Latest news from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my latest e-Citizen email newsletter, issued recently.

There’s always something happening locally and at the Council, even in July.  This month I have news about

  • Plans for the former Morningside post office and Sainsbury’s sites
  • A tribute to local hero Robin Morris
  • St Oswald’s Centre progress
  • Low Emission Zone consultation
  • Selecting a name for the new primary school and
  • Garden waste, overgrown hedges and plastic recycling.

Former Post Office & Sainsbury’s Planning Applications

Plans have been submitted for development of the former Morningside Post Office site (ground floor retail and 11 flats - Ref. 21/03622/FUL) and of the current Sainsbury’s site (ground floor and basement retail plus 10 flats - Ref. 21/03620/FUL).  I understand the supermarket is planning to move across the road to the site of the former post office.  The deadline for comments is Friday 6 August.  You can view the plans and comment via the Council’s planning portal here.

Tribute to Robin Morris

A memorial bench was unveiled earlier this month to local hero Robin Morris (1949-2018), a local resident and active citizen with many year’s service on Merchiston Community Council and as a Friend of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.  The bench is on Bruntsfield Links near Bruntsfield Terrace.

Progress for St Oswald’s Centre

Work has started on the refurbishment of the St Oswald’s Community Centre in Montpellier Park, with initial efforts to clear out the garden earlier this month.  St Oswald’s also benefitted from an award of £350,000 from the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment programme as selected by the Council’s Housing Committee.

Have your say on the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The Council plans to introduce a low emission zone (LEZ) for the city centre in 2022, subject to a consultation exercise which you can find here.  There will also be a two year grace period before penalties apply.  You can read more about the proposed LEZ here.  The deadline for comments is 20 September.  Lib Dem Councillors supported the Council’s more ambitious original plan which included a city-wide LEZ for buses and commercial vehicles, as there are air quality issues across the city, not just in the city centre.

Name selection for new Primary School in Canaan Lane

Four local primary schools South Morningside, James Gillespie’s, Bruntsfield and St Peter’s have been asked by the Council to participate in a process to select a name for the new primary school in Canaan Lane.  Many schools in Edinburgh are named after their location as this promotes their identity but this time the short list includes (1) Canaan Lane, (2) Falcon Hall, a large mansion house which until 1909 stood at the junction of Falcon Court and Falcon Road West, and (3) Saroj Lal, a local equality and diversity pioneer who once taught at South Morningside Primary School. 

Garden Waste sign up

It’s time to sign up for the next year of garden waste collections at the increased price of £35.  The deadline is 2pm on 1 September and the service runs from 8 November.  You can sign up and pay here.

How to report an overgrown hedge or bush

If you encounter an overgrown hedge or over-hanging tree branches get in your way on a path or pavement, don’t be frustrated – report it to the Council.  They will contact the owner to get it cut back.  You can file a report here.

Plastic recycling & where it goes

I have had several questions from residents about recycling of plastics.  The Council collects and recycles clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.  For bottles, clean usually just means empty or rinsed, but pots, tubs and trays need to be washed.  You can read more about this here.  Polyethylene plastics (plastic bags, wrappers for kitchen and toilet rolls) are collected for recycling at larger supermarkets.  You can recycle polypropylene (things like crisp packets and wrappers) in Sainsbury’s Cameron Toll and Longstone stores.

Coronavirus – latest news from the Council is available here.

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Best wishes & stay safe

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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