July news from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my email newsletter issued earlier today.  It provides news on

  • Midmar Paddock– major planning application on its way
  • Garden Waste Direct Debit & Auto Renewal
  • Marchmont Road Flooding Project update
  • B2 Parking extension roll out
  • Roadworks & local Travel Issues
  • Short Term Lets Licensing policy consultation 2
  • Changes to Bus Routes for 10, 11, 15 & 16

Midmar Paddock– major planning application on its way

Morningside Ward councillors were recently briefed by developers on possible development plans for Midmar Paddock.  Detailed plans were not released but they include two substantial detached houses, a large private care home and six special needs flats plus various amenities such as a café and an extended car park.  The care home could be located in the northern part of the paddock accessed from Midmar Drive with the two houses in the south west corner fronting on to Hermitage Drive.  

The plans include a number of allotments on the northern and eastern sides of the field and the remaining land to the south might be transferred to the Council or the community.  This would be a major planning application, requiring consultation with the community for at least 12 weeks before a planning application could be submitted to the Council.  I will support the Friends of Midmar Paddock in opposing development.

Garden Waste Direct Debit & Auto Renewal

Good news! The garden waste collection service has a new feature this year allowing you to set up a direct debit with the added benefit of auto renewal. Registration for the service, at £35 per bin, for 2022/23 is now open here or by calling 0131 357 2800.  You must register by 6 September to receive the service for the year starting on 7 November.  Permits should be mailed out by 2 November.  As before, there will be no collections over the festive period and early January. 

Marchmont Road Flooding Project update

Work on Scottish Water’s £7m project to help reduce sewer flooding risks to properties in Marchmont is due to start in September and is expected to take around 16 months to complete.  It will include new, larger sewer pipes mainly along sections of Marchmont Crescent plus an underground storm water storage tank within the grassed area of Bruntsfield Links opposite Warrender Park Terrace.  More details are available here.

B2 Parking extension roll out

Information on the roll out of new parking bays in South Morningside is available here.  If you have any questions on the introduction of parking places, please email [email protected] and copy me in.

Roadworks & local Travel Issues

“There are a lot of roadworks!” is a comment I regularly hear.  A useful source of information on current and upcoming roadworks and local travel disruption is available on Edin Travel here and also @edintravel on Twitter and on Facebook

Short Term Lets Licensing policy consultation 2

The second part of the Council’s consultation process on short term lets (STL) seeks views on a draft licensing policy.  The policy includes a presumption against the licensing of secondary STLs, i.e. entire flats, in shared access, tenement style buildings because of the impact of anti-social behaviour, noise and disturbance to neighbours.  You can read the draft policy and submit comments here.  The consultation ends on 5 September.

Changes to Bus Routes for 10, 11, 15 & 16

Lothian Buses has announced changes to the routes used by the 10, 11, 15 and 16 services north of Princes Street.  More details here.

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Best wishes

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


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