Spaces for people - how we took views on board

What we did to get views

Previous enagement 

In designing temporary measures, we considered

We needed to put temporary measures in quickly as our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and support businesses. While this means we’re not able to follow a full engagement process, we were able to review the 1000s of suggestions for measures and locations through the Commonplace interactive map. We are also engagaed with a range of community representatives and organisations as we have developed these temporary measures. This includes:

  • Councillors
  • Community Councils
  • business representatives
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue
  • NHS Lothian
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • Edinburgh Access Panel
  • Lothian Buses
  • Spokes
  • Living Streets
  • and other active travel organisations.

Your ideas and suggestions

We received over 4,000 responses on the Commonplace interactive map at the start of the spaces for people programme. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment. You can review all comments on the Comonplace website. While we aren't able to deliver every suggestion, we are prioritising Scottish Government’s dedicated funding and our resources on temporary measures that are most needed. The timescales for taking forward measures will depend on us being able to source the materials needed to meet safety standards and the availability of contractors to install them.

As we've developed and shared proposals, we've also received and responded to emails and letters from people living in or representing the areas including:

  • residents
  • local businesses
  • education and pre-school establishments
  • MPs
  • MSPs.

We've reviewed and responded to comments and in some cases adapt the proposals to accommodate suggestions.

Public consultation and market research

To get people’s views on the future of spaces for people measures we carried out a six week online consultation and market research exercise. More than 17,000 people responded, making it one of the largest responses to a consultation in the city.

Monitoring and reviewing temporary measures

We’ll monitor all temporary measures and listen to residents and businesses. We’ll adjust the measures as necessary to avoid any adverse impact on the surrounding community.