Hey Epping, let’s imagine public spaces in your neighbourhood!
LAST YEAR WE WERE IN EPPING SEEKING YOUR OPINION ON WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT EPPING AND WHAT YOU NEED IN EPPING.
WE LOVED THE RESPONSES YOU GAVE AND ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO MAKE THESE IDEAS A REALITY TO ADDRESS WHAT YOU LOVE AND NEED.
SHARE YOUR SUGGESTION TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC SPACES IN EPPING. SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL 29 MARCH 2017. EACH WEEK ONE IDEA WILL BE DRAWN AND WILL RECEIVE A $100 GIFT VOUCHER.
FIVE FINALISTS WILL GO IN THE RUNNING TO SEE THEIR IDEA REALISED. IDEAS TO BE CONSIDERED SHOULD BE PHYSICAL WORKS, EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES.
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Imagine Epping closed on April 2.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas. We’ll be announcing the winning idea shortly!
HOW TO SUGGEST AN IDEA FOR Epping
Step 1: Create an account
Step 2: Share an idea
Step 3: Have a chat and vote
Step 4: The City of Parramatta will deliver one idea to the value of $5000
- Maintain and optimise traffic flow
- Less needless braking and re-accelerating by not-give-an-inch drivers and tailgaters...reduce noise and vehicle emissions for nearby residents especially at uphill sections
- Reduce last-minute merging, rear-enders, road rage etc.
- Avoid traffic bunching up into one lane, making it much harder for drivers at side streets without traffic lights to enter Carlingford Road...leading some of them to pull dangerous moves if not accidents
So that people can walk past fresh vegetables and herbs and take some if they wish. People will also be able to see how their food grows and enjoy the fragrant smell of fresh herbs.
A] live in a clean and healthy environment due to no incorrectly-filled and/or overfilled wheelie bins attracting ants rats and disease
B] avoid hazards on/near the footpath and subsequent litigation due to either large rubbish dumped outside collection days and/or inappropriate rubbish e.g. building materials, broken glass etc.
C] know what to do with certain rubbish not meant for the wheelie bins or the roadside
D] residents both old and new are more aware, mindful of others and their duty of care to the environment they live in (not just within their units/apartments!) and be more vigilant, including the reporting of illegal dumping e.g. building materials and packaging at night from non-residents
A] can cross at pedestrian crossings near Chemist Warehouse, Coles, and the council car park in between without being hit/killed
B] should be courteous and considerate to drivers and seek to cross in groups…need bright eye-catching signage in multiple languages?
2} Drivers (especially those unfamiliar with Australian road rules and would only learn by either losing face or tangibly through fines and/or demerit points) are made aware that:
A] pedestrians have right of way in Australia
B] “no risk of hitting a pedestrian” does not mean not slowing down/speeding up/cutting off pedestrians with only 1cm to spare - especially when these drivers subsequently have to queue at/stop for the red light at the Carlingford Road intersection anyway…they actually lose no time!
C] they must not drive onto the crossing if the road beyond the crossing is blocked
D] they must STOP for pedestrians *at the stop line* when exiting the council car park
E] they should use the overhead round mirror as they approach…and must STOP for pedestrians *at the stop line* when exiting the car park behind and under Coles and rejoining Rawson Street
F] they must *not* park/stop along No Stopping zones along Rawson Street to wait/pick up/drop off passengers or for a quick shop (very evident after say 6 on weekdays), especially in high-riding vehicles as they block the line of sight between other drivers and pedestrians leading to more injuries/fatalities
G] they should *not* zoom around blind corners around the car park area and when entering/exiting the car parks
H] allow room for cars within the council car park *and* in the oncoming direction to enter/exit the council car park *without* blocking flowing traffic and incite road rage etc.
So that there is a place for people to gather, to give Epping a Town Centre and to provide more much needed parking space for Epping.
Drive safely. There are always cars that risk running through yellow (and red) lights and there have been quite a few significant car accidents at this intersection over the past few decades.
There is currently a speed camera at the top of the hill next to Epping West (originally to curb speeding near the school) - cars naturally slow down at the top of the hill before charging down both sides, which sort of defeats the purpose of installing the speed camera.
Having a creek running through the area is such a nice part of nature. However, this creek is consistently full of rubbish - both in the water, and in the surrounding bushlands. This has caused it to smell, and unfortunately results in the local bush turkeys bringing up their chicks in the layers of filth.
Be safe on our roads by having clear lanes to travel in.
For example, Crossing Carlingford Road travelling north on Midson Road, two lanes merge into one - no traffic markings and quite dangerous; with regular 'near misses' Midson Road going South at Mobbs Lane and Terry Road both need a dedicated right turn lane.
enjoy the Epping streets when walking and exercising even with high rise development
So that future generations are aware of the history of Epping. Given the rapid redevelopment of Epping in the coming years it would be great to have past images of Epping amongst the town centre and train station.
Many children travel to local high school from Epping train station. There is no kiss & ride area in the east side of train station now. Quite challenging for parents to drop off or pick up children at train station.
The Oval was at the very southern end of Hornsby Council and probably the reason it was neglected.
Somerville Park is used by many sporting groups, schools and residents. It lacks playground facilities, and is lacking in trees, shrub and garden planting especially around the outskirts towards Blaxland Rd
There are many positive reasons for Parramatta Council to plant greenery and shrubbery in Somerville Oval and upgrade the play equipment including:
1. To help local native wildlife, It provides the final piece to the bush corridor along Terry’s Creek linking Edna Hunt Sanctuary Epping, Somerville Oval Epping, Vimera Reserve Epping ,Pembroke Reserve Epping all to the Lane Cove River National Park (see attached Bush Corridor Photos)
2. Offer better protection from the sun for users of the park especially those families watching the sport,
3. Offer better protection from the road noise for the residents playing sport, the childcare and those many using the park for Tai Chi,
4. Offer protection by creating a natural barrier/fence to stop children (especially from the childcare and playground) from running straight onto the ever increasing traffic on Blaxland Rd, &
5. To beautify the oval,
6. Great for the environment
7. Improve the playground so children who live in units have somewhere to nice to play.
Sample photos have been attached of parks on busy roads that have been tree lined to offer noise reduction & visual screen and protection eg. Barlett Park Ermington, Lions Park West Ryde, Yamble Reserve Ryde. I have also included plans for tree planting and the bushland corridor
This idea was submitted on behalf of Tony
Epping was once a leafy suburb with beautiful old home with lots of character. The new highrise buildings are not in keeping with our suburb and are not suited to the environment. The LEP and DCP need to be adjusted to ensure future buildings fit in with the character and old world charm of Epping. Their landscaping could also be improved.5People are upset to see the character of Epping being lost. This would help to give Epping back its identity and character. It would help people to belong to the suburb and not feel they could be living in any city in the world.
Lift traffic off EPPING and beecroft road whom not going to EPPING. Most open space within the area are not within walking catchments from one side to another. Driving across to the other side to use the library and/or the pool and open spaces talks too long as traffic are very heavy.
Turn onto Carlingford Road without having to wait multiple red lights and/or use brute force to make those turns against oncoming traffic