Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 April 2021 at 7pm
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:
- 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.
Adapted from email to the New Town & Broughton Community Council received 2 July
PLANNED WORKS ON EAST CLAREMONT STREET / BELLEVUE ROAD – starting 13 July 2020 for 8 weeks.
Dear Community Council Members,
As part of an investment in Edinburgh’s roads and pavements for 2020/21, the east and west footways on East Claremont Street between the junctions of Claremont Grove and Broughton Road will be reconstructed soon with new paving flags. In addition, the west footway on Bellevue Road between Green St and West Annandale Street will also be resurfaced. These works will also include a renewal of the existing drainage facilities and an upgrade of the street lighting.
This work was previously scheduled to commence back in the Autumn of 2019 but got put back for varying unforeseen circumstances.
This work is now scheduled to commence on Monday, 13 July 2020 and will take approximately eight weeks to complete both locations. All works shall be carried out between the hours of 0700 to 1900 Monday to Friday.
To allow for the safe execution of the works, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is in place to suspend on-street parking as necessary. This is done to allow the works to be carried out safely and remove parked vehicles from the works area.
(adapted from an email from SGN, received 13:35 on 15 July)
I’m writing to let you know as part of the new St James Centre project, and to meet the increased demand on our gas network, we’ll shortly begin work in the Bellevue area of Edinburgh. This essential work will ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply and help us keep the gas flowing safely and reliably for all our customers well into the future.
We’ve worked closely with the local authorities in planning our project which will start on Monday 29 July and take approximately 22 weeks to complete.
To ensure everyone’s safety while we work, some road closures, temporary traffic lights and parking suspensions will be in place at times.
We’ll be carrying out the work over five phases to help minimise disruption. You can see where we’ll be working in the attached leaflet.
During phase one we’ll be working in Dundas Street and Great King Street. For the first two weeks of this phase, two-way temporary traffic lights will be in place in Dundas Street. Great King Street will be closed for the full six weeks. There should be no impact on customers’ existing gas supply.
Phase two – approx. 4 weeks
East of Scotland Street Lane and Bellevue Crescent will be closed to motorists.
Phase three – approx. 5 weeks
During phase three, Bellevue and Bellevue Crescent will be closed.
Phase four – approx. 4 weeks
Drummond Place and Scotland Street will be closed for the duration of this phase.
Phase five – approx. 4 weeks
Our final phase of work will take place in Scotland Street and East Scotland Street Lane. Both roads will be closed for the duration.
Signed diversion routes will be in place for motorists during all road closures.
We’ll be posting regular updates on our website https://www.sgn.co.uk/roadworks.Scotland-projects and using social media and traffic bulletins to keep residents and motorists informed.
Please feel free to share this information with your stakeholders, colleagues and anyone else who may be impacted by our work. All local residents are being notified.
If you have any specific enquiries about this project, please call us on 0131 469 1701 during office hours (8am to 4.30pm) or 0800 912 1700 and our customer service team will be happy to help.
I’d like to thank you in advance for your cooperation, support and understanding during this time.
Caroline Lawrie, Stakeholder and Community Manager
T: +44 (0)131 469 1701 (: 31701)
M: +44 (0)7747 7577 99
SGN, Axis House, 5 Lonehead Drive, Newbridge, Edinburgh,EH28 8TG