Planning/Transport

EXCLUSIVE: LEITH STREET TO CLOSE AGAIN SOON

Leith Street will close to motor traffic again, this time for three weeks, from 7pm on 5 May till 7am on 25 May. 

Briefer weekend disruptions are also scheduled in June. 

Laing O’Rourke, the contractor building the new Edinburgh St James Quarter, says the closure will stretch from Waterloo Place to Greenside Row. Greenside Row will remain open. Calton Road will close.

Most previous traffic diversions will return, but an Abbeymout gyratory will not be repeated as it takes too long to install and remove. Easter Road traffic-light filters will be adjusted.

TRAMS TO NEWHAVEN – LOCALS LAY DOWN TERMS

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) is a coalition of the four community councils most impacted by the proposed tramway extension route: New Town & Broughton CC, Leith Central CC, Leith Links CC, and Leith/Harbour & Newhaven CC. 
 
Anticipating a decision by the full Council to approve the Final Business Case for extending the tramway on 14 March, CCTT this morning issued a statement. 

NEW IDEAS FOR ARBORETUM PLACE

City of Edinburgh Council is to consult on ways to develop public space on Arboretum Place outside the West Gate of the Royal Botanic Garden. 

The area is currently dominated by parking, with (often fast-moving) traffic dividing Inverleith Park from the John Hope Gateway. 

According to a leaflet circulating today, ‘The proposal is to create a space more suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, with some disabled parking remaining at the kerb.

CUTTING CORNERS AND AN A-LISTED MESS

We’ve become wearily accustomed to to HGVs knocking great lumps off properties around Broughton Street Lane. 

But a recent low-speed collision on North St Andrew Street takes things to a whole new level. 

According to workers on the adjacent building site, a delivery lorry ‘misjudged’ the corner at North Clyde Street Lane and caused extensive damage to a Category A-listed tenement (by David Paton, 1824). 

Here’s what it looked like before.

PICARDY PLACE MANIFESTO LAUNCHED

Following their inaugural meeting on 29 November, opponents of the Council’s proposed Picardy Place gyratory have issued a manifesto. 

The two-page document aims to inform people across Edinburgh, and provides links and addresses to facilitate their response to the Council consultation which ends on Friday 15 December. 

The Picardy Group’s reasons for opposing the gyratory are briefly:

PICARDY PLACE GYRATORY – OPPONENTS MEET THIS EVENING

Activists, stakeholders and concerned locals opposed to the City of Edinburgh Council’s latest plans for Picardy Place will meet this evening. 

The idea is to establish priorities and discuss the best way to promote practical alternatives to the current proposal on offer in advance of the Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 15 January.

This is a closed, planning meeting. Further details will follow. For information, contact: picardygroup@gmail.com

PICARDY PLACE CONSULTATIONS ANNOUNCED

THREE EVENTS, MANY MISGIVINGS

City of Edinburgh Council has announced times and venues for further consultation on the future design of Picardy Place.

‘Stakeholders’ will attend (by invitation only)  an event in the City Chambers on 20 November.

Members of the public can go along to either an event at the City Art Centre on 21 November (10am–7pm) or another at Broughton St Mary’s Church in Bellevue Crescent on 22 November (3pm–7pm).

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