It ISN’T Leith

Posted by chdot on August 13, 2008

Hopes of Council officials and cycle campaigners have been dashed. Leith is not one of the lucky winners in the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Travel Demonstration Communities project.

City of Edinburgh Council’s bid was based on the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area. Various proposals were put forward to encourage walking and cycling. Much needed improvements to the path network between Leith and Portobello were proposed. 

Marketing and promotion would have highlighted the best places to walk and cycle and also promote things like the City Car Club and mybustracker.

The successful towns/cities are Glasgow (East End) which will improve routes in time for the Commonwealth Games, Barrhead, Kirkwall, Dumfries, Dundee, Kirkintilloch/Lenzie, Larbert/Stenhousemuir. They share £15m (though not equally), so Edinburgh has ‘lost out’ on £2-3m (over 3 years, with the possibility of further funding after that). (Detailed Scottish Government press release.)

Cycle campaign group Spokes has been critical of Edinburgh’s spending on infrastructure etc. in recent years, such as the inadequate maintenance of the off-road network – including Leith (Evening News story). 

Having identified things that need doing in one small part of Edinburgh it remains to be seen if resources can be found to do any of the measures proposed. New Head of Transport Marshall Poulton is said to be ‘keen on walking and cycling’ – clearly this money would have helped him.

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