Edinburgh cobbles could be ripped up and TARMACKED after locals moaned they’re ‘too noisy’ 

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Residents are lobbying for iconic cobbled streets in Edinburgh to be ripped up and covered with tarmac- because they are ‘too noisy.’

Neighbours in the Comely Bank area of Edinburgh have appealed to have the streets – which are protected by heritage conservation rules – smoothed over because the noise of drivers speeding over the stones is keeping them awake at night.

The City of Edinburgh Council has described the cobbled stones, known as ‘setts’ as ‘adding significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape’.

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Neighbours in the Comely Bank area of Edinburgh (pictured) have appealed to have the streets - which are protected by heritage conservation rules - smoothed over because the noise of drivers speeding over the stones is keeping them awake at night

Neighbours in the Comely Bank area of Edinburgh (pictured) have appealed to have the streets – which are protected by heritage conservation rules – smoothed over because the noise of drivers speeding over the stones is keeping them awake at night

But neighbours have complained the stones are in poor condition and the noise of a car travelling over them is loud enough to wake people up.

Resident Chris Bradley presented a petition to the local authority’s Transport and Environment Committee which had been signed by 50 people.

At a virtual meeting of the committee, Mr Bradley said: ‘These three roads have become major thoroughfares for more and more traffic as time goes by and the covering on the roads is quite badly damaged.

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‘The issue we have got is one of noise and the health implications of the noise.

‘A taxi can come up Comely Bank Avenue at 40mph in the middle of the night and it wakes me up.

‘When I was doing the petition I went round and knocked on a lot of doors and there were many people who were well into the idea of some sort of traffic-calming measures and/or tarmac-ing of the streets.

‘The setts are in very poor condition and we have a huge traffic volume.’

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The City of Edinburgh Council has described the cobbled stones, known as 'setts' as 'adding significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape'.  Resident Chris Bradley presented a petition to the local authority's Transport and Environment Committee which had been signed by 50 people

The City of Edinburgh Council has described the cobbled stones, known as ‘setts’ as ‘adding significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape’.  Resident Chris Bradley presented a petition to the local authority’s Transport and Environment Committee which had been signed by 50 people

Hal Osler, (pictured) Lib Dem councillor for Inverleith, which includes Comely Bank, said she backed the council policy of retaining setted streets and urged an inspection of the streets and traffic speed surveys

Hal Osler, (pictured) Lib Dem councillor for Inverleith, which includes Comely Bank, said she backed the council policy of retaining setted streets and urged an inspection of the streets and traffic speed surveys

The roads mooted to be covered in tarmac are Comely Bank Avenue, Dean Park Crescent and Learmonth Terrace, where house prices are around £790,000 for a four-bed house.

Hal Osler, Lib Dem councillor for Inverleith, which includes Comely Bank, said she backed the council policy of retaining setted streets and urged an inspection of the streets and traffic speed surveys.

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However, she claimed one resident using a decibel app on her phone had found an average noise level of 86 decibels and pointed out the level at which employers had to provide hearing protection for staff was 85.

Max Mitchell, (pictured), a Conservative councillor for the ward, said he would struggle to support tarmac-ing over the cobbles but suggested setted humps could help reduce speeds

Max Mitchell, (pictured), a Conservative councillor for the ward, said he would struggle to support tarmac-ing over the cobbles but suggested setted humps could help reduce speeds

Max Mitchell, a Conservative councillor for the ward, said he would struggle to support tarmac-ing over the cobbles but suggested setted humps could help reduce speeds.

A report said physical traffic calming measures were generally only considered where there was either a history of speed-related collisions or average speeds remained excessively high after other speed reduction measures had been tried.

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The report also explains that installing speed calming measures is not a priority area as the council want to direct their limited resources to areas where they are most needed. 

Many Edinburgh residents took to social media to disagree with the petition.

Most agreed that the cobbles are ‘part of Edinburgh’s history and ‘should not be touched.’ 

Only a few said that the roads are ‘dangerous’ and need to be tarmacked over. 

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David Brown took to Twitter to tweet his opposition to the cobbles being smoothed over, saying they are 'part of Edinburgh's history' and 'should not be touched'

David Brown took to Twitter to tweet his opposition to the cobbles being smoothed over, saying they are ‘part of Edinburgh’s history’ and ‘should not be touched’

Another Twitter user, @eksplaine said the streets in Edinburgh are dangerous and said the cobbles aren't 'artifacts'

Another Twitter user, @eksplaine said the streets in Edinburgh are dangerous and said the cobbles aren’t ‘artifacts’

David Harrison said on Twitter that the people who have moved into the area 'must have known they were there' when they arrived

David Harrison said on Twitter that the people who have moved into the area ‘must have known they were there’ when they arrived

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener (pictured) said the call for smoothing over the cobbles ran completely counter to the council's policy on setted streets and proposed noise monitoring should be carried out

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener (pictured) said the call for smoothing over the cobbles ran completely counter to the council’s policy on setted streets and proposed noise monitoring should be carried out

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Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener said the call for smoothing over the cobbles ran completely counter to the council’s policy on setted streets and proposed noise monitoring should be carried out.

She said: ‘Let’s establish the scale of the issue and that would help us to understand what the next steps might be.

‘I don’t believe we should be sending officers down a route when we haven’t established the scale of the issue.

Cllr Macinnes said: ‘We definitely appreciate residents’ concerns but we must prioritise limited resources for traffic calming measures to the areas most in need, and our own monitoring suggests that this is not a priority area.

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‘However, we know people living in the area have experienced noise issues, which was the thrust of the petition, so will be carrying out further monitoring, as I requested, to find the scale of the problem and if anything can be done to limit this.’ 

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