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We are now a step closer to the vision for the renewal of the village centre with Council endorsing the concept design plans at its August 2020 meeting.
The first stage of construction works will commence in Ross Park. Construction will see the upgrade of the playground and revitalisation of the open spaces in this central precinct. The project will be staged over several financial years as funding and grant opportunities become available.
Lennox Head has been a low-key and social, coastal village for some time. The community told us that these are essential characteristics to hold onto when making any improvements to the village.
Streets as Shared Spaces - A slow side path: not a fast shortcut is a program of temporary traffic calming and streetscape features aimed at improving safety and amenity for pedestrians and cyclists in and around Park Lane, Lennox Head.
Many of these features are based on community feedback received through the Lennox Village Vison engagement process, which has informed the Concept Plan for the Lennox Head Village Centre. Community members told us they would like to see improved safety, slower traffic, more shade and better accessibility at Park Lane.
This pilot program will test these features for permanent installation under a future stage of the Lennox Village Vision. The program of works will be installed from December 2020 and will remain in place for eight to nine months.
Streetscape elements will include the installation of:
Traffic and pedestrian data will be collected for the duration of the project to monitor its success and Council may adapt features where required. These works are funded through the NSW Government’s ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ program. This program supports local councils to pilot new and innovative ideas for streets as safe, shared public spaces.
Click on the concept plan for more details:
The Concept Design for Lennox Head Village Centre looks at ways that we can improve public amenity and make better streets and places for people within the village centre whilst at the same time celebrating what makes it special. To create the plan we used community ideas from years of engagement.
The study area includes Ballina Street, generally between Park Lane and Byron Street, Park Lane and Byron Street approximately between Ballina Street and Stewart Street.
View the Concept Plans as individual sheets by clicking on the relevant area button.
Find out more about the village by clicking on the links below:
We have engaged with lots of people in the community since 2018.
1953 responses to engagement activity received since 2018.
The following place directions developed at a community stakeholder design charette held in March 2020 synthesise the community values and priorities and build upon previous engagement outcomes.
Minimise negative impacts on the environment and maximise climate change mitigation
Offer a diversity of open spaces with a wider range of activities and amenities for all ages/interests
Celebrate what makes Lennox head village special: environmental, social, economic and culturally
Rebalance priority between people and cars to make it safer and more comfortable for all
Create a physical environment that supports self sustaining community social activity and events
Support local business diversity and fine-grain shop frontages to build attractiveness of the centre for jobs and night time economy - support diverse housing choices
These Place Directions act as a brief to guide decision making and act as criteria for prioritising investments that will achieve the most positive impacts.
Here are some other interesting facts and observations that had to be considered.
489 car spaces in the main village block
There are lots of places to park in the village centre that many people may not know about
is the approximate length of the main village block (Park Lane intersection to Byron Street)
1 space : 9 people
There is 1 carparking space per 9.3 people aged between 20 and 79 years.
54% of people
said they are willing to walk 250-500m or more than 500m to reach the village centre. Less than 10% indicated they are unwilling or unable to walk more than 50m.
A lot of engagement has been undertaken with the community and key users of the village centre.
Whilst the general community vision was united and clear, a number of specific features of the village centre generated significant discussion during community engagement. Based on the further discussions and refinement that occurred at the community design charette, this is what we have done:
Some people in the community wanted to see a playspace remain as a key function within Ross Park whilst others felt that Lennox Park was a more appropriate location. The draft concept shows the playspace remaining in Ross Park for the following reasons:
Some people in the community told us that they like to use this old picnic shelter because it provides protection from the wind or because they have fond memories of using this building as a child. Others felt that it was very unsightly, barely used and blocked views to the water from the main street.
The draft concept plan shows the brick picnic shelter as being removed and the following works proposed to address some of the community concerns:
Some people wanted a public toilet in Ross Park (especially parents with younger children that cannot “hold” to get to the current public toilets at Lennox Park) whilst other felt that the toilets in Lennox Park were enough (if upgraded). Given that the concept design shows a playspace remaining in Ross Park, a single toilet facility supports this use. The toilet facility will be a single unisex adaptable toilet only. More toilet options will remain available in Lennox Park as an alternative.
The DRAFT Concept Design further illustrates and resolves concepts and outcomes of extensive community engagement undertaken since 2018 and more recently a community stakeholder design charette process undertaken in March 2020.
Seven-council staff and 17 community members representing the following groups attended:
In addition, local residents randomly selected from a database in age groups 18-34, 35-49, 50-64 and 65+ were also invited to attend. Invitations were also extended to many other groups, businesses and residents. The following people attended the design charette:
Ballina Council Staff
The design charette weekend kicked off with a presentation from Steven Burgess of Complete Streets to charette participants and the wider Lennox community. Steven Burgess is an engineer and urban strategist with 30+ years’ experience in planning and designing resilient and liveable places. His presentation looked at the long-term relationships between urban form, mobility and community vitality and opportunities to build happier and healthier towns through better street making. Steven’s presentation provided information which was useful for charette participants in developing the concept design for the Lennox Head.
Over the course of the weekend, these participants undertook a series of exercises which responded to the extensive research and engagement undertaken to date to, set the brief for the future, provide design direction and prepare conceptual designs for various precincts within the study area. The outcome of the weekend charette was a preliminary concept design!!! A full report on the Design Charette can be viewed at the links below.
Council recently engaged Place Score to undertake community engagement as phase 2 of the Lennox Village Vision project.
This Place Score offers two data collection tools, Care Factor and Place Experience (PX) Assessments.
Place Score staff, Council staff and community volunteers collected face-to-face data between the 28th and 29th September, 2019 in Ballina Street Lennox Head. This data was used as the basis for a:
These two tools act like a ‘place census’ to capture what the community really values and measure the community’s lived experience. The analysis of both data sets help identify what is important, how a place is performing and what the focus of change should be. An attribute with a high Care Factor but a low PX Assessment should be a priority for investment.
The benefits of using a Place Score approach includes:
Analysis of both survey data sets identified the strengths and improvement priorities for Ballina Street, Lennox Head.
Village centre strengths – these are aspects that should be celebrated and protected.
Improvement priorities – the aspects of the village centre that are important to people but are currently under-performing and should be addressed in a main street upgrade process.
For Consideration - attributes to be aware of as they can become more significant issues. These are areas for further consideration in the future planning for the main street upgrade process.
A big part of our planning is to conduct community consultation. Consultation to date includes:
Council engaged Place Score to undertake community engagement as phase 2 of the Lennox Village Vision project. Place Score offers two data collection tools, Care Factor and Place Experience (PX) Assessments.
Place Score staff, Council staff and community volunteers collected face-to-face data between 28-29 September 2019 in Ballina Street Lennox Head.
The second phase of our community consultation focused on the trial of a one-way traffic arrangement for the village centre from 11 March 2019 until 17 April 2019.
The trial was established to give the community and council a practical understanding of how a one-way traffic arrangement and how various parking options would operate.
It was originally intended to conduct the trial through to July 2019 however following a forum hosted by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce many businesses expressed concern that their businesses were suffering declines in trade due to the trial, it was appropriate for Council to review the continuation of the trial.
At an extraordinary Council meeting on Monday 15 April 2019, Council approved the immediate cessation of the one way traffic trial for Lennox Head and resolved to advance the planning for the Lennox Head Village Renewal project based on the existing two-way traffic flow.
Council undertook community engagement and completed Phase 1 of the Lennox Head Village Vision in 2018. This provided Council with an understanding of the community’s priorities for streetscape renewal works in the Lennox Head village centre.
Both two-way and one-way streetscape concept designs were included in the engagement material. When asked if a one-way traffic arrangement option should be explored for street upgrade works 68% of the 500 respondents supported further investigation, 23% were against further investigation and 9% were unsure.
In response to this feedback, Council approved a trial of a one-way traffic arrangement for the Lennox Head Village Centre.
For more information download the community survey report (pdf).