At the behest of City of Edinburgh Council, Portobello Community Council has gathered feedback from the community on three options for the replacement of the road surface in Brighton Place.
The options consulted upon were:-
1. Full Sett Reconstruction
2. Asphalt Reconstruction
3. Asphalt Overlay
The consultation was open for 21 days with a mixture of online and offline means deployed to gather consultation responses. The community council published and distributed posters, made paper forms and materials available in Portobello Library, and sent out alerts to our 1,000+ member email mailing list and 500+ Twitter followers.
The consultation generated a great deal of interest, with a number of lively debates on local Facebook pages and more than 1,300 hits on the consultation materials on the PCC website. The consultation closed on Friday, February 20 with more than 400 responses received during the period.
The results were as follows:-
- A majority of respondents (57%) favoured Option 2, full asphalt reconstruction.
- Whilst there was support for Option 1 full sett reconstruction (48%), there was also a considerable number of respondents who were against Option 1 (42%).
- A majority of respondents (81%) were against Option 3, asphalt overlay.
In summary, the respondents to this consultation did not feel the heritage / conservation arguments were sufficient to justify the cost, length of disruption and potential impact on the High Street of the full sett reconstruction option.
Taking all the responses and comments into account, the preferred road surface for Brighton Place is asphalt and full asphalt reconstruction is the preferred option from this consultation.
Full results and comments attached below.