Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 113 – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:01 on 2017_10_02)

Proposed works w/c 2nd October 2017

 Road closures

  • Albert Street (planned re-opening date Tuesday 10th October)
  • Brunswick Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • McDonald Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • Brunswick Street (planned re-opening date Wednesday 18th October 2017)

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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 112 – Tram to Newhaven & Leith Programme

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, on 2017_09_27 at 16:35)

Edinburgh Tram

As you may be aware, the Outline Business Case for taking trams to Newhaven was approved on the 21st of September by the City of Edinburgh Council.  You can see the Outline Business Case and the supporting report here under Reports and item 8·4.

A comprehensive tendering process will now get under way to secure a potential contractor partner for the project, with councillors due to make a final decision on taking the tram to Newhaven in autumn 2018 to allow construction to start in early 2019. Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 111 – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend at 17:08 on 2017_09_22)

Completion of the road surfacing works will be noticeable as we complete areas and move the major worksites southwards towards McDonald Road and Brunswick Street. With that being the case, we will now be closing both McDonald Road and Brunswick Street junctions on Wednesday morning, 27th September with local diversions put in place. This will coincide with the opening up of both Iona Street and Albert Street. McDonald Road and Brunswick Street will remain closed until completion of all works by the end of October, as will Brunswick Road where the site compound is located. Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 110 – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion,  Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend, sent at 11:31 on 2017_09_17)

Proposed works and worksite locations for w/c 18th September

  • Kerb realignment has been completed at the Iona Street junction, and the footpath slabbing works will progress this week
  • Completion of the footpath slabbing to the S/E corner of the Brunswick Street junction will continue this week
  • Continuing the Scottish Water works at Croall Place, followed by the footpath reinstatement works
  • Albert Street will close today for 2 weeks to accommodate the Leith Walk road re-surfacing works with associated traffic management and local diversions in place to accommodate these works
  • Road surfacing works are continuing north to south on Leith Walk, are progressing well, and will be focussed on the East side going past Albert Street this week

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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.

Scottish Government’s ‘Making Places’ funding

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government)

Community groups, third sector organisations and local authorities are invited to apply for Scottish Government’s Making Places funding. The initiative encourages communities to participate in the development of their local
places.

Since 2011-12 the Scottish Government has run a grant scheme that helped to fund the delivery of design charrettes in communities across Scotland. Charrettes bring together the community, other key stakeholders and design
professionals to develop viable proposals to improve their place. However, the Scottish Government recognise that the charrette approach is only one method of enabling participation in placemaking.

Communities have different needs at different times and may require support not just in developing a vision for their place, but also at the stages before and after this. Continue reading