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Edinburgh Public Forum : Who Benefits from Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, Low Emission Zones, 20-Minute Neighbourhoods?

25 July 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST


Attention: Edinburgh residents, workers, visitors:

Do we really want:

  • “Low Emission Zones?”
  • “Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?”
  • “20 Minute Neighbourhoods?”

Who benefits? Who loses?

  • Democratic agreement or imposed from above?
  • Citizen wellbeing or income generation?
  • Freedom of movement or enforced restrictions?

Join the Edinburgh Together group for a public debate, with panel speakers including:

  • Simon Miln, Scottish entrepreneur
  • Pam Peters, Edinburgh resident
  • Alan Miller, Together Co-Founder
  • James Melville, Media Commentator
  • Alastair Donald, Author, Co-Convenor of the Academy of Ideas
  • Matthew Brown, Student, Edinburgh University

Background: we have concerns about our Council’s strategies regarding so-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, Low Emission Zones, and 20-minute Neighbourhoods.

The Council has recently moved from planning to implementation, and the impact of these schemes is now clear to see. We would like to understand who benefits and who loses from these projects.

With the Together Association UK, we are hosting a live public forum event to debate and discuss these policies. We are non-partisan and appreciate the potential for improvement in Edinburgh’s local neighbourhoods. We feel open dialogue about these strategies is needed on the people’s rather than the policymakers’ terms.

Together UK has supported local groups in cities across the UK to address the local impact that these projects are having.

Many people across the country have expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation and feel left behind by the democratic process. Often in supposed consultation, the questions are framed to encourage certain kinds of answers. Some people also feel their opinions, when expressed in consultations, are not being respected.

We aim to have a range of speakers from both sides who will share information and insights at the UK, Scottish and City levels.

Most importantly, we will hear the views and experiences of local residents, businesses and workers.

There will be an open question-and-answer time as well.

This event is free but tickets are limited and by registration via this page.

For more information on this event, email: If you an Edinburgh resident and are interested in sharing your views, we would love to hear from you.


25 July 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
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Ann Roberts


Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
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