Our regular readers will know that we’ve been heavily involved in the debate over the future design of Leith Walk.
After helping to run the Vision for Leith Walk consultation that involved more than 450 people in coming up with their top 20 priorities for the street, we’ve then been working on a detailed response to the draft council design for Leith Walk which is currently out for consultation.
As part of this, we’ve been working with other local groups over the festive period to put together a comprehensive response to the council proposals.
Just as we opened up a draft of the Vision for Leith Walk consultation report to comments from the public, we’re keen to do the same with our draft consultation response to the council as clearly many brains are better than some.
We’re particularly keen to receive comments from other organisations in Leith that might wish to work with us to adopt this draft – or something like it – as a joint submission. You can find the whole document and add your comments, by following this link, and using the Google Document’s comments button that you will see in the top left of the screen. Alternatively, you can send us your comments using this form.
The draft that we have put together is pretty lengthy, and it has already changed greatly after valuable input from both the Leith Business Association and SPOKES. We’re also grateful for the support we’ve had from council officers, comments that people have published elsewhere on the web, such as these ones by Dr Caroline Brown as well as all the views expressed in the lengthy thread on the City Cycling Edinburgh forum on this topic.
We should emphasise that the final deadline for consultation submissions is January the 13th, and the document is liable to continue to change in the interim.
If you haven’t got the time, or the inclination to go through the full response, we’ve also put together a shorter “executive summary” so you can get a feel for what we’re proposing.
You can find all the details of the council consultation and the draft plan here on the council website.
We should make it clear of course that we understand that there may be different views on the future of Leith Walk, and so we can’t promise to incorporate everyone’s comments into the final response that is submitted.