November's news from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my latest email newsletter issued yesterday with stories on

  • Midmar Paddock Rights of Way & Green Belt Status
  • Comment on City Plan 2030
  • Waiting for Zebras
  • Braid Road & Braidburn Terrace
  • Comiston Road changes
  • Closure of Canaan Lane
  • Community Grants Fund
  • Merchiston & Greenhill Conservation Area Character Appraisal Revisions
  • Naming the new primary school

Midmar Paddock – Rights of Way & Green Belt Status

Good news for the Friends of Midmar Paddock - the Council has, at last, agreed to assert the six Rights of Way that criss-cross over the paddock.  This may help to deter unwanted development, as will the paddock being shown as greenspace on page 9 of the City Plan 2030.  You can show your support for retaining this green belt status by commenting on the City Plan and saying why greenspace like Midmar Paddock is important to you – see below.

Comment on City Plan 2030

The period of representation on City Plan closes on 20 December.  You can read the plan and make comments here.

Waiting for Zebras

There is some hope that the ongoing concerns of many residents over speeding on residential streets can be addressed by introducing more pedestrian crossings.  An independent report for Greater Manchester found that zebra markings on side roads lead to a 75% increase in vehicles giving way to people on foot (up from 4 in 10 to 7 in 10).  I brought a motion to the Council last week asking officers to investigate setting up a trial of zebra markings on side streets in Edinburgh.  This follows a national call signed by Living Streets, British Cycling, Guide Dogs, the Campaign for Better Transport, The Ramblers, Sustrans and Playing Out as well as motoring body The AA for central government to authorise zebra markings for side streets.

The motion highlighted the importance of walking active travel and how zebra crossings increase safety and confidence for pedestrians, including schoolchildren and parents.  Deputations from three city schools including Bruntsfield and South Morningside Primaries asked for trial schemes to be introduced.  You can read more here.

Braid Road & Braidburn Terrace

The Council has decided to re-open Braid Road in both directions with a modal filter to the north side of the former roundabout.  However, this is to be delayed until the pedestrian and cycle crossing has been installed. The Council has the money to do this, along with all the other changes to make Braidburn Terrace one-way etc., and is aiming to seek a contractor for the project early in 2022 with works maybe starting in March.

Comiston Road changes

The Council has decided to extend the north bound bus lane on Comiston Road but, instead of a peak time bus lane as recommended by Council officers, it agreed to make the bus lane 24/7 with double yellow lines to prevent any parking.  Some of the bollards will be removed to improve access for residents.

Closure of Canaan Lane

The section of Canaan Lane from Morningside Road to number 4 Canaan Lane is to be closed from Monday 6 December 2021 to Sunday 31 July 2022.  This will allow a safe area for the construction of flats at the site of the former public toilets.  The cycle lane will be suspended to allow for two-way traffic so please take great care if driving or cycling on Canaan Lane.

Community Grants Fund

The Council is inviting applications from community groups for help to fund local projects.  Sums of up to £5,000 may be available if your project meets the funding criteria.  You can read about this and apply here.

Merchiston & Greenhill Conservation Area Character Appraisal Revisions

The Council is seeking views on revisions to the Merchiston & Greenhill Conservation Area Character Appraisal.  You can read more and submit comments here.  The consultation closes on 31 December.

Naming the New Primary School

Letters have been issued inviting responses to the naming survey which must be submitted by 5pm tomorrow Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Coronavirus – latest news from the Council is available here.

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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.

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