OPINIONS on the Frankston train station redevelopment are being canvassed by Frankston Council.
A draft submission to the state government’s Frankston Station Precinct Taskforce, headed by Frankston Labor MP Paul Edbrooke, outlines council’s “vision” for the $50 million revamp of the transport hub.
The draft, published on council’s website last week, states “the agreed vision” is “to achieve a high amenity, safe, landmark gateway destination that engages and connects people, spaces and transport services through inspiring design that delivers new vibrancy and invites new opportunities”.
Council wants to see “an iconic entrance” and “civic square featuring green park space and public art components” as part of the station redevelopment.
A multi-deck car park including office and retail facilities in partnership with Chisholm TAFE and “relocating government agencies” has also been suggested by council.
The Times revealed last week the car park component of the transport hub could be a public private partnership project with commuters possibly paying to park at the station (‘Station parking fees flagged’, The Times 16/3/15).
Young St traders have lobbied council to keep bus terminals at the front of the station, rather than move them to Fletcher Rd, and council’s draft submission proposes buses remain in Young St if improvements to parking and traffic flow are made.
Shop owners are concerned relocating buses will harm their businesses.
Council says Victoria Police agreed buses should remain in Young St.
Frankston mayor Cr Sandra Mayer said residents should make their views known now about the station redevelopment before council makes its official submission to the station precinct taskforce on 13 April.
“The Frankston station precinct is among the 12 most used in the state and council’s vision is for a precinct that reflects that level of importance and is easy for commuters to use,” she said.
“We have heard over the years what people want in this area and we now want to know if the draft accurately represents the community vision.”
The redevelopment of Frankston train station and its surrounds is a high-profile project for the Andrews government in the marginal seat of Frankston.
The deadline for public feedback is 6 April. A public meeting will be held at Frankston Arts Centre on Wednesday 1 April.
Registration to attend is required by this Friday 27 March.
See frankston.vic.gov.au for full details including council’s draft submission.