Sheriffhall flyover frustration

Tuesday June 15th 2021


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Frustration over the lack of progress towards a flyover at Sheriffhall Roundabout has sparked concerns over a new business park plan for Midlothian.

Plans by Buccleuch Property for land south of Sheriffhall include business and industrial units alongside a drive-thru coffee shop.

But a meeting of Midlothian planning committee saw councillors warn that without improvements at the major roundabout, the new development would only add pressure and more congestion.

The proposals were presented to members as part of a Pre Application Consultation and outlined proposals to publicly consult on the plans for the land.

Councillor Stephen Curran told the virtual meeting that the project would normally be welcomed because of the job opportunities it would bring to Midlothian.

But he said: “I caveat it with disappointment that this is going to result in more pressure and congestion at Sheriffhall.

“I have tried to remain positive but it is time we started moving on grade separation at Sheriffhall roundabout.”

Mr Curran, who has criticised the Scottish Government for dragging its feet on grade separation (a flyover) at the roundabout for more than a decade, said it was time to see action.

The Scottish Government has said it is committed to the work which is referenced in the Edinburgh and South East of Scotland City Region deal, but may need a public enquiry.

Mr Curran said: “If there is going to be a public inquiry then let’s get on with it.”

Councillor Russell Imrie, planning convenor, added his concerns over the latest development going ahead while Sheriffhall upgrades remainrf uncertain.

Mr Imrie said: “This will put another tier of pressure on this particular roundabout.”

The Scottish Government has committed up to £120million for improvements to the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass to allow the new flyover.

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