A petition has been launched by Alistair Cairns, a member of the Friends of Hillside and Calton, calling for the reinstatement of the clock and the raised bed at the roundabout where London Road and Leith Walk meet.
The pre-amble to the petition reads: “The clock tower and raised plant bed at the intersection of London Road and Leith Walk were an integral and appreciated aspect of our neighbourhood. There is some indication this will be re-introduced, as the tram project has been downsized, but we wish to exert every effort possible to advocate for this.”
There’s no indication from the group of how they would see the re-instated clock and raised bed integrated with the councils probable intention of removing the roundabout altogether and replacing it with a safer, signalised T-junction if they can persuade SUSTRANS to give them the cash to pay for it.
But it must surely be possible to find space for the clock, a flower bed and indeed the illustrious, and also much missed Leith Walk pigeons in any junction re-design?
In the joint submission Greener Leith made to the Leith Walk consultation along with other local groups we also called for the return of the clock, and indeed the pigeons, but recognised that they may not be able to be reinstated in exactly the same way that they were before the tramocalypse.
You can find the on-line petition here: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/bring-back-the-raised-bed-and-clock.html
Update: Council officials have confirmed that the clock and the pigeons will make a return to Leith Walk when Elm Row is renovated – although the roundabout may be replaced with a T-junction.
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