Greener Leith gave a brief deputation at the Finances and Resources Committee meeting today where councillors agreed to set a £5.5 million overall budget for rebuilding Leith Walk and Constitution Street, dubbed the Leith Improvement Plan.
When the plan was first released last week it worried many local residents; over the timing of the work – and the lack of detail on the eventual outcome too.
It prompted us to write this earlier post expressing our fears that council officers were doing too little to respond to local priorities – particularly over cycle facilities – for the street. Today we learned:
- Detailed proposals for the street will be agreed by councillors at the Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee, (TIE) later.
- The contract agreed at today’s committee meeting is only for utility repair works.
- Officers are considering two main options for improving cycle facilities – protected cycle lanes and “extra wide” bus lanes. (In our view, the latter is far from desirable.)
Today, local SNP and Labour councillors tabled this addendum to the report, show in the photograph above following the Greener Leith deputation. The proposal was supported by councillors of all parties. Councillors from the Greens, SNP and Labour have all been helpful and constructive in this process.
Needless to say, we look forward to seeing detailed, costed, proposals for protected cycle lanes bought forward by officers in the coming weeks.
Prior to the meeting we circulated a copy of the Draft final Vision for Leith Walk report to all the councillors on the committee. The report summarises the results of the consultation process we undertook – and that lot’s of our regular readers will have voted in.
And in a last bid to ensure that the final report really does reflect the views of local residents – and thanks to the miracle of Google Documents – we’ve opened up the draft report to comments from anyone for a short time before we finalise it.
So please do let us know your citizen edit by leaving a comment on the document. You can read the draft and comment here.
Although we won’t guarantee to make every change that people request as it is simply not possible to keep all the people happy all of the time – we will promise to consider every change proposed. At the time of writing 56 people had reviewed the document, and one person has already left a helpful comment so we’d like to say thank you to all of them for taking the time to consider the draft.