Many CAA members will be aware of the recent planning application, by agents acting for the owners of the property, for a Co-op foodstore development at 8 Bridge Road. This involves a two storey extension being built on the back of the existing building (see the accompanying artist impressions of what this will look like), resulting in the existing retail floor area being more than doubled and projecting out over the slope down beside the Long Steps, the route now of the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail.
Our reaction was one of considerable concern at the potential effects of the development on the Village arising from: the possible consequential closure of existing shops further down Bridge Road; the likely traffic congestion at a site close to the traffic lights; and the visual impact of the proposed extension on the historic Colinton Conservation Area. The Executive Committee therefore decided to oppose the application. A letter of objection on behalf of CAA was lodged with the Council on Friday 13th March, the closing date for representations. The CAA letter can be viewed here: Objection letter in PDF format
The recently established Colinton Community Council is what is known as a ‘statutory consultee’ for planning applications. One of the consequences is that they are not bound by the formal period for representation on applications and they are still in the process of deciding how they will respond to the Bridge Road application. To inform their response they are conducting a survey which can be accessed on www.colintoncc.org.uk/survey. The CAA Executive is keen to encourage members of CAA to take part in the survey.
See below two photomontages created for the CAA. Click on the images to see the full-size images.
|As viewed looking up the Long Steps||As viewed from Cuddies Lane|
Edinburgh City Council have plans to ban traffic from streets around city primary schools, including those in the Colinton area.
The Council are holding a consultation which can be viewed HERE or at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/school-streets-project-proposed-experimental-traff
The plan has now been updated to correct an error with regards Colinton Primary School
We do not wish to alarm unduly, but the police have reported a spate of targeted house break-ins across the city recently. It is believed that this is being co-ordinated by the same group of criminals. They seem to go for houses that are unlit, with a view to forcing entry, stealing car keys and any easily-snatched valuable items; they then steal the car to make their getaway