Stockbridge Town Centre – Spaces for People Phase 2 Proposal

Email from the Spaces for People team to local Ward Councillors and other key stakeholders including Stockbridge & Inverleith Community Council, Craigleith/Blackhall Community Council, West End Community Council and  the New Town & Broughton Community Council.   

Dear Councillors and Stakeholders

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Raeburn Place, Deanhaugh Street, Kerr Street and Hamilton Place

Following our email of 26 June advising that we would notify you once further details were available for the proposals above, we are pleased to be able to provide these now.

We would suggest that you view the  attached plan to see the detail of what is proposed. In summary it shows:

  • Due to narrow pavements intervention is required to widen footpaths on both sides of Raeburn Place, Deanhaugh Street and Hamilton Place adjacent to commercial properties, unfortunately, all of these streets have considerable street clutter that reduce the available width.
  • Additional parking/loading/unloading facilities will be provided on Cheyne Street, and other locations may be possible.
  • All Bus stops remain (with the two noted on Hamilton Place moved out to reflect the new temporary kerb line if necessary).
  • Unfortunately, due to the extremely narrow footway on the south side of Raeburn Place it is not possible to provide on-street loading or parking facilities in this area. The bus stop at this location will move out to the new temporary kerb line during phase 2 to provide additional space.
  • Significant footway widening along the full length of the high street from Dean Park Street to Hamilton Place, to provide opportunity for social distancing and business queuing.
  • Loading places are retained at several points throughout the area to provide space for deliveries to and collections from local businesses.
  • Widened footway on the north side of Kerr Street, including the narrow corner at St Stephen Street.

In the first instance these measures will be introduced quickly using temporary traffic management equipment, such as cones. Where deemed suitable, this equipment will then be replaced with more robust semi-permanent materials once available.

Given the urgency to make the required changes any comments relating to these proposals should be received by 1200hrs on Friday 10 July 2020 to spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk.

All feedback will be reviewed and where possible the scheme will be further refined. Feedback will be summarised in an assessment feedback form which will be presented to the Council Incident Management Team for approval. Please note that we will be unable to respond to each and every email.

If the proposal is approved for implementation, publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

Regards

Spaces for People Team