Edinburgh declares war on clutter and parking with New Town concept
November 8 2018
Edinburgh City Council and LDA Design have published draft concept design for a series of New Town public realm enhancements centred on George Street, including new squares, planting and cycleways.
One element of the council’s City Centre Transformation project the plans seek to enhance the pedestrian environment by providing active travel options and improving accessibility.
Planned interventions include more outdoor seating, widening pavements, the formation of new plazas and the creation of twin segregated cycleways. Removal of street clutter and central median parking is also proposed, alongside a ban on waste collection and deliveries outside designated hours.
Transport & environment convener Lesley Macinnes said: “The concept design aims to create a world-class space that respects and enhances the World Heritage Site. It seeks to make the First New Town a safer and more vibrant area by opening up central places to more people and enhancing the current setting and position of the street’s statues to make greater feature points of them.”
A drop-in session to discuss the plans are being held today at the City Art Centre until 19:00, with follow up events planned for Friday between 11:00 and 17:00 and Saturday from 10:00 till 14:00.
Piddly tree's and the whole 'plaza' chat needs to be removed from this otherwise worthy scheme.
Why has this design been carried out and released before the results of the current city centre questionnaire / survey? Surely it would be better to wait for that and consider it in the wider context.
For the image - unimpressed by the cycle junctions at the cross, why this silly change in paving delineation? Very confusing and not practical for either cyclists or pedestrians. Further, the trees / green landscaping is so underwhelming I almost fell of my seat. Was there a landscape architect used here? If not, why not? A pretty uninspiring image all round.
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