Cllr Hinds on Leith Plans: parking spaces

Transport and Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds today responded to online comments about the Leith Programme plans.

She said: "Following comments on Facebook, I want to make it clear what the plans are for Leith Walk.

"The draft Traffic Regulation Order, which is open for comments until 6 January 2014, sets out comprehensive plans which have been drafted in consultation with all users of Leith Walk.

"If you look at the drawings on the Leith plans, you’ll see that there will be 107 parking spaces, down from 141 at present. A number of the spaces which would no longer be available for parking would instead house communal refuse bins, freeing up the pavements for improved pedestrian access.

"We fully appreciate that it is essential for businesses and residents to have access to parking and loading facilities, and have sought to ensure that these are provided at the most suitable locations to meet local demand. Parking bays have been included within the design for businesses and residents on both sides of Leith Walk between Pilrig Street and Constitution Street/Duke Street. In addition, a number of loading bays are proposed to support businesses. This will ensure dedicated facilities for businesses to load/unload throughout the day, whilst these can also be used for parking between 6.30pm and 7.30am.

"Dedicated cycle, motorcycle and Disabled parking bays are also included as part of the design.

"Finally, it must be remembered that the plans have been shaped to cater to all users of Leith Walk: residents, businesses, pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers and car users."

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