Views sought on another proposed ’20-minute neighbourhood’ in Edinburgh

VIEWS are being sought on how to improve the green space and urban realm of a primarily social housing scheme in the south-east of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh’s local authority is taking a strategy for ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ to the Craigmillar and Niddrie districts of the city. In the main, the focus is the area’s main thoroughfare: Niddrie Mains Road.

In November last year, the city council launched a ’20-minute neighbourhood’ initiative in the west of the city, in Gorgie / Dalry (here). A similar exercise was launched for Portobello, in February – here.

Says a media announcement, here: “Residents and visitors to Craigmillar and Niddrie are being invited to share their views on improving the look and feel of Niddrie Mains Road and its high street, encouraging access to local facilities and greenspaces by active and sustainable travel, and the provision of a new primary school in Greendykes.

“This is the latest project within Edinburgh’s 20-Minute Neighbourhood strategy, which seeks to deliver better community-focussed places where everyone can meet most of their daily needs within a short walk, wheel or cycle from their home.”

In addition to an in-person event tomorrow, there’s an online consultation – here – lasting until July 7.

Adds the announcement: “The 20-Minute Neighbourhood strategy was launched in June 2021. Its vision is to enable a ‘net zero’ Edinburgh where everyone can live well locally.

“The city needs this level of ambition to achieve a significant shift towards sustainable transport. Increased walking, wheeling cycling and using public transport can all help to cut congestion and reduce emissions. It will help to create more social, inclusive and accessible places. This will also support physical and mental wellbeing and help to end poverty in Edinburgh.”

Pictured: Niddrie Mains Road, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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