Engagement ongoing for Picardy Place design

An update on work to engage the public on plans to redesign Picardy Place was heard by members of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee today (Thursday).

A series of engagement events have been held throughout September, aiming to inform and gather feedback from the public on the proposed layout, which is intended to improve public realm and public transport integration as part of the St James development. 

Further engagement events were agreed to take place, with the first to be held in October, enabling the Council to explain how the design has evolved, discuss the feedback received to date and seek views from the public on how the design could be improved. 

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We are very serious about opening up a dialogue with the public, and have already heard a wide range of views on proposals. We want to get this as right as we can for all those concerned, and further, detailed engagement will help us achieve the best possible transport solution for all road users.

“Picardy Place is a key interchange for the east of the city, and is well-used by pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport alike. Here we have an opportunity to improve this area for each of these modes of transport, so it’s important that we involve all stakeholders in the process of achieving this.”

Additional engagement will be carried out with elected members, allowing scrutiny of the design plan and responses from the public to date, with a final, detailed report on the design to be returned to committee in December, taking into account feedback received during the engagement process.

Alongside the period of engagement, contractors are scheduled to begin enabling works in October, including the removal of the Paolozzi sculptures and Sherlock Holmes statues in the area. However, this will not include any work on the construction of the new layout.

Read the full report on the Council website.

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