At the City of Edinburgh Council Policy and Sustainability Committee on 6 August 2020, Councillors approved progressing with the next stage of proposals for the Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Route and Greenspace Improvement scheme.
“Our Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Route and Greenspace Improvement project aims to fill a ‘missing link’ in the walking and cycling network by connecting Roseburn path to Fountainbridge via a new off-road cycleway and pedestrian paths. The associated benefits of this, alongside substantial enhancements to surrounding woodland, to the environment and also by encouraging travel choices, is set to contribute to our carbon neutral goals. We want to create a ‘green corridor’ by planting nearly 5000 trees along the route, contributing to Edinburgh’s target of becoming a ‘Million Tree City’ by 2030. As part of this we’ll be revamping open spaces along the route which are currently unusable or inaccessible for the use of the community and revitalising Dalry Community Park too.”
“If approved, [GDCC note: this has now been approved] enabling works are expected to start in September and will comprise of site clearance, ground investigation and excavations. Alongside this a protected species/habitat survey will be carried out, and we will be working with contractors to explore ways of minimising the loss of trees as a result of the project.
For more information on details of the scheme, read the full report, Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Route and Greenspace Improvement.
Gorgie Dalry Community Councillors have been involved in consultations for the scheme, and we have waited a long time to get to this stage. This project offers a great new active travel connection for our community, and everyone in the West of Edinburgh. We also welcome the proposed woodland area for Dalry Primary School and community garden plots. It is also good news for Dalry Community Park which should be made more accessible and pleasant for locals to enjoy. We hope the large amount of wildlife and trees that call the park home are protected/replaced appropriately, and we will continue to closely follow the development of the project.