Spaces for People - What's next?

The Council’s Transport & Environment Committee meets on Thursday 12 November and is expected to discuss the temporary Spaces for People measures, including the closure of Braid Road and the pavement widening on Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place. 

So far as Braid Road is concerned, I have presented my petition to the Council to re-open the road and make the planned improvements and I will continue to call for more traffic calming in the immediate vicinity.

As for Morningside Road and Bruntsfield Place, many of the measures seem dis-proportionate now while a few, such as the widened pavement from the Merlin to Morningside Place, have long term merit.  Let me know if you can think of any others that should be retained?

The meeting will also consider implementing a quiet route scheme from Greenbank to the Meadows.  Whether the SNP/Labour Council, supported by the Greens, can use emergency powers to impose this scheme without consulting residents is now open to question, following a strong legal challenge to the similar East Craigs scheme.  While I support making walking and cycling more attractive and reducing unnecessary car use, for big changes to the way roads are used, I think residents should be consulted.  If you agree, please sign my petition here.

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

Household Alarms

No doubt you have seen the flyer about the installation of interlinked household smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms.  The deadline for complying is to be pushed forward a year to February 2022.  You can read more here.

Disappointing news for new Primary School

The Council has announced that, due to the implications of COVID-19 construction site closures, the new primary school at Canaan Lane will not be ready to open in August 2021. It also said, if there are no further significant delays to the construction process, the new school will instead open in August 2022.

20mph Speed Limit Traffic order published

The traffic order number TRO/20/07 to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on Cluny Gardens and Greenbank Crescent, among other streets, has been published.  The deadline for comments is 30 October.  You can read more here.

Sunday parking arrangements

In February of this year, the Council approved the traffic order that will introduce Sunday parking restrictions in Zones 1 to 4, and roll out shared-use parking places across Zones 1 to 8. You can view the Sunday parking report here.  Implementation work in Zones 1 to 4 is programmed to begin at the start of November this year.

What to feed the ducks at the pond?

In my previous email newsletter, I raised concerns about the proliferation of rats at Blackford Pond and suggested that bread should not be fed to the ducks.  It seems there are widely conflicting views on this from, amongst others, the Swan Sanctuary and Bird Spot.  I will leave it to you to decide which advice to follow.

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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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