Views sought on Picardy Place design proposals

The public are being invited to view and comment on proposals for the future layout of Picardy Place and the surrounding area.

Proposals for future Picardy Place layout Nov 2017

Two events are set to take place on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 November, where people can submit opinions on designs and hear from the Council on how plans have evolved since their inception. 

Participants will be shown refinements already made to proposals based on feedback from a series of public events held in September, including increased provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

Views will also be sought on the piece of land at the top of Leith Walk, where a roundabout currently sits. Feedback will be used to inform the final designs, which are expected to be discussed by the Transport and Environment Committee at the beginning of next year.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “It is essential that we strike the right balance at this key junction, which is central to the regeneration of Edinburgh’s east end. We’ve received a good deal of useful feedback on proposals which has already informed some changes to designs, but we’re keen to hear more from the public. I would encourage anyone who’s interested to come along to one of our information events.

“Comments and ideas gathered will help us to create a final design for Picardy Place that best meets the needs of all road users, benefiting pedestrians and cyclists while enabling the smooth flow of public transport and other traffic to and from the city.”

Designs aim to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists while facilitating public transport, in addition to future proofing the area for extending the tram to Newhaven, if approved next year.

Alongside the period of engagement, contractors are scheduled to begin enabling works in November, 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.

Public information events will take place on Tuesday, 21 November from 10am to 7pm at the City Art Centre, Market Street and Wednesday, 22 November from 3pm to 7pm at Broughton St Mary's Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent.

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