NTBCC minutes – Monday 10 August 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 August 2020 at 7pm

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 June 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s meeting, held via Zoom on Monday 8 June 2020 at 7pm Continue reading

Broughton Street Improvements – Proposal for Input into the ‘Spaces for People’ process

The New Town & Broughton Community Council is aware of the many comments submitted through the Spaces for People ‘Commonplace’ interactive tool in respect to improvements on Broughton Street and is supportive of any measures that would make Broughton Street safer for pedestrians and support local businesses.

Now that proposals for many of the designated ‘town centres’ and some other streets have been brought forward by Edinburgh Council, NTBCC  urge the Council to look further ahead and prioritise proposals for Broughton Street as soon as possible and take the opportunity to develop the street as a destination rather than as a thoroughfare.

We note the original proposal by Mark Lazarowicz on social media and his amended proposal which can be viewed here (email response to  NTBCC after seeing the draft minutes posted for the June NTBCC meeting). Mark’s proposals have been a welcome stimulus to debate. NTBCC’s initial view is that there is insufficient space to expand pavements on both sides, as well as retain two lanes of traffic and the required number of loading bays to support the many local, independent businesses - as well as create a proposed segregated cycle lane. In our view, this would result in a cluttered appearance, and encourage vehicles and (northbound) cycles to speed within their segregated spaces.

NTBCC’s current view is that -

  • Traffic should be reduced to two lanes (except at the junction with Picardy Place heading south)
  • Cycles should be encouraged to use the much safer Dublin Street, which also provides a direct link with the North St Andrew Street cycle lane and is the designated NCN 75 route. This would have the added advantage of encouraging cycles to avoid, where possible, the Picardy gyratory. Implementation of the long-awaited crossing at the junction of London Street and Drummond Place should be expedited to further improve this.
  • ‘Dwelling’ should be encouraged in the expanded footway, to attract trade for local business and improve the ambience for pedestrians in what is one of Edinburgh’s most attractive and characterful streets.
  • Pavements should be extended along much of the street on both sides, removing the 13 Pay & Display spaces (retaining an appropriate number of Blue Badge spaces) and, following consultation with local businesses, remove some of the loading bays (from the current 13 on Broughton Street)  to, for example, 4 on the east and 3 on the west sides. Another option would be to consider time windows for deliveries – similar to proposals elsewhere.
  • The pavement could be wider on the eastern, sunnier side to encourage “dwelling” (following a principle employed in the plans for George Street). Extension of the footway should if possible avoid plastic ‘wands’, which are obtrusive and unsightly and can be hazardous when moved out of position by vehicles or high winds.
  • In the longer term, low bollards as deployed on George IV Bridge should be used to prevent vehicles encroaching on pavements. We recommend that all bus stops be retained.
  • The street suffers from speeding traffic and the roadway should be made safe for cycling with physical traffic calming measures in both directions to enforce the 20mph limit. The main enemy of cycling in Edinburgh is speeding traffic.

NTBCC believe these proposals are consistent with the weight of opinion expressed on the Spaces for People ‘Commonplace’ tool for Broughton St. We believe that there should of course be further consultation and discussion with residents and local businesses, preferably by the SfP team. However, given the concerns expressed by some regarding the consultation process, NTBCC will also try to gauge the views of local businesses as well as input from residents’ associations.

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NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes – Monday 13 May 2019

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

NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 April 2019

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 8 April 2019 at 7.30pm Continue reading

Leith Street closures: May and June 2019

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council, Nuveen and Laing O'Rourke, received 23 April 2019. NTBCC's webmaster apologises for the late posting of this information - work circumstances got in the way.)

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Leith Street will close temporarily between the junction of Princes Street (Waterloo Place) and the turning into Calton Road. Laing O'Rourke would firstly like to say sorry that this was reported in the media before you heard the news from us. It was not able to share the news at that stage as the dates had not been confirmed.

The works will take place in two phases, with the road reopening in between:

Start date: 5 May 2019-19.00
End date: 25 May 2019 -0700

Start date: 6 June 2019-19.00
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Correction : Leith Street : Re-opens on Saturday 28 July

We have received a correction from "Together for Edinburgh" regarding the anticipated re-opening of Leith Street - now expected to re-open on Saturday 28 July and not Saturday 21 July as advised previously. Updated communication here.

“Together for Edinburgh” (a partnership between TH Real Estate, Lang O’Rourke and the City of Edinburgh Council) have announced that Leith Street will reopen to traffic in both directions by 6 am NEXT Saturday, ahead of this year’s Fringe Festival, following a programme of infrastructure improvement works which began in September 2017. They state that it has been “comprehensively reconfigured from the intersection with Waterloo Place to the junction with Little King Street”, and that “both southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be reopened to road traffic for the first time in 11 months. Bus services will also return to Leith Street on Saturday”.  More details on bus services through Leith Street available at https://www.lothianbuses.com/news/2018/06/service-change-29-july/

The northbound inside lane from Waterloo Place to Greenside Row will remain closed during the construction of the adjoining Edinburgh St James site. “Together for Edinburgh” also state that as enabling works continue on Picardy Place, some traffic management will also remain in place at the northern end of Leith Street.

The extended closure of Leith Street which has required long-term diversions via Abbeyhill for all vehicular traffic has enabled the renewal of infrastructure and utilities, “greatly reducing the need for any future works or repairs.”

Although Leith Street will reopen, there are a number of changes to traffic flows. Vehicular traffic will not be able to turn right from Calton Road northbound (towards Leith Walk) on to Leith Street, or be able to turn right from Leith Street (when heading towards Leith Walk) into  Calton Road  or left from Leith Street on to Waterloo Place ;  however, cyclists will be able to make a left turn at the top of Leith Street on to Waterloo Place.

Coincident with Leith Street reopening, Calton Road will reopen and the diversion route on George Street will return to its original operation this weekend, whilst the diversion route at Easter Road/Montrose Terrace/London Road will be removed after the August festival period, in early September. We understand that the same applies to the removal of the temporary closure at Carlton Terrace Brae.

Should you have any questions about the new layout, please contact Laing O’Rourke on 0782-336-2404 or esjcommunity@laingorourke.com.