Local campaign success on Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Local residents have won a remarkable victory on roads plans for the North Gyle, Craigmount and East Craigs area.

The Council’s SNP leadership were forced to change tack when it emerged their plans could be defeated in the courts following a legal opinion commissioned and crowdfunded by local campaigners.

The Council will now have to consult nearly 7000 local residents before any changes are brought in. In the meantime, some temporary safety improvements will be made around Craigmount High.

Local Lib Dem Councillor Robert Aldridge said: “Thanks to the hundreds of residents who made their views known and finally made the Council see sense. Now it is important to make sure all views are heard and that the council lives up to its promise of full consultation.”

Local MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton, added: “We must reduce unnecessary car use, but these plans would have seen people spend longer in their cars and put more pressure on arterial routes. It should not have taken the threat of court action for the SNP leadership to finally listen to local people.”

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