COTTESLOE’S Station Street strip of shops and offices will get a new identity in a draft Cottesloe Council plan to reconnect it to people and the neighbouring train station.
The wide and open street is parallel to busy Napoleon Street, where recent improvements and new shops have attracted shoppers, spending and socialising.
The council wants to bring some of that vitality to Station Street, and its Place Making Strategy for the east-west road is now open for public comment after its adoption last month.
The strategy includes altering the street’s western intersection so pedestrians and train users are better connected to the railway station.
“We should be starting by the first half of 2017, and we have already made an allowance in the budget to start a section of the work,” Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
A pocket park is planned near the current pergola bus stop and continuous paths could be created so walkers are not interrupted by driveways from the shops and offices.
Other small, temporary areas called parklets could be created halfway down Station Street to introduce street dining.
Mrs Dawkins said the Council’s improvements would only be on the street and its paths and including installing plants and improving parking.
TPG Place Match urban designer Bronwyn Slater said the challenge was to not have Station Street compete with Napoleon Street, but to create a new identity for the area.
“I think Station Street has the potential to be the sister ‘fun’ street,” Ms Slater said.
Public consultation on the strategy includes sessions at the War Memorial Hall, Civic Centre, Broome Street 6pm-8pm on November 30, and 10am-noon on December 10.
The strategy is at www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au, and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org until January 6.