Councillor Neil Ross calls for a public consultation on cycle route proposal

Morningside Lib Dem Councillor Neil Ross is calling for consultation with local people about the plans from the SNP/Labour run Council for a Quiet Route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows.  The administration's plans involve six road closures including a ban on motor vehicles using the northern section of Canaan Lane.  The SNP/Labour run Council has no plans to seek residents’ views in a public consultation.  It intends to use its emergency powers to implement the scheme. 

 

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SNP/Labour run Council proposes a Quiet route from Greenbank to the Meadows

The SNP/Labour run Council has published proposals for a quiet route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows, via Hermitage Drive and Gardens, Braid Avenue, Canaan Lane and Whitehouse Loan. 

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More news on Spaces for People

Decision on Braid Road is to keep it closed

The Council considered a report on some of the Spaces for People measures at a meeting on Thursday. In response to many requests from local residents to re-open the road, Lib Dem councillors proposed that the road should re-open immediately and that the Council should proceed to make the planned improvements.  Sadly, despite being told that the road closure is causing rat running through neighbouring streets and huge congestion and increased air pollution on Comiston Road and outside South Morningside Primary School, SNP, Labour and Green councillors didn’t agree.  A review will be carried out and reported to a committee in November.  You can read the full report at item 6.11 here.  I have launched a petition to encourage the Council to re-open Braid Road and press ahead with the planned improvements.  You can sign my petition here.

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Update on Comiston Road & Braid Road

A Council Roads officer has issued announcements on Comiston Road and also on Braid Road (see below).  The Spaces for People measures should be up for discussion at a Council meeting next Thursday 20th August - maybe ordinary councillors might get a say!

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Safe Routes to School proposals

The Council has issued more Spaces for People proposals to assist pupils going to and from school, including closing Montpelier, Bruntsfield Avenue & Canaan Lane.

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Plans for Bruntsfield Place & Pentland Terrace to go ahead

The Council has reviewed comments submitted on the detailed plans for temporary changes to widen pavements on Bruntsfield Place and to set up segregated cycle lanes on Pentland Terrace (Comiston Road) and approval has been given under emergency powers by the Council Incident Management Team, a group of Council officers. 

Implementation on Bruntsfield Place is likely to start in the week beginning Monday 27 July.  Loading bays are to be retained and can be used to drop off or collect a passenger at the shops.

The Council expects to start work on the temporary cycle lanes in early August.  Initially, there will be no changes to bus stops and the layout on the street may differ from the approved designs at some locations. 

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Plans for Morningside Road to go ahead

Plans for Morningside Road to go ahead

The Council has reviewed comments submitted on the detailed plans for temporary changes to Morningside Road and approval has been given under emergency powers by the Council Incident Management Team, a group of Council officers.  Implementation is likely to start in the week beginning Monday 27 July.

I joined a walk down Morningside Road last week with the Roads officer tasked with drawing up the plans.  He confirmed that almost all parking spaces would be temporarily removed to allow pavements to be widened although, in a change from the published plans, most loading bays will be retained.  Cones will be used initially to be replaced, where deemed suitable, with more robust semi-permanent materials once available. 

I asked if changes could be made and was told that all these temporary measures will be monitored by officers and adjustments can be made where necessary.  These measures will be reviewed every two months by councillors with a decision made either to continue or not.

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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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