Manningham Council had planned to create a bypass road through the residential streets south of Doncaster Hill to help ease congestion on Doncaster Road. Hepburn Road was to be extended across Clay Drive through to Tram Road via Frederick and Merlin Streets to carry south bound traffic but it now appears that the extension can only go as far as Clay drive because the area between Clay drive and Frederick Street, thought
to be a council reserve, was actually part of a major development site within the Doncaster Hill periphery and cannot be acquired. If the plan was to proceed, the full length of Clay Drive would become a collector road to take traffic from Hepburn Road and directly from Doncaster Road through to Tram Road.
A resident had asked Councillor Yang to investigate whether the privately owned parkland could be used by locals, visitors and residents of the Pinnacle development in return for council maintaining it. Council said they were not prepared to negotiate with the owner for temporary use of the reserve. They were unable to offer an alternative option but indicated they might be able to establish a pedestrian path through the private open space of any new building if the site was ever redeveloped. The path could then extend through the site, cross Clay Drive and establish a pedestrian link to a future reserve to be created on the south side Hepburn Road east, more than two hundred metres away from the Pinnacle apartments.