You can help shape future of Queensferry

Ariel view if Queensferry Harbour
Ariel view if Queensferry Harbour
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Residents in Queensferry are to be given an opportunity to help shape the future of the town.

Residents in Queensferry are to be given an opportunity to help shape the future of the town.

Local input is needed for a series of design workshops which will look at everything from traffic and parking through to streets, pavements and parks to the west of the town’s Bellstane area.

The first of the Shape the Future of Queensferry events will kick off with design workshops at Queensferry Parish Church hall on Thursday, March 6, from 7-9.30pm and Saturday, March 8, from 10am-2pm.

The workshops which will be hosted by WTArchitecture and Indigo Project Solutions, are supported by Queensferry Ambition; Scotmid Co-operative; City of Edinburgh Council and The Scottish Government, aim to generate design proposals to improve the area.

Wil Tunnell, of WTArchitecture, said: “We are hoping that the Queensferry community will join us and help us create a shared vision for public spaces and places from The Binks and Bellstane to The Loan, Hopetoun Road and Shore Road.

“These will be exciting events aimed at generating design proposals for improvements in this part of Queensferry.

‘‘Working with architects and urban designers we want the views of the Queensferry community on public spaces, places, traffic and parking – all key areas that impact on the everyday lives of both the general public and businesses.

‘‘These workshops will help develop some firm proposals for future improvements in the town centre.”

Malcolm Brown, chairman of Queensferry Ambition and head of corporate communications at Scotmid added: “Both QA and Scotmid are delighted to support these workshops which will really help to set the scene on how Queensferry can be further improved in areas which will see even more potential impact through the additional bridge (Queensferry Crossing) and possible World Heritage status for The Forth Bridge.

“QA has also acted as a catalyst to attract additional funds for the workshops through our great relationship with both the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council. Their support in this is invaluable.’’

If any members of the public wish to attend these public workshops but are not able to they can still get involved by taking the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Shaping-the-Future-of-South-Queensferry.

*Queensferry residents are also being asked to support the newly-formed Queensferry Heritage Trust in their aim to safeguard the historic features and conservation in the town at a time when the town is under increasing pressure as a major attraction because of the potential Unesco World Heritage status and other milestone events.