Lib Dem Councillors win key environment votes

The Edinburgh Lib Dem Council group had three motions unaimously passed at the City Chambers on Thursday 26th August.

Increase Edinburgh's flood defence funding.

by Councillor Hal Osler (Inverleith)

Edinburgh Council will now write to the Scottish Government to request improved funding for flood defences, after July's floods. The motion also thanks local residents & emergency response for their efforts during the incidents.

Allow residents to propose new Car Club bays.

by Councillor Neil Ross (Morningside)

Residents across Edinburgh will soon be able to propose City Car Club bays.


1) Notes the recognition within the City Mobility Plan on the importance of the city car club scheme towards meeting the Council’s transport goals, and the commitment within the plan to strengthen partnerships with car sharing partners.

2) Agrees that the car club scheme has an important role in addressing congestion and on-street parking capacity by encouraging shared car usage and a reduction in private car ownership.

3) Notes that while the Council’s website hosts a map of car club locations and a link to the Enterprise Car Club website, it does not provide a clear process for people to suggest or request new car club locations.

4) Agrees that officers should aim to achieve a similar outcome to the Cyclehoop scheme, where residents are able to suggest new locations, and create a system to allow residents to suggest new sites for car club spaces.

5) Notes the contract with Enterprise Car Club is to be extended for a further 12 months and that discussions are exploring how to better facilitate requests for new Car Club locations from customers, residents’ and businesses across the city. These discussions include improving visibility and access to forms to request additional local provision and continuing discussions between the Council and Enterprise to effectively facilitate installation of additional local provision. Requests that the improvements agreed in the contract extension are reported to Transport and Environment Committee upon agreement.

Review how public spaces can be made safer for women and girls.

by Councillor Hal Osler (Inverleith)

Acknowledes the importance of ensuring women and girls can travel safely in Edinburgh. Calls for a report to the Transport & Environment Committee on how safety for women should be improved, notably in parks and open spaces.

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