Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater ...

I've mentioned the very local parking woes affecting parts of the Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Ward on several occasions before - see here and the links therein ...

... well, the report which was supposed to address all of this is now out - here (it's large!) - and will be debated at next Tuesday's Transport Committee meeting (Item 22 on the Agenda).

I say 'supposed to' because, as you'll see if you glance at the report, all possible extensions to the CPZ are simply being abandoned. All of them.

I'm not opposed to some local areas being dropped - it's been pretty evident from the Shandon Colonies feedback I've had (for example) that there is little local support for a CPZ there. But other areas - specifically around Harrison Park - have shown a significant level of support for inclusion in the CPZ (49% for compared to 15% against - see page 9 of the report) and yet no recognition is being given to that - and no alternatives are being put forward?

After nearly two-years of debate and consultation, this will be welcomed by some but will undoubtedly be disappointing for many others ... all the talk of 'flexibility' and 'creativity' when considering solutions has simply vanished with the complete abandonment of these proposals.

Classic example of 'throwing the baby out with the bath water' :-(

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