Cafe culture a Shore thing if environmental improvements get the green light

Residents and visitors to Leith's Shore can look forward to an enhanced cafe culture scene thanks to improvements set to be made to the South section of this popular thoroughfare.

Following public consultation on the proposed alterations to traffic measures on the stretch of the Shore between Sandport Bridge and Bernard Street, work is due to begin early next month to implement the changes.

The main objective is to improve the accessibility and quality of the public realm to make it safer, cleaner and more vibrant, enhancing the area as a place to live, work and visit. The improvements are also intended to encourage people to use the local businesses and thereby provide a boost to the local economy.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "As our consultation demonstrated, there is widespread public support among residents, local businesses and campaign groups for this section of the Shore to be made more pedestrian-friendly. These measures being proposed will go a long way towards improving accessibility and enhancing the bustling cafe culture ambience of the Shore area. In addition, the reduction of traffic on this stretch will lead to lower vehicle emissions once the changes have bedded in." 

Members of the Council's Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee will be asked to approve the traffic management proposal and final design for environmental improvements at the Shore at their meeting of 27 September 2011.

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