We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

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

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.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed design for new pedestrian crossing facilities in East Fettes Avenue

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

Parents/carers about their experience of early learning and childcare – what services they use and why, how often and when.  We also asked about what they would like to see in the future.

 

 

You Said

2,209 people responded to the survey, 99% of whom were parents/carers.  As well as telling us about the services they currently use and why, respondents told us how they would prefer to use services in the future: 

  • 70% of respondents want to be able to use services all year round whilst 24% want to be able to use them in term-times only.
  • Parents/carers want services to be available from early mornings (with 35% preferring an 8am start) to early evening (with 32% preferring a 6pm finish)
  • The most popular model (favoured by 38% of respondents) is for 50 weeks per year with parents/carers able to choose hours between 8am and 6pm and with the option to purchase additional hours..

 

We Did

The responses informed the Early Years Expansion plan which was prepared in response to the Scottish Government’s blueprint for the expansion of 1140 hours. The plan was submitted to the Scottish Government and we are currently revising it in light of feedback from the Scottish Government.

We will continue to seek the views of parents and carers throughout the expansion.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Guidance for Development in the Countryside and Green Belt and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 12 October Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Guidance approved by Committee.  The Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing planning applications in the Countryside and Green Belt.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

We asked Council tenants what an extended Tenants' Discount Scheme should look like.

You Said

Through the results from the online survey and focus group discussion with tenants, it was found that:

  • Discount on food and household goods would be the priority for most tenants. This was followed by discounts on telecommunications and clothes;
  • Tenants would prefer to use a simple discount card;
  • Tenants expressed that they carry out their daily shopping in local convenience stores but travel further to carry out their weekly or monthly shops in larger supermarkets;
  • Transport (particularly taxis) was highlighted as an area where discounts could help;
  • Tenants would also be interested in discounts on DIY, furniture and leisure activities; and
  • Some tenants said that they use the internet for shopping and some had used it to get a supermarket delivery service.

We Did

The feedback from the tenants will help to shape the extended Tenants' Discount Scheme. 

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Tollcross Supplementary Guidance and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 12 October Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Supplementary Guidance approved by Committee.  The Supplementary Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing planning applications for changes of use in the Tollcross town centre.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Gorgie/Dalry Supplementary Guidance and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 12 October Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Supplementary Guidance approved by Committee.  The Supplementary Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing planning applications for changes of use in the Gorgie/Dalry town centre.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Corstorphine Supplementary Guidance and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 12 October Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Supplementary Guidance approved by Committee.  The Supplementary Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing planning applications for changes of use in the Corstorphine town centre.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

We asked Council tenants to help us to design a new energy advice service.

You Said

Talking to energy companies on the tenants' bahalf and helping tenants to find the best energy provider and tariff were seen as the most important elements of the new energy advice service.

We Did

The Council introduced a new energy advice service on 5 February 2018, which is being delivered by Changeworks on the Council’s behalf. Over a two year pilot Changeworks will provide a range of advice services to at least 1,000 tenants a year to ensure their homes are easier to heat and resolve any issues they have with their energy suppliers. An energy advisor will be based in each of the locality areas to ensure that they work closely with frontline staff and deliver the best service possible for tenants. 

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for a cycle route between Holyrood Park and Ratcliffe Terrace, that includes improvements for walking.

You Said

A total of 148 people responded to the online survey, with a number of other letter and email submissions. Overall there was a majority of support for the scheme, details of which can be found in the consultation report below.

Numerous design considerations and alterations were suggested. These are detailed in the consultation report, along with a response from the Council and a summary of all the key design changes.

We Did

Based on the high levels of support, the council intends to proceed with the scheme. However, due to a current lack of resources we have temporarily put this scheme on hold. All consultees who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme, will be notified once it progresses to the next stage of public engagement, at the end of detailed design.

 

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements between Saughton Park and QuietRoute 8.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals, however numerious design alterations and clarifications were posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s responses.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme will be used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the potential design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below.

CURRENTLY DUE TO A LACK OF RESOURCES THIS SCHEME IS ON HOLD.

Once the scheme re-commences, there will be a further opportunity to respond to the proposal during the statutory Traffic Regulation Orders process. We shall also share the detailed designs online and all people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the detailed designs are available to view.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Edinburgh Design Guidance, and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Feedback tended to concentrate on the revised Parking Standards, and new Guidance for Build to Rent housing, and clearly demonstrated net support for the proposals, though key concerns were raised.

We Did

The Edinburgh Design Guidance now better reflects and addresses the key concerns raised (for example, the explicit need for parking surveys to be undertaken by applicants to assess/reduce parking overspill onto surrounding streets). The key concerns, and how these would be mitigated, were presented to/discussed with the Planning Committee, prior to them approving the revised Edinburgh Design Guidance.  The revised guidance can be found on the Council website.

We Asked

What you thought of our proposed amendments to the Guidance for Householders and how we could improve it further.

You Said

Most feedback was supportive of the changes to the Guidance.  There were some suggestions for minor alterations and clarifications.

We Did

We reported the feedback and actions to the 17 August Planning Committee and made some amendments to the final version of the Guidance approved by Committee.  The Guidance is now approved and will be used to assist in assessing householder planning applications.  It can be viewed on the Council website.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft approach to planning for a mix of uses in Stockbridge town centre. 

You Said

272 responses were received.   Responses in general showed broad support for the approach set out on the basis that greater flexibility will enhance and maintain vitality, viability and occupancy rates. Further comments were received covering a broad range of issues within the town centre.    

We Did

Comments received on the approach to planning for a mix of uses have been considered in the finalisation of the Town Centre Supplementary Guidance which was approved at Housing and Economy Committee on 2 November 2017. A summary of comments received and a response to these is set out within the Committee Report.  Comments have been shared with other Council services. 

The Supplementary Guidance will be used to determine planning applications and help deliver the Council’s wider placemaking and sustainability aims.  

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft approach to planning for a mix of uses in Portobello town centre.  

You Said

60 responses were received.   Responses in general showed broad support for the approach set out on the basis that greater flexibility will enhance and maintain vitality, viability and occupancy rates.  Further comments were received covering a broad range of issues within the town centre.    

We Did

Comments received on the approach to planning for a mix of uses have been considered in the finalisation of the Town Centre Supplementary Guidance which was approved at Housing and Economy Committee on 2 November 2017. A summary of comments received and a response to these is set out within the Committee Report.  Comments have been shared with other Council services. 

The Supplementary Guidance will be used to determine planning applications and help deliver the Council’s wider placemaking and sustainability aims.  

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft approach to planning for a mix of uses in Nicolson Street/Clerk Street town centre.  

You Said

32 responses were received.   Responses in general showed broad support for the approach set out on the basis that greater flexibility will enhance and maintain vitality, viability and occupancy rates. Further comments were received covering a broad range of issues within the town centre.    

We Did

Comments received on the approach to planning for a mix of uses have been considered in the finalisation of the Town Centre Supplementary Guidance which was approved at Housing and Economy Committee on 2 November 2017. A summary of comments received and a response to these is set out within the Committee Report.  Comments have been shared with other Council services. 

The Supplementary Guidance will be used to determine planning applications and help deliver the Council’s wider placemaking and sustainability aims.  

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements in Davidson's Mains Park

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for suggestions for new street names to be used in future development.

You Said

We received almost 100 suggestions.

We Did

The suggestions meeting our criteria have been added to the street name banks for future use.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed New Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the Character Appraisal. There were some suggested areas of concern that detract from the special character and/or appearance of the Conservation Area that required highlighting with possible remedial measures proposed . The section covering the assessment of new development within the Conservation Area was specifically highlighted by respondents as of particular usefulness in helping mange change and development pressure within the area.

We Did

The feedback to the Character Appraisal  was used to strengthen the content and accuracy of the information and proposed measures detailed within the document. This has further strengthened the appraisal of the areas special architectural and historic interest helping manage change and new development within the area more effectively.  The revised appraisal can be viewed on the council website.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Dean Park Crescent at Queensferry Road.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme will be used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the next steps are included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the  design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements on Lower Granton Road

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme has been used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below or by using the contact details supplied.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements in Roseburn Park.

You Said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals. There were some suggested design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each of them.

We Did

The feedback to the scheme will be used in consideration of future potential design alterations after the 3-month trial.

We shall consult again when the detailed design drawings are ready. The consultation shall be available online and via other forms if requested. All people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the consultation opens.

We Asked

For you to share your history and stories about the Coatfield Lane area and to give your thoughts about the area and what should be built there.

You Said

We learnt a lot about the character of the area before the redevelopment in the 1970s and some of the positives about living there now (being near the shops, public transport)  as well as some of the key problems (parking, safety and anti-social behaviour).

We Did

Collective Architecture is developing proposals for the redevelopment of Coatfield Lane as well as wider changes to the area; this work takes into account the comments received. 

We Asked

We asked for views on the proposed Draft Old Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal.

You Said

The majority of the feedback was supportive of the proposals. The wide variety of new developments selected for the case study of new development built within the life cycle of the existing Character Appraisal and the range of comments received about their individual architectural qualities  and how well they sat within their historic context provided a useful starting point for the review of the existing Character Appraisal. The questionnaire and additional comments received  help identify how well the existing Character Appraisal managed new development and where the new Draft Character Appraisal should be strengthened. 

We Did

The feedback to the scheme was used to evolve and improve the Character Appraisal. The Character Appraisal description of specific character areas within the Conservation Area was reviewed and strengthened in light of how it had changed since the approval of the existing appraisal. A specific section for assessing new development within the Character Appraisal was drafted to further strengthen the management of change within the area.