Make West Edinburgh a Safer Place to Live, Work and Breathe!
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Make West Edinburgh a Safer Place to Live
We, Residents of Edinburgh West, call for urgent action from City of Edinburgh Council to reduce traffic and air pollution to below legal limits in West Edinburgh, specifically, Drumbrae Roundabout and St John's Road, and Queensferry Road – these are consistently among the top 5 most polluted roads in Scotland and are in breach of EU air pollution levels.
We have a right to clean air under EU law.
Communities in West Edinburgh are at breaking point. Brown-field developments in the area are adding pressure to already strained services and road networks, whilst green-field development to the west of the city designated as part of the City's development plan for housing, further threatens the already challenged stability of crucial local services and infrastructure.
Concerns such as Air pollutant levels (which are regularly breaching EU maximum legal toxicity levels in St Johns Road and Queensferry Road), vehicle over-capacity and inhospitable pedestrian access to local amenities all making West Edinburgh into a dangerous place to live and work.
We believe the time to act is now. It is not too late to repair the damage brought by unchecked growth and planning but it does require urgent and proper thought to infrastructure needs and more sustainable and healthier modes of travel.
We therefore call for urgent action to:
- properly address the regular infringements of Air Pollution in the area immediately with longer term strategies to reduce pollution to make the air of Corstorphine breathable without risk to health
- develop the bus interchanges at Edinburgh Gateway and Edinburgh Park Stations to reduce the number of long distance buses entering the city (this will also help reduce congestion on Princes Street)
- reduce the number of vehicles travelling into Edinburgh City through the heart of Corstorphine from the west
- ensure that future planned developments on Edinburgh's western periphery are designed around public transport, with services such as schools and doctors’ surgeries in situ and within active travel (walking/cycling) distance from the start
- support schools in promoting active travel to reduce school traffic.
- actively support the development to completion of recommendations made in the ‘Public Life Street Assessment’ plans for Corstorphine at the earliest opportunity.
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