March news

Here is my latest email newsletter covering news for March, issued yesterday.

  • B2 Parking Extension
  • Phone Mast near Morningside Clock
  • Braidburn Valley Park Mural
  • ASB in Astley Ainslie Hospital grounds
  • Ukraine Refugees in Edinburgh
  • Advice on reducing domestic carbon emissions
  • Newbattle Terrace
  • Marchmont Road Flooding scheme

B2 Parking Extension

There is still no certainty on a start date for implementation, but progress has been made on the B2 parking extensions with the completion of the legal traffic order process.  Some notices have appeared on lamp posts relating to permit prices going up on 4 April but this is not the start date for the extensions.  I have asked the Council for a timescale, once it has been agreed with the contractor.

Plans for a phone mast next to Morningside Clock

After 149 objections were submitted, the plans have sensibly been withdrawn.  Two other locations nearby are now under consideration.

Braidburn Valley Park Mural

Well done to the Friends of Braidburn Valley Park and the creators (artist Chris Rutterford and Advanced Higher pupils from Firrhill High School) of a lovely mural at the old electricity substation in the park!  It’s official ‘opening’ will be at 11.00 am this Saturday – read more here and see photos here.

Anti-Social Behaviour in Astley Ainslie Hospital grounds

Local police patrols continue in the grounds of Astley Ainslie Hospital to engage with young people involved in anti-social behaviour.  A local Community Alcohol Partnership has been set up by the Police and the Council’s Trading Standards to co-ordinate measures to tackle youth ASB and to promote alcohol education for young people.  I have discussed this issue again with the local police and their advice remains to report incidents on 101, as and when they happen.

Support for Ukraine Refugees in Edinburgh

The Council is working with partners in the city to support humanitarian efforts in Edinburgh for Ukrainian refugees.  Guidance on what local residents can do to help and support refugees is given on the Council’s website here

Advice on reducing domestic carbon emissions

Home Energy Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and the Energy Saving Trust.  They offer information and advice to residents on installing insulation and renewable energy at home, reducing carbon emissions with green travel and possible sources of funding.  Find out more here or call 0808 808 2282 (8.00am-8.00pm Mon-Fri & 9.00am-5.00pm Sat).

Newbattle Terrace

We can expect temporary closures and traffic lights on Newbattle Terrace for six months, probably starting around 16 April, to allow for tree planting, drainage work, re-surfacing and re-modelling the Pitsligo junction.

Marchmont Road Flooding Scheme

Permission has been granted by the Council for Scottish Water to install an underground storm water storage tank on ground north of Warrender Park Terrace to collect water during flash flooding events.

Coronavirus – latest news on Council services is available here.

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Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


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