Picardy Place plans stirred up

Following on from Edinburgh citizens simply being told how Picardy Place will change, without any opportunity for making their own input:

The author of this post thanks the Spurtle for publishing this news so quickly!

Edinburgh flat residents – what do you think of on street recycling bins?

(adapted from an email from Changeworks)

If you live in a flat in Edinburgh, Changeworks would like to ask your views of the shared waste and recycling bins on your street. The results of this survey will help the City of Edinburgh Council improve the service. The short online survey, which only takes 5-10 minutes to complete, is available to Edinburgh residents until 23 October 2017.

By taking part in the survey, you can enter a prize draw* with the chance to win several prizes including vouchers for Pizza Express and Cineworld, and family passes to the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh. You will also be offered the chance to attend a paid focus group, scheduled for November 2017, where feedback and ideas will be explored in more depth.

You can also follow @ChangeworksUK on Facebook and Twitter to share and retweet their posts about the recycling survey.

*Terms and conditions apply

Upcoming Leith Creative reporting event: Leith Blueprint

(adapted from an email from Leith Creative)

Over the last six months, place-based research project Leith Creative has been engaging with Leithers, asking the simple question What would you do to make Leith better? Co-delivered by Morvern Cunningham (LeithLate) and Duncan Bremner (Citizen Curator), alongside creative partners BiomorphisHERE+NOW and Lateral North, Leith Creative has appeared at and facilitated 18 public engagement events in a six month timeframe, reaching over 2000 people who live and/or work in the Leith area.

Now Leith Creative like you to join them, as they feed back on the information they have gathered. The reporting event will take place in Custom Lane, a collaborative centre for design and making in the heart of the Leith community on Thursday 19th October between 6-8pm. Please reserve a place via Eventbrite. 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.

Consultation launched on Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones

(adapted from a communication from Transport Scotland)

On 6th September, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf launched a consultation on Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to put in place LEZs, following a commitment made yesterday to introduce LEZs into Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020. Additionally, the Scottish Government will shortly announce the location of the first LEZ which will be put in place in 2018.The consultation will be available via the Transport Scotland and Citizen Space website <https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/start_preview?token=6c977cc2d011560b41897523c5ccbc5bd163f224> until the 28 November 2017. Views can also be shared on Twitter using the hashtag #lezconsultation. Continue reading