Request for a Public Consultation on the Greenbank to Meadows Cycle Route
I made a request to the Council for a public consultation to give residents a chance to express their views on the plans for a Greenbank to Meadows Quiet Route. I put forward a constructive motion for debate at the meeting of the full Council held on Thursday and made the case for a public consultation. My motion also included an alternative plan, without road closures but including a segregated cycle lane on Whitehouse Loan, road re-surfacing, traffic calming and an option to re-open Braid Road along with the planned improvements. Although it secured Tory support, my motion did not succeed as the SNP, Labour and Green councillors didn’t agree. Instead they choose a private briefing of ward councillors on the proposal, including clarification on community consultation, followed by further discussions at a meeting of the Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 12 November. You can read my motion at item 9.3 on the agenda and watch the debate on webcast here
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Council Telephone lines for General and Routine Queries
I also asked a public question at the Council meeting on when the General service telephone lines would be re-opened, as they were closed for all but emergency calls at the start of lockdown. The answer is sometime in October so I’ll let you know when I find out the date. You can read my questions and the answers in the ‘Questions and Answers’ file here.
Six Libraries to re-open on Tuesday 13 October
A long-awaited announcement was made recently on the re-opening of six Council libraries, including Central, Fountainbridge and Newington Libraries. Unfortunately, although Morningside Library was expected to be included in the first phase, it is not yet ready to be re-opened. You can read more about libraries re-opening here.
Road Closures for Gas Main replacements
Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) is planning to replace more gas main pipes and the following roads will be closed from 21 September 2020:
- Braid Road at the junction with Cluny Gardens; and
- Cluny Gardens from Braid Road to Hermitage Gardens.
Local access for residents will be maintained. Local diversion routes will be in operation and parking will be suspended throughout the works which SGN estimate may take three to four weeks. The Council is co-ordinating with SGN to carry out some re-surfacing work at the junction of Braid Road and Cluny Gardens around the same time.
Parking suspensions will also be in operation during this time and will affect part of Cluny Gardens, Hermitage Gardens between Cluny Gardens & Cluny Drive and, to help the bus diversion route, parts of Hermitage Terrace, Nile Grove and Braid Avenue. If you have any specific enquiries about this project, please call SGN on 0800 912 1700.
Information on New Communal Street Bin Hubs
The Council is holding an information stall to let residents know about plans for changes to communal street bins. Bin hubs will replace existing arrangements and are planned for Morningside Ward later in 2021 with full waste and recycling services. A typical bin hub will have two household waste bins, two mixed recycling bins and bins for glass and food waste. The information stall will be in front of Bruntsfield Links toilets on Tuesday 22 September from 2.00 to 5.00pm. More information about the bin hubs is available here.
Cyclehoop On-street Secure Bicycle Parking
The Council has been installing on-street secure bike parking units across tenement areas of the ward. Information on current locations, how to apply to store your bike and how to apply for your street to be considered for future installations is available here.
Calling all gardeners to the Eric Liddell Centre Plant Sale!
The Eric Liddell Centre is holding a plant sale on Saturday 26th September from 11.00am until 2.00pm outside the entrance to the Centre at Holy Corner. Cakes and biscuits, teas and coffees will also be available to enjoy whilst you browse the plants on sale. They are also looking for donations of plants and ask if any donated plants could be labeled and delivered between 9.30 and 11.00am on the day of the sale. 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
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