What you told us about new ideas for Sandringham Village

14 December 2022

In September and October 2022, we asked our community what they thought about two new ideas for Sandringham Village:

  • pedestrianising a section of Melrose Street
  • allocating an underground carpark to trader permit parking.

We heard from more than 350 people who visit, shop, live, work and own property or a business in Sandringham via an online survey, community pop-up events, written submissions and a webinar.

We wanted to know...

  • community support for a partial closure of Melrose Street
  • aspirations for future use of this space and concerns about the closure
  • community views about introducing a trader parking permit scheme at the carpark located at 122 Beach Road.

What you told us

Level of support for proposed partial closure

Survey participants (online and at pop-ups) were polarised about a partial closure of Melrose Street:

  • Most participants overall either strongly supported the closure (128) or strongly opposed it (108).
  • Most Melrose Street residents (9) strongly opposed the closure, with four residents strongly supporting it. Similarly, most Melrose Street businesses/traders (7) strongly opposed the closure, with three strongly supporting it.
  • Village property owners followed the general trend, with nine strongly supportive and 10 strongly opposed.
  • Sandringham residents beyond the Village area were generally more supportive (104) than opposed (86), and visitors to the area felt similarly.

Potential closure concerns

The main concerns were about traffic and parking demand and, among business owners, the direct impact on residential and visitor car parking.

Participants were also concerned about what the space will look like (49) and why the change is needed (46).

Aspirations for future use

The top three aspirations for the space were:

  • a place to sit down and eat or have a coffee (172)
  • a space for entertainment or events (144)
  • a space for pop-up shops or footpath trading (141)

This suggests the community would want flexible infrastructure to allow different activities to occur in the space.

Trader permit parking at 122 Beach Road

Participants were generally more supportive of a trader parking permit scheme at the underground carpark at 122 Beach Road, with 57% supportive and 28% opposed.

Find out more

Read the complete community engagement summary report

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