Leithers may not know that the construction of the proposed Edinburgh Promenade has begun with the completion of a new kilometer of path between Silverknowes and Granton. The council has also approved a design code for the path – although we note that the request for £250,000 capital funding each year to deliver the project has not been confirmed yet.
But there’s also another problem. Although the phasing of many parts of the route has been brought forwards, the middle part of the route through Leith Docks isn’t set to complete for decades to come (download a map showing timescales here), as it needs to be built by the private developers that will build on the docks. This means we’ve a question to resolve – how can we bridge the gap between the existing parts of the coastal route to the East and West of Leith in the meantime? Greener Leith proposes a temporary route along the lines of the one in the map below as the best solution, although we know representatives of Wardie Bay Residents Association have proposed a different route.
Yes, money would need to be spent improving paths, signage, crossings and replacing steps, but with a relatively small amount of investment we could have a low traffic route linking Leith with Portobello and Granton. This route would also link two Primary Schools, Victoria Quay, The Shore, the Kirkgate, Ocean Terminal and the new Asda. It would also connect with existing traffic free routes in North Edinburgh. Is this the right way to bridge the gap? Let us know what you think.