In a revised planning submission to the City of Edinburgh Council, Greener Leith is calling for city officials to seriously consider whether it would be possible to build a Green Bridge over Leith Walk, that would connect Pilrig Park, and the Western North Edinburgh Path Network with Leith Links and the East Edinburgh Cycle Network. You can read more details in our revised submission to the planning department here.
To some people this main seem a little wacky – but we believe that there may be a real opportunity for Leith as both sides of Leith Walk, where the bridge would go, are set for redevelopment. This means that there may be a chance to get developers to make funding contributions to the scheme. Furthermore, Leith has been selected by the Council as the focus of its bid to develop a sustainable travel demonstration town. A Leith Green Bridge, (spanning Leith Walk near Rikki’s Music shop, see the photo below) would certainly support this as it would encourage more people to walk and cycle instead of taking the car. However, we’re also convinced it would provide an exciting public space in it’s own right, and could be a tangible regeneration aim that would benefit everyone who lives in Leith.
The photograph above (we couldn’t get a better ‘legal one’) shows a ‘Green Bridge’ in Tower Hamlets, London which forms part of the acclaimed Mile End Park. This bridge was built to link a series of smaller parks, and has become a focus for regeneration in the area. Cities all over the world are reclaiming their industrial heritage by greening it – another great example is New York where a community led campaign has driven the regeneration of a disused railway running through the heart of the city.
We want to know why we can’t we do this in Leith?