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The Council made the following decisions on Thursday -

  • Braid Road will remain closed. It will continue to be monitored and a proposal for a way forward will made at the next review on 28 January.

Click on 'Read more' below for the rest of the news in my latest email newsletter.

  • Greenbank to the Meadows cycle route will go ahead but, disappointingly, without consulting affected local residents. It will have three modal filters on Whitehouse Loan but none in the Braid Estate.  I can see the need in an emergency to temporarily close part of Whitehouse Loan outside the Primary School to aid physical distancing and improve road safety.  Council officers have responded to the questions and concerns from local residents that I raised with them by dropping the proposed modal filters on Braid Avenue and at the junctions of Hermitage Gardens/Cluny Drive and Braid Road/Braid Crescent.  I have posted a map and summary of the proposals on my news page here.  I recently met with Ewen Maclean, the author of the Blackford Safe Routes proposal.  More details about this and other low traffic neighbourhoods can be found by visiting Blackford Safe Routes.
  • Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place will benefit from the reinstatement of ten parking spaces, two near Luca’s Ice Cream shop, two near the junction with Forbes Road and six on both sides near the GP surgery at Morningside Place, as well as removing the extra pedestrian space just to the north of the Church Hill junction. I welcome these adjustments, especially the latter two, which I requested, to improve access to the surgery and to assist traffic flow when large vehicles meet at Church Hill.
  • Greenbank Drive & Glenlockhart Road are to become 20mph streets.

Success! – Visitor Parking Permits Extended

On Thursday the Council agreed my request to extend the validity of 2020 visitor parking permits to 31 December 2021. There are a lot more unused permits this year than normal because residents have been complying with the Covid restrictions and have not been having visitors.  Holders of permits can expect a letter from the Council about this. You can read more at item 9.3 here.

Astley Ainslie tree felling & AACT AGM

It appears that the NHS has been felling trees on the Astley Ainslie Hospital site, in some cases without permission from the Council until prompt action was taken by the Astley Ainslie Community Engagement Group.  

The Astley Ainslie Community Trust is developing its plans to take over part or all of the site.  It will hold its AGM at 6:30pm on 3 December 2020 online.  You can join AACT for £1 and find out about progress with their Feasibility Study here.

Eric Liddell Centre 40th Anniversary Celebration

ELC is 40 this year.  You are welcome to join Sally Magnusson, Alexander McCall Smith CBE and Sir James MacMillan at the celebration via Zoom on Thursday 26 November at 7pm.  Tickets are £40 per log on. More information is available here.

Changes to Pentland Hills Regional Park

The Council is consulting on a raft of proposals to tackle irresponsible wild camping, anti-social behaviour and parking problems.  You can find the consultation here. It closes on 4 December.

Council Key Facts and Figures

The Council has published a summary of its 2020/21 finances to explain where its funding comes from and how it is spent.  You can read more here.

Give Your Views on Council Budget Priorities

The Council estimates it will need to find savings of £47m over the next three years.  It is seeking the views of residents on spending priorities.  Which services do you value most?  Where could the Council do better?  You can participate in the online consultation here.  It closes on 10 December.

The latest Coronavirus advice from the Scottish Government is available here.

The latest advice on Council services is available here.

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Best wishes & stay safe

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.

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