In March hundreds of people in Queensferry took part in design workshops and completed surveys to help create a shared vision for the west end of Queensferry’s town centre. Queensferry Ambition secured £13,000 of funding from The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh and Scotmid to undertake this community design process. Design workshops held at Queensferry Parish Church, Queensferry Primary School and Queensferry Churches Care in the Community were undertaken by local Architects and Urban Designers WT Architecture, and surveys undertaken by Indigo Project Solutions. Design proposals were developed further in a workshop with key stakeholders including Councillors, Planners, Community Councillors, Historic Scotland, Visit Scotland and other key community representatives. The information and views gathered have been used to generate 63 distinct built proposals spread over the west end, ranging from bin enclosures at the Bellstane, to new parking on the edge of the town centre.
‘The over-riding message from what people said was that the pedestrian environment is the most important thing for improvement in Queensferry,’ summarises Wil Tunnell of WT Architecture. ‘People also want better parking, and better management of parking and traffic, but not at the expense of the walking environment. The town centre has to be a pleasant environment that people can get to easily but whatever means they choose, but most people said they choose to get to the town centre on foot as a preference. This means we need better, safer pavements and crossings.’ Proposals include new pavements and crossings on the Loan and on Hopetoun Road, as well as significant improvements to the shoreline which people viewed as an underused asset, and unique selling point for the town.
The full set of proposals will be exhibited at Queensferry Parish Church from 7pm on the evening of Tuesday 24th June along with a presentation from WT Architecture. The exhibition will also be open for viewing between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 28th, after which it will be on display in Queensferry Ambition’s offices on the High Street.