Not only do we have GVA coming to outline their revised plans for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Dundas Street, but the City of Edinburgh Council’s Executive Director of Place, Paul Lawrence has accepted our invitation to address us on the Council’s latest plans to replace the Picardy Place roundabout with a 3 lane traffic “gyratory”.
Like many local residents and other stakeholders, Community Council members were shocked by the short timescales indicated in the September public engagement exercise. In a letter to the City Council’s Transport and Environment Committee we called for genuine consultation about the redevelopment of the Picardy Place roundabout site .-as reported in the Broughton Spurtle here. http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/picardy-place-reactions
We welcome the Committee response committing to further public engagement on the plans this autumn, but are concerned at reports from last Thursday’s meeting that the gyratory plans are now ‘embedded’ into the £60m+ Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) contracts the Council signed with St James Quarter developer TH Real Estate and the Scottish Government in June 2016- see Broughton Spurtle report here http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/no-major-rethink-picardy-place . We will be exploring with Paul Lawrence what opportunities for amendment and improvement there are, and will, as far as time permits, allow residents who attend to put questions to him.