February's news

Here is my February newsletter, issued earlier this week.  I have news about

  • Plans for a phone mast next to Morningside Clock
  • Real threat to Midmar Paddock
  • Dogs in Cemeteries
  • Polling Stations & Postal Voting
  • Raising Standards in HMOs
  • Council budget spending priorities
  • Police consultation

Plans for a phone mast next to Morningside Clock

Plans have been submitted for a Vodafone mobile phone mast next to our fine, historic Morningside Clock.  You can read about them and submit comments before the deadline on 4 March via the Council's Planning portal under reference 22/00407/FUL here.

Real threat to Midmar Paddock

The Friends of Midmar Paddock have warned that it is under real threat again after a developer recently secured rights over the land and wants to build two houses and a care home.  A planning application could be submitted at any time.  As there are usually only three weeks allowed for comment, watch out for news on their Facebook page here.

Dogs in Cemeteries

The Council has approved a new set of Cemetery Management Rules. Amongst other changes, the new rules allow dogs in cemeteries so long as they are kept on a lead and are not allowed to foul. Bereaved families have a right to expect a cemetery to be a safe space for remembrance and reflection. New signs are to be erected reflecting the new rules. The Council report is at item 8.5 here.

Polling Stations & Postal Voting

At the Holyrood election last year new polling stations at the Merchants Golf Club and the German Church in Chalmers Crescent were used in place of local primary schools.  The Merchants Golf Club is not available for the Council election in May and the Myreside Pavilion (Watsonian Club) in Myreside Road will be used instead.  Postal voting is available for anyone who might be away on 5 May or who prefers the convenience of voting by post.  A postal vote application form is available here.

I have recently been busy at the Council on two projects

  1. Raising Standards in HMOs – I am trying to improve awareness of licence applications and communication channels for nearby residents. You can read more at item 7.1 here.
  2. Council Budget priorities – I presented Lib Dem proposals for next year’s Council budget. You can read about our priorities here.

Police consultation

Edinburgh’s Police are looking for feedback on their priorities for policing in our area.  You can access their survey here.  The survey closes on 31 March.

Coronavirus – latest news on Council services is available here.

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.

You can email me at: [email protected]

Or phone: 07738 116055

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Best wishes


Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


Contact me to arrange a meeting at a time and place that suits you.

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

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