To: City of Edinburgh Council

Stop the Setts

Stop the Setts

Please reconsider the decision to re-lay the setts on Brighton Place in Portobello.

Why is this important?

Under proposals to re-lay the setts in Brighton Place, this main thoroughfare will be closed for 60 weeks and buses re-routed away from Portobello High Street.

A consultation carried out by Portobello Community Council showed that more local people support an asphalt (tarmac) road surface. The Council initially agreed to this but then changed their mind, after the adoption of a new policy on setted streets and campaigning by heritage bodies.

The setts, when properly laid, look lovely but they just can't cope with the demands of 21st century traffic, including double decker buses and heavy goods vehicles.

The 60 week closure will cause great inconvenience to local residents and visitors to Edinburgh"s Seaside. Local traders fear that it could put some of them out of business.

An asphalt road surface could be constructed in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost - at least half a million pounds less.

That money could be better spent - fixing some of Edinburgh's thousands of potholes, for example.

Let's look at this again, with a community-led design that delivers a road that works for everyone, that balances heritage with practicality and that doesn't take 60 weeks to complete.


Reasons for signing

  • No need for setts - too expensive. Elderly people will be cut off and the impact on all shops will be significant due to the loss of trade. If access is cut off for such a long period of time people will go elsewhere and not return. Cannot believe uturn felt I original decision. Absolute disgrace!
  • Cost prohibitive when Council are always saying they have no money. Also will have an impact on business and customers in Portobello. We need to encourage people to visit not make it more difficult.
  • The disruption this will cause and also the cost is unacceptable. Sets are not suitable for the amount of traffic that goes up and down Brighton Place every day.


2018-06-12 08:10:14 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-06-09 17:41:19 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-06-09 12:07:26 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-06-09 09:31:45 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-06-09 08:48:34 +0100

10 signatures reached