January's news from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my latest email newsletter issued earlier today.

January's newsletter has news about

  • Plans for the former Morningside Post office site
  • Braidburn Terrace/Braid Road
  • ETRO for SfP road changes
  • 45 bus restarts
  • Replica Jawbone proposal for Meadows
  • Warrender Swim Centre
  • EV Charging in Thirlestane Road
  • B2 Parking Extension
  • Newbattle Terrace delay
  • Highway Code changes

Plans for the former Morningside Post office site

Plans for 11 flats plus ground floor retail space were approved by the Council recently for the former site of Morningside Post Office, despite concerns about the size and impacts on the Conservation Area, trees and neighbour amenity.  You can see the plans on the Council’s Planning portal here using reference 21/03622/FUL.  Plans for Sainsbury’s Local were also approved.

Braidburn Terrace/Braid Road

As you will recall, the Council decided to re-open Braid Road to two-way traffic outside the entrance to the Hermitage and to install a modal filter (access for bicycles but not vehicles) just to the north of the junction with Braidburn Terrace so all north/south traffic will be channelled onto Hermitage Drive.  This should happen after the pedestrian and cycle crossings over Braid Road and Hermitage Drive are installed, as part of the changes to make Braidburn Terrace one way.  I understand the plans are almost complete, just waiting on a few final adjustments.

A chance to comment on Spaces for People

The Council is using an experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) to extend the Spaces for People road changes on Whitehouse Loan, the Braid estate, Braid Road, Comiston Road and elsewhere for another 18 months.  When the order is published, this should present an opportunity for residents to comment on the impacts (positive or negative).  The ETRO is expected sometime early this year. 

Good news about the 45 Bus service

Lothian Buses restarted the 45 bus service last Monday.  It runs on week days, but not at weekends, roughly every 30 minutes.  The timetable is available here.

Replica Jawbone proposal for Meadows

After repeated delays and problems with the restoration of the jawbones that stood at the southern end of Jawbone Walk on the Meadows, the Council has published proposals for replica jawbones made of bronze.  The original bones would be put on display indoors.  You can access the report as item 8.2 on the Culture Committee agenda here.

Warrender Swim Centre

Edinburgh Leisure has experienced considerable issues with the contractor during its refurbishment of Warrender Swim Centre resulting in delays to the project.  The original handover date was September last year but it is now aiming for March 2022.

EV Charging in Thirlestane Road

The installation of new electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Thirlestane Road is planned to start this week. They will be located opposite 118 Thirlestane Road at the junction with Whitehouse Loan and will comprise four dual head 22kW (fast) chargers that will serve eight bays.  You can read more about the Council’s EV charging points here.

B2 Parking Extension

The extension of the B2 priority parking area to the east and south is planned to proceed alongside the changes to make Braidburn Terrace one way so, although it is expected soon, there is no definitive start date yet.

Newbattle Terrace delay

The Council has had difficulty securing a contractor for the upgrade to Newbattle Terrace, delaying the likely start date till April.

Highway Code changes

New rules of the road come into effect today with changes to give pedestrians top priority.  Traffic turning into a junction, both car drivers and cyclists, should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross.  Likewise, car drivers should not cut across cyclists at roundabouts and when turning into a side street.  You can read more about this here.

Coronavirus – latest news on Council services is available here.

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Best wishes


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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