Major Edinburgh placemaking consultation
From today, the eight-week consultation on the City of Edinburgh Council’s Consultation Hub will bring together three linked placemaking projects being led by the council and supported by numerous partner organisations.
Responses and suggestions will be sought on: the Edinburgh City Centre Transformation, the City Mobility Plan (successor to the current Local Transport Strategy) and plans for Low Emission Zones in the capital.
The consultation, entitled “Edinburgh: connecting our city, transforming our places”, centres on a prospectus which has been developed following extensive engagement with stakeholders between February and May 2018. Ideas and proposals contained within it have come directly from public feedback.
The prospectus sets out ideas to create a more active and connected city, a healthier environment, a transformed Edinburgh city centre, and improved neighbourhood streets.
Among the ideas up for consideration are pedestrianised streets, restrictions on ‘through’ traffic, bus and freight ‘hubs’, widened pavements and improved public spaces.
Transport convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “This prospectus is a truly ambitious document which is bound to generate some lively debate right across the city. I would urge everyone with an interest in Edinburgh’s future to take part in the consultation, which has the potential to be a real game-changer. It’s a very powerful opportunity to make some really transformational changes to our city centre and town centres, for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in or visits them.
“As a council we are serious about tackling poor air quality, reducing congestion and making it as easy as possible to get around Edinburgh, especially by walking, cycling and public transport.
“The status quo is no longer an option.”
Sustrans Scotland national director, John Lauder, said: “Sustrans Scotland is pleased to be supporting the City of Edinburgh Council’s City Centre Transformation Plan by providing funding for game-changing walking and cycling improvements on a key route between the Meadows and George Street through our Community Links PLUS programme.
“We hope that as a result of this project, along with Scottish Government funding through our Community Links programme, that the city centre can be improved to become a better place to live, work and visit.”
Stuart Hay, director of Living Streets Scotland, added: “Living Streets is delighted that the City of Edinburgh Council is considering a bold set of options focused on people on foot, on bikes and public transport access. It’s time Edinburgh made the improvements that have been so successful in cities across Europe including Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris and Ljubljana to name just four examples.”