As noted below, the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) considers the consultation to be deeply flawed. The inclusion of questions about measures not yet implemented is highly questionable. Until there has been an opportunity to evaluate the success or otherwise of any particular measures, it is impossible to make any valid judgment on whether they should be retained or removed. Many of the questions group cycling and walking together but the needs of these two groups are quite different making it impossible to properly judge the merits of specific measures for each of these groups. The survey is designed to encourage simple yes/no answers to questions about whether measures should be retained and does too little to obtain any insight into the consequences both favourable and otherwise from the implementation of the measures. The Commonplace Mapping tool would have been a far more effective means of obtaining genuine and considered feedback on the various measures that have been introduced. This lack of qualitative feedback will hamper any decision making by Council officials and Councillors. Edinburgh Council and its citizens deserve better than this hastily prepared and poorly designed survey.
With regard to the specific schemes already implemented in our area:
- We are in favour of continuing with the changes to The Mound and Princes Street East with some provisos.
- We are opposed to the measures on Waverley Bridge and London Road being retained and indeed believe that they should removed before the end of the current TTRO’s.
- We do not agree that any of the measures yet to be introduced in our area including those to Broughton Street, Broughton Roundabout, Bellevue, Rodney Street or Canonmills should be considered for retention until there has been an opportunity to better assess their effectiveness.
- We are also very concerned about the impact on traffic in our area of the planned changes to South Bridge and would urge that implementation is delayed until the consequences of the planned restrictions to vehicular traffic can be better understood.
The Council have just announced (see separate post) the temporary Spaces for People measures that will be implemented along the route from Canonmills to Broughton Street. While we welcome some aspects of the current plans including the widening of the pavements at the Broughton Road junction and the improvements made to a number of junctions along the route, we intend to highlight our disappointment with the overall package of measures. The current proposals largely ignore the feedback from the Commonplace Mapping conducted last year and make few meaningful improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety.
NTBCC received this notification from Edinburgh Council on 17 March.
Dear Councillors and Stakeholders
Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures
Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills
Please be advised that as part of overall emergency measures we are proposing, on Broughton Street running North to Canonmills, to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.
I have attached the proposed designs for the scheme. These show changes to the streets which, in summary, includes:
Click the graphic to access the full PDF.
- Introduction of sections of segregated cycleway and pedestrian buildouts on Broughton Street, Rodney Street, Bellevue and Canonmills.
- Removal of one lane on approach to Broughton Roundabout from East and North. Removal of railings and extension of pavements at NE, SE and SW corners.
- Relocation of some loading to side streets off Broughton St and Rodney St (marked by double yellow lines (DYL) with single blips.
- Some existing parking altered to blue badge parking only on Broughton St using DYL with single blips.
- Additional restriction of parking at all times alongside the segregation at certain sections
- Retention of blue badge parking along the route
- Retention of existing bus stops
- Removal of railings at Canonmills junction excluding pedestrian island and corner at Warriston Rd.
Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 14 October 2019 at 7.30pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading
Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 9 September 2019 at 7.30pm
Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.
In the chair’s absence at the start of the meeting, the vice-chair chaired the start of the meeting (items 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6).
1 Attendance and apologies for absence
||NTBCC Planning convener
||NTBCC Communications convener
||NTBCC Transport convener
1.1 Apologies for absence
||Cllr Amy McNeese-Mechan
||Leith walk ward
||Cllr Joanna Mowat
||City Centre ward
||Deidre Brock MP
|Edinburgh North and Leith
(adapted from an email from SGN)
I’d like to give you a brief update on our work in the Bellevue area which continues to progress well.
As you are aware we’re carrying out our work in five phases to help minimise disruption as much as possible. Phase three of our work will start in Bellevue on Monday 2 September. For approximately four weeks, both Bellevue and Bellevue Crescent will be closed and parking restrictions will be in place. If possible, we’ll keep some parking spaces available. Signed diversion routes will be in place for motorists and commuters.
We’ll be working Monday to Friday between 7am and 4pm, and extended hours and weekends when possible. Local residents will receive a letter in the next few days.
We know that this is a busy area and wish to assure everyone that work will progress as quickly as possible and we’ll be doing everything we can to limit delays and disruption.
Thank you for your patience and continued support.
Caroline Lawrie, Stakeholder and Community Manager
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Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 May 2019 at 7.30pm Continue reading