Public still to have their say on Leith improvement works

Proposals to invest £5.5m in the roads and environment of Leith, which we publicised yesterday, have prompted a lot of debate. Here, Cllr Jim Orr, vice-convener of the Transport committee, responds to some of the comments made.

"While many people have welcomed the proposals, I understand the concerns expressed about exactly what this will mean on the ground and how the works will be timed. We are absolutely determined to deliver these improvements in a way that gives the greatest benefit to the people of Leith while minimising any disruption. The report that councillors will consider next week is mainly about agreeing the overall funding. It also sets out the broad scope of the works and describes some of the views that have been aired in the community. The report isn't intended to be a response to those views as we are still firmly committed to engaging with the community about exactly what improvements will take place and when.

"Several councillors are regular cyclists including myself and the Council Leader Andrew Burns. So, we are very aware of the views about the need to improve the facilities for cyclists in the city and have pledged to to exactly that. Much of the comment about the Leith works has touched on cycling and it is a high priority for us to do what we can to make Edinburgh a truly bike-friendly city.

"The businesses, residents and road users of all kinds in Leith can rest assured that there is still much to be decided in how we best use these valuable funds to create a better Leith for the benefit of everyone in the community."

The report detailing the funding and overall proposals will be heard by councillors at the Finance and Resources committee on Tuesday 31 July.

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