The Place Standard events scheduled for Saturday 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March in Edinburgh College have been postponed.
This is being done to give us more time to align the event to cross boundary development issues in the Brunstane – Newcraighall – Musselburgh area. We will now be able to better coordinate with similar events being undertaken by East Lothian Council.
It is still the Council’s intention to undertake a Place Standard exercise in the area and information will be provided on this in due course.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
How good is your place?
The Council in partnership with Portobello Community Council and Craigmillar Community Council are holding a public event to get your views on how well your area works as a place to live.
This will be in the form of a placemaking exercise, using the Place Standard tool.
What is placemaking?
Places that work well for the community have a significant positive influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals. The opposite is also true – places that do not work well have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The aim of placemaking is to create successful places.
We can measure the success of a place through use of a tool called the Place Standard . This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to greenspace, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety. This tells us where a place is succeeding and where it can be improved.
How to get involved
This is a unique opportunity for you to get involved. This is the second time the Council has used this process. This approach was also used in a well attend series of events in Queensferry.
We’d like as many of the community as possible to get involve to help make the process work.
People will work in groups and a facilitator will ask you and other people in your group a series of questions. As a group you will have to agree on an answer to the question. There will be someone taking a note of what people are discussing. At the end of the questions a compass diagram will be drawn to show the output of the answers (like the one below).
On 10 December we attended the launch of the Place Standard. The Place Standard has been developed by the Scottish Government, A&DS and NHS Scotland. The launch was attended by a range of professionals and community representatives from across Scotland. Speakers included Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioner’s Rights, Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health and our very own David Leslie, Senior Manager, Planning and Transport.
“QDCC were delighted to be involved in trialling the Place Standard as we now have a ‘shared vision’ for the Town. QDCC is grateful to all of the Council’s Planning team who supported and helped to organise the Placemaking Workshops and to the residents who participated.”
Queensferry Placemaking update
Since the last Placemaking exercise on the 27 October we’ve been making progress by:
We are holding a third and final community engagement event at Queensferry High School on Tuesday 27 October between 16:30 – 20:00. This event is for people who could not attend the initial events. Feedback on the initial events was very positive. 85% of participants that filled in a feedback form said they found the event was either ‘good’ or ‘really good’.
The two placemaking exercises have now been held and we’ve produced an Interim Report on the feedback so far. We had a great response from approximately 100 people with lots of ideas and issues raised. The local community have asked us to run another session for those couldn’t make it to these two sessions. A date and venue for this are yet to be arranged, but if you’d like to attend please contact Lucy George and we’ll keep you posted. We’ll also share the details on the blog and Twitter.
Places that work well for the community have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals. The opposite is also true – places that do not work well have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The aim of placemaking is to create successful places.
We can measure the success of a place through use of a tool called the Place Standard which has been developed by A&DS, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to green space, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety.
The Scottish Government’s policy on Architecture and Place – Creating Places sets the contextfor how we can deliver great places.
How can you get involved?
We will take groups of people through the exercise in facilitated sessions. We’d like as many people as possible to take part. This is the first time we have used this process and it will provide a unique opportunity for the community to get involved. It will build on the work undertaken for the Town Centre charrette.
This process will give us lots of information about Queensferry which we can use to inform what we do as a Council and how new development can support the qualities of Queensferry.
The outcomes will be shared with the developers of the new housing sites identified in Second Proposed Local Development Plan so they can shape their proposals to take account of the strengths and weaknesses identified by the community.