The bridge at the southern, Oxgangs, end of Braidburn Valley Park was condemned for vehicle use a few years ago because part of the structure has cracked. Edinburgh Council decided to replace it with the large, grey, metal bridge that has been stored near the stage in the Park for the last couple of months.

In contracts costing £33,400, the Council appointed Crummock (Scotland) to carry out the engineering work, supervised by Jacobs engineering consultancy. The work began on Tuesday 5th February and is expected to be last 3 weeks. The bridge will be closed during the works, so pedestrians and cyclists have to cross the burn using the next bridge along.

The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park secured the Council’s agreement that the replacement bridge will be coated with an anti-skid surface and will be painted black to reduce the impact, and maintenance of this will be included in future budgets.

Feb 2013

Feb 2013

Unfortunately on Friday 8th February, an unsupervised vehicle hit the west pillar of the main park gates on Greenbank Crescent. The ornamental stonework and plinth have been knocked off and smashed. From Malcolm Cant’s book “The District of Greenbank in Edinburgh” (1998) the pillars and gates previously stood at the entrance lodge to Comiston House and were moved to the park entrance shortly after it opened in 1933. They are listed.

The pillar will be repaired and re-instated and the costs  will be recovered through the insurers of the vehicle that caused the damage. The Friends don’t yet have a time scale for this. The Friends are also monitoring the state of the main path and grass verges as these are becoming increasingly churned up by the flow of heavy vehicles.

If you have any queries about the work please contact Mike Shields, our Community Parks Officer at City of Edinburgh Council (mike.shields@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 529 5126).