Spaces for People - What's next?

The Council’s Transport & Environment Committee meets on Thursday 12 November and is expected to discuss the temporary Spaces for People measures, including the closure of Braid Road and the pavement widening on Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place. 

So far as Braid Road is concerned, I have presented my petition to the Council to re-open the road and make the planned improvements and I will continue to call for more traffic calming in the immediate vicinity.

As for Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place, many of the measures seem dis-proportionate now while a few, such as the widened pavement from the Merlin to Morningside Place, have long term merit.  Let me know if you can think of any others that should be retained?

The meeting will also consider implementing a quiet route scheme from Greenbank to the Meadows.  Whether the SNP/Labour Council, supported by the Greens, can use emergency powers to impose this scheme without consulting residents is now open to question, following a strong legal challenge to the similar East Craigs scheme.  While I support making walking and cycling more attractive and reducing unnecessary car use, for big changes to the way roads are used, I think residents should be consulted.  If you agree, please sign my petition here.

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Morningside and Bruntsfield Traders – support our local shops

I have been growing increasingly concerned about the economic impact of the Spaces for People measures on the survivability of shops and businesses in Bruntsfield and Morningside, some of whom are back to normal trading levels but others, especially some independent shops, are finding it much harder.  So, I organised and hosted a meeting for Morningside and Bruntsfield traders to raise their concerns directly with the Council Leader and his Deputy.  As a result, although requests for changes are yet to bear fruit, trading data has been supplied to the Council and promises to visit local shops were made.  I encourage everyone to support our local shops if they can.

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Request for a public consultation

Request for a Public Consultation on the Greenbank to Meadows Cycle Route

I made a request to the Council for a public consultation to give residents a chance to express their views on the plans for a Greenbank to Meadows Quiet Route. I put forward a constructive motion for debate at the meeting of the full Council held on Thursday and made the case for a public consultation.  My motion also included an alternative plan, without road closures but including a segregated cycle lane on Whitehouse Loan, road re-surfacing, traffic calming and an option to re-open Braid Road along with the planned improvements.  Although it secured Tory support, my motion did not succeed as the SNP, Labour and Green councillors didn’t agree. Instead they choose a private briefing of ward councillors on the proposal, including clarification on community consultation, followed by further discussions at a meeting of the Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 12 November.  You can read my motion at item 9.3 on the agenda and watch the debate on webcast here

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Councillor Neil Ross calls for a public consultation on cycle route proposal

Morningside Lib Dem Councillor Neil Ross is calling for consultation with local people about the plans from the SNP/Labour run Council for a Quiet Route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows.  The administration's plans involve six road closures including a ban on motor vehicles using the northern section of Canaan Lane.  The SNP/Labour run Council has no plans to seek residents’ views in a public consultation.  It intends to use its emergency powers to implement the scheme. 

 

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SNP/Labour run Council proposes a Quiet route from Greenbank to the Meadows

The SNP/Labour run Council has published proposals for a quiet route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows, via Hermitage Drive and Gardens, Braid Avenue, Canaan Lane and Whitehouse Loan. 

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More news on Spaces for People

Decision on Braid Road is to keep it closed

The Council considered a report on some of the Spaces for People measures at a meeting on Thursday. In response to many requests from local residents to re-open the road, Lib Dem councillors proposed that the road should re-open immediately and that the Council should proceed to make the planned improvements.  Sadly, despite being told that the road closure is causing rat running through neighbouring streets and huge congestion and increased air pollution on Comiston Road and outside South Morningside Primary School, SNP, Labour and Green councillors didn’t agree.  A review will be carried out and reported to a committee in November.  You can read the full report at item 6.11 here.  I have launched a petition to encourage the Council to re-open Braid Road and press ahead with the planned improvements.  You can sign my petition here.

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Update on Comiston Road & Braid Road

A Council Roads officer has issued announcements on Comiston Road and also on Braid Road (see below).  The Spaces for People measures should be up for discussion at a Council meeting next Thursday 20th August - maybe ordinary councillors might get a say!

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Safe Routes to School proposals

The Council has issued more Spaces for People proposals to assist pupils going to and from school, including closing Montpelier, Bruntsfield Avenue & Canaan Lane.

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Plans for Bruntsfield Place & Pentland Terrace to go ahead

The Council has reviewed comments submitted on the detailed plans for temporary changes to widen pavements on Bruntsfield Place and to set up segregated cycle lanes on Pentland Terrace (Comiston Road) and approval has been given under emergency powers by the Council Incident Management Team, a group of Council officers. 

Implementation on Bruntsfield Place is likely to start in the week beginning Monday 27 July.  Loading bays are to be retained and can be used to drop off or collect a passenger at the shops.

The Council expects to start work on the temporary cycle lanes in early August.  Initially, there will be no changes to bus stops and the layout on the street may differ from the approved designs at some locations. 

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Plans for Morningside Road to go ahead

Plans for Morningside Road to go ahead

The Council has reviewed comments submitted on the detailed plans for temporary changes to Morningside Road and approval has been given under emergency powers by the Council Incident Management Team, a group of Council officers.  Implementation is likely to start in the week beginning Monday 27 July.

I joined a walk down Morningside Road last week with the Roads officer tasked with drawing up the plans.  He confirmed that almost all parking spaces would be temporarily removed to allow pavements to be widened although, in a change from the published plans, most loading bays will be retained.  Cones will be used initially to be replaced, where deemed suitable, with more robust semi-permanent materials once available. 

I asked if changes could be made and was told that all these temporary measures will be monitored by officers and adjustments can be made where necessary.  These measures will be reviewed every two months by councillors with a decision made either to continue or not.

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