Local news

Here is my latest email newsletter issued to local residents on Friday.

Braid Road latest ideas

The Council’s Spaces for People team floated their latest ideas for Braid Road at a recent Council workshop for councillors, community councils and special interest groups.  In addition to re-opening the road to southbound traffic, they suggested installing diagonal modal filters at the Braid Road mini-roundabout and also at the junction of Braid Avenue and Cluny Drive.  They gave no indication of when the road would re-open and no commitment to consult with local residents, other than via the online consultation noted below.  I have posted more information on my online news page here.

Spaces for People – Have you Say

The deadline for the Council’s online Spaces for People consultation has been extended to 5 April.  It can be accessed here.  This is your chance to feedback your views on all SfP measures, existing and planned. 

Building Project Delay for James Gillespie’s

A refurbishment contract for the Darroch Annex, used by James Gillespie’s High School, has recently been awarded with a completion date of Easter 2022, eight months later than originally expected.  Consequently, there will be insufficient classroom space at the school and parents are concerned about plans for a mix of in-school and flexible digital learning for Advanced Higher pupils.  After questions were raised by my Lib Dem colleague, and Education lead, Councillor Louise Young, alternative accommodation is being sought. 

Delays for New Primary School

Further delays to the new Primary School in Canaan Lane mean it is not expected to open for Nursery pupils till January 2022, at the earliest, and will not open for P1 pupils until August 2022.

Winter Festivals Consultation

The Council wants to know residents’ views on the form that the city’s winter festivals at Christmas and New Year should take from Christmas 2022 onwards.  The consultation runs till 19 May and can be accessed here.

George Watson’s College Sports Hub

George Watson's College has been designated as a Community Sport Hub by Sport Scotland. This means the school can provide more opportunities for people in our community to be physically active.  The school would like feedback from local residents on how to do that.  You can find out more here and access their questionnaire here.

Road Re-surfacing Colinton Road and Church Hill Place

Re-surfacing work is planned for Colinton Road, between Morningside Road and Abbotsford Crescent, on 27 & 28 March and for Church Hill Place on 28 March.

How to apply for a postal vote

As I’m sure you know, there will be a Scottish Parliament election on Thursday 6th May.  At present political parties are not permitted to canvas door to door but we can encourage people to get a postal vote.  The deadline is 6 April.  There are a few options.

You can phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 0131 344 2500 and they can post a form out to you.

You can download a blank form from here.

You can use the online Lib Dem tool to complete a form online and print it off at www.libdems.org.uk/postal-vote*

*don’t worry you don’t have to give us your data to do this

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 & stay safe


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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