing do, the edge of the awning is so low that I have to stoop to get past it. This is really unacceptable. If there is some sort of height restriction for awnings then council need to police it because it's hard to look were you're walking when you're stooped over trying not to knock ones head on an awning.I think Willoughby Council need to have a consistent design with height and depth restrictions in place for all shop awnings on Edinburgh road shops. Problem is that the footpath is very narrow, and it's made worse when the cafe's and restaurants place tables on the footpath. When patrons then tie their dogs to those tables that stand and sit in the only aisle to get through the mayhem, there's very little footpath space at all to walk past.I think the bus stop on the North side makes the footpath very crowded with kids in the morning. When I'm cycling with my young kids to school on the footpaths in the morning, it's quite dangerous because kids waiting at the bus stop don't show much common sense when they hear a bicycle bell, and my kids have had some near collisions. It might be prudent for council to install or paint some sort of 'KEEP CLEAR' lines on the footpath at the bus stop and along the footpaths at the cafe's so people are aware that it's not a good area to just stand in, or to have a dog sprawled across.It would also be good to have some sort of children 'activity' centre. The existing water feature just at the entrance to the internal shopping quadrangle is used a kiddy climbing frame. Be good to have something for suitable for kids to climb on with a soft fall area.
  • Greenberg over 6 years ago
    More public seating is required as well. I'd don't want to have to buy a coffee just so I can sit down on a seat for a while.So the new tree surrounds with timber seating blocks sounds good, but I wonder if a couple of seating blocks here and there are enough. Not sure what a 'seating block' is. Is it a single seat or a longer seat that could seat 3 to 4? Be good to have some seating on the North side as well, other than the bus stop seat.
  • Greenberg over 6 years ago
    BE GOOD TO HAVE A ZEBRA CROSSING from one side to the other around where the Chicken shop is (on North side).I know there's a pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights, but I see so many people running across the middle of the road between the North Side of shops on Edinburgh to the South side shops on Edinburgh. Yes, I know they can walk down and wait at the traffic lights....but nobody does. They'd rather drag their kids across running in front of cars then walk 30 metres and wait at the lights.
  • Unit Owner over 6 years ago
    This is a disgusting thought and a waste of rate payers funds. Castlecrag shops service a very very small part of the Willoughby community. It is for a select few that can afford real estate in the area. So when the council raised the minimum rates a few years ago and thereby increasing rates for strata owners and decreasing at the top end for harbourside mansions they plough the money into these projects! What a waste! What about user pays? Why not raise the rates and taxes for the shopkeepers with a special levy and then the select Elitist few that shop at Castlecrag can pay for the upgrade not the wider community who do not go there. As for the area looking "drab" and could do with an upgrade what about the poor pensioners living in apartments that got kicked in the guts with the rate increase. Surely their drab units could do with an upgrade?
    • Greenberg over 6 years ago
      I don't think Willoughby Council should be biased towards any one particular area or suburb or demographic.If people have chosen to live and stay in units then that's up to them. If they need to move to a cheaper area because they don't want to pay rates or strata then they should do that.I don't see why the Council should treat people differently because of what suburb they live in.What about people that are renting in Castlecrag because they can't afford to buy a place or unit. Should they be denied a safe footpath area?
      • Unit Owner over 6 years ago
        Thanks for your reply Greenberg however using safety versus aesthetics is a poor way to beautify your "own backyard" at someone else's expense. There are more pressing safety matters to be rectified that affect more people than the elite few of Castlecrag... Not saying people of Castlecrag should miss out but if they are so concerned about it dig deep into their pockets and get it done... Or are we looking to socialize the expense but privatize the benefits? As for affording real estate in the area there are residents in the LGA that have resided for generations here and to tell them to go find somewhere cheaper goes to show your lack of dignity and sincerity and your judgemental social inequity. As for the zebra crossing idea, that's what traffic lights are for but if they are willing to risk their life and that of others in their care, perhaps Darwinian theory may be a better option....
        • Greenberg over 6 years ago
          No one disputes that the demographic of the north shore is changing. Those that may have been able to afford to buy there years ago may not be able to buy there or continue to live there today. That's modern day Sydney and life in general. Councils need to change accordingly in their policy and service structure.If people can't afford to live in Castlecrag then don't, but I don't think your sour grapes needs to ridicule and discriminate against those that choose to.Whatever happened to equality? We all pay rates and we should all have access to the same and equal services from the council.
  • Eddie over 6 years ago
    concept looks good. Has council considered facelift plans being put forward for High St shops willoughby? this follows the "chelsea markets new york" theme. suggest that it would be great if there was some synergy with the plan for CCrag. Point raised about artarmon by EvaW to be taken into account. whch as a busy walk-thru from railway station will serve our community moreso.
  • Rowan Brown over 6 years ago
    The paving on the South Side needs replacing urgently. The glazed terracotta tiles are as slippery as ice when it rains and water pools on them, too. It is very dangerous and should be fixed immediately. I agree with some of the other comments about the need for sufficient public seating. A few bike racks near the exit to the IGA carpark driveway would be a welcome addition, too.
  • Chrissey1503 over 6 years ago
    The pavers are dangerous and definitely need to be replaced. How about that right turn arrow at the intersection of Edinburgh Road and Eastern Valley Way that the residents have been requesting for the past 20 years?!