East Lothian Council

North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership reports on progress

Published Friday 22nd September 17

nb final report before and after

Views about the look and design of North Berwick offered by local residents

Over 70 people attending the recent North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership 3rd Annual Public Meeting gave an enthusiastic reception to the report of the North Berwick Town Centre Charrette which was launched at the meeting. The meeting also heard from Dirleton Village Association and North Berwick Children & Youth Network Partnership members about the positive changes the Partnership is making in the community.

Kevin Murray Associates presented their report which was commissioned by the Partnership and East Lothian Council.

Kevin Murray said:

“The committed and enthusiastic engagement in the design consultation process carried out in May 2017 with the community has produced a wide-range of exciting outcomes that can have a real and lasting impact on the quality of the Town Centre as a place that everyone can access and enjoy.”

The report outlines more than 44 projects which emerged from the process including: improving walking and access at the east end of the High Street by widening pavements and slowing traffic; providing a better parking strategy; improvements to help people get around; street and public realm improvements; traffic and parking; character, quality and amenities and sustainable travel and accessibility. Safer streets were a high priority, reducing the feeling of threat from moving vehicles through wider pavements with even surfaces. A slow speed environment and range of pedestrian and cycle interventions could make the town centre more orientated towards people.

Tom Shearer MBE, Head of Communities & Partnerships at East Lothian Council added:

“East Lothian Council is delighted to be a partner in the presentation of this report on the North Berwick Charrette.  The exercise was virtually unparalleled in the extent to which it brought community groups and individuals throughout the North Berwick Coastal area together to discuss the issues facing the town and debate and shape a vision for its future by devising practical and affordable solutions with the guidance of council officials and other experts tailored to the needs and characteristics of the community.

“We shall look forward in the coming months to continued close co-operation with the community in work to prioritise and implement the changes identified in the report. I’d like to thank North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership Charrette Steering Group for all their hard work and commitment and special thanks to the Co-Chairs of the Partnership Sue Northrop and Lesley Kay for their leadership in this process. Your work for the North Berwick Coastal community is to be commended.”

The charrette was run by Kevin Murray Associates who are planning, regeneration, and urban design consultants commissioned by North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership as a result of the views expressed through their community conversation events. The Charrette was funded by North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership, East Lothian Council and Scottish Government Charrette Mainstreaming Programme.

A copy of the full report can be found on East Lothian Council website

North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership Reports

A full report will be available at North Berwick library and summary reports can be collected at North Berwick Community Centre.

Designs of North Berwick offered by local residents

For more information please contact: North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership on 01620 827871 or email nbc-ap@eastlothian.gov.uk.

www.eastlothian.gov.uk/areapartnerships

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