Coronavirus update 2

Here is the text of my latest email update to constituents.  You can receive my e-Citizen email updates by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.

The Council’s latest advice and announcements on services are available here

Some recent announcements are below.

Schools

24 schools are open to children of all key workers. Schools will be open over the Easter holidays with an increase in hours to 08:00–18:00 from next week.  South Morningside Primary School pupils are being looked after in St Augustine’s High School.  I have asked the Council to prioritise local provision of childcare and to consider re-allocating surplus places at St Peter’s to local children but have had no response, as yet.  As a result of low uptake of places overall, an assessment is to be made soon to determine if provision could work as effectively from fewer buildings.  More information is here.

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Coronavirus update

The latest advice from the Scottish Government on staying at home is here.  Guidance for businesses on social distancing is available here.

The Council’s latest advice and announcements on services are available here

Some recent announcements are below.

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Council news on Coronavirus

This is latest news from the Council in response to the Coronavirus

The Council’s latest advice and announcements on services are available here

Some important announcements are below.

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Helping your neighbours - a community response to Coronavirus

There is lots of information available online about the developing threat from the coronavirus, for example at NHS Inform, and the Council is providing updates on the impact on services such as schools, libraries and waste collections here.  However, the recent advice that the Over-70’s and people with certain underlying health conditions should practise social distancing by staying in their homes is presenting some real, practical difficulties. 

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Tackling speeding in Morningside

The 20 mph speed limit is regularly ignored and inadequately enforced.  Based on concerns about speeding traffic on 20 mph roads, I asked the Council to conduct traffic and speed counts at known speeding ‘hot spots’ across the ward. 

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Road safety improvements for Morningside Road

Here is some good news for pedestrians – road safety improvements are coming to Morningside Road. 

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Garden Waste Success for bowling and tennis clubs

At the Council meeting last week, I managed to persuade the SNP/Labour Administration to change their policy on collecting garden waste.

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Astley Ainslie drop-in events & online consultation

The Council is running four drop-in sessions as part of the community consultation to prepare a Planning Place Brief.

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Parking for south Morningside

At its meeting last Thursday, the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee considered what to do about parking in south Morningside. 

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Council threatens survival of Bowling & Tennis Clubs by refusing help with Garden Waste

Bowling and tennis clubs across the city have been denied renewal of their garden waste permits by the Council and the additional cost of commercial collection may threaten their existence.

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