November's news from Councillor Neil Ross

6 Dec 2022

My email newsletter for November included news about the Spaces for People ETRO consultation, which I have published as a separate blog post, plus some other local items of interest -

  • Making homes in Conservation Areas more resilient to climate change
  • Leaf Clearing in Merchiston
  • Polwarth Pavement Project
  • Craighouse path update
  • What should local Police priorities be?
  • More 20mph roads – have your say

Making homes in Conservation Areas more resilient to climate change

Many residents ask me how they can make their homes more energy efficient and more resilient to the weather effects of climate change when the Council’s planning rules for Conservation Areas are so restrictive.  My Lib Dem colleague Councillor Osler, who sits on the Planning Committee, successfully tabled a proposal recently to invite residents to engage with the Council to address these challenges.  I will publicise the consultation when it goes ‘live’.  You can read more about this at item 11.1 on the meeting agenda here.

Leaf Clearing in Merchiston

“Well done!” to the many residents in Merchiston who have been out on the streets during the autumn clearing leaves.  These local efforts to keep pavements and gullies clear of leaves have been organised by Merchiston Community Council with equipment provided by the Council.  You can read more about this here.

Polwarth Pavement Project

Members of Merchiston Community Council have also been out on the streets in Polwarth, (Yeaman Place and Polwarth Crescent up to the roundabout) surveying local residents about possible pedestrian improvements to the area.  You can find out more and comment here.

Craighouse path update

It looks like remedial works to the path are nearly finished.  The latest update from the Council suggests that topsoiling and tree works have been done, with some tree planting to come later.  Path reinstatement works are scheduled for this week.

What should local Police priorities be?

Edinburgh’s local police are seeking the views of residents on what their priorities should be for 2023 to 2026.  The survey is open till 12 February next year and can be accessed here.

More 20mph roads – have your say

The Council has proposed extending the number of roads subject to a 20mph speed limit to include Greenbank Drive and Glenlockhart Road, parts of Colinton Road and the remaining part of Polwarth Terrace, amongst other streets.  The consultation is open till 8 February next year and can be accessed here.

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Best wishes

Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward


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