Harrison Park East upgrade work complete

The work to upgrade Harrison Park East has now been completed.

A grant of £47,500 was secured through Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) which finances projects eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. A further grant of £50,000 was been secured from Sustrans the leading UK sustainable transport charity.  Money was also “donated” by Merchiston Comunity Council (their emphasis), plus an anonymous donation of £12,000.

jmg_4368 The new stairs and path linking Watson Crescent with West Bryson Road on the right and the canal on the left
jmg_4366 The new stairs and path linking Harrison Park to Watson Crescent.
jmg_4367 The new area of tarmac that seems to have been turned in to a public car park.
jmg_4365 The D shaped path in the middle of the upgrade
jmg_3890 The stairs and new ramp linking Harrison Park to the canal

Funding Secured for Harrison Park East

Plans have been approved and funding applications have been successful for environment improvements to East Harrison Park.

A grant of £47,500 has been secured through Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) which finances projects eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. A further grant of £50,000 has been secured from Sustrans the leading UK sustainable transport charity.

The City of Edinburgh Council and The Waterways Trust Scotland have also contributed funds to the project, the latter through private donations.

Merchiston Community Council have raised concerns about a £12,000 anonymous donation to the project with concerns about an ulterior motive.  They have asked Edinburgh Council to review this donation.

Work on the environmental project will start around 4 March.

Planning Permission Approved for Harrison Park East

On Wednesday 22nd December 2010 the council planning sub-committee approved plans for the installation of new paths in Harrison Park East along with a new entrance from West Bryson Road.  Part of the planning approval is that the building works must be started within 3 years.

As previously reported the plans were slightly amended following 2 objections.

The full approved plans can be seen on the council website here.  The final documents are dated 11th November 2010.

Approved-Plans

Proposals for Regeneration Harrison Park East

These are the plans proposed by LKMK for the regeneration of Harrison Park East.  They form part of the consultation being run by The Waters Ways Trust Scotland, British Waterways Scotland, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and Edinburgh Council.

The plans aim to upgrade the east side of the park by create new links with the canal, make further use of the bowling green area,  and to replace the current tarmacked private car park.

Option 1

Harrison-Park-Proposal-1 Maintain the existing park layoutConstruct new path between the football pitches and the bowling green hedge.New link to Watson Crescent including ramp suitable for the disabled

Relocate current park entrance on West Bryson Road to the west

Develop activity space within the bowling green area

Option 2

Harrison-Park-Proposal-2 Maintain the existing park layoutCreate new ramp to the canalRelocate current park entrance on West Bryson Road to the west

New path joining the canal new ramp and existing steps to the new entrance on West Bryson Road

New link to Watson Crescent including ramp suitable for the disabled

Create new path through bowling green area along with new play areas

Option 3

Harrison-Park-Proposal-3 Maintain the existing park layoutCreate new ramp to the canal to the east of the existing stepsCreate a new ramp to Watson Crescent

Relocate current park entrance on West Bryson Road to the east

New link to Watson Crescent including ramp suitable for the disabled

Create new path through bowling green area along with new play areas

The plans will be available to view on board the Re-union Barge that will be berthed at Ashley Terrace on Tuesday the 4th of May 2010 at 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday the 9th of May 2010 at 12.30 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Please let us know what you think of the plans either at the event or by contacting us here

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Plans to create 24 allotments in Harrions Park East

Harrison-Park-Proposal-AllotmentsEdinburgh Council has proposed creating up to 24 allotments in the east corner of East Harrison Park.  The proposed allotments would cover the area of the former bowling green.  This area represents about a quarter of Harrison Park East.

The draft strategy is now subject to a eight week consultation period from 26 March to 21 May. The Council is seeking your views on the contents of the strategy and the action plans which have been prepared.

More information can be found on Edinburgh Councils website here.  The specific plans for Harrison Park are in the document titled “South West NP Action Plan” (2.4mb download) and are on page 22.

Please let Edinburgh Council what you think, or alternatively drop us a note via the Contact Us page.