Spaces for People proposals

Council plans spaces for people

The Council has issued detailed plans for temporary changes to Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place.  The objective is to create more space for people to aid social distancing without impeding the flow of traffic.  They essentially mean removing parking spaces in order to widen pavements.  This makes sense as people need the confidence to return to their local shops and businesses.  They also include some provision for cyclists with segregated cycle lanes potentially coming in a second phase. 

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Return of the 10, 23 & 36 buses

Return of the 10, 23 & 36

Lothian Buses has announced the welcome return of the 10, 23 and 36 services from Sunday 12 July on more or less the same routes as before.  There are also changes to the 5, 11, 16, 27, 38 and 41 but, worryingly, no return yet for the 15, despite my petition with over 200 signatures presented to Lothian Buses in February. You can read more about these changes here

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Update on plans for local shopping streets

Update on Town Centre plans for Morningside & Bruntsfield

The consultation exercise launched by the Council last week got off to a false start.  Lib Dem councillors pointed out that the plans to suspend all parking spaces to improve social distancing for shoppers and to aid the recovery of local shops and businesses were too vague and lacking in detail.  Consequently, the Council has said it will draw up detailed plans showing exactly what is intended and how it might work so that local groups can provide meaningful feedback.  Another 5 day consultation for local traders, community councils and ward councillors is expected in the week beginning 6 July.

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News on Local Shopping & Return to School

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Plans to improve access to local shopping in Bruntsfield & Morningside

With the re-opening of all local shops from 29 June, the Council has announced proposals to create temporary additional space on Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place by widening footways and removing any guardrails and street clutter. To widen footways, the Council proposes to suspend all parking places, apart from loading bays and Disabled persons’ parking places. 

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Parking charges to be re-introduced

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Parking charges to be re-introduced

At a Council meeting held today it was decided to re-introduce parking charges.  This means that normal charges will apply for ‘Pay and Display’ bays on Monday 22 June and thereafter. 

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Spaces for people in Edinburgh

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Spaces for people in Edinburgh

The Council, in association with Sustrans, has launched a Commonplace mapping tool to allow residents to identify ‘pinch points’ where emergency measures could help people maintain physical distancing safely on foot, bike or wheelchair.

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Recycling Centres re-open

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Council Recycling Centres to re-open on Monday 1 June

The Council’s recycling centres will re-open on an appointment only basis on Monday 1 June.  Residents need to book a time slot using a new online booking system on the Council website, which is available now.  You can make a booking here.  Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to book an appointment over the phone.

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E-Citizen local & city-wide news from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Safe spaces for walking and cycling

On Thursday the Council considered proposals for improving the safety of walking and cycling in the city by installing bus gates¹, closing some city centre roads, widening pavements on the Bridges, reducing waiting times at light-controlled pedestrian crossings, reducing the number of bus stops and creating more space for pedestrians and cyclists on Braid Hills Drive.  You can read more about this here.  The report is item 6.8 on the meeting agenda.

The Liberal Democrats successfully amended the proposals by:

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Coronavirus update 7 & other news

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

The latest advice on Council services is available here.

Some recent news and announcements are below.

Braidburn Terrace becomes a one-way street

The Council has issued another temporary traffic order, this time to make Braidburn Terrace one way for vehicles from Comiston Road to Braid Road, i.e. for eastbound traffic.  This is to make social distancing easier by reducing the incidence of conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. 

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Coronavirus update 6 & other news

Here is my latest email newsletter to constituents issued today.  You can receive my e-Citizen email newsletters by contacting me and asking to be added to my circulation list.  You can email me at: neil@edinburghlibdems.org

Coronavirus 6 & other news

The latest advice on Council services is available here.

Some recent news and announcements are below.

Braid Road Closure by 3 May

Braid Road is to be closed by Sunday 3 May as part of emergency measures to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists trying to remain socially distant from each other.  Apparently, it is only the section of Braid Road between Hermitage Drive and Braid Farm Road that is to be closed, according to the temporary traffic order issued today. The order is in place from today until 21 May but I’ve no doubt it could be extended.

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