On 11 October 2017 a public meeting took place at Corstorphine Community Church organised by Corstorphine Community Council to discuss issues raised by the public.
In addition to the approximately 80 members of the wider community, attendees included:
- Corstorphine Community Council Members, including Steve Kerr (Chair) & Jennifer Beck (Secretary)
- City of Edinburgh Officer – Peter Strong
- Police Scotland Representatives – PCs Sam Davison & Karen Mackenzie
- MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
- CEC Elected Members – Councillors Robert Aldridge, Gillian Gloyer, & Mark Brown
- Drumbrae Community Council Chair, Kenny Wright
- Traffic and congestion issues in the area are adversely affecting people’s lives – from speeding and rat runs, to commuter and airport parking.
- Tensions are running high with voiced concern for child safety (e.g. “it’s a matter of time before there’s a death”).
- Traffic and congestion issues, such as cars mounting pavements, are deterring people from choosing active travel, with the perception being that “pedestrians aren’t considered important” to City of Edinburgh Council.
- Housing and building developments within the area, and further west of the city, are adding to the density and exacerbating the issues.
- The issues are affecting the whole area, from Pinkhill and Carrick Knowe to Broomhall, North and South Gyle and Craigmount, not just central Corstorphine, but wider area seems to be ignored (despite multiple appeals to CEC, with photographic evidence).
- Residents have been promised action on certain streets over a number of years, but nothing has changed.
- Take steps to reduce volume of traffic on St John’s Road and Drumbrae Roundabout via options such as
- promotion of park and ride on west of city (including restricting any multi-storey parking to already existing car parks)
- making Edinburgh Gateway a bus/tram/train interchange
- more efficient usage or reduction of long-distance buses on St John’s Road (currently a large number of empty buses).
- Use filtered permeability to reduce traffic on side streets and encourage short local journeys to be made on foot or bike.
- Introduce a parking controlled zone across the whole area to discourage long term airport and commuter parking.
The following PDF documents offer an overview of the matters discussed on the night.