Proposed Bus, Cycle and Taxi gates, segregated cycle lanes and Footway widening on Forrest Road, The Mound, South Bridge and George IV Bridge (and North Bridge)

LCCC received the email below on 8 June 2020 along with drawings for Forrest Road, The Mound, George IV Bridge, South Bridge (a fifth drawing for North Bridge was obtained separately from NTBCC’s website), inviting us to respond within five business days to the proposals.

Given that five days are insufficient to allow for a considered response to complex proposals, even at the best of times, we wrote back (see below) stating that LCCC is not in a position to respond formally and substantially while much of public and democratic life is curtailed under emergency powers and LCCC is not able to hold public, properly constituted meetings.

LCCC regrets that the procedural shortcomings of a foreshortened consultation process may impinge on the quality of the proposed measures and undermine public trust and support.

Residents may wish to respond individually. If so, write to spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday, 15 June 2020.

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TDD-637129-04-North-Bridge

TDD-637129-1200-07 South Bridge

TDD-637129-1200-09 George IV Bridge

TDD-637129-1200-10 The Mound

TDD-637129-1200-11 Forrest Road

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From: Harald Tobermann, LCCC <planning.LCCC@leithcentralcc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 at 21:53
Subject: Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures- Forrest Road, The Mound, South Bridge and George IV Bridge
To: <spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk>
Cc: (as recipients of email below from spacesforpeople below)

Dear Sir or Madam

We, along with 34 other stakeholders, received your email (below) this Monday after close of business, inviting a response to a ‘community consultations’ within a little less than five business days (5pm next Monday).

I write to inform you that our Community Council is not in a position to respond formally and substantially while much of public and democratic life is curtailed under emergency powers.

Objectively, five days are insufficient to allow for a considered response to complex proposals, even at the best of times.

The following comments are therefore of a general nature and pertain primarily to the consultation process:<

  1. While the proposed measures may well have merit in principle, we fear that the rushed progress from conception to enactment does not only undermine democratic principles, but, through unnecessarily hurried planning and hasty implementation, that the very aims these measures seek to promote may be discredited.
  2. We note the absence of an explicit sunset clause, as would be appropriate for emergency measures.
  3. We note that the attached plans sent to us did not include DRG. NO. TDD-637129-04 (North Bridge), although this is closest to our area and shows a southbound bus gate.
  4. We note the absence of even a basic environmental impact assessment attempting to quantify excess pollution and delayed travel times caused by displaced traffic in neighbouring areas – including ours, the most densely populated in Scotland (census 2011) – especially in view of the ongoing works at Picardy Place and the imminent resumption of the tram extension works.

Yours faithfully

Harald Tobermann
Vice Chair, Leith Central Community Council
www.leithcentralcc.co.uk

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From: spacesforpeople <spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk>
Sent: 08 June 2020 18:35
To: Lesley Macinnes <Lesley.Macinnes@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Karen Doran <Karen.Doran@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Susan Webber <Susan.Webber@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Kevin Lang <Kevin.Lang@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Claire Miller <c.miller@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Joanna Mowat <Joanna.Mowat@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Alasdair Rankin <Alasdair.Rankin@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Alison Dickie <Alison.Dickie@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Cameron Rose <Cameron.Rose@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Ian Perry <Ian.Perry@edinburgh.gov.uk>; Steve Burgess <Steve.Burgess@edinburgh.gov.uk>; (various Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and NHS email addresses); (various Edinburgh Council officials’ email addresses); Spokes <spokes@spokes.org.uk>; Edinburgh Living Streets group; Edinburgh Access Panel <‘edinburghaccesspanel@hotmail.com‘>; (an RNIB email address); Leith Central CC <secretary.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk>; New Town & Broughton CC <secretary@ntbcc.org.uk>; Old Town CC <Secretary@EdinburghOldTownCC.org.uk>; Southside CC <secretary@sccedinburgh.org.uk>; (a personal email address); Tollcross CC <secretary@tollcrosscc.org.uk>
Subject: Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures- Forrest Road, The Mound, South Bridge and George IV Bridge

Dear Councillors and Stakeholders

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed Bus, Cycle and Taxi gates, segregated cycle lanes and Footway widening on Forrest Road, The Mound, South Bridge and George IV Bridge.

Please be advised that, as part of overall emergency measures, we are proposing to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements. Such measures are required urgently to help prevent people from becoming ill or coming to harm by infection from COVID-19 whilst implementing physical distancing requirements.

For all the attached proposals Bus, taxi and cycle lanes/gates will be operational 7:30am to 6:30pm. Loading restrictions will be in place 7:30am to 6:30pm except in designated loading areas. There will be additional loading areas created on Chambers Street to accommodate the needs of businesses and residents affected by the proposals.

These measures will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

These proposals are temporary measures that may become semi-permanent in the longer-term subject to Scottish Government advice on social distancing.

Given the urgent nature of these works, normal expectations about community consultations cannot be fulfilled. We urge you to get in touch within five working days or earlier should you want to raise any issues. If you do not have any concerns it would be beneficial if you could also email to let us know. This means we will have responses from all stakeholders which helps to inform the process.

Please note that the deadline for submitting comments is Monday 15 June at 5:00pm.

If the proposals are approved for implementation, formal publicity will be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

I have attached the proposed designs for each of the schemes.

All comments will be reviewed and where possible the schemes will be refined in response to feedback. Comments will be summarised in the assessment feedback form to the Council Incident Management Team for approval, but please note that we will be unable to respond to individual emails.

Regards

Spaces for People Team