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.
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading
NTBCC has published the following leaflet on Broughton St. It connects with these previous posts:
Click either image below to see the full PDF. The text of the PDF is reproduced below.
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.
Email from Martyn Lings (on behalf of the Spaces for People Team) sent to all nominated stakeholders including NTBCC as well as local councillors (from the City Centre, Inverleith and Leith Walk wards)
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.
The plans showing the detailled proposals can be seen here (7 sections covering the route from the Canonmills junction at Brandon Terrace, along Rodney Street, Mansfield Place, Broughton Street, ending at Picardy Place).
If you have any comments relating to these proposals, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1800hrs on Monday 22 March 2021.
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 individual emails.
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 – email@example.com
The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.
The following sets out the main points of discussion at the meeting of New Town & Broughton Community Council held on Monday 8 March 2021.
The meeting was attended by Community Councillors, local Councillors, those presenting on the George Street Development and members of the general public. The meeting was relayed by Zoom.
Complete minutes of the meeting will be presented in draft at the next meeting of the Community Council and when approved placed on the NTNCC Website.
George Street And First New Town Project
NTBCC has been asked by Trams to Newhaven to publish the following. Any queries should be sent to them, via one of these contact-methods. NTBCC was not consulted on these diversions.
Location: North-bound side of Leith Walk
Timescale: 15 March 2021 till Autumn 2021 (in sections)
To allow for the continued construction of the new tram line and to begin creating the segregated cycleway that is part of the final design for the project, we are now required to review the bi-directional cycle lane provision on the north-bound side of Leith Walk.
While these works are being carried out there will be restrictions in in place for cyclists. Sections of the temporary bi-directional cycleway that are currently in place will need to close. Where possible, alternative routes will be signposted for cyclists, however there may be instances when this is not possible.
There will be signage installed for cyclists accessing the north-side of Leith Walk to advise of these changes.