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

Age-friendly cities and communities

(Adapted from an email from Dr Ryan Woolrych)

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A study has commenced exploring how neighourhood can better support older adults to live at home and in their communities.

Give the rapid growth of ageing populations in many cities, the importance of developing appropriate design interventions to enable active and healthy lifestyles for older residents is more urgent than ever.

Place-making with older adults: Towards age-friendly communities is a three year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and will be exploring how older adults experience the communities they live in.

We will be working closely with older adults, local government, service providers, community organisations and pracitioners to deliver policy and practice recommendations to support the delivery of age-friendly cities and communities.

As part of the work we are looking to speak to anybody over the age of 60 who  currently lives in Leith. Please contact Dr Ryan Woolrych on r.d.woolrych@hw.ac.uk or by telephone on 0131 451 3899 or 07957 406677 to hear more about the project or to participate in the research.

Please also visit our website on http://placeage.org/en or join us on Twitter @placeage.

Consultation on Edinburgh Airport airspace change programme

(adapted from an email from Gordon Robertson, Edinburgh Airport’s director of communications)

Edinburgh Airport is currently running its second consultation on their Airspace Change Programme. If you wish to respond to the consultation, feedback can be made via their website http://www.letsgofurther.com/ or response forms can be requested and submitted by writing to Freepost LETS GO FURTHER.

They say

We’ve worked hard to create the best solution for all – one that meets our regulatory requirements, accommodates our necessary growth and minimises the impact on the people who live in our neighbouring communities. Our consultation is being run in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority’s CAP725 Airspace Change Guidance. To give you confidence, we have also commissioned a Quality Assurance of our consultation process by the Consultation Institute (consultationinstitute.org).

Since the consultation opened on 30 January we have been gathering feedback via our website and freepost address and have had over 2,000 responses. As we enter the final weeks of the consultation we are inviting all with an interest in our Airspace Change Programme and flight path options to give us their views on our proposals, whatever your views.

 

Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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