August news from Councillor Neil Ross

This month's newsletter was issued earlier today. I have news about

  • Braid Road options
  • Naming of the new primary school
  • City Car Club
  • Residents’ surveys
  • Asbestos in Craighouse Woods
  • Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides Association
  • Lothian Road & Earl Grey Street resurfacing
  • Garden Waste Sign Up Deadline
  • Maxwell Street Controlled Parking Zone

Braid Road Options

The Council is to ask local residents what it should do with Braid Road.  Some form of engagement exercise, probably by letter, is expected in September after council officials met with both Morningside and Fairmilehead Community Councils last week to discuss the options.  It is likely to include the option to re-open the road to traffic in both directions.  If you don't hear from the Council and think you should be included, email [email protected] and copy me in.

What should we call our new primary school?

The Council has agreed to review the process for naming our new primary school with ward councillors and the community council.  Following questions from my colleague Lib Dem Councillor Louise Young to the Education Committee last week, the process may be revised to take account of interest from the wider community and to ensure it is fair and transparent. The name 'North Morningside' might become an option. I will provide a further update when I have more information. You can watch the relevant extract of the meeting here.

City Car Club new locations

Last week, at my suggestion, the Council agreed to facilitate requests from residents for new car club locations.  Enterprise run the shared-use car club scheme at over 130 locations across the city. If it was available in more locations, e.g. throughout areas with high parking pressures, then more residents might choose to give up a car and use a shared car instead. This is about expanding travel options for residents by making shared vehicles more convenient and, in doing so, reducing congestion, air pollution and emissions. You can listen to the debate here and find out more here.

Residents’ Surveys – feedback your views

Throughout June, July and August I have been making my way round Morningside Ward distributing a residents’ survey on local issues and reporting back on the issues being raised.  Top of the list are broken and potholed pavements and roads, followed by inadequate basic council services, such as removing street weeds and cleaning blocked gullies.  The Spaces for People measures have attracted lots of comments, both positive and negative, and concerns about road safety and speeding traffic also feature highly.  I am raising these issues at the Council and will continue to do so.  If I haven’t reached your street yet, you can find the survey here or send me your views by email.

Asbestos in Craighouse Woods

Many residents have been asking when the path from Craighouse Road to Craiglockhart pond through Craighouse Woods will be re-opened, having been closed last year when asbestos was discovered.  I understand that recent meetings between Quartermile and the Council are expected to result in remediation works being signed off.  Part of the delay has been related to arranging an appropriate drainage solution to divert water away from the area above the slope.  It is hoped that the clean-up works could start in the next three months or so.

Edinburgh Festival Voluntary Guides Association

The Festival Voluntary Guides offer free tours on the Royal Mile during August and, to their great credit, have done so every year since 1947.  I am delighted that, at my suggestion, the Lord Provost has agreed to celebrate their 75th anniversary next year in a special commemoration event.  I can recommend their tour, having joined one recently.  You can find out more here.

Lothian Road & Earl Grey Street Resurfacing

Road works are planned to start on Lothian Road and Earl Grey Street on 6 September for around ten weeks. The works comprise carriageway resurfacing, footway reconstruction, drainage improvements and traffic signal infrastructure upgrades.  The footway and traffic signal works will happen during the day Monday to Friday and the carriageway resurfacing will happen overnight.

Garden Waste sign up

Reminder - the deadline to sign up for the next year of garden waste collections is 2pm on Wednesday 1 September.  You can sign up and pay here.

Maxwell Street Controlled Parking Zone extension

The Council is to extend the Controlled Parking Zone to incorporate the western end of Maxwell Street as well as the access road and parking area associated with 10-12 Maxwell Street.  Works are due to start on 6 September and parking restrictions are planned to go live on Monday 13 September.

Coronavirus – latest news from the Council is available here.

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Best wishes & stay safe

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


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Published and promoted by Neil Ross, (Scottish Liberal Democrats) at 4 Grange Road, Edinburgh EH9 1UH.


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