Here is my latest e-Citizen newsletter.
The latest advice on Council services is available here. With the latest guidance to stay at home, the Council has changed or suspended a number of services including some related to schools, community centres and libraries (read more here), while re-instating the Shielding/vulnerable people helpline. The arrangements for schools have also changed – see more here. Changes have also been announced by Edinburgh Leisure and Lothian Buses.
Clearing Snow and Ice
Thank you to the community-spirited and fit local residents who have been clearing snow and ice from their streets. If your local grit bin is empty, you can request a refill here. If you don’t have one nearby, you can also request a new grit bin. You can find a map of the bins in your area here.
The Council's gritting vehicles are right to focus on priority roads, such as bus routes and main roads, but more effort to clear treacherous pavements would be welcome. The Council needs to review its gritting policy – read more here.
Christmas tree recycling
Residents don’t need a garden waste permit to have a Christmas tree recycled. Details of tree recycling and collections for your street are here.
You can also take a Christmas tree to any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (they are to remain open). Book a visit here.
Comiston Road Cycle Lanes - Review
The Council’s Spaces for People team is reviewing the operation of the cycle lanes on Comiston Road and is aiming to publish its findings before the next meeting of the Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 28 January. After the review, the Committee may look at whether to proceed with Phase 2 of the scheme, which I understand may include ‘floating’ bus stops, i.e. moving bus stops out into the roadway so that bus passengers have to cross the cycle lane to get on and off the bus. I asked if there would be an opportunity for residents to give their feedback but was told that views are not being sought from the public or users, although all comments received are being noted. If you would like to give your feedback, I suggest you write to the Spaces for People team via [email protected] and copy me in.
Progress on Braidburn Terrace
I spoke to the Council’s local Roads Manager today about Braidburn Terrace and the one-way scheme. I understand that progress is being made with the formal Traffic Regulation Order process and detailed plans for the street and the junctions at either end are being refined with a view to final engagement with residents in the street and wider publication.
Tree Planting in the Hermitage and on Blackford Hill
The Friends of the Hermitage and Blackford Hill have recently planted 150 goat willow, hawthorn, dogwood and blackthorn trees around the Reserve along with 40 new oak saplings along the main drive – all trees were donated. Read more about the Friends here.
Short Term Lets Regulations announced
The new regulations for Short Term Lets have been published by the Scottish Government here. They cover the new Licensing scheme and Planning Control Areas and, if approved, will come into force on 1 April 2021. Councils will be given powers to introduce control areas where planning permission for short term lets will be required. These measures may be welcomed by neighbours affected by the anti-social behaviour of some short term tenants. I have called on the Council to get its act together to implement the new rules promptly and efficiently.
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Best wishes & stay safe
Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward
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Published and promoted by Neil Ross, (Scottish Liberal Democrats) at 4 Grange Road, Edinburgh EH9 1UH.