Edinburgh aims to create 20-minute neighborhoods
Pioneer towns in the neighborhood 20 minutes away include Paris and Melbourne
Edinburgh wants to enable residents to meet their daily needs within 20 minutes of their homes by walking, using public transport, driving or cycling.
Based on an approach used around the world, the 20-Minute Neighborhood Strategy Project aims to build a more sustainable place, improve public services and harness the Scottish city’s strong sense of local community.
Pioneer towns 20 minutes away
The concept was pioneered by cities like Paris and Melbourne before the pandemic, but the global health crisis has made even more evident how important ‘livable’ neighborhoods are.
The Edinburgh Strategy seeks to find ways for residents to access most of their day-to-day services provided by the council in a local, accessible and sustainable manner, as well as those provided by partners from the public, voluntary and private.
“Getting what you need in your community isn’t enough to have your services and amenities close at hand,” said Council Chief Adam McVey. “It is also about empowering communities, fostering a stronger partnership by working at the local level and, where appropriate, providing multiple services from autonomous hubs.
“We know from our survey of residents of the capital that 58 percent of people agree that it would make sense for all public services to be provided from one place. We also know that it can be a more effective way for organizations to work within our communities and achieve better results for our residents.
“We know from our survey of residents of the capital that 58% of people agree that it would make sense for all public services to be provided from one place. ”
“Above all, building prosperous local neighborhoods will not only improve the quality of life and well-being of residents, but will also be greener by reducing the carbon footprint of frontline services and facilitating access to assistance. within walking distance. “
The new 2030 urban plan identified eight city centers as starting points and subsequent work identified 11 other areas to prioritize, as these are areas with gaps in their service offer and / or no natural city center. .
Each of the 19 zones in total has its own cultural identity and local heritage and it will be important to clearly articulate the different role that each district plays socially, culturally and economically as the strategy progresses.
Areas of intervention
The draft strategy emphasizes that, if approved, the first areas of focus will be those where the need is greatest, whether due to deprivation, poor connectivity or demographic issues. For example, we will:
- maximize the opportunities created by new investments in Liberton and Currie schools
- working to deliver the new Pennywell Hub to provide a partnership between the public and voluntary sectors
- build on community-led local place planning work in Wester Hailes and Leith
- work with the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership to tackle loneliness and isolation, and create new networks of support and well-being
- examine new programs to improve the quality of venues in some of our busiest and busiest centers, such as Niddrie Mains Road.
“The Edinburgh Climate Commission supports our work on 20 Minute Neighborhoods as the heart of a sustainable community and it is clear that the plans also support our broader business plan priorities in terms of eliminating poverty, increasing well-being, tackling inequalities and focusing on prevention, ”said vice chairman Cammy Day.
“The strategy we will be reviewing at the committee sets out a new way of working with our communities and we know from experience of researching new ways to provide services during the pandemic that communities want to work with us to co-design. services, so this is an exciting opportunity for Edinburgh. We will work to support and create environments where businesses can thrive and the needs of residents are met, helping to create a vibrant atmosphere and local identity.
If approved, implementation of the strategy will begin immediately. While the implementation of the strategy will be an ongoing program of work, a detailed implementation plan will be developed, based on the “inform, engage, reflect and deliver” model.
Potential locations for 20 minute quarters are: Corstorphine; Lochend / Restalrig; Rathon; Craigmillar / Bingham; Moredun / Gilmerton; South Queensferry; Currie / Balerno; Morningside / Bruntsfield; Stockbridge; Georgia / Dalry; Muirhouse; Toll cross; Granton; Nicholson Street; Wester Hailes; Kirkliston; Oxgangs; Leith / Leith Walk; and Portobello.
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