We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We asked

We have undertaken public engagement on the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods at key points in the projects' development:

Spring 2021 - scoping local context of traffic, access and place quality

Summer 2021 - Concept design 

Autumn 2021 - Corstorphine placemaking design

You said

All feedback reported to us is analysed and then collated into reports. Once completed, these reports are then made available via the 'Related' section below.

We did

All feedback provided is analysed and considered by the project team as we develop the projects. The consultation feedback and project development is reported back at key points to Transport and Environment Committee.

We asked

For your views on how public open spaces in Edinburgh, that are controlled by the Council, are used for events and filming.

You said

That you broadly agreed with the key principles for the use of public open space that were recommended by stakeholders, who included event and filming organisers, community councils, resident groups, business groups, friends’ groups, Council officers and interested individuals. You showed strong support for the environment, sustainability and the Edinburgh community and also provided some very useful additional comments.

We did

We are using your feedback and comments to expand on the Key Principles, detailing what organisers need to provide with their application to use public open space for events and filming, and what is required for a successful application.

This will be reported to the Culture and Communities Committee in summer 2022, seeking approval on how public open spaces in Edinburgh, that are controlled by the Council, are used for events and filming.

We asked

Every year the City of Edinburgh Council’s Rent Consultation gathers tenant views on their experience of the housing service and presents options for setting the next year’s rent levels. We received 446 responses for the 2022/2023 consultation – 106 through our online survey and 340 using our printed, postal option. This was nearly double the average from previous years, so we were delighted to get such a valuable picture of tenant opinions.

 

The Council also carries out an annual Tenant Survey, questioning 1,000 tenants across the city. This survey includes the questions in the Rent Consultation, as well as a number of other topics.

 

Tenants were presented with a range of rent increase options: 1.8%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5%. The consultation explained the impact the different options would have on delivery of key commitments, including Net Zero Carbon.

You said

The most popular option in both the Rent Consultation (53% of respondents) and the Tenant Survey was 1.8%.

We did

Therefore, a proposal for a 1.8% rent increase was put forward at the Council’s budget meeting on 24th February. However, a motion from the Coalition for a second rent freeze was agreed at the meeting and this will be put in place for 2022/23.

We asked

The council engaged with residents, visitors and organisations to seek views on a proposal to designate the entire City of Edinburgh Council area as a Short-term let Control Area. 

You said

Over 3,000 responses to the online survey were received.   Three focus groups took place.  One session for operators and hosts, a separate session was attended by community groups and residents.  A third session was held for visitors. 

The questionnaire asked about the principle of the designation and the area of designation. 

  • 88% of respondents supported the principle of the designation of a STL control area.
  • 85% supported the inclusion of the entire area.   

Further information can be seen in the Planning Committee Report

We did

The designation cannot come to effect without the approval of Scottish Government. A request will be submitted to the Scottish Government requesting that the new powers are implemented in the whole of the Edinburgh area.

We asked

The council engaged with residents, visitors and businesses to seek feedback on the project which aims to create a safer and more comfortable environment for residents and visitors walking, wheeling, cycling and spending time in the local streets and outdoor spaces of Leith. To meet these objectives, the Council is developing proposals for:

  • a new high quality cycling link from the Foot of the Walk to Ocean Terminal; and
  • a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Leith.

The engagement sought to raise awareness of the two phases of the project, presented concept designs on the cycle route and asked for feedback to inform the design of the low traffic neighbourhood and the potential changes to the area.

You said

Over 800 responses to the online survey were received, together with emailed responses from individuals, businesses and organisations. We also met with a Community Reference Group we have formed for the project and attended a public Community Council meeting.

From the survey responses:

  • 75% of survey respondents strongly support and support the aim for improving cycling conditions in Leith.
  • 80% of survey respondents strongly support and support the aim for improving walking conditions in Leith.
  • The most popular local destinations were Ocean Terminal, Leith Walk and Leith Links. Walking was used for the highest proportion of these journeys with between 44-65% of trips and cycling was used on 13-23% of trips.

Further information can be seen in the full engagement summary reports:

Leith Connections Stage 1 – Engagement Report Foot of the Walk to Ocean Terminal Cycle Route

Leith Connections Stage 1 – Engagement Report Low Traffic Neighbourhood

We did

Following consideration of the information gathered, developed design on the Foot of the Walk to Ocean Terminal cycle route has commenced and proposals for the low traffic neighbourhood are to be presented to the community for further feedback prior to being taken forward.

We asked

We asked for comments on our proposals for major refurbishment works on Newbattle Terrace between Morningside Road and Eden Lane.

You said

Although many respondents were supportive of the scheme overall, the most unpopular aspect by far was the proposal to narrow and signalise the junction of Newbattle Terrace and Pitsligo Road, and to render Pitsligo one-way at its southern end.

We did

We have re-examined the arrangement at Pitsligo Road and have amended the design as follows:

  • Pitsligo Road will remain two-way over its entire length
  • There will no longer be a stand-alone pedestrian crossing on Newbattle Terrace
  • The narrowing at the junction of Newbattle and Pitsligo will remain, with a minimum of 2-metre-wide footpaths
  • The junction of Newbattle and Pitsligo will be a 3-way traffic signal junction with pedestrian crossing points on all arms

We asked

We asked for views on crossing proposals in the vicinity of Stanhope Street and Hampton Terrace as part of the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL) cycle infrastructure project.

The proposals are summarised below:

Option A- Pedestrian and segregated cycle crossing (Stanhope Street one way with motorists entering via Stanhope Street and exiting via Devon Place)

Option B – Pedestrian crossing only (maintain two-way access for traffic at Stanhope Street.  Cyclists need to dismount to access and use the crossing)                        

You said

There were 102 responses to this consultation.  Responses were predominately from local residents. There was one response from the local amenity association.

Details of preferences expressed are:

Option A             11%

Option B              89%

The majority of respondents favoured Option B.

Respondents expressed strong concern that closing Stanhope Street to two way traffic would put unnecessary traffic pressure on the only exit point at the east end of Devon Place which is already considered to be a difficult junction.  By moving traffic onto the neighbouring cobbled streets this would cause congestion, noise and disruption and impact on air quality. It was also considered that only a small number of cyclists would use the segregated cycle crossing.

Those in favour of option A commented that a segregated cycle crossing would provide a family friendly crossing and a significant improvement to safety.  Concerns were expressed that it would be awkward for cyclists having to dismount at a pedestrian crossing. 

 

We did

Following consideration of the preferences given and the comments arising from the consultation, we now propose to progress with Option B as the approved design to be taken forward.

We asked

The Council engaged with all relevant stakeholders to seek their opinions ahead of the re-procurement of the contract for a festival event in Inverleith Park during the month of August.  2019 was the third and final year of the existing contract.

You said

There were 99 responses received in total and just over half agreed with the general proposal to hold a ticketed event in Inverleith Park in August.

In terms of the length of time that the event would be on-site (10 days inclusive of set up and de-rig) again, just over half agreed with, or had no opinion either way that this was an acceptable length of time.

The majority of respondents favoured a donation to general park improvements, closely followed by donations to new infrastructure such as play or exercise equipment.

We did

We have fully considered the responses from stakeholders and sought further feedback from elected members.  As there was no overall majority for either of the questions asked, we will be proceeding with the current specification.

The final contract will be awarded following assessment of a competative tender, in line with the Council procurement policies and procedures.

We asked

The Council engaged with all relevant stakeholders to seek their opinions ahead of the re-procurement of the contract for the Festival Event in The Meadows which came to an end in 2019 after three years on-site. 

 

You said

There were 191 respones in total with over half of respondees agreeing with the proposal to host a ticketed event on The Meadows.

The length of time on-site proved the most contentious question with just under half of respondees opposed to the current 33 day event period.

Nearly three quarters of respondees favoured a donation towards general park improvements as their preferred community benefit option.

We did

We have fully considered all the responses from stakeholders and sought further feedback from elected members.

As there was no overall majority one way or the other regarding the questions that were asked we are proceeding with the current specification as it stands.

The final contract will be awarded following assessment of a competitive tender, in-line with Council procurement policies and procedures.

 

We asked

The consultation period for the Draft Strategic Plan was between 16 April and 12 July 2019. People and organisations could take part by filling in the online questionnaire, attending one of the drop-in sessions organised by the Partnership, or request that someone go along to established meetings to talk about the Draft Strategic Plan. In total around 450 people participated. We received 106 online responses and attended 27 groups and meetings.

We asked questions about:

  • our vision and values
  • home first
  • the Edinburgh Offer
  • the Three Conversations model
  • equality outcomes.

You said

Respondents were broadly in favour of the direction of travel proposed in the Draft Strategic Plan. Around 75% agreed with our vision and values, the principle of home first, the development of an Edinburgh Offer and the implementation of the Three Conversations model. However, people wanted to hear more about how it would be implemented. They felt that when developing the Edinburgh Offer especially, ongoing, transparent and easy to access engagement with all stakeholders was essential. People also wanted to see more detail about specific communities of interest such as learning disability, mental health and carers.

We did

  • The Draft Strategic Plan was fundamentally rewritten in light of the consultation feedback
  • It was restructured to better define four key elements – the Edinburgh Offer, 3 Conversations, Home First and Transformation
  • Environmental considerations were added to the strategic context
  • The list of tasks by each phase was refined
  • A communications and engagement approach was added
  • Additional information was inserted which covered:
    • Mental health – Thrive
    • Older people
    • Learning disabilities
    • Physical disabilities
    • Primary Care
    • Public health
    • Long term conditions
  • A market facilitation approach was added
  • The financial planning statement was updated
  • Detailed Transformation tables were refined
  • The Housing Contribution Statement was redrafted.

The plan was approved by the Integration Joint Board on 20 August 2019. Read the final plan.

We asked

Every year we ask Council tenants for their views on how their rent should be spent to inform the Council housing budget for the following year and a five year investment plan.

You said

In 2018 tenants expressed strong support for building more affordable homes and for modernising and improving existing homes. Tenants particularly supported moves to make homes more energy efficient, and therefore, more affordable to heat.

We did

We used the outcome of the consultation to inform the 2019/20 Housing Service budget and rent levels. At its budget meeting on 21 February 2019, the Council agreed a 2% rent increase for 2019/20, which will fund the housing service and support a £870 million capital programme over the next five years to invest in new and existing homes.

We asked

For your views on the proposed design for walking and cycling improvements on Arboretum Place, between Inverleith Park and the Royal Botanic Garden west gate.

You said

A total of 301 people completed the survey.  The majority were in support of the aims to make a change to the layout that would provide a better space for pedestrians and cyclists.  There was support for the proposed design, with comments focussing on disabled parking provision, crossing points, the number of trees and the surfacing.

We did

The feedback provided through the survey will be used to develop and improve the next stages of the design process.

We asked

You to tell us how to simplify the Edinburgh Partnership's governance arrangements and improve community participation in it's decision making.

You said

A summary report of the consultation responses can be found here.

We did

The Edinburgh Partnership Board discussed the consultation responses and have agreed a new governance structure. Papers that detail the new structure can be found here. It will be implemented on 1 April 2019. 

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed design for new pedestrian crossing facilities in South Gye Broadway.

You said

The majority of feedback indicated support for the proposed crossing. A summary of the comments raised is attached along with along with the Council’s response.

We did

The feedback will be considered in the detailed design stage

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed design for new pedestrian crossing facilities in Lanark Road West.

You said

A summary of the comments raised is attached along with the Council’s response.

We did

Following this consultation and works within a new development at the location beginning, the Active Travel team have agreed to explore additional funding. This would enable the proposed facilities to be upgraded to a signalised crossing with the intention to link to ‘The Water of Leith Path’ via the new development.  Work on the necessary redesign of the proposed facilities has begun and these will be consulted on separately.

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed design for new pedestrian crossing facilities in Gilmerton Dykes Crescent.

You said

The majority of feedback indicated support for the proposed crossing. A summary of the comments raised is attached along with along with the Council’s response.

We did

The feedback will be considered in the detailed design stage

We asked

We asked for views on the trial layout of segregated cycling and walking areas on section of the main path in Roseburn park.

You said

The feedback to the trial changes was mixed, with a slight majority of respondents in favour of the new layout. Feedback at the Friends of Roseburn Park meeting highlighted that the segregation on the path to the west of the pavilion was not favoured, and that cyclists travelling too fast on the paths was a key issue.

Further details on the consultation feedback and monitoring can be found in the consultation and monitoring report via the link below.

We did

Based on the feedback to the consultation and the monitoring results, we are taking forward the following actions to implementation:

  • Retain the white line segregation around the toilet block/east side of the junction.
  • Remove the white line segregation around the pavilion/west side of the junction.
  • New slow markings and signage to promote slower speeds on bikes and use of bells.
  • Provide additional planters to the Friends of Roseburn Park for positioning along the ‘Green’ building block.
  • Upgrades to the path surface where (1) ponding occurs and (2) the surface is in poor repair
  • Improvement to the lighting
  • Safety improvements to the junction where the park path crosses the access road to the ice rink. This will incorporate the re-alignment of bollards and ground markings to highlight the junction crossing to all users.

Further details can be found in the consultation and monitoring report, see link below.

We asked

On 15 March 2016 the Transport and Environment Committee gave its approval for a review of the School Crossing Patrol (SCP) service to be undertaken and for a proposed set of criteria and methodology to be used when assessing SCP sites.

A technical assessment of all 243 SCP sites was subsequently undertaken between late 2016 and mid 2017.  On 5 October 2017 a further report was considered by Committee which noted the next steps were to undertake consultations with service users and service providers to seek their views about existing, alternative or additional new sites and to develop a draft SCP policy for further consideration by Committee.

This consultation was subsequently undertaken between February and May 2018.  In addition to the opportunity to provide their views about existing, alternative or additional new SCP sites, stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on any other aspect of the service or to make suggestions for how it could potentially be improved. 

You said

An overall total of 1,140 responses were received covering a wide variety of issues, many of which were not originally included within the scope of the review.

The high number of responses, with contributions from each of the seven stakeholder groups, together with the breadth of opinions expressed indicated a successful consultation. Examples of key issues raised are:

  • comments upon existing locations and suggestions for new sites;
  • a desire for greater absence cover;
  • to review the Guides’ operational hours;
  • to consider the education of parent/carers, children and road users on the role of the Guides;
  • location specific issues such as potential infrastructure improvements; and
  • the high value in which the service is held by users

We did

The Feedback received will be used to direct further work on the Review.

Further information on the consultations that have been undertaken with service users and service providers and the issues arising from the feedback that was received is available on the Council website at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolcrossingpatrols.

We asked

On 15 March 2016 the Transport and Environment Committee gave its approval for a review of the School Crossing Patrol (SCP) service to be undertaken and for a proposed set of criteria and methodology to be used when assessing SCP sites.

A technical assessment of all 243 SCP sites was subsequently undertaken between late 2016 and mid 2017.  On 5 October 2017 a further report was considered by Committee which noted the next steps were to undertake consultations with service users and service providers to seek their views about existing, alternative or additional new sites and to develop a draft SCP policy for further consideration by Committee.

This consultation was subsequently undertaken between February and May 2018.  In addition to the opportunity to provide their views about existing, alternative or additional new SCP sites, stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on any other aspect of the service or to make suggestions for how it could potentially be improved. 

You said

An overall total of 1,140 responses were received covering a wide variety of issues, many of which were not originally included within the scope of the review.

The high number of responses, with contributions from each of the seven stakeholder groups, together with the breadth of opinions expressed indicated a successful consultation. Examples of key issues raised are:

  • comments upon existing locations and suggestions for new sites;
  • a desire for greater absence cover;
  • to review the Guides’ operational hours;
  • to consider the education of parent/carers, children and road users on the role of the Guides;
  • location specific issues such as potential infrastructure improvements; and
  • the high value in which the service is held by users

We did

The Feedback received will be used to direct further work on the Review.

Further information on the consultations that have been undertaken with service users and service providers and the issues arising from the feedback that was received is available on the Council website at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolcrossingpatrols.

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for the Tram Cycle Safety Improvements - Phase 3 project.

You said

A total of 230 people responded to the online survey, with a majority of support for each of the designs proposed. Details can be found in the consultation report below.

We did

Based on the high levels of support, the council shall be proceeding with implementation of the designs. Details of the next steps is comprised in the consultation report.