Will Edinburgh's controversial Spaces for People scheme become permanent? - your views online

“It works in the Netherlands, why can’t it work here?”

Friday, 4th June 2021, 7:00 am
Planter installed at the junction of Barberton Mains Wynd, Edinburgh, as part of a new council scheme, 'Spaces for People'.See SWNS story SWSCplanter. A planter has been installed in the middle of a busy road junction - leaving residents flabbergasted.  The wooden box filled with soil was installed at the junction of Barberton Mains Wynd, Edinburgh, as part of a new council scheme, 'Spaces for People'. Residents fear emergency services could be unable to enter the road, and that the wooden box could block visibility for drivers and lead to a child being knocked down as they left nearby Juniper Green Primary School. The idea of the planter is to keep children travelling to the primary school safe by restricting access at the junction to residents of the street, blue badge holders, school staff, deliveries, waste collection, and emergency services.
Planter installed at the junction of Barberton Mains Wynd, Edinburgh, as part of a new council scheme, 'Spaces for People'.See SWNS story SWSCplanter. A planter has been installed in the middle of a busy road junction - leaving residents flabbergasted. The wooden box filled with soil was installed at the junction of Barberton Mains Wynd, Edinburgh, as part of a new council scheme, 'Spaces for People'. Residents fear emergency services could be unable to enter the road, and that the wooden box could block visibility for drivers and lead to a child being knocked down as they left nearby Juniper Green Primary School. The idea of the planter is to keep children travelling to the primary school safe by restricting access at the junction to residents of the street, blue badge holders, school staff, deliveries, waste collection, and emergency services.

Spaces for People

Will Edinburgh's controversial Covid scheme become permanent?

Graeme Robertson

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The i newsletter cut through the noise

The people have spoken - we don't want this nonsense. And no amount of pre-fixed marketing surveys are going to persuade us otherwise. If you don't believe, bring forward the 2022 council elections to June/July and we will reaffirm our decision to you by voting the lot of you out.

Alexander Mclean

I think it's being a huge waste of and probably caused more accidents. But they don’t seem to be fixing the massive holes in roads.

Kenny Murphy

The council are not interested in what the people think or want. This has been imposed on its citizens with no consultation or consent. What they've done is vandalism. It's a mess and a costly one at that. The money wasted could have been invested in areas where it's needed. This entire project has been predicated on the vanity of certain councillors from the SNP and Labour. Have they completely forgotten who they claim to represent? There's no support for this nonsense.

Elle Bain

It was brought in due to Covid and tbh it’s breathed a breath of fresh air too. It works in the Netherlands, why can’t it work here?

Paul Fowler

Ask the people who pay for it and use it. Seems pretty straightforward.

City bypass

Delays eastbound at Dreghorn after collision involving several vehicles

Iain Fraser

Should be like Glasgow and converted to motorway. Major investment in the last decade with most of the major roads now upgraded into Glasgow with multi lanes. It’s safe and flows pretty freely. Accidents on the bypass happen almost every day.

Davina Stuart

That bypass is a disaster. Causes so many issues and delays way too often. Can't get in or out of Edinburgh when these accidents happen. Praying everyone is safe.

Choi Sul

When driving I try to keep a safe distance, then someone uses my breaking distance as a space to insert their fast moving vehicle, causing more danger than required. If I then crash into the rear of them, it's my fault, although they just removed my safe breaking distance.

Brian Macaulay

The bypass bampots out again. First thing you learn in your driving lessons is ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre. That's why there's so many accidents on the bypass. The loonies don't do that, they lane jump, without consideration for other drivers.

David Fox

Speed is the main factor as there too many idiots on the bypass, Should be reducing speed to 50mph with speed cameras along that stretch.

Alistair Kirk

The bypass is no longer fit for purpose. It wasn’t designed for the volume of traffic that now uses it. Yes tailgating is obviously wrong and dangerous, but becomes unavoidable when the traffic bunches up and crawls along at 30mph. Then, once it opens up you have people who sit in lane two doing 1mph more than a lorry and not returning to lane one, with hundreds of people behind them trying to get home or to work. I hope everyone is OK. I did see a couple ambulances with their lights going as I took the usual diversion through Colinton and Fairmilehead.

Anne Cunningham

Yes, I’ve had people driving up far too close, no braking distance at all. If there’s a queue you can’t go any faster.

Scott Shaw

Lorries should be confined to the left hand lane only at all times. It really slows the traffic down and causes frustration.

Vicster Mo

There’s a crash nearly every day. Hope everyone is OK.

Alan Inverarity

Place average speed cameras along the full length.

Paul Fowler

I drove past it. It’s yet another case of tailgating/driving too fast. Has there ever been a crash on that road that wasn’t tailgating? Every road I drive on is full of tailgaters. It must be the biggest cause of crashes, yet people refuse to stop it.

Paul Gillie

Was there a bus at a floating bus stop or a planter dumped on the inside carriageway? This road was opened in 1990 and at that time the number of people living in East and Midlothian was a lot lower. This road must surely be reassessed, considering this is a capital city which has a road system of a small border town.

Daniel Cranmer

I used to blame the road - it’s definitely bad drivers.

Steven Doyle

I blame the cyclist!