Two days after it announced plans to move the Edgewater Mall from its current location at Stonebriars in the city centre to the new Stonebarr mall, Edinburgh’s main shopping street has been hit with a new spate of street parking.
The city’s main intersection, Edgewater Road, is one of the busiest in the UK, with around 1.4 million people a day passing through the junction.
However, as of Monday night, there were still around 4.6 million people passing through on the busiest street, which is where the Edgars are currently located.
Edgewater Road is the busiest intersection in Edinburgh.
Image: Supplied The change to the street is a result of a number of factors, including the arrival of the Edinburgh Mall, which will open next year, and the construction of a new, five-storey tower.
However, the changes are a bit of a surprise given the long-standing issues facing the Edgars.
In a statement to the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Mayor Joe McHugh said the decision to move Edgewater to the Stonebbrg Mall was a “difficult decision” but the decision was “not at odds with the wider city’s vision for the future of the area”.
The decision to relocate the Edgers to Stonebrees has been controversial.
Last week, residents of the neighbourhood of Stonebriggs, who have long complained about the parking situation in their neighbourhood, organised a protest outside the Edinburgh Government building.
They were met by the Police Scotland officers and the Edinburgh City Council.
On Monday, the Edgbaston Road community group announced it had decided to stage a walkout on Tuesday in protest against the change.
“We will walk through the centre of Stonebrians town centre, stopping every couple of minutes to listen to people’s concerns,” the group said.
At the time, Edinburgh City Councillor Alan Wilson said the move to the Mall was “an excellent first step” and the City Council had “given clear advice to the owners of Stonebraes that this is a matter that is important to them”.
“We have been given clear advice that this will be a positive step forward in the regeneration of Stonebourne and the city,” he said.
“It’s a very good step forward.”
The move has also sparked debate on social media.
People have been taking to social media to express their disapproval of the move.
There have also been concerns about safety at Stonebrae, where the mall is set to open next summer.
The city has said it has received a number other complaints about the situation at the mall, but has not received any evidence of any fatalities.
Image: SuppPLIEDThe Edinburgh City and County Council (ECC) told the BBC it has not been involved in any decision-making process about the move and has not “received any concerns or concerns from residents”.
However, it has been in discussions with the owner of Stonebroth Mall, and said the developer is “confident” the move will “improve the situation”.
The Edinburgh city council said it is “aware of the ongoing concerns raised by residents of Stonebrook and Stonebrie”.
Edinburgh City Council said it was “currently working with the developer of StoneBriars to ensure this is resolved in a positive manner”.
However it has also said it will “not comment on whether the development has or will have an impact on pedestrian and bicycle traffic”.
“A number of residents of Edinburgh have expressed concern over the lack of planning and management of the Edgeworth area around Stonebreezes new Edgewater shopping centre, and will be speaking to the council at its meeting in November,” the council said.