October's News from Councillor Neil Ross

Here is my latest email newsletter issued today with stories on

  • City Plan
  • Removal of Spaces for People measures
  • Tackling Youth Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Raising standards in HMO’s
  • Discouraging Vehicle Engine Idling
  • Naming process for new primary school
  • Parking on white Zig Zags
  • Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review
  • Recycling Egg Shells – an explanation

City Plan 2030 – final representation period starts on 7 November

The Council’s Planning Committee has approved the proposed City Plan and associated technical and supporting information.  The proposed plan is available as item 6.1 here.  It starts a final six-week period of representation on 7 November.  Look out for it appearing on the Council’s Consultation Hub here.  Paper copies will be available in libraries.

Removal of Spaces for People Measures

The Council intends to remove the Spaces for People measures on Bruntsfield Place starting next week on Monday 1 November.  The measures on Morningside Road have been removed except for the widened footway on the west side of the road between The Merlin and Cuddy Lane, as the pavement here is too narrow, and an advisory cycle lane on the uphill section between Newbattle Terrace and Abbotsford Park.

Tackling Youth Anti-Social Behaviour

Over the past year, groups of young people have been gathering in the grounds of Astley Ainslie and behaving badly when roaming through local Morningside streets, with reports of damage to vehicles and property.  In response to residents’ concerns, I have again raised the issue with the local Police.  Their advice is to phone 101 to report all incidents, as and when they happen. 

Action at last on Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The Council has agreed to install 66 electric vehicle (EV) charging points with 4 chargers (8 bays) in each of Maxwell Street and Thirlestane Road by 31 March 2022.  In response to my questions, the Council is to explore the use of lighting columns as charging points with the potential to pilot the use of columns in Newbattle Terrace.  The Council has been slow to install charging points.  It needs to work with the private sector if it is to significantly increase provision and encourage the de-carbonisation of transport.

Raising standards in HMO’s

Local residents often raise questions and complaints about properties let under HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) licences.  Aside from occasional parties and anti-social behaviour, some common complaints are the lack of notice of HMO applications, how to contact the landlord or agent in an emergency and issues around abuse of communal domestic waste bins.  In response, I have made proposals to the Council to tackle these issues and encourage best practice amongst landlords and letting agents.  You can read more here.

Discouraging Vehicle Engine Idling

As you may know, the toxins in traffic pollution are linked to health issues such as asthma, heart disease and cancer.  The Council has the power to issue £20 penalties to drivers who do not switch off their engines when parked but doesn’t have the manpower for education of drivers nor for enforcement. Based on a suggestion from a resident, I successfully proposed that the Council could give powers to parking attendants to discourage engine idling and issue fines.  You can read more here.

Revised Process for Naming of New Primary School

The Council has revised the process for the naming of the new school in Canaan Lane. My Lib Dem colleague Cllr Louise Young proposed an online consultation with local nursery and primary school parents and also the wider community within the new school catchment area. It will ask participants to rank the three proposed names in order of preference so as to guide the committee in its decision at the next meeting in December. The three names are Canaan Lane PS, North Morningside PS & Saroj Lal PS. The consultation is not available yet. Watch my Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/NeilforMorningside

Parking on white Zig Zags is illegal

Last week I accompanied Police Sergeant Barry Mercer on a visit to shops and businesses in Morningside Road next to white zig zag lines at pedestrian crossings.  We were responding to residents’ concerns about illegal parking. The Police offered to supply A4 window posters to remind customers and delivery drivers of the penalties (£100 and 3 points) for parking on these zig zag lines and all shop owners agreed to take one. The police will check the zig zags regularly.

Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review

The Review Group, set up by the Council, would like to hear residents’ thoughts about the most constructive ways that the city could address issues of historic racial injustice as a means to stem modern-day discrimination.  You can access the review here.

Recycling of Egg Shells – an explanation

Last month I noted that one of the Council’s Waste Managers had said not to put egg shells in food waste.  The reason is that a fine sandy dust from egg and other shells accumulates at the bottom of pipes within the recycling machines and has to be cleaned out regularly.  Confusingly, the Council’s recycling sorter says to put egg shells in food waste. I have been told this is just to keep the recycling message simple.  So, I leave it to you to decide what to do with egg shells!

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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