Spaces for People renamed Dangers for People after double yellow debacle on Edinburgh street

A resident on Marine Drive has renamed Spaces for People as ‘Dangers for People’ after the installation of double yellow lines along Marine Drive and Salvesen Gardens.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 4:55 am

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Robert Brown said that the entire street, which doubles up with Salvesen Gardens on the other side, has been painted with double yellow lines.

He said: The road closure to all traffic bar busses along Silverknowes Road has caused traffic to be diverted along Marine Drive which has made the area too busy.

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“As a result, double yellow lines have been painted up and down the street. All of a sudden the residents with no driveway have no parking areas. We are left using other parking areas situated some distance away from our homes and this is not ideal especially for the majority of elderly or restricted mobility residents.

“This road has been bad in the past with joy racers driving at dangerous speeds and now the non-speed bump road has been fully cleared of cars due to the yellow lines, they have a better reason to speed up and down with residents being their only obstacles. It’s not Spaces for People, it's Dangers for People.

“I’ve spoken to my local councillor Eleanor Bird and was asked to contact Spaces for People Mr Ryan Mackie. Mr Mackie advised there was nothing to be done and complaining would be pointless. Surely something can be done.”

Marine Drive

Spaces for People measures have been a Marmite issue for the capital with residents either loving or hating the proposals put forward.

But the council is adamant that they are required to keep people safe during the pandemic as well as when deciding to actively travel.

And with COP26 set to take place in Glasgow later this year - it is no wonder that local authorities across Scotland are looking to make a green impression on the various nations that will be in attendance.

Although a major sticking point for residents has been the lack of consultation involved in bringing in the procedures. But the council is adamant that they had to act quickly with regards to implementing emergency measures to protect active travellers.

Marine Drive

The council has also reiterated that before any of the measures become permanent, there will be a full consultation as normal and that by introducing these measures now, they will be able to adapt to community needs as they arise.

A Council spokesperson said: "Changes at West Shore Road have been introduced to create a traffic-free walking and cycling route between the promenade and Forth Quarter Park. Additionally, it will make West Shore Road a calmer, safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists to travel and exercise. Parking restrictions on Salvesen Terrace will also mean people who travel to Silverknowes by car can navigate past houses safely and help reduce congestion resulting from traffic visiting this popular part of the city.

"This Spaces for People scheme has involved engagement with residents of Salvesen Terrace as well as local businesses in the past, which resulted in changes to proposed measures since they were first designed last year. We are aware of the parking issue described by the resident and we will consider if it’s possible to make amendments in the future."

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