Return of the 10, 23 & 36
Lothian Buses has announced the welcome return of the 10, 23 and 36 services from Sunday 12 July on more or less the same routes as before. There are also changes to the 5, 11, 16, 27, 38 and 41 but, worryingly, no return yet for the 15, despite my petition with over 200 signatures presented to Lothian Buses in February. You can read more about these changes here
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Tragedy strikes on Morningside Road
The tragic accident on Morningside Road this week involving the death of local three-year-old boy Xander Irvine brings home to us the preciousness and fragility of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and all those involved at the scene at this sad time.
Some Public Toilets to re-open
The Council is preparing to re-open a few public toilets at parks and beaches, including on Bruntsfield Links, at Hope Park on the Meadows and in West Princes Street Gardens. Councillors will consider the proposals on Thursday with a view to a few facilities re-opening from Monday 13 July on reduced hours 11am to 6pm, seven days a week. Public toilets are a basic public health facility that must be maintained. We need the entire network of public toilets to re-open as soon as possible. You can read more at item 6.8 on the meeting agenda here.
Resurfacing of roads and pavements – plans for 2020/21
The Council’s delayed plans for the resurfacing of roads and pavements in the current year will be considered by councillors on Thursday. Out of the total number of projects, of which 77 are roads and 54 are pavements, only two roads and two pavements are in Morningside Ward! The roads are Colinton Road and Church Hill Place and the pavements are Polwarth Gardens and Pentland Terrace. You can read more at item 6.9 on the meeting agenda here.
Astley Ainslie Community Trust – June update
Among many items in their June newsletter, the Astley Ainslie Community Trust has selected consultants to develop a feasibility study and viable business plan for community ownership, development, and maintenance of the Astley Ainslie. They are now in the process of gathering sufficient funding to proceed and are seeking donations. They are producing a new journal, called Leaves, about the AAH nature legacy, and a series of films, the Astley Ainslie Voices, documenting past experiences of AAH. You can find out more, and join and donate, on their website, which is currently being updated.
Pavement cramped by overhanging foliage? – Report it
The need for social distancing has made our pavement space even more valuable and, with recent rain, plants have had a growth spurt. If you see hedges and bushes encroaching too far onto the pavement and restricting space, and you don’t know the owner to speak to, you can report it to the Council here. A letter should be issued to the owner requiring the foliage to be cut back.
It’s the holidays!
Now that we are in the school holidays, it’s good to know that we are free to book up holiday cottages and hotels. However, short term lettings of flats in tenements are not expected to be allowed to resume until 15 July. If you are aware that a flat in your stair is currently being let on a short-term basis, please let me know.
Face coverings become compulsory, with a few exceptions, when visiting shops from 10 July. 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
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