Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Leith?

What do you feel about parking in your area? Many Leithers will have received a big leaflet through the door about the proposal to introduce controlled parking across a very wide area of Leith (basically from Abbeyhill to the docks). The Council is now seeking the views of residents, but unfortunately have only allowed a short period for this consultation – your views must be in by 10th November 2019.

This could make a HUGE difference to life in Leith – some will feel for the better, and some will oppose bitterly. It is important that everyone’s voice is heard. So PLEASE respond to this consultation. You can do so online at www.pclconsult.co.uk/edinburghcpz 

If you didn’t get a  leaflet, you can see it at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/parkingreview

There is a chance to go along and look at the plans and ask questions – do take this chance!

  • St. Paul’s Church, 1b Pilrig St, EH6 5AH on Thursday 31 Oct 2019, 4-7pm
  • North Leith Parish Church, 1a Madeira Pl, EH6 4AW on Tuesday 5 Nov 2019, 4-7pm
  • Fort Community Centre, 25 N Fort St, EH6 4HF on Wednesday 6 Nov, 11am-2pm

When you respond, remember that this is not just a ‘Yes / No kind of issue. You can give your view about particular streets or areas. You can express your opinions about different kinds of parking control. There is not just one kind: there is permit holder only; pay and display; mixed permit holder/pay and display(8:30-5:30). There is also Priority Parking Area (PPA) which may be more suitable for some areas. This stops all-day commuter parking by requiring a permit or paid ticket for a short period in the middle of the day, but not all day, read more here

Community Councils Together on Trams: Minutes of meeting held on Thursday 26 September 2019

Leith Links Community Council is a member of ‘Community Councils Together on Trams’ alongside Leith Central Community CouncilLeith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council and New Town & Broughton Community Council. CCTT is the coalition of Community Councils who meet regularly to discuss, scrutinise and influence the intended continuation of the Edinburgh Tram system to Newhaven.

Actions and decisions are in italic.

Abbreviations

BAFO = best and final offer
CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams NTBCC = New Town & Broughton Community Council
CEC = City of Edinburgh Council OBC = outline business case
CPZ = controlled parking zone POLHA = Port of Leith Housing Association
CS = Constitution St SRWR = Scottish Roadworks Register
ECI = early contractor involvement SPC = swept-path contract
EIA = environmental impact assessment TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group
FBC = full business case TEC = CEC’s transport and environment committee
ISC = infrastructure and systems contract TfE = Transport for Edinburgh
LB = Lothian Buses TM = Traffic management
LCCC = Leith Central Community Council TMRP = traffic management review panel
LHNCC = Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council TN = Trams to Newhaven project
LLCC = Leith Links Community Council TRO = traffic regulation order
LW = Leith Walk TT = trams team

TAPOG is CEC’s leader and vice-leader, CEC’s transport convenor and vice-convenor, and transport spokespersons from each party

1 Welcome, introductions

1.a Attendance

Charlotte Encombe CCTT/LCCC Andrew Mackenzie CCTT/LLCC Harald Tobermann CCTT/LCCC
Rob Levick CCTT/LHNCC Sally Millar CCTT/LL CC Chris Wilson TT/CEC
Jennifer Marlborough CCTT/LHNCC Bruce Ryan CCTT minutes secretary Darren Wraight TT/CEC

1.b Apologies

None

2 General update by TT team

This follows, as much as possible, the headings on TT’s slides, rather than the agenda published by CCTT.

D Wraight reported as follows:

2.a ECI period is now concluding

  • Work is on schedule as it nears the end of the ECI period:
  • ECI has been very successful.
    • The contractor had 13 key deliverables for the ECI period. These deliverables will provide more certainty on cost and programme.
    • The contractors ECI submissions are on programme
  • The next stage of ECI is to go through the governance system, i.e. reporting to Boards in week beginning 30 September.
  • TT is carrying out due diligence on information supplied by the contractor.
    • For example, the [construction] programme is not yet locked down.
  • If all goes to plan, which is expected, CEC will notify the contractor to proceed on 4 or 5 October.

2.b Traffic management plans for construction commencement finalised

  • TM is a key ECI deliverable.
  • TM for the construction phases commencing first has been prioritised .

2.c TM for other sections continues to be developed.

  • This differs from the original ECI deliverable. It was agreed by the TMRP that as some phases will not commence for up to 2 years, that it would be more appropriate to sign off closer to construction to allow an informed decision to be made.
  • It was agreed that TM must be approved by TMRP 12 weeks before the start of any piece of construction.
  • 12 weeks gives time for notification to LB (so they can notify and register changes to routes) and to SRWR.
  • There is no consultation on TM with communities. However, TT will ensure CCTT is informed, and that there is overall a ‘stringent’ communications policy providing full detail.
    • CCTT stated that there had been no notification about the works on the roundabout at the end of Easter Rd.
    • TT responded that this work was not part of the TN project.
    • TM was part of the initial consultation; relevant information has been in the public domain for 18 months.
    • LB does not have to reregister everything. It depends on the size of change. (TT did not have details of thresholds.)
    • SRWR requires a maximum of 12 weeks’ notice for registrations.
  • The public will get a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice before construction starts anywhere.
    • If public notification is possible earlier, TT will do so.
    • LB is yet to confirm proposed notification timelines.
      • TT meets with LB fortnightly. LB experience is that if people are notified too far in advance, this causes confusion. The optimum time for strong public notification is 2 weeks.
      • CCTT strongly contested this, noting that train timetables are published 12 weeks or more in advance.
      • Action: TT to ask LB to send a representative to one of these meetings to talk about notification processes.
    • This does not mean that TT can’t do other communications prior to 4 weeks before construction starts.
    • CCTT called for information that would affect people’s regular schedules (commuting etc) to be published much sooner.
      • TT responded that the communications plan is an ECI deliverables, and has yet to be approved by the board.
      • The TMRP will continue to convene throughout the course of the project to monitor TM and approve any additional measures..

2.d TRO proposed to commence end of November

This is the permanent legal order that manages movement on the ground.

  • TT anticipates this starting in November.
  • A statutory process must be followed, including
    • consulting with CCTT/community councils, emergency services, taxis
    • 28-day public advertising period. Within this, TT will hold at least 2 drop-in sessions covering the whole route.
    • Under the tram Act, no objections covering matters within the ‘limit of deviation’ (~20m along each side-street) need go to the reporter. That is, TEC can decide on all such matters.
    • Other matters outwith the limit of deviation will be done as necessary, but using other appropriate processes.
  • TT has been in discussion with the CEC parking team, to ensure suitable information-exchange.
    • CCTT expressed concern that the public would complain about facets of the TRO.
    • TT responded that the Restrictions in the TRO have been in the public domain for quite some time. However, the TRO process gives people opportunities to formally object.
      • Objections will be given appropriate consideration, following due processes.
      • There was discussion of when, where and how many drop-ins are needed to ensure effective communication.
  • CCTT asked whether there is guidance on what are material objections for TRO matters.
    • TT is open to hearing, and acting on, practical objections. These are likely to be based on detailed local knowledge.
    • Action: TT to check into relevant guidance.

2.e Foot of the Walk to Ocean Terminal cycle link

  • It will not be possible to cycle on Constitution St.
    • The Active Travel community first raised this issue during the initial consultations.
  • Initially TT applied for Sustrans funding, and has been going through options appraisals.
  • The stakeholder group (including reps from community councils) had not met for several months, but TT convened it to consider the top three proposed routes.
    • These will be made public in due course and so are not minuted here.
    • However, a preferred route was chosen by the stakeholder group.
  • AECOM now needs to create more detailed design, probably covering 2 variants.
    • These will then go out to consultation. Consultation will allow other proposals to be made.
  • TT’s aim is for Leith to gain an asset, rather than design solely for cyclists.
    • CCTT very much supported the idea of a local asset.
  • The focus is on the spinal route, but local connections (including pedestrian use) that feed in will not be ignored.
  • CEC’s Active Travel team will be involved in this, and a phased approach will be used.
    • That is, TT will deliver part of a Leith masterplan, and AT will deliver other parts over time, using other budgets.

3 TM Discussions

TT showed a draft, indicative high-level drawing of the construction phasing.

3.a General points

  • Once notice to proceed has been issued, TT will publish the construction phasing plan – including dates.
    • The completion date is still expected to be Q1 2023. This is when trams would start taking passengers.
  • Enabling works from London Rd to Manderson St will be to enable TM, e.g. creating a city-bound running lane for buses.
    • Some of this work will change footpaths, move associated lighting, phone boxes etc. Other parts include more digs to explore how utilities can be diverted.
    • But there will be traffic flowing in both directions along LW at all times. All signalised crossings will remain.
  • Final drawings are due soon. They can then be discussed with CCTT.
    • Dates will be provided once notice to proceed has been issued.
  • TM on LW for enabling works will be continuous. However, it will be organised in 4 parts.
    • Only 2 non-contiguous parts (i.e. 1 and 3, 1 and 4, 2 and 4) can be worked on simultaneously.
  • TT needs to consider what will happen between the end of enabling works and the start of construction works.
    • TT can only finalise and publish this once all such plans have been finalised.
    • However, the intention is that parts will be opened as soon as their enabling works are finished.

3.b Constitution St TM

  • This is being considered in several sections:
    • Foot of the Walk to Laurie St, to enable access to Kirkgate House at all times.
    • Laurie St to Coatfield Lane
    • Coatfield Lane to Queen Charlotte St (This is in phase 2, to enable access to Coatfield Lane at all times.)
    • Queen Charlotte St to Constitution Place, with subsections:
      • Queen Charlotte St to Baltic St
      • Baltic St to Constitution Place.
  • All relevant TM will start around 15 November, but junctions will not be blocked.
  • Drawings are being checked by TT, SFM, the emergency services, LB and other CEC functions before they go to TMRP.
    • CCTT is welcome to examine hard copy of the drawings once notice to proceed has been issued.

3.b.i Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane

Timeline: This work will occur from November 2019 to April 2021.

  • This section will be closed except to construction traffic and emergency services.
    • Access to Kirkgate House will be maintained.
  • There are no marked disabled parking spaces in this section.
  • A footpath must be closed due to work on South Leith Parish Church’s wall.
    • Hence there will be suitable crossing points that comply with needs of disabled people etc.
    • Access to the church will be maintained by various means/routes.
  • Bus routes 16 and 12 will be diverted. (Details will be provided asap.)
  • TT aims not to divert the main flow of traffic along side-streets.
  • There will be relevant signage and communications via the website etc.
  • CCTT asked whether TT could supply diversion details to GoogleMaps and satellite-navigation suppliers.
    • TT responded that there is a relevant process.
    • Action: TT to look into this
  • Coatfield Lane will be controlled using traffic-lights.
  • Work will also cross many private accesses.
    • SFN has been offering owners alternative parking provision, by getting use of other nearby land.
    • The Council as Roads Authority has powers to close all accesses however there is a contract obligation on the contractor to provide alternatives
  • One of the communication tasks is to deter parking in ways that would block diversions or otherwise cause problems.
    • This will include using variable signage out with the area, so cars are less likely to be in the area.
  • Domestic waste bins will be either moved to the end of the works, or side streets.
    • Bins will be placed in a location where refuse lorries can collect. If required these will be moved by the operatives..
  • Traffic flow into Great Junction St at the Foot of the Walk will not be impeded.
    • Detailed traffic modelling is in progress to understand how this will be achieved through further phases

3.b.ii Queen Charlotte St to Constitution Place

Timeline: This work will occur from November 2019 to October 2020.

  • This is to enable access to Coatfield Lane at all times.
  • Traffic management will go on this area around 15 November.
  • In this section, CS will be fully closed to traffic, but the footpath will remain open.
  • Bernard St/Baltic St junction will have two running lanes and pedestrian crossings at all times.
    • The enabling works will include moving Rabbie Burns (who will get cleaned), and moving the running lanes (and associated TM) as needed to complete utility-work and tram-work north and south of the centre of the junction.

3.b.iii Queen Charlotte St to Maritime Lane

  • This subsection of CS will also have full closure, but Maritime Lane will be kept in operation throughout.
    • A series of drawings of bin-locations will be published, along with a pamphlet and on-street signage (also about loading, logistics etc).
      • There will be a logistics hub on Mitchell St.

3.b.iv Baltic St to Constitution Place

  • As at other junctions, running lanes will move north and south as needed to enable work north and south of the centre of the junction. There will be a signal at Constitution Place.
  • Parking may be changed if it causes problems with deliveries or for residents.
  • Training of construction workers will include them being eyes and ears to understand and report what is not working.
    • Construction workers are contractually forbidden from parking in side-streets.
      • There will be a large yard (including parking spaces for construction workers) within the area.
      • CCTT asked whether construction works could be bussed into work, thus reducing problems with parking.
      • TT replied that this is used frequently by constructors on other projects. However, there is no legal sanction preventing construction workers from parking where it is legal to do so. While contractors can use disciplinary procedures to deter unwelcome parking by their staff, it is better to make such parking unattractive.
      • Also, TT will react quickly to unwelcome parking, and is aware that such problems will arise occasionally.
  • CCTT suggested that people like helpful diagrams.
    • The phasing plan will show how construction areas will overlap.
  • CCTT asked for publication of progress GANTT charts to enable (public) understanding of planned progress, especially when work-phases are due to overlap.

4 Other construction discussions

TT showed a draft pictorial cross-section of how LW work will appear. A similar drawing is being prepared for CS.

  • CCTT asked for these to be published.

5 Communications

TT has a very detailed communications plan. Communications methods will include

  • face to face/logistics hubs/on street
  • ‘meet the team’ events
  • tram information points
  • direct mail
  • contact centre (handling phone and social media conversations)
  • email newsletter
  • website
  • hoardings and advertisements
  • press/media handling

There will be messaging about mitigations during enabling works on CS, and (probably) LW. This should start around 7-8 October, including both generic messaging and specific messaging about CS, e.g. about buses, bins.

  • Messaging will be targeted to relevant people and businesses.
  • Residents can tell logistics hubs ‘I have a delivery from X on date/time Y/Z’’ and logistics staff will facilitate it.
  • TT is keen to be digital-first. All relevant information will be on the website, which will be monitored to keep it useful.
    • There are ~1500 residents and 400 businesses signed up for mailing.
      • TT may be able to section the emailing list by area, so residents and businesses receive only relevant info.
      • There will be sections of the website with information for different areas.
  • TT will advise CCTT about details of the the comms plan once notice to proceed has been issued.

6 Other discussions

  • Final design: there has been little change in terms of public look and feel. However, there are engineering changes:
    • For example, track-slab depth and drainage levels are changing from indicative versions to actualities.
    • Hence detailed design is not yet finished.
    • The TICZ is complete, so Morrisons can do their work.
    • There are three stages to the design process: outline, developed, detailed.
      • The latter includes presence/absence and types of gullies.
  • CCTT advised that TT not only communicates work in progress, diversions etc, but also the asset that Leith/Edinburgh will gain, so that people have some hope.
  • There was discussion of the types of drawings that are ready and are in progress.
    • For example, some TM drawings are not yet at TMRP-approved detailed stage.

6.a Material changes to project timeline, if any

Constitution Street: detailed overview

  • FOTW to Coatfield Nov 19 to April 2021
  • Queen Charlotte St to Constitution Place Nov 2019 to Oct to 2020
    • This is to allow access to Coatfield at all times
    • TM goes on around 15 Nov

7 Future meetings (post ECI): dates, topics and attendance

  • CCTT recommended not meeting in October, because CCs will be going through elections.
    • Hence some CCTT members may no longer be CC members, and some CCs may cease to exist.
    • Also, ECI ends 15 October 15.
  • TT responded that it wants to widen these meetings to become a community engagement forum.
    • However TT’s gut feeling is that these meetings work well, so it wants to keep them going as-is until Christmas.
    • It doesn’t want to separate them into meetings for individual CCs, because there will be common issues and (hopefully) positive aspects that should be used throughout.
    • Hence it would prefer to meet in October, given that go-live will be around 2 weeks before the October meeting.
    • This would enable CCTT to give timely feedback on comms etc.
    • An interim meeting on or around 15 October was suggested.
    • This (or the end-of-October meeting) could also examine effectiveness of comms about enabling works
  • CCTT acknowledged the advantages of CCs working together. It favoured monthly meetings, as happen now.
    • TT acknowledged the trust that now existed between TT and current CCTT members.
    • TT wants to keep being open and honest with CCTT via these ‘useful’ meetings.
    • TT thanked CCTT members for their helpful input.
  • Action: CCTT members to discuss how it will work after the CC elections.

Update – Duke St./Easter Rd. and Leith Links area road works

Hot off the press – the latest bulletin on the Duke Street / Easter Road roundabout and resurfacing works in the area, from the Council’s Transport Design and Delivery team. (aka If you were thinking of driving anywhere around Leith Links in the next few weeks, perhaps you’d better think again……)

Scottish Power attended site last Friday (18th Oct) to disconnect the lighting column and we are removing the roundabout today (21st Oct).

This week we also have Siemens on site to start installing the new traffic signal equipment and we will also use this week to complete all outstanding kerbing works for the junction.

Next week we will hopefully complete the footway works, start to install the new lighting columns and resurface the junction over the course of a few night (dates below). We will also need to remove the old PUFFIN crossings and create the lay-by at Vanburgh Place for the bus stop but this cannot be started until the new traffic signals are operational.

So between this week and next week we will be mostly complete bar some minor works and snagging. Hopefully after 3 weeks we are completely finished and off site.

Please be aware that we also have a lot of other resurfacing work ongoing at the moment. Please find below a provisional programme of those works

  • East Hermitage / Restalrig Rd junction   25-28 Oct (Links Gardens Closure with 3 way TTL’s)
  • Links Place  29-30 Oct   (Straight closure. Diversion via Constitution Street, Duke Street)
  • Easter Rd Roundabout  31 Oct-4 Nov (Close Duke St eastbound at Duncan Place and 3 way TTL’s. same closure and diversion as this week)
  • Academy Street  5-6 Nov  (Also close Duke Street eastbound between Leith Walk and Academy Street to assist. Diversion via Constitution >> Queen Charlotte >> Duncan Place or Gordon Street

(Programme subject to change as a result of wet weather)

from: Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery

Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council

G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

Roundabout works at Duke Street / Easter Road – latest Update

Rather than trying to summarise or paraphrase this information, we are passing it on to local residents exactly as it came to us from City of Edinburgh Council, with thanks to Steven Blacklaw for keeping us posted so comprehensively.

At present we are having to tentatively work around each side of the junction while the old roundabout remains in place.

The roundabout cannot currently be removed while we wait for Scottish Power to disconnect the lighting column located in the middle of the roundabout. We are pushing them every day to confirm a date to carry pout the disconnection.

As such the roundabout cannot be removed at present which means we cannot construct the new kerb line on the northside in front of the former Leith academy building. So we have been tentatively working around the other corners while trying to maintain space for normal traffic while the existing roundabout is in place.

With regards progress, we have almost completed the footway works outside the shops on Duke Street. The final piece of that puzzle will be to remove the old pedestrian crossing once the new traffic lights are installed, and complete the kerbing and slabbing work outside Bombay Spice.

The contractor is currently working at the foot of Lochend Road and will complete the new kerb line and resurface the footway this week before removing the old pedestrian island and widening and resurfacing the footway up towards the corner of Burns Street.

Over on Vanburgh Place, the new bus shelter has been installed and once the new traffic lights have been installed we will remove the existing pedestrian crossing (the equipment will be recycled at another location) and create the new bus stop lay-by.

At the same time we hope to have the roundabout removed (replacing it with cones so that cars can continue to use it as a roundabout for a while longer) and start the new kerb line and slabbing outside the former Leith Academy which will start to completely reshape the junction. As such there will come a time when the junction can no longer operate as a roundabout and we will require temporary traffic lights at some point in October however we hope to keep this as short a time as possible. Siemens will take approximately 1 week to install the new traffic signals so I would hope its not much longer that 1 week of temporary traffic lights.

I estimate around another 3 weeks before the new traffic lights are installed at the junction and we start to see something near completion.

Once the new lights are operational, we will remove the double pedestrian crossing on Easter Road and a new pedestrian refuge island will be installed in its place.

The whole junction and the approaches will all be resurfaced over 2/3 nights which will require temporary traffic lights but I hope to do this before the new permanent traffic lights are operational so that we only have 1 period of temporary traffic lights (instead of temporary lights, new permanent lights installed, then back to temporary lights again for a few nights).

Once the contractor has left site, I will arrange for the current site compound to be resurfaced and we will look into contacting an artists about some artwork on the surface to improve the visual aspect of the park entrance from Vanburgh Place. Transport for Edinburgh (who manage the Just East Cycles contract) have been in touch about locating a bike hire station in the area again once works are complete – this time on Duke Street outside the former Leith Academy in an area less secluded to avoid a repeat of the previous vandalism.

We have had contact about rehoming the plants and once we have a date for removing the roundabout I will contact these people again to arrange rehoming the plants. Tree pits are still proposed for the footway outside the former Leith Academy and I will try and bring in some of the Corten steel planters from Leith Walk once they become available in October. We can perhaps discuss suitable locations for these once all the new footway works are complete.

Finally, the resurfacing of Easter Road will commence on October 1st under nightshift working. The work will be carried out in phases from Duke Street towards London Road over the course of around 3 weeks but hopefully closer to 2 weeks.

Let me know if there are any issues or questions

Kind regards, Steven

from Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery
Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council
G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG
Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

£eith Chooses 2019/2020 launches

£eith Chooses is preparing to launch for another year with a special launch event due to be held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 18:30 in Leith Community Centre, to which everyone is welcome to attend.  

Very few details have been released yet by organisers, which include a representative of Leith Links Community Council, but what we do know is:

  • £44,000 of City of Edinburgh Council funding available.
  • £5,000 is the maximum grant per project.
  • Applications open on 1 October 2019.
  • Applications deadline is 6 January 2020.
  • Voting event to be held on 1 February 2020 in Leith Community Centre.

 

Click here to view the Facebook event for the launch event.

 

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Leith Links Community Council Meeting, 30th September 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be on Monday 30th September , at 6:30pm in the Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate.

If you live in the area, you are warmly welcomed to attend.

This is also election year for Community Councils and we hope that you may be keen to join us. If you are available to volunteer in your spare time and have an interest in a wide range of local issues we would be pleased to hear from you. The Community Council election period starts on 9th September and closes on 30th September.
AUGUST MINUTES Monday 26 August 2019

Leith Conference | 26th & 27th October 2019 from 11am until 4pm

Leith Conference is an opportunity for local people, community organisations and businesses to explore, identify and prioritise key issues affecting life for better or worse in our community.

As a partnership of Leith Trust and Leith Creative, the conference builds on a wide body of research about the area gathered over the last five years. Not just another discussion event, the weekend is instead an opportunity to move forward and agree joint actions for a plan, shaped by the people of Leith.

Join us to share experiences and have your say at this FREE event being held in North Park Conference Centre.

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Seafield Household Waste Recycling Centre briefing note

At a meeting of City of Edinburgh Council on 27 June, Councillor Kevin Lang tabled a motion regarding the new access/egress arrangements at Seafield HWRC. Transport and
Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes agreed to circulate a briefing note to elected members. That briefing note has been released to the wider community.

To view the briefing note as a PDF click here.

 

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Free stuff

Leith Community Centre has a massive amount of good quality essential household items and adult / young adult clothing looking for a new home on 19th & 20th October 2019.

Anyone can come & help themselves to anything they need, free of charge, regardless of their income or circumstances.

The partnership between Leith Community Centre Association SCIO & Recreate Scotland is aimed at reducing waste.

DUKE STREET JUNCTION WORKS UPDATE

This is what is happening –

Footway widening outside former Leith Academy building from Duncan Place is progressing with new slabs being laid this week. It will stop at the existing pedestrian crossing for now until the roundabout is removed in around 3-4 weeks.

The contractor is also widening the footway outside the shops on Duke Street and they are currently laying the new slabs – will probably be completed later this week.

The contractor will then remove some of the existing islands at Lochend Road / Vanburgh place and will widen the footpath at that location. At the same time they will also start laying new ducts for traffic signals outside St. Andrews Church on Easter Road (so there may be some temporary pedestrian walkways created to facilitate this).

The new bus shelter for Vanburgh place will be installed early September,  however the existing bus stop will be kept in operation until all works are complete.

The deadline has now passed with regards the plants in the roundabout and transportation of these to new owners will be arranged.

If any local residents living near the junction would be prepared to commit to watering them regularly, some trees in giant pots could potentially be relocated to the newly widened walkway, from Leith Walk. Let us know! Quickly!

City of Edinburgh Council is currently exploring the possibility of a mural on the footway as you enter the Links from Vanburgh Place,  and also discussing the option of planting additional trees at that same location. In addition, Transport for Edinburgh are exploring the possibility of utilising the widened footway outside the former Leith Academy building to reintroduce a cycle hire station on the basis that this location is more open and may be less susceptible to vandalism.

If you have any further queries, please directly contact:

Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery

Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council

G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

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