August news

This is my email newsletter for August issued today.  You can sign for it here

  • Braidburn Terrace
  • Craighouse Woods
  • Braid Road & ETROs
  • Electric Vehicle charge points go live
  • Delays to new pedestrian crossings
  • Plans approved for Headstart Nursery
  • Garden Waste Registration deadline is 6 September
  • Short Term let consultation closes on 5 September

Braidburn Terrace

I am informed by Council officers that the plans for making Braidburn Terrace one-way have, at last, been finalised and tenders have been issued for the contract.  I have asked for the plans to be published on the Council’s website.

Craighouse Woods

The good news is that remedial works to remove asbestos from the woods are now substantially complete.  However, the lower slope will remain fenced for the time being as further soil clearing and re-testing are still to be carried out and a protective layer of topsoil is to be added over the impacted slope area.  A plan of action has been agreed between the Council, Sweco and VHE Construction Ltd towards the safe re-opening of the footpath but a date has not yet been set.

Braid Road & ETROs

The Transport Committee meeting did not take place as expected on 18 August, because some councillors did not want to cross a virtual picket line.  It has been rescheduled for 1 September.  The ETRO report is item 7.7 on the agenda here and Lib Dem and other ETRO proposals are in the ‘Motions and Amendments’.

Electric Vehicle charging points go live

I met with the Council’s Electric Vehicle project officer recently to discuss the new EV charge points in Thirlestane Road and Maxwell Street, which are expected to become operational from 5 September.  I have been pushing the Council to make swifter progress on EV charging and discovered that

  1. planning guidelines for domestic EV chargers are expected by summer next year; and
  2. progress is being made with a plan to set up a pilot EV charge points scheme for flats and houses without driveways.

Delays to new pedestrian crossings

It is disappointing that the new pedestrian island for Polwarth Crescent has been delayed till next year 2023/24, as noted in a recent Council report.  Worse still, there are additional three year delays for the upgraded pedestrian island on Comiston Road at Riselaw Crescent till 2025/26, the crossing of Tipperlinn Road at Morningside Place till 2026/27, and the crossings of Morningside Park and Falcon Avenue at Morningside Road till 2027/28.  The report is available at item 7.1 on the Transport Committee meeting agenda here.

Plans approved for Headstart Nursery

Plans for seven flats on the site of the Headstart Nursery were approved last Wednesday by the Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee.  The report is at item 4.2 on the agenda here and the decision can be viewed on the webcast.

Garden Waste Reminder

The deadline for renewing the garden waste collection service is 6 September. Permits should be mailed out by 2 November for the year starting on 7 November.  You can register here.

Short Term lets Licensing policy consultation deadline

This consultation closes on 5 September.  It is important that residents have their views taken into account.  Have your say here.

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Best wishes

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


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