Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30p Continue reading

Queen Street resurfacing, late October 2018

(NTBCC has just received the information below. While it is not in LHNCC’s area, we recognise that LHNCC residents may well use Queen St.)

Edinburgh Council advises that the carriageway on Queen Street (between Albyn Place and Hanover Street) will be resurfaced later this month as part of an investment in Edinburgh’s roads and footways for 2018/2019. This carriageway has been prioritised because of its current condition. The work is scheduled to start on the 22nd Octoberand should take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

The resurfacing work (which will not start until the week of 29 October 2018) will be carried out Monday to Friday between the hours of 19:00 – 03:00due to the traffic sensitivity of Queen Street. However the noisiest operations will cease by 23:00 each night and an officer from the Council will be on site until this time to monitor noise levels and address any questions from the public.

In addition, works to upgrade the pedestrian crossing at Albyn Place and some preparatory works for the resurfacing will take place during the day (09:30 – 15:30) starting the week of 22 October 2018.

Please click the thumbnail to access the PDF with full details:

2050 Edinburgh City Vision: survey

Following on from a previous post, there is a survey on Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.

This covers the three components of the ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places‘ project ‘will help achieve the Edinburgh 2050 vision; a fairer, thriving, connected and inspired city’. These components are:

  • Edinburgh City Centre Transformation– an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’
  • The City Mobility Plan– setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.
  • Low Emission Zones– the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.

As with the previous post, this is an Edinburgh Council exercise.

Consultation: ‘Edinburgh: connecting our city, transforming our places’

(adapted Edinburgh Council’s consultation web-page)

Edinburgh Council invites take part in this survey to tell us what matters to you and how it should develop the best way forward for Edinburgh. Your views will shape multiple projects:

  • Edinburgh City Centre Transformation – an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’

 

  • The City Mobility Plan – setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.

 

  • Low Emission Zones – the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.

Please see relevant information here.

Buses from Leith to Western General Hospital?

At its February meeting, LHNCC noted that there is no direct bus from Leith to the Western General Hospital – instead people need to alight at Crewe toll, then walk to the hospital. It therefore decided to campaign for the 21 route to be extended into the hospital, as happens with other routes, and to ask neighbouring CCs to join this campaign.

LHNCC wrote to LRT, copying this to neighbouring CCs. Support has been received from Trinity CC, Leith Links CC and Granton & District CCs.

However, LRT has not been so receptive. They have emailed:

Dear [LHNCC]

[Name redacted by LHNCC] has passed on your letter with regards to a potential route change to Service 21, and asked me to review this.

Firstly, thank you for contacting us to provide feedback on behalf of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council. A route revision of Service 21 to serve the Western General Hospital would increase the journey times for the significant number of people travelling through this section of the route who are not going to the hospital. Increased journey times would have the potential to decrease the number of passenger journeys as the service would be seen as less attractive for cross-city travel. Additionally, the extra time needed for this route extension would lead to an increase in the amount of resources required to operate the service in terms of buses and drivers, which would increase operating costs. Continue reading

Tram plans

These were downloaded from http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven and are presumably © their creators and/or Edinburgh Council.

Landscape proposals

Traffic management proposals

  1. Phase_1___Albert_Street___Elm_Row
  2. Phase_1___Constitution_Street___Queen_Charlottle_Street
  3. Phase_1___Constitution_Street___Steads_Place
  4. Phase_1___Newhaven___North_Leith_Sands
  5. Phase_1___North_Leith_Sands_to_Ocean_Terminal_Southside
  6. Phase_1___Ocean_Terminal_Southside
  7. Phase_1___Ocean_Terminal
  8. Phase_1___Steads_Place___Albert_Street
  9. Phase_2___Foot_of_the_Walk_to_Manderston_Street
  10. Phase_2___Ocean_Drive___Tower_Place
  11. Phase_2___Ocean_Terminal___Ocean_Drive
  12. Phase_2___Picardy_Place___Union_Street
  13. Phase_2A___Queen_Charlottle_Street___Coatfield_Lane
  14. Phase_2B___Stevedore_Place___Constitution_Street
  15. Phase_2C___Tower_Place___Stevedore_Place
  16. Phase_2D___Stevedore_Place___Ocean_Way
  17. Phase_2E___Ocean_Way
  18. Phase_3___Union_Street___London_Road
  19. Phase_4___York_Place___Picardy_Place

Traffic regulation orders

  1. 1._Newhaven___North_Leith_Sands
  2. 2._North_Leith_Sands___Portland_Gardens
  3. 3._PortlandGardens___Ocean_Terminal
  4. 4._Ocean_Terminal___Ocean_Drive
  5. 5._Ocean_Drive___Tower_Place
  6. 6._Tower_Place___Tower_Street
  7. 7._Tower_Street___Queen_Charlotte_Street
  8. 8._Queen_Charlotte_Street___Foot_of_the_Walk
  9. 9._Foot_of_the_Walk___Steads_Place
  10. 10._Steads_Place___Pilrig_Street
  11. 11._Pilrig_Street___Middlefield
  12. 12._Middlefield___McDonald_Road
  13. 13._McDonald_Road___Gayfield_Square
  14. 14._Gayfield_Square___Picardy_Place
  15. A._Island_Tram_Stop
  16. B._Foot_of_the_Walk_Tram_Stop
  17. C._Newhaven_Tram_Stop

 

 

 

 

 

Have your say! Protection and maintenance of Edinburgh’s setted streets

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is working in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland to develop a strategy for the protection and maintenance of setted streets.

Stone setts add significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape.

We have a duty to protect the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, Conservation Areas and other historic parts of the city. This protection includes the setting of Edinburgh’s many listed buildings, where setted streets are an integral part of their identity and authenticity.

However, when setted streets are not properly maintained, they can have implications for walking, cycling and driving. Damaged setts are often replaced with alternative materials like tarmac as a temporary solution. This can result in an unsightly and uncared for appearance.

Have your say

To help inform the strategy we’d like to know what you think about setted streets and their value to the city. We are also interested to know what impediments, if any, you think setted streets can have on our movement.

You can give us your views until Wednesday 11 October 2017 on our Consultation Hub.