Local Update from Cllr Neil Ross

Please note that all views expressed in this newsletter are the views of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Neil Ross – Merchiston Community Council is not a party affiliated organisation. This is for resident information purposes only and MCC should not be held accountable for the views expressed in this bulletin. 

Cllr. Ross can be contacted at neil@edinburghlibdems.org or on 07738 116055

Greenbank to the Meadows Quiet Route includes road closures

The Council has issued proposals for a Quiet Route for cyclists from Greenbank traffic lights to the Meadows. These proposals also aim to cut out rat-running traffic via diagonal road closures at the junctions of Braid Road/Braid Crescent and Hermitage Gardens/Cluny Drive and a full road closure on Braid Avenue.  There are also two closures on Whitehouse Loan and a ban on motor vehicles using the northern section of Canaan Lane, except for local access.  The possibility of re-opening Braid Road is also considered but only for southbound traffic.  (My petition to re-open the road has collected over 1,000 signatures.)I understand the Council does not plan to consult with residents and intends to use its emergency powers to implement the scheme.  You can read full details on my blog page here.  I suggest any comments are sent to the Council’s Spaces for People team via spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk but do copy me in. (A deadline for comments has not yet been set.)

Parking restrictions for Myreside Road and Craighouse Road

The Council has published proposals to add more yellow lines along the narrow section at the southern end of Myreside Road, near the western entrance to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and also along the western side of Craighouse Road, as contractor and REH staff parking has been hindering traffic movement.  These measures are intended to improve safety and sight lines for pedestrians and cyclists.  Full details of TRO/19/59 can be viewed here.  The deadline for comments is Friday 11 September.

Astley Ainslie Feasibility Study of the whole site

Good news!  Astley Ainslie Community Trust (AACT) has secured sufficient funding to allow its feasibility study to be extended to cover the whole site, following feedback and pledges from members.  AACT has also launched a new journal called ‘Leaves’ which addresses issues of nature, community and wellbeing. You can read more about AACT and its activities here.  The September update should be uploaded to the site soon.

Visitor Parking Permits are available again

Visitors Parking permits should be available to order from today.  The permits will need to be ordered through the Council’s online permit system NSL Apply and will then be posted out, as the office remains closed at the moment.  Expectations are that demand will be high, so customers are asked to order only a maximum of three books in the first instance so that as many orders can be fulfilled as possible.  You can find out more and order here.

Edinburgh Talks Climate

The Council, along with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, is supporting the website ‘Edinburgh Talks Climate’ to facilitate conversations around the climate emergency and to help residents to find tips, share ideas, inspire others and take local action.  You can read more about this here.

City Art Centre re-opens with two Exhibitions

The City Art Centre will re-open on Saturday 12 September.  As this year marks the 40thanniversary of the centre, an exhibition entitled ‘Highlights of the City’s Art Collection’ will feature artworks by Allan Ramsay, Joan Eardley, Robert Colquhoun and John Duncan.  The second exhibition will be of Scottish Art in the 1920’s entitled ‘Bright Shadows’.  To visit, you need to book in advance here.

Garden Waste Permit Reminder

The deadline for applying for the next year of garden waste collections is 2pm on Wednesday 9 September.  If you have not already done so, you can apply for a permit here.The latest Coronavirus advice from the Scottish Government is available here.The latest advice on Council services is available here.If you know anyone else who might be interested to read this, please feel free to forward it. 

If you would like to receive updates from Councillors directly – please contact merchistonmedia@gmail.com with the subject line “updates”.

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