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Hope Street, To Be...or Not to Be

The UN's Aarhus Convention Compliance Commission (ACCC) isn't really there to 'do detail' and second guess experts about their schemes and the plans, in order to make a judgement on whether this or that tram system is better or worse.

So when they mention a detail it is significant.

In their recent judgement they highlighted the offer made by Edinburgh to residents that Hope Street, which connects Queensferry Street and Charlotte Square, could work as an alternative route for traffic releiving pressure on the residential streets from the inc reases in traffic created by the demands of the

Final result from Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee

Press release based on the final findings and recommendations of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee at UNECE in Geneva on the communication brought by two Edinbgurgh residents

Aarhus decision received

The UNECE Aarhus Convention people have produced their final 'Findings and Recommendations' document in respect of the communication brought to them by the two Edinburgh residents.
 
A first draft version, was distributed to all the parties involved to give a chance for comments and responses, and that last bit of the process is now over, the judgment will be formally ratified at the Compliance Committee's next formal meeting.
 
This press release highlights the key points..not least of which is a landmark decision concerning how any council and public authority will now have to make far

Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee Findings

The source document on The Findings and Recommendations of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in respect of the communication brought by two Edinburgh Residents

ON the one hand.....

ON the one hand ..... it's all brilliant but only if it doesn't snow!

Does this mean someone inside the council thinks that the positive spin is rotating so quickly it is in danger of overbalancing and smashing into the ground?  So they immediately 'rowed back smartly' from the sunshiney glow of the first press release with the wintery warning of the second?

Who knows what goes on inside Edinburgh's council?

If this was about veniality, corruption, bribery or anything like that then the lid may well have blown on what is actually going on.

But Edinburgh isn't Moscow, Mexico, Lagos or

Why can Londoners get facts while we get ignored?

The debate over London's airport capacity received an important additional contribution recently in a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) who found that expanding Heathrow could result in 3 times as many deaths from the reulting pollution in 2030 than building an airport on the other side of the city in the Thames Estaury.

The report was picked up by many media outlets and given wide publicity, such is the interest in whether or where extra airport and runway capacity should be built in the South East.

A spokesperson for the scientific team even joked that the

Aarhus provisional decision

Release on the first stage of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee of UNECE (The United Nations) decision

Aarhus provisional decision

The case taken to the United Nation's Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in Geneva by two Edinburgh residents over the lack of true openess and consultation in the dealings of Edinmburgh Council, particularly over the Tram Project planning and effects, is nearing a final conclusion.

The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee have a provisonal report on their website, admirably they practise what they preach in adopting the position of putting all information into the public domain, unlike our Council.

So although it is a provisional finding, and has been sent to both parties it is on

Edinburgh Council's Credibility Gap Video

This 2 minute video report (click here to see it) speaks for itself...  Edinburgh Council fought for years to say that the traffic in this street flows down the kerbside.

It doesn't though!

They have continued for another two years to pretend it flows 'down the edge of the parked cars'.

It doesn't though!

As the video shows (click here) the traffic flows where Residents (who after all live there) have said it flows, for over 4 years, and that is down the centre of the street, another vehicle width out from the parked cars, and two vehicles from the kerbside.

This distance is improtant

Edinburgh Council's Credibility Gap Video

This 2 minute video report (click here to see it) speaks for itself...  Edinburgh Council fought for years to say that the traffic in this street flows down the kerbside.

It doesn't though!

They have continued for another two years to pretend it flows 'down the edge of the parked cars'.

It doesn't though!

As the video shows (click here) the traffic flows where Residents (who after all live there) have said it flows, for over 4 years, and that is down the centre of the street, another vehicle width out from the parked cars, and two vehicles from the kerbside.

This distance is improtant

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