Based on the initial design, local businesses were concerned about reduction of parking and loading in Roseburn Terrace, and the corresponding loss of business. The Council have listened, and in the latest draft revised design, the majority of the loading and parking remains, and there are facilities on both sides of the road.
Our preferred option (option A) brings a fairly modest reduction of 22% to loading and 20% to nearby parking. In compensation businesses can look forward to new custom from passing cyclists, and increases to pedestrian shoppers coming from the more attractive shopping environment. Studies show that these can easily compensate for the motorists.
Loading is not shopping
Loading is vital for local businesses to allow deliveries and for customers who are collecting bulky items. The formal definition is:
continuously loading or unloading [...] to move heavy or bulky goods— Edinburgh Council Guide to parking in Edinburgh
Right now, the loading bays on Roseburn Terrace typically contain cars that show no signs of loading and are presumably breaking parking regulations. Shoppers are entitled to use ten 30 minute parking bays on adjacent roads, all within one minute walk of the shops. Further unrestricted parking is available in adjacent streets.
Right now, enforcement of parking regulations is minimal. Vehicles parked in loading bays on Roseburn Terrace have a negative impact on our community:
- Shoppers are blocking legitimate loading.
- Parked cars make the area unpleasant and more dangerous for pedestrians and shoppers.
- Parking restricts the traffic flow and contributes to congestion.