Polwarth Pavements Project — Summer 2022 update

The MCC Polwarth Pavement Project is making good progress.  This is an update on what we have been doing, explains our priorities, and sets out our plan for the rest of the year.

Pavement audit in progress
  • In the spring, we secured a community grant from the City of Edinburgh Council, to enable us to consult with the community and offer residents the chance to learn about good practice in community engagement. 
  • We have held a walkabout for newly elected Ward 9 and 10 councillors.  All of those who joined us have expressed their support for the project.  
  • We have visited almost all the local businesses from the Polwarth roundabout down to the junction of Yeaman Place with Dundee Street.  
  • A good number of residents have emailed our dedicated inbox — pavementproject@merchistoncc.org.uk — to express their views and concerns: thank you!

Next steps

Over the coming months, we will:

  • organise one or more online meetings for residents so that people can express their views this way if they wish; 
  • put a questionnaire on to our website and also in leaflet form in Polwarth shops to enable residents and businesses to answer a few key questions about our local pavements and pedestrian safety;
  • analyse the responses and summarise the findings on this website; 
  • commission drawings and impressions of the area close to the roundabout from landscape architects and share those with the community; 
  • monitor and respond to comments to our dedicated inbox;
  • present a summary of all comments made so far on the Polwarth Pavement Project at the next online meeting of MCC on 20 September.  That meeting is at 7.00 pm and open to all residents: you’ll find the Zoom link on the Home page of our website — do join us!

The final goal is to write up our work on the project and present it, with costed proposals for improvements, to the City of Edinburgh Council, by March 2023.

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