Leith Walk repairs – LCCC’s position

This paper shows the position Leith Central Community Council adopted on 20 January 2014. The yellow highlights show amendments to the original agreed at the meeting.

The main points are:

LCCC agrees that the highest priority for Leith Walk is the speedy implementation of physical improvement measures, fixing the serious deterioration of the public realm since 2007. In particular, LCCC agrees to pursue implementation of measures with a design life of 7-15 years in the following order of priority:

  1. for Pilrig Street to Picardy Place and Foot of the Walk -­ the most heavily used sections of Leith Walk, implementation of immediate basic pedestrian measures starting at the northern end, reinstating pavements to what was there before tram works/MUDFA disruption ­ same materials, same layout and requiring no immediate new TRO, and using simplified procurement procedures and (some of) the £3.2m budget initially approved in 2011. This initial work should also include routine patching of potholes (from ordinary repair budget) and renewal of yellow lines.
  2. for Crowne Place to Iona Street, approval of present TRO and subsequent speedy implementation ­ despite possible design shortcomings, followed by a review in light of first 12 months experience, in particular the option of locating a number of communal bins in suitable side streets.
  3. using projected remaining funds and coordinated with implementation of recommendation 2a (accepting minor duplication of work), create a more ambitious design for Pilrig Street to Picardy Place and Foot of the Walk that meets the Scottish Government funding criteria and benefits in the first instance local residents, particularly pedestrians, then public transport and cyclists, then retailers and visitors to Leith Walk and finally road users who are passing through.

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