As if flags haven’t caused enough consternation in Leith of late, this week there’s been a fair bit of speculation on social media about why Constitution Street has been decked out with bunting.
So for the avoidance of doubt, it’s nothing to do with the Mela. It turns out that said bunting has been erected by the council itself to “celebrate” the completion, of roadworks on the street.
Needless to say, some folk were quick to point out that the works aren’t actually complete yet – as the pavements haven’t been finished yet – and in fact even this last lot of works are delayed.
Others pointed out that it was the council itself and their inept management of the tram project that was the primary cause of so much of the roadworks and upheaval in recent years, and thus questioned whether the bunting was not a little, well, self-congratulatory, to put it charitably.
Still others thought it looked good and some even wondered whether it should become a permanent fixture.
Delighted to see the bunting up @Constitution_St to celebrate works completion. Worth the wait.
— Jemma Neville (@jemma_tweets) August 27, 2013
Bunting on Constitution Street looks great, a permanent fixture perhaps? I'm all for it! #leith
— Kieran Smith (@kieranasmith) August 26, 2013
What do you make of the bunting now you know why it’s there?
UPDATE 1: The bunting didn’t fare well in the Evening News today.
UPDATE 2: It turns out that the pavement works between Queen Charlotte Street and Bernard Street are now not likely to be complete until September the 16th. However, that won’t mean the end of roadworks on the street.
After the pavement works are completed, work to improve the junction at Bernard Street will begin – involving more traffic restrictions. This work isn’t projected to finish until the 21st of November – which probably means two weeks after that!
Then it’ll be finished.