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Thousands have their say on proposals for Edinburgh’s future

Posted: 7th August 2019

More than 8,000 consultation responses have been shared on major changes envisioned for Edinburgh.

Proposals for Edinburgh City Centre TransformationMeadows to George Street and Low Emission Zones were consulted on during May, June and July following widespread publicity. A range of measures proposed under each of the projects are designed to help the city cope with an increasing population and evolving lifestyle choices. These aim to enhance quality of life and provide sustainable, active and accessible transport options.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “This is a tremendous response to three extremely important consultations, each of which focus on game-changing proposals for the future of the Capital. My thanks to those who took part, helping us to progress a range of measures aiming to create a healthy, sustainable and liveable city fit for generations to come.

“Each of these projects will benefit from the input of the very people who use the city every day, and I’m looking forward to reviewing the resulting final proposals.”

Feedback was sought on Edinburgh City Centre Transformation plans to improve public spaces in the centre and to prioritise movement on foot, by bike and on public transport. The updated proposals, which will include a costed 10-year delivery plan, will be put before Transport and Environment Committee on 12 September.

The Meadows to George Street consultation called for people’s views on plans to transform the transport corridor, improving key streets to significantly enhance the quality of walking, cycling and public spaces. A detailed consultation report will be released in early autumn.

The Council also consulted on plans to become the second city in Scotland to introduce a Low Emission Zone – and the first in the UK to propose a citywide boundary for most vehicles – improving air quality for people across Edinburgh by tackling pollution from traffic. Feedback on the proposed boundaries, grace periods and vehicle types is now being analysed and will be reported to committee in October before a final proposal is submitted at the end of the year.

Project leaders will now assess consultation responses to make sure views are reflected in and influence the various final proposals, each of which will be put before the Transport and Environment Committee in the coming months.

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