Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council says

Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.

There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.

You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart

Thank you.

Picardy Place public information events

(adapted from a post on Edinburgh Council’s website)

Public information events will take place

  • on Tuesday, 21 November from 10am to 7pm at the City Art Centre, Market Street
  • Wednesday, 22 November from 3pm to 7pm at Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent.

At these events, you can hear from the Council on how plans have evolved since their inception.

Participants will be shown refinements already made to proposals based on feedback from a series of public events held in September, including increased provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

Views will also be sought on the piece of land at the top of Leith Walk, where a roundabout currently sits. Feedback will be used to inform the final designs, which are expected to be discussed by the Transport and Environment Committee at the beginning of next year.

Policing – your view counts!

Police Scotland want to know your priorities for local and national policing.

Either take the survey online or download a PDF allowing text entry and box-ticking.

From the introduction:

Police Scotland would like to know what issues you think we should prioritise, nationally and in your local area, as well as best methods for communicating with you.

Your views are important to us. We are committed to using this information to help shape our policing priorities and deliver them through continued commitment to working with partners and communities. We will do this through analysing this information and data from a number of other important sources.

What you tell us will also influence how we communicate and engage with you and your community going forward. Please be assured that the information you provide us with will be treated with the strictest confidence and anonymity. We will not share your personal data outside Police Scotland.

For further information on policing in your local area please see ‘Your Community’ on the Police Scotland website: http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community

 

Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs)

(adapted from an email from Transport Scotland)

Transport Scotland is trying to raise awareness of a Scottish Government consultation called Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Air pollution in Scotland has progressively reduced over recent years, but poor air quality – predominantly caused by road transport – remains an issue at a number of hotspots in our towns and cities.

Following the May 2017 local elections, several local authorities in major Scottish cities have made positive statements around LEZs, and we are encouraged to see the strong political will across local government to support improvements to air quality. The Programme for Government committed to introducing LEZs into Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2018 and 2020.

The Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones consultation paper sets out the proposed arrangements and options to deliver a consistent approach to designing, building and managing LEZs in Scotland. Transport Scotland invites your everyone to respond to the consultation at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/ or by emailing comments to lezconsultation@transport.gov.scot.

The consultation will close at 23:59 on 28 November 2017.

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

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 100: Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road) weekly lookahead

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Turner & Townsend on 23 June 2017 at 22:45)

Weekly lookahead (w/c 26th June 2017)

Please see below details of works to be undertaken during the course of next week, and the associated worksite locations during the course of next week:

  • Complete grouting to the slabbed paving at the Library corner and open up areas to pedestrians where safe to do so
  • Commence paving to the N/W corner of Croall Place (West side of Leith Walk)
  • Commence paving to Brunswick Street footpath at the junction with Leith Walk
  • Continue paving to the east side of Leith Walk
  • Kerb realignment, and commence kerb laying at Brunswick Street junction
  • Continue works to the road crossings at McDonald Road junction, excavating the tracks and installing ducts

165 Leith Walk – Former Tram Depot Demolition

The former tram depot, located at 165 Leith Walk, is due for demolition: further communication will follow regarding the programme for these works in the coming weeks. The area will be cleared and a creative workspaces project will occupy part of this site.

The smaller building at the front of the former depot (165a Leith Walk) will be retained and refurbished to create a pilot partnership hub delivering local services.  The project is a collaboration between site owners, The City of Edinburgh Council and local arts trust, Out of the Blue.

The project team intends to hold a drop-in community event on 28th June, between 4.30pm – 7.00pm, in the McDonald Road Library.  At this event, there will be an opportunity to find out more about these proposals and to ask any questions.

Should you have any queries or concerns with regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact me direct either at this Email or at leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk

Kind regards

Michael Motion
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend