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Rejuvenating Roseburn - Consultation Open Until 7th May

The proposals for 'Rejuvenating Roseburn'
'Just Eat' bikes on Murrayfield Avenue

The design proposals for Rejuvenating Roseburn have now been published and the Council is asking for input from the community. This public realm improvement project is included within the CCWEL cycle route scheme as one of many measures for the benefit of the wider community. It's a welcome step to enhance Roseburn, making it a little greener, less car dominated and creating a space for people. It's exactly the kind of measures called for by Murrayfield Community Council in their 2014 Roseburn Action Plan.

Please do take part in the consultation as it is important that the Council hears the voices of those that support these specific proposals or have constructive suggestions to make. Please take a look at the plans and complete the survey here. There are full visualisations in the document 'Roseburn Questionnaire' at the bottom of the page. You can see how we responded here. For more detail about where the cycle path goes, see these annotated drawings.

On Tuesday 30th April, the Council team will be on site at the bridge from 13:00 to 18:00 to answer any questions.

Roadworks on Roseburn Terrace

From 20th May there will be roadworks in Roseburn Terrace near the junction with Murrayfield Place for around 13 weeks.  There will be lane closures, side-road access closures and parking restrictions.  All-in-all it seems like the perfect opportunity to leave the car at home and cycle or walk.

New Cycle Hire Stations

The "Just Eat Cycles" are becoming very popular around town.  There are now 5 stations in Roseburn, and many other nearby.  Prices start at £1.50 for an hour, and you can return the bike to any other station.

AGM on Monday 25th March

New crossing at Roseburn Street
New crossing at Roseburn Street

Don't forget that it is our AGM on Monday! It will be held 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Murrayfield Parish Church Hall in the Dove Lounge (accessed via rear doors). The address is 2B Ormidale Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6EQ. There will be an opportunity to hear about progress on CCWEL and to give us your ideas and feedback.

You need to be a member to attend, but it is easy to join if you have not done so already. You can join on the night if necessary, but please come early.

Full details and the agenda here.

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AGM 25th March, new Privacy Policy and latest CCWEL news

An ordinary day at Roseburn Primary:-)

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AGM 25th March

Our AGM will be held on Monday 25th March, 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Murrayfield Parish Church Hall in the Dove Lounge (accessed via rear doors). The address is 2B Ormidale Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 6EQ. There will be an opportunity to hear about progress on CCWEL and to give us your ideas and feedback.

You need to be a member to attend, but it is easy to join if you have not done so already! You can join on the night if necessary, but please come early.

Nominations for new committee members and officers are welcome. Please contact us in advance of the meeting.

The agenda is

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Chair’s report - including
    1. Latest news on the CCWEL project
    2. Overview of TRO hearing process (scheduled summer 19)
  3. Secretary’s report
  4. Proposed constitution change (see draft document - clause "and agree to the Privacy Policy" added to clause 4b).
  5. Election of Chair, Secretary & committee members
  6. Any other business

We hope to see you there!

Latest News

Things have been a little quiet with the CCWEL since the Edinburgh Council Transport and Environment Committee voted to keep moving forward with the project in June 2018, but progress continues with the designs and public consultations. There is a target date of 26th April for the Public Hearing about the Roseburn to Haymarket section and the four week Statutory Consultation for the Haymarket to Randolph Place section is due to start in early March and run for four weeks. If you are not already signed up for the Council's updates, you can get them here.

Local businesses are still campaigning about the loss of parking, yet nearby short-stay parking will increase from 12 to 49 spaces, with all but two spaces increasing from 30 minutes to two hours. We welcome the decision by Edinburgh Council to support the businesses during construction.

We've published an article on our website reminding people that there is still widespread support for the cycle route and its wider benefits and that local traders will have opportunities from new passing trade as well as a four-fold increase in nearby short stay parking.

Transport and Environment Committee pass CCWEL

City Edinburgh Council Visualisation - CCWEL at Haymarket
City Edinburgh Council Visualisation - CCWEL at Haymarket

As you have likely heard, the Edinburgh Council Transport and Environment Committee have voted to keep moving forward with the CCWEL.  Some of the objections raised need to go before a public hearing.  The traffic orders have been approved excepting those parts and work will continue.  That's one more hurdle cleared in the long and complicated official process for building our West-East link.

As our readers know, this site promotes evidence-based analysis, so we listened in detail to what the various Councillors were saying and compared that to the facts from our research.

SNP, Labour and Green unconditional support

We are very grateful to the SNP, Labour and Green Councillors for the their continued dedication to make Edinburgh a leading active-travel City with benefits to pollution, health, congestion, the environment and more.

Liberal Democrat and Conservative support with concerns

Some Councillors from these parties assured the meeting that they support the CCWEL in principal, and we are grateful for the outpouring of LibDem support on Twitter.  On the other hand the Liberal Democrat and Conservative Councillors voted for an amendment (which was voted down by the other parties) to delay the entire project until completion of the public hearing.

With a strong sense of deja vu, we listened while two Councillors in particular raised many concerns that have been answered before by the Council Officers and here on this site.  Councillor Gloyer proposed to use the time for the public hearing for further consultation.  However there has been an unprecedented investment of time and money spent on engaging with the public and altering the design wherever possible.  Nevertheless, people keep raising the same objections even though they have already been answered — as Councillor Gloyer neatly demonstrates.

The arguments have been carefully considered with hours spent researching the facts and finding the best balance for everyone. Our group strongly supports the SNP, Labour and Green Councillors to press forward as it's not productive to keep circling round the same arguments over and over again.

Councillor Gloyer (Liberal Democrat)

Each bullet is Councillor question then our answer.

  • Some cyclists would have preferred option BDirect, segregated routes are absolutely key to make active travel more attractive to those who currently do not use it. This is endorsed by major cycling organisations, government recommendations, many surveys, comments on cycling forums and observation of other routes that are already in operation.  There were a variety of significant problems with option B.
  • Older people concerned about safety of toucan crossing; Toucan to be used by school children on their way to school.  CCWEL has many measures to improve pedestrian safety, notably including the extra crossing at Tesco's, closure of the rat run and fully-segregated paths in contrast to shared paths on the existing NR1. Toucan crossings exist at a number of places in the city, and the system of cyclists giving way to pedestrians works reasonably well.  School children also benefit greatly from being able to cycle to school.
  • Passing trade will buy their rolls and newspapers elsewhere.  Studies invariably show that trade is not harmed by introduction of cycle routes, especially with the substantial benefits of Rejuvenating Roseburn. Parking within 2 minutes walk of the shop has increased, allowing shoppers to park legally in short stay spaces, rather than having to use loading bays illegally.
  • Bus users concerned that their journeys will be delayed, despite confident predictions of officers.  There are minimal queues Westbound on West Coates, even at peak times a while back when one lane was closed for roadworks.  The bottleneck is at the Roseburn Terrace / Roseburn Street junction where parked vehicles and right-turning traffic block buses. The new junction design will reduce this bottle-neck.

Councillor Douglas (Conservative)

  • Why was there no monitoring on surrounding residential streets (Henderland Road and Murrayfield Avenue)?  There has been a huge investment in modelling.  It's not clear why those two streets would be negatively affected.
  • Huge local opposition — local residents and businesses totally against this plan, with a 6000 signature petition.  The formal consultation showed Edinburgh residents significantly in favour. The petition against was based a document containing many misconceptions and factual errors and furthermore there have been many design improvements since.
  • Parents will not let their children cycle along the route.  See above.  Safer routes to schools is one of the key elements of modern active travel and there is ample evidence that parents and children will use a safe route.

A webcast of the meeting is available should you wish to listen. The discussion of the CCWEL starts at 1:01.

Consultation results

City Edinburgh Council visualisation - cycle route and new pedestrian crossings Crossing and
City Edinburgh Council visualisation - cycle route and new pedestrian crossings

Edinburgh Council have published the results from the Traffic Order consultation for the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL).

This document is the briefing from Council Officers to the Councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee who meet on 20th June.  The Council unanimously approved the route last year, and since then there have been hundreds of improvements and compromises.  Nevertheless the meeting is an important next step for the CCWEL, so please do contact your Councillors to remind them that the route has widespread support.  You can use ideas and facts from our site, but try to use your own words.

It is long and detailed document, so we've put together a summary.

  • There were 94 responses compared with thousands getting involved earlier in the consultation.  This suggests that the majority of people are content now that the Council Officers have resolved problems and are offering local residents so much with Rejuvenating Roseburn.
  • There were 47 objections.  These technical consultations don't have a formal mechanism to show support but, due to the exceptional public interest in this issue, it also gathered 43 letters of support.
  • The Council Officers are recommending that 13 of these objections require a public hearing unless withdrawn.  The remainder have been addressed by amendments or explanatory responses.
  • Only 4 areas are affected by the objections, so the Councillors are invited to approve the remainder of the route.

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