Following a consultation, a report was presented to full Council at its meeting in June on the future of the Spaces for People (SfP) measures that were brought in temporarily in response to Covid 19 and have provoked such polarizing debate.
Nearly 18,000 residents had taken part in the consultation, representing one of the biggest engagement exercises in the Council’s recent history.
The Lib Dems presented an amendment setting out the importance of working with communities and with interested organisations, to develop high quality active travel schemes. Our amendment also expressed regret at the insufficient consideration so far, of the needs of vulnerable pedestrians and public transport users.
Where SfP measures are removed from town centres, we asked that officers work with local groups, business networks, Living Streets and RNIB amongst others to improve the pedestrian experience. This would include ensuring footways met Edinburgh Street Design Guidance, reducing wait times at crossings and removing street clutter.
At ward level a request was made to review measures on the Queensferry Road which had led to most residents concerns. These include the junction with Craigleith Crescent and the restriction at Clarendon Crescent. Also we asked for an immediate review of the measures at Canonmills and Rodney St.
Sadly our amendment was not accepted by the Administration who decided instead to continue with several very controversial schemes unamended, using Experimental Traffic Road Orders to achieve this and undermining public trust further in the process.