Simmons Street, Enmore/ Newtown - improving footpaths


Council is planning to improve the footpath in Simmons Street, from Sarah Street to number 41. This section of Simmons Street has many mature street trees which provide good shade cover but make the footpath narrow.

Council has investigated options for improving accessibility on the western side of the street, from number 41 Simmons Street to Sarah Street. The plan Council has developed would create a new, one metre footpath and provide landscaping where the existing footpath is. This would improve accessibility whilst enhancing the streetscape.

Traffic and parking:

The proposal will narrow the road by one metre while maintaining

Council is planning to improve the footpath in Simmons Street, from Sarah Street to number 41. This section of Simmons Street has many mature street trees which provide good shade cover but make the footpath narrow.

Council has investigated options for improving accessibility on the western side of the street, from number 41 Simmons Street to Sarah Street. The plan Council has developed would create a new, one metre footpath and provide landscaping where the existing footpath is. This would improve accessibility whilst enhancing the streetscape.

Traffic and parking:

The proposal will narrow the road by one metre while maintaining parking on both sides of the street and allowing two-way traffic. Three passing places would ensure vehicles can safely travel past each other. These would be located:

  • in the ‘No Stopping’ zone at the intersection of Sloane Street,
  • in the ‘No Stopping’ zone at the intersection of Fulham Street, and
  • a new space would be created between 77 and 79 Simmons Street.

‘No Stopping’ signs will be installed to reinforce the statutory rule of no stopping within 10 metres of an intersection. ‘NO Parking’ signs will be installed between 77 and 79 Simmons Street to create the passing place which would remove one parking space.

The plan…

The proposed upgrade will be constructed this financial year, subject to funding allocations. The proposed works include:

On the western side from Sarah Street to 43 Simmons Street:

  • move the existing sandstone kerb out one metre from its current position;
  • construct a new one metre wide footpath behind the proposed new kerb alignment;
  • remove the existing footpath and replace it with landscaped areas in front of the properties;
  • construct access to the properties using porous/ concrete paths from the new concrete footpath;
  • provide one new tree and replace one ailing tree;
  • repair any damaged existing private stormwater lines leading from your property (between the front boundary and gutter) within areas where the footpath is reconstructed; and
  • replace any old or damaged street signs

On the eastern side from Sarah Street to Sloane Street:

  • replace damaged sections of footpath with new concrete footpath on the eastern side from Sarah Street to Sloane Street;
  • expand the pits around all existing street trees as marked on site, to create verges filled with leaf mulch. The shape of the tree pits will change from rectangle to trapezium to make the footpath more accessible- see adjacent photo for an example of this;
  • work with residents who are interested in creating and maintaining a landscaped verge garden; and
  • coordinate any replacement or repairs you may wish to make to your driveway (if you have one) while contractors are working in your street (see attached fact sheet) at owners cost.

See the plans

Driveway replacement options

There is an opportunity for householders replace their driveways at the same as Council contractors are constructing the new foot paths. The process is different depending on whether householders would a) like to pay Council contractors to do the work or b) bring in their own contractors.

a) For householders who would like to pay for Council contractors to do the work at the same time as they replace the footpaths

1. Request initial approval by submitting this form to Council by Friday 3 February 2017

Council’s Request for Approval for Vehicular Access (driveway Step 1)

2. In most cases approval is granted, and householders can then liaise directly with Council’s Contractor who will supply a quote on request. Council’s contractor details will be provided following approval of your application.

b) For householders who would like to bring their own contractors in to do the work at the same time as Council contractors replace the footpaths

1. Request initial approval by submitting this form to Council by Friday 3 February 2017

Council’s Request for Approval for Vehicular Access (driveway Step 1)

2. In most cases approval is granted and then this form should be filled in and submitted

Council’s Application for Construction of Vehicle Crossing and Civil Works (driveway Step 2)

The forms can be submitted in person at Council's Admin Centre, 2-14 Fisher St, Petersham or by email to council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Driveways - who does what?

Under Section 218 of the Roads Act 1993, the property owner is responsible for a driveway and is liable for all construction and maintenance costs from property boundary to the road. As part of Council’s works we will repair sections of driveways, which have been damaged due to a utility service restoration or a Council tree. Any other damage to a driveway is the responsibility of the property owner.

Have your say

Get in touch with Council using the form below before Friday 3 February 2017 if you are interested in:

  • making comment on the design

  • creating and maintaining a new verge garden/s in your street

Any further questions?

For specific enquiries about this project contact Council’s Senior Engineer Investigation and Design, Ranji Nadarajah, on 9335 2211.

Feedback form - S4420-02:RN