Residents in Lochend Gardens reached out to me about a significant increase in vehicles attracted to the area when the Hibs FC plays at home. There have been reports that the extra vehicles are parking on pavements and green spaces. This has resulted in mud on the pavement which, in one unfortunate scenario, caused an elderly resident to fall and hurt her hip. Furthermore, the road the extra vehicles restrict the road so much than an emergency vehicle could have trouble getting through.
This inflow of vehicles is causing distress for many residents. As such, I organised a public meeting to allow residents a say in how the issue should be resolved. The meeting was attended by the Council’s Local Transport and Environment Manager and a representative from Police Scotland.
Taken Forward to City of Edinburgh Council
The changes recommended by Lochend Garden residents have been passed on to the Local Transport and Environment Manager to take forward. Although the process can take up to 12 months to finalise, I will continue to work with the Council to see these plans implemented.
A ballot reflecting the above option was sent in May to all residents of Lochend Gardens in order for everyone to have a say on the action that would be taken forward. Residents voted 64% for and 36% against new implementations.
26 April Public Meeting
Those who attended April’s meeting felt implementing double yellow lines on pavement and fencing around grassy areas would be the best methods to prevent increased parking. This consensus was reached after a discussion of a variety of options.