Warriston Road : Bridge Works – Road Closure & 2-way Traffic from 6th July

Local residents  have received communication from Edinburgh Council that essential  refurbishment works are necessary on the two masonry arch bridges along Warriston Road -   the bridge over Warriston Road & the Water of Leith  (the ‘Warriston Road Railway Bridge’) as well as the narrow bridge over the Warriston Path (the ‘Warriston Road Bridge’).

Both structures  suffer from masonry and mortar defects - some of the masonry has spalled and can detach & fall -  creating a hazard to traffic and members of the public using the road / pavement  below. The planned refurbishment works will include clearing vegetation, repairing and repointing masonry and removal of graffiti.

The affected bridges are shown in the attached communication here from Edinburgh Council.

The road under the Warriston Road Railway Bridge will be closed as access is required to enable repairs to the underside of the arch over the road.

This closure will take place from Monday 6th July for two weeks (i.e. until Friday 17th July) and will only affect vehicles; the footpath remains open for pedestrians.

This closure will prevent vehicles that exit from Boat Green travelling towards Logie Green Road so the section of Warriston Road between the Canonmills junction and Boat Green will be converted to 2-way traffic.

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 September 2019

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

Susanna Beaumont NTBCC Carol Nimmo NTBCC Chair
Judy Conn NTBCC secretary Richard Price NTBCC Planning convener
Stephen Hajducki NTBCC Sheila Warnock NTBCC
Simon Holledge NTBCC Communications convener Alan Welsh NTBCC
Stuart McAllister NTBCC Alllan Jack NTBCC Transport convener
Jack Hugh NTBCC Alan Macintosh Broughton Spurtle
Susan Macinnes NTBCC ~35 residents

1.1 Apologies for absence

Jonathan Finn NTBCC treasurer Cllr Amy McNeese-Mechan Leith walk ward
Chrissie Ross NTBCC treasurer Cllr Joanna Mowat City Centre ward
Deidre Brock MP

Hal Osler

Edinburgh North and Leith

Inverleith

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Demolition to Start at the Former B&Q Site

Although there has been some minor exploratory work in the car park of the former B&Q store in Warriston Road, the developer (Artisan) now has in place the necessary permissions to start re-development of the site and intends to commence demolition, site clearance and other prestart works on Monday 23rd October.

The local residents group has raised an historical issue regarding the enforcement of the no parking restrictions mainly at the western end of Powderhall Road – it would seem that during the development of Powderhall Village, no relevant traffic orders were exercised at that time, such that parking restrictions are currently unenforceable. The necessary provisions are now belatedly being progressed by Edinburgh Council and thankfully, with the retrofit of the adjacent Fusion House from office use to residential now being complete, the pressure on parking on this section of Powderhall Road has eased somewhat but residents remain concerned about the impact of the low number of planned parking spaces in the new Canonmills garden development and the probable over-spill into Powderhall and the surrounding streets.

We are pleased that the developer for the B&Q site has at least made contractors aware of the limited car parking in the area and has arranged for all of their personnel to park within the B&Q site boundary.

The demolition contractors are Kinetic Demolition (www.kineticdemolition.com) who can be contacted on 0131-510-7170 in the event of a reoccurrence of irresponsible parking.

Coincident with the demolition, a pro-active programme of tree maintenance that will involve some thinning and felling” will be undertaken in the existing tree belt at the eastern edge of the site.

Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of a DIY store in the locality, very few will miss the aesthetic contribution of the current shed, its yard or its car park – including its carrier-bag catching fencing.

NTBCC are overall supportive of the proposed development which will provide much needed new homes (including 25% “affordable" units) on a brownfield site that is no longer  deemed to have a viable commercial use.

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Proposed Residential Development at the B&Q site on Warriston Road

The New Town & Broughton Community Council members visited the first of the public consultations in late July to see the initial thoughts by the developers, Artisan Group and appointed architects, Sheppard Robson. Their initial proposals for new residential buildings on the site were displayed in a series of exhibition boards, which can be viewed here.

In summary – the proposals include :

  • Proposal for 4 irregular-shaped blocks at the corners of the site, set back to a degree from Warriston Road, to include private gardens and a publicly accessible green link from Warriston Road to Powderhall Road.
  • Between 180 – 250 residential units with the blocks varying between 4 and 6 storeys, to match the buildings adjacent (ex Waterson’s warehouse - now residential) and Miller Homes development fronting St Mark’s Park to the east.
  • The design to respect both the view from Warriston Path across the site towards Calton Hill as well as other views southward across the city centre.
  • In common with their other recent developments, an emphasis on biodiversity-friendly landscaping, including potentially “living” roofs.
  • All parking for the site accommodated in the basements of the buildings but with the focus of encouraging pedestrian and cycle routes.

Overall, it is difficult to make a final judgement on the proposal given the level of detail available so far but our initial impressions were broadly favourable. Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of B&Q being on the site, very few will miss the contribution the current shed, its yard or its car park make to the aesthetics of this stretch of the Water of Leith.

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