Drum Brae / Gyle ward

Drum Brae/Gyle ward covers the communities of Barntongate, Bughtlin, Clermiston, Clerwood, Drum Brae, East Craigs, Forrester Park, North Gyle, Parkgrove, South Gyle and West Craigs.

Working as a team with Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP and Christine Jardine MP, local councillors Robert Aldridge and Ed Thornley are strong voices for the area and fight hard to get things done locally.

You can contact them at:

cllr.robert.aldridge@edinburgh.gov.uk / 0131 529 4992

cllr.edward.thornley@edinburgh.gov.uk / 0131 529 4152

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Latest news

The latest updates from your local Scottish Liberal Democrat team and Cllr Robert Aldridge and Cllr Ed Thornley

No. 31 Bus

The reduction in service of the 31 to every 15 minutes has not resulted in the promised improved reliability.

1 Mar 2023
Drum Brae / Gyle

Craigmount Roadworks continue

The resurfacing of roads in Craigmount has been continuing, with work started on Craigmount Avenue North and due soon on Craigmount Park.

17 Feb 2023
Drum Brae / Gyle

Glasgow Road Pedestrian Crossing

We are very concerned that the pedestrian crossing outside St Thomas' Church has still not been restored. Local councillor Ed Thornley said, "The...

27 Jan 2023
Drum Brae / Gyle

Parking in Clerwood

Residents in Clerwood recently presented us with a petition calling for proper solutions to the dangerous parking situation around St Andrews and Fox Covert Primaries.

2 Nov 2022
Drum Brae / Gyle

Craigmount Resurfacing

Works are now coming to a close on finally fixing many of the road and pavement surfaces in Craigmount.

2 Nov 2022
Drum Brae / Gyle

Maybury Cycle Lane

In October, a cycle lane was painted onto Maybury Drive without any notification of local councillors or residents.

2 Nov 2022
Drum Brae / Gyle

41 Bus update

Since the decision by Lothian Buses to move the No.41 bus from travelling down Queensferry, many residents have been left frustrated at the lack of an adequate replacement service.

2 Nov 2022
Drum Brae / Gyle

North Gyle and Gogarloch Flooding

There have again been lots of issues regarding flooding this autumn, with serious cases in North Gyle, especially on North Gyle Road, Avenue and Loan, and across the Gogarloch estate.

2 Nov 2022

Councillor Robert Aldridge

Robert has been a councillor for Drum Brae/Gyle for over 30 years and he lives locally in Barntongate.

Robert was unanimously elected as Edinburgh's Lord Provost, meaning he chairs meetings of the Council and is also the civic head of the city and the ex-officio Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh.

Robert has a long record of service and action for and with the local community and he has a strong reputation for getting things done.

  • He campaigned successfully with local residents for the Drum Brae Leisure Centre and for the Drum Brae Library Hub, which have both been hugely successful.
  • He chaired the Neighbourhood Partnership’s Environment Committee leading to improvements in parks across the Drum Brae/Gyle area and targeted anti-litter campaigns.
  • He has championed more local decision making – especially in promoting the Youth Decides initiative locally, where young people recommend local projects for funding.
  • He championed the new gym hall at East Craigs Primary school and the development of the new Buttercup Farm Park.

For all his time as a councillor, Robert has fought to protect local green spaces from development. Most recently he opposed the recently rejected development proposals for yet more housing on greenbelt at Cammo.

Contact details on edinburgh.gov.uk

Councillor Ed Thornley

Ed believes in ensuring our communities across Drum Brae / Gyle ward receive the best possible Council services. A well-known face on the doorstep, Ed has been standing up for West Edinburgh and has helped ensure local people are listened to at all levels of government.

Together with Councillor Robert Aldridge, he is campaigning for:

  • Action to tackle the terrible state of local roads, paths and pavements
  • More investment in our parks and green spaces
  • Better lighting in green spaces so people can feel safe when walking
  • A lights-controlled crossing at the junction of Drum Brae North and Drum Brae Drive
  • Improvements to the reliability of the 31 bus

He sits on the Culture and Communities and Governance, Risk and Best Value Committees.

Contact details on edinburgh.gov.uk

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