Unadopted footways programme – 2015/16

I have been advised by the City Engineer that, as part of the Unadopted Footways Upgrade Programme, two further streets’ pavements in the West End area will be brought up to good standard and adopted by the City Council over the next year.
 
These are Whitefauld Road (south footway) and Middlebank Crescent (north footway).
 
These improvements are to be welcomed and will see more of the very poor pavements in the West End finally brought up to standard.   Back in 2007, I asked the council to improve funding to tackle this problem of really poor unadopted pavements and this was agreed – an increase from £200 000 per annum to £500 000 per annum.   This has made a huge difference in terms of tackling the issue.
 
There will be further progress in future years and it is good to see real progress on tackling the outstanding poor-conditioned pavements.
 
I have queried aspects of this year’s list as I had hoped that further West End streets would be covered this year that now appear in the possible 2016/17 list.    I am anxious to see as many of the remaining unadopted pavements in the West End brought up to standard as soon as possible.
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Proposed West End pavement improvements in coming year

I have welcomed news that, as part of the Unadopted Footways Upgrade Programme, a number of streets in the West End area will be brought up to good standard and adopted by the City Council over the next year.
 
These include Arnhall Drive, Ancrum Place, Grosvenor Road and Magdalen Place and one new upgraded pavement will also be provided for Whitefauld Road and Middlebank Crescent.   
 
These improvements are to be welcomed and will see more of the very poor pavements in the West End finally brought up to standard.   Back in 2007, I asked the council to improve funding to tackle this problem of really poor unadopted pavements and this was agreed – an increase from £200 000 per annum to £500 000 per annum.   This has made a huge difference in terms of tackling the issue.
 
However, there are a number of important omissions in the West End in the 2013/14 list and I have queried this with the City Engineer.

Unadopted footways progress

Recently the very western end of Perth Road (south side, west of Riverside Place) has been brought up to standard under the Unadopted Footways Programme and I have been asking about what is now planned for 2008/9.

Specifically, the short stretch of Riverside Drive’s east side between the Botanic Gardens and Perth Road, is in a very poor state (and – rightly – the subject of residents’ complaints), and I have now had the following feedback from the City Engineer on this :

“I can confirm that the footway at Riverside Drive, east side of Botanic Gardens to Perth Road is high on the priority list and is included in the 2008/2009 Unadopted Footway Programme. Works will therefore be programmed within this financial year to bring it up to adoptable status.”

Last year, I also asked that, at its annual review, the list had Menzieshill Road and Whitefauld Road assessed for priority and added to it. On this I have now also had feedback :

“The Annual Review is generally carried out in March of each year in time for the new financial year.

“At this time all new unadopted footways advised of/identified through the year are added and scored and any new information relating to existing unadopted footways on the list reviewed.

“The annual review is just being finalised and will be available shortly.

“Both Menzieshill Road and Whitefauld Road have been added to the list of unadopted footways and assessed as part of the 2008/2009 annual review.”