Further engagement planned on Picardy Place design

A special meeting of the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will be held in January to discuss plans for the future design of Picardy Place.

The public will be able to comment on proposals for the road layout as part of further planned engagement in the lead-up to the meeting. There will also be the opportunity to submit ideas and views on how the site where the roundabout currently sits may be used.

A range of feedback has already been gathered from a number of public events in September, and further engagement events are scheduled take place in November. These will enable the Council to explain how the road design has evolved, discuss the ideas and comments made to date and seek views from the public on how the design could be improved.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “This special meeting will give committee members the opportunity to fully discuss plans and to consider the range of feedback received.  By deferring the Picardy Place design proposals until the New Year it will allow further public engagement on the transport layout. We want the public to have the opportunity to discuss the future use of the island site too.

“While we have already had extensive feedback on the proposals so far, these plans are fundamental to the regeneration of the east end of the city centre and, as such, it is essential we get this right. We need to find an optimal solution for all road users, be that pedestrians, cyclists, public transport customers, taxis and private car users. This is a key junction and it is important that the final design we agree on works in the context of the city centre as a whole.

“During November, there will be opportunities for people and stakeholders to have their say, either online or in person at one of our events.”

Details of where and when the engagement sessions will take place will be confirmed shortly.

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 layout currently under discussion.

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