Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today. 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]
Coronavirus 6 & other news
The latest advice on Council services is available here.
Some recent news and announcements are below.
Braid Road Closure by 3 May
Braid Road is to be closed by Sunday 3 May as part of emergency measures to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists trying to remain socially distant from each other. Apparently, it is only the section of Braid Road between Hermitage Drive and Braid Farm Road that is to be closed, according to the temporary traffic order issued today. The order is in place from today until 21 May but I’ve no doubt it could be extended.
The Council is using a Temporary Traffic Order to implement the closure. These orders are usually for short term restrictions to allow road works and there is normally no consultation with councillors or residents. However, for this purpose, a little more advance notice and some consultation might have been helpful. I have raised concerns about the way this has been handled.
The order also specified closure of Braid Hills Drive but, when I queried this with a Council Transport officer, I was told it is under review and is not going ahead at present.
I am in favour of finding ways to make it easier for pedestrians to socially distance, especially on roads which have shops and offices. However, I would encourage people to follow the rules which allow exercising from home, rather than driving to a park or the Hermitage.
I understand that a report is to come before a Council committee in May to outline a city-wide plan for more changes to the road network, particularly in the city centre, so expect announcements on other roads and locations. Read more about this here.
Garden Waste Collections – Good news!
The Council is to reintroduce garden waste collections from Tuesday 12 May when they will return to the usual fortnightly collection schedules. Find out which day your garden waste collections will resume here.
The service was suspended earlier this month as part of the response to the Coronavirus crisis. The Council is confident enough crew members and physical distancing measures are in place to safely restart collections.
If you are signed up for garden waste collections you should:
- place your brown bin out for collection by 6am, make sure it’s not overflowing and that the lid is closed. Bins may be collected up until 10pm.
- store any extra garden waste that won’t fit in your bin until your next collection dates. Overflowing bins, heavy bins or waste placed at the side of bins won’t be collected.
Anyone with a garden waste permit will be compensated for the break in service with an extension to their permit to cover this time. A letter will be issued about this.
You can read more here.
The suspension of special uplifts is continuing to cause problems with storage and fly tipping. Recycling Centres remain closed until there is a relaxation of rules on travel.
Grants for Newly Self-Employed
The Council started taking applications today for one-off grants of £2,000 from anyone who started in self-employment on or after 6 April 2019 and whose business profits are less than £50,000. Find out more and apply here.
Museums launch Covid-19 collection
The city museums team wants to gather public contributions to record this period in Edinburgh’s history. If you would like to offer items and stories, read more here.
Plans for new flats in Falcon Road West
Plans have been submitted for a block of flats on land at 6 Falcon Road West, the site of Aitken & Niven. The plans involve the demolition of the shop and building of 11 flats over five storeys, with internal cycle storage and car parking on the ground floor. The reference number is 20/01354/FUL and the deadline for online comments is Thursday 14 May. You can view the plans and comment here.
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Best wishes & stay safe
Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward