Coronavirus update 5 & other news

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued yesterday.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: [email protected]

The latest advice on Council services is available here.

Some recent news and announcements are below.

Glass Collections – Good news!

The Council is to reintroduce kerbside glass collections from next Tuesday 28th April when they will return to the usual fortnightly collection schedules.  Find out which day your glass collections will resume here.

The Council asks residents to put out only one blue box, filled no more than up to the brim, as boxes may become too heavy to lift if overflowing.  Read more here.

Please tell your family, friends and neighbours so they can put their glass recycling out for collection.

The suspension of garden waste collections and special uplifts are causing a number of problems with storage and fly tipping.  I have been pressing the Council to consider other ways and models to reinstate services.  Recycling Centres remain closed.

Council democracy & finances

At a meeting today the Council’s Leadership Advisory Panel decided to transfer almost all decision-making powers to one committee of 17 councillors, which will meet every two weeks. 

This stream-lined arrangement is designed for quicker decisions on Covid-related and other important matters, as well as being simpler to organise for under-pressure staff. 

In addition, the Development Management Sub Committee will resume next month to look at major planning applications and a scrutiny committee will resume in June.  All other committees are suspended till 1 September.

The current restrictions are having a significantly adverse impact on the Council’s finances with the loss of income from parking, property rental and council tax and increased costs of children’s services, homelessness provision and caring for vulnerable people.  You can read more here.

Looking beyond Lockdown

The Scottish Government has today published a paper setting out how decisions will be made to control coronavirus while restoring a degree of normality to everyday life.  You can find the paper here

Plans for a New Edinburgh Filmhouse

The Filmhouse has published ambitious plans for a new Filmhouse building in Festival Square.  The plans include space for six new cinema screens, a new Festival Centre for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, along with a café/bar and a rooftop restaurant over 11 floors in a fully accessible building in the centre of Festival Square. 

The Filmhouse is running a pre-application consultation on its website and is looking for comments on its designs before it submits a formal planning application in the summer.  The plans are available here and the deadline for comments is 3 June.

Proposed introduction of additional secure, on-street cycle storage

The Council has made proposals to introduce more on-street cycle storage facilities at 25 locations across Morningside Ward.  These are listed in the advert for the traffic order TRO/20/10 and can be viewed here.  Comments, in favour or against, must be made to [email protected] by the revised deadline of Monday 4 May, (extended from 6 April).

Proposed pavement expansion outside James Gillespie’s Primary School

The Council proposes to enhance the footway on both sides of Warrender Park Road outside James Gillespie's Primary School to improve pedestrian mobility and safety, principally for parents and pupils.  You can read more about this and comment here.  The (revised) deadline is Sunday 17 May.

If you know anyone else who might be interested to read this, please feel free to forward it.  If you have received this via a friend, and would like to receive it direct, please contact me on the address below and ask to be added to my circulation list.

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Best wishes & stay safe

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward

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