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Kent Street Improvements

The City of Mitcham is inviting feedback from the community on a draft concept to enhance the streetscape and improve stormwater management in Kent Street, Hawthorn by 5pm Tuesday 4 July 

As part of the City of Mitcham’s infrastructure renewal program, the reconstruction of Kent Street, Hawthorn from Cross Road to George Street is included in the Draft Capital Works Program 2017/2018. 

To enhance the streetscape and improve stormwater management a concept has been developed to include permeable concrete block pavers for the parking lanes on both sides of Kent Street and the footpath renewal segments on the eastern side of Kent Street. These paved areas will enhance the streetscape and improve stormwater management. Permeable pavements and footpaths capture and store stormwater for the benefit of the street trees and other vegetation in line with water sensitive urban design (WSUD) principles.  

Capturing and using stormwater will create an opportunity to provide additional water to the existing trees and will also reduce our impact on the environment and our infrastructure. As an added benefit the pavers would serve to define the car parking spaces rather than using linemarking. 

Another feature being considered is the introduction of WSUD entry statement landscaped rain gardens at the Kent Street intersections with Devonshire Street, Hampton Street and Cross Road. These protuberances would provide additional definition to the parking lanes as well as additional water for vegetation. 

What is Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)? 

WSUD uses natural elements to capture and clean the stormwater and allow it to soak into the ground providing a source of water for trees and grass. This allows the traditional underground pipes that typically carried water from the streets to larger drains, to be made smaller or removed. The capture of stormwater can be undertaken using any combination of the following WSUD elements: 

  • Rain gardens – uses plants to treat rainwater runoff before infiltration into the ground through material such as sand. Water is available within the sand bed for use by plants during dry periods. The selection of plant species would be sensitive to the existing streetscape. (Notes on rain gardens included in Attachment 1) 
  • Replacement of the existing asphalt road pavement, adjacent to the kerb and water, with permeable concrete block pavers which would provide additional water to the existing vegetation as well as clearly defining the parking spaces. (Notes on permeable pavements included in Attachment 1) 

What are we proposing?  

Option 1 includes:

  • Permeable concrete block pavers in the parking lanes and footpath renewal segments to enhance the streetscape and improve stormwater management and minimise water ponding against the kerbing.
  • The pavers would serve to define the car parking spaces rather than using linemarking alone.
  • Installation of rain gardens at the Kent Street intersections with Devonshire Street, Hampton Street and Cross Road. These protuberances would provide protection for the parking lanes as well as additional water for vegetation. 

Option 2 includes:

  • Replacement of existing kerbing and road pavement like for like. 

What are the benefits for the local residents? 

The residents and other road users will benefit from the creation of enhanced visual amenity of the street as the rain gardens’ and permeable paving will provide clearly defined car parking spaces as well as the added environmental benefits achieved by the capture and storage of water for the vegetation along the entire streetscape. 

You can view the concept options at: 

Kent Street Hawthorn Concept Plans

Mitcham Library, 154 Belair Road, Hawthorn

City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park 

How can you provide feedback? 

A written submission on your preferred option is invited by 5 pm Tuesday 4 July 2017 by: 

  • Downloading and completing a feedback form Kent Street Hawthorn Feedback Form(53 kb)
  • Completing the online feedback form below;
  • In writing addressed to City of Mitcham, PO Box 21, Mitcham Shopping Centre, Torrens Park  SA  5062; or
  • Email mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au 

Each written submission must include your name and address. The Council will consider all submissions received by the due date. However any submissions received that do not provide this information may not be included in the consultation process. 

Please indicate if you would like your name and address kept confidential however these details may potentially be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act 1991. 

For further information, please contact Ms Caren Blythe, Project Engineer on 8372 8888 or email mitcham@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au.

Kent Street Hawthorn
Council is seeking your feedback on a concept to enhance the visual appearance of Kent Street while improving stormwater management and renewing existing infrastructure.

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