Grattan Place is a narrow one-way north-south access street in Richmond, near Hoddle Street.

Location of Grattan Place. Image credit: Apple Maps, highlight from Streets Alive Yarra.

The street has a chicane about 2/3 of the way down, which affects sight lines:

Chicane on Grattan Place. Image credit: Nearmap.

Drivers park on the east side of the street, and the footpath is too narrow to walk on.

On Grattan Place looking north. Image credit: Herschel Landes via Facebook.

Drivers often park on the footpath, which obstructs access to properties.

Home owner asking drivers not to obstruct their door. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

In February 2023 council applied new parking restrictions, we understand on-street parking was removed below property at 17 Grattan Place, i.e. at the top of the chicane.

Date of new parking restrictions. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra.

In August 2023, council reinstated on-street parking outside the properties at numbers 17, 19, and 21 Grattan Place.

Letter from council. Image credit: Herschel Landes via Facebook.
On-street parking reinstated. Image credit: Herschel Landes via Facebook.

Upcoming changes

Councillor Landes reports that the street will soon be changed to 20 km/h.

Image credit: Herschel Landes via Facebook.

Our view

Streets should provide safe access to properties, irrespective of whether people choose to walk, roll, bike, scoot, or drive. The footpath on Grattan Place is too narrow to use, or non-existent in places, so people need to walk on the street. If parking is to be retained, then the street needs to be designated as a 20 km/h shared zone, with people driving asked not to overtake people walking, rolling, scooting or biking.

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