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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Schools Re-Opening Plan for 100% attendance
The Council has published its plan for re-opening schools in August on a 100% attendance model, including details of its communications strategy for parents/carers and its 50% contingency model. The plan is Appendix 1 of Item 6.5 ‘Schools Re-Opening Update’ on the agenda for a Council meeting to be held on Thursday 23 July and can be found here.
Temporary Cycle Lanes for Melville Drive
The Council has also issued proposals for temporary segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road for the full length of Melville Drive. I have posted photos of the plans on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/NeilforMorningside. The Council is seeking comments and they should be made to [email protected] The time for comments is very short. The deadline is 5.00pm on Friday 24 July.
Astley Ainslie Study to Go Ahead
Good news! Astley Ainslie Community Trust (AACT) has secured funding from the Scottish Land Fund to conduct a feasibility study and business plan for community ownership of Astley Ainslie. The funding is for a study of a portion of the site, known as Zone 2, and AACT is inviting feedback from its members. Whether the study covers any more of the site will depend on sufficient funding being raised. You can find out more about AACT on their website here.
Asset Transfer Request for Bruntsfield St Oswald’s
A request to the Council for the transfer of the former St Oswald’s Church and hall in Montpelier Park has been made by Bruntsfield St Oswald’s Ltd., the community group formed to take over the building. The request is made under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The business plan describes a welcome and positive future for the building with potential uses for before and after school care as well as youth, community and theatrical activities and, given its proximity to Bruntsfield Primary School, possible school use during the day. The plan is available here.
How to tackle illegal parking
If a vehicle is parked on a yellow line, in a bus stop or in a parking bay without a ticket or a permit, you can report it to the Council here. All requests are sent directly to the Council’s parking attendants for immediate action (resources permitting).
Floral Clock says Thank You to Key Workers
This year’s design for the Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens carries a message of thanks from the city to NHS and key workers. You can read more about this here.
The latest Coronavirus advice from the Scottish Government is available here.
The latest advice on Council services is available here.
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Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward
Published and promoted by Fraser Graham on behalf of Neil Ross, (Scottish Liberal Democrats) both at 4 Grange Road, Edinburgh EH9 1UH.