Here is my latest e-Citizen email newsletter, issued earlier today.
Spaces for People – Have you Say
The Council is considering whether to make some of the temporary Spaces for People measures permanent. Its online consultation can be accessed here and runs till 21 March. This is your chance to feedback your views. The results will be considered at a meeting of the Transport Committee on 22 April. If you would prefer a paper version of the questionnaire with a reply-paid envelope, please contact the Council via [email protected] with your name and address. Other formats are available.
Success! - Free Parking for Carers
Local residents have drawn my attention to parking difficulties regularly encountered by care workers when visiting elderly people who live in controlled parking zones. In response, my Lib Dem colleague Councillor Lang and I persuaded the Council to consider extending the Essential User Parking Permit scheme to exempt care workers from day-to-day parking charges. A report is expected to the Transport Committee in June. You can read more about this at item 9.1 here.
Council launches Thriving Green Spaces project
The Council is inviting residents to give their views on how to improve our parks and green spaces. You can read more about this here. A project newsletter has also been launched. You can subscribe for this via email to [email protected]
Cuts to Devolved School Budgets
At last week’s Council budget meeting, the ruling SNP/Labour administration agreed to cut a further £600,000 in the devolved budgets given to teachers in Edinburgh’s primary and secondary schools. The move comes on top of a £1.2 million cut to school budgets last year. My colleague, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Fred Mackintosh is hosting a petition calling on the council leadership to reverse this cut. If you would like to sign it, please go to https://www.fredmackintosh.scot/reverse_school_cuts
Craiglockhart Hill Nature Reserves
The Council is consulting on its plan to extend the Local Nature Reserve on Easter Craiglockhart Hill and to add Local Nature Reserve designation to Wester Craiglockhart Hill. You can access the consultation papers for Easter here and Wester here. The deadline is 12 March.
Council sets its Budget
Last week the SNP/Labour led Council administration set its budget for the year ahead. The Liberal Democrat budget, which I presented, prioritised funds for essential services, including support for vulnerable people and £10m extra to fix our broken paths, pavements and roads. You can read the highlights here.
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Best wishes & stay safe
Councillor Neil Ross
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Morningside Ward
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