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Virginia community has its say on main street upgrade

Virginia community has its say on main street upgrade
Published 19 September 2019
The City of Playford is preparing to undertake a stage upgrade of Virginia’s main street with public consultation providing plenty of feedback.

The Virginia community has had its say on how its new main street will look when it is upgraded.

Two pop-up workshops were recently held in the Virginia Shopping Centre, with shoppers asked about improvements they would like to see in the town’s main street.

A total of 112 people provided their comments and suggestions.

Meanwhile, three community drop-in/workshops were also held where participants provided more detailed direction around the upgrade’s design elements.

Thirty-three people provided design comments, thereby participating in the design process.

“We aren’t surprised in any way that the community has so positively embraced the consultation on this exciting project,” City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said.

“Virginia is an important part of Playford and we’re excited to be receiving the views of residents about a project that will shape the look and feel of their home for many years to come.”

  • Resolve the street’s drainage issues;
  • Plant new trees and landscaping;
  • Fix the footpaths;
  • Address safety concerns for pedestrians crossing the street;
  • Make the street more attractive;
  • Address traffic movement issues at intersections;
  • Deliver an outcome that is suitable to the country setting;
  • Create a destination at the Virginia Institute Park.

Nineteen Virginia Primary School students also attended a workshop and the design team was impressed with the creativity of the students’ ideas

  • Fast food businesses;
  • A wishing fountain;
  • A chocolate fountain;
  • Fruit trees;
  • Sculptures in Virginia Rams colours;
  • In-ground trampolines.

A community survey has also been undertaken that has attracted around 200 responses.

A summary of a consultation report will soon be prepared and made available to the community via the City of Playford’s Engagement Hub.

A public exhibition of the design concept will be held later this year, providing an opportunity for the public to give further feedback.
Information about these opportunities will be provided at a later date.