Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee approved a Strategic Review of Parking that would look at parking pressures across the entire Edinburgh area. The review identified several areas across the City to be developed across four phases. To combat the rising parking demands, the Council proposed new elements to the current parking control operations which benefit residents and businesses who work in the areas outside existing parking zones, all of which are close to the City Centre.
That’s where Project Centre became involved. The Council appointed us to undertake a consultation on the key elements of the proposals in advance of the formal advertising of a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). These key elements include the introduction of Permit Holder Parking, Shared Use Parking, Pay & Display, Double and Single Yellow Lines Restrictions.
The consultation gave members of various residents, community councils, businesses and residents the opportunity to view, comment and advise on the council’s proposals before they are fully advertised. The consultation was also an opportunity for any amendments to be considered prior to finalising the design and the advertisement of the TROs.
The stakeholder engagement included leafletting of all areas. We also held multiple drop-in sessions for each area with residents, businesses and stakeholder discussions about the proposals. Engagement included a developed webpage with an interactive map and online survey. This was to provide a space to create content for people to view information and feedback their comments. For example, the interactive map allowed residents and businesses to pinpoint specific areas of Edinburgh they felt needed improvement the most.
We maintained the logistics of drop-in sessions and the materials required, arranging all printing of large-scale drawings in Edinburgh as transportation of plans was not feasible. We also managed multiple pick-ups and drop-offs by couriers and display board companies. Good communication was key to the success of the consultation and we were able to preserve this throughout.