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Maybury Road to become 30mph limit

The speed limit on Maybury Road is to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

It comes after Conservative and SNP councillors approved the 650 home plan at Cammo, despite local Liberal Democrat opposition.

The Cammo housing plan will involve several new pedestrian crossing points on Maybury Road as well as new cycle-ways. In light of this, the reduction in the speed limit was deemed necessary for safety reasons.

The speed limit change will come into effect later this year.

Local police risk being ‘sucked into’ city centre after SNP cuts

Police Scotland has admitted that officers normally focused on areas like Queensferry, Kirkliston, Cramond, Davidson’s Mains and Muirhouse now risk being diverted to Edinburgh city centre because of cuts imposed by the SNP.

Liberal Democrats strongly opposed the decision of SNP and Labour councillors to cut the local police budget by 20%. It has resulted in a city wide loss of 10 officers.

Senior police have now admitted that community officers in other parts of the city are likely to be diverted to cover policing duties in the city centre.

One of the benefits of community policing is that officers get to know and understand the area. They develop relationships, especially with younger people. That could be put at risk if officers get sucked into dealing with problems in the very centre of Edinburgh.

It is clear these cuts are wrong and should be reversed.

Lib Dems help defeat SNP/Labour administration and force rethink on the garden tax

Liberal Democrats have today teamed up with other opposition councillors to defeat the SNP/Labour administration and force a rethink on the unpopular garden tax.

Labour and SNP councillors running Edinburgh Council forced through the new annual charge for garden waste collection last year. It came despite huge opposition from local people. Liberal Democrat councillors strongly opposed the introduction of the charge and presented a fully costed budget to scrap the tax.

Latest figures have shown that the volume of garden waste being recycled has fallen significantly since the new charge came into force.

At today’s meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee, Liberal Democrats joined other opposition councillors to beat the SNP and Labour. The cross-party motion demanded that Council officials bring forward specific options that would allow the garden tax to be scrapped from next year.

We believe it is wrong to charge people to recycle. We opposed the garden tax last year and this year and will continue to work to find ways of ending this unpopular charge.

Kirkliston must not be ‘held to ransom’ over new school

We are deeply alarmed by a new suggestion that a much needed new school in Kirkliston could be linked to potentially thousands of new homes being built near the village on the greenbelt.

We have spoken with Senior Education Officers and made it absolutely clear that Kirkliston must not be held to ransom over a new school. We believe Kirkliston needs and deserves better school facilities – nursery, primary and secondary . This *should not* be conditional on even more housing.

One of our first acts after being elected was to fight for a new high school in the village rather than busing children to other places, battling with rush hour traffic. Now we have a chance of a new/shared campus primary school too, helping to alleviate the growing pressure at the existing Kirkliston Primary.

However, we are angry at the suggestion that a new school may be conditional on the building of even more new homes. We think this is unacceptable and is already being seen as attempt by the Council to get further housing development in the village ‘through the back door’.

We will fight any attempt to hold people in Kirkliston to ransom in this way. Parents and children in the village already deserve new and properly funded schools. It cannot be dependent on even more housing on the greenbelt, especially when we are still working to address the traffic and other issues arising from existing new developments.

We will not support this and will continue to stand up for our community’s right to proper local school provision.

YELLOW LINE PARKING PLANS FOR QUEENSFERRY

Council transport officials have published three sets of plans to extend yellow line parking restrictions in parts of Queensferry.

(1) The first extends double yellow lines on Bo’ness Road at the junctions with Walker Drive and Inchgarvie Park. This is to stop parking on the main road which was considered dangerous.

(2) The second involves a slight extension of the double yellow lines on Rosshill Terrace at the junction with Forth Terrace. This comes after a major push by the Dalmeny Station Residents’ Association.

(3) The third helps to complete the Dalmeny Park development by putting in the new yellow lines on Borrowman Square (including the bus terminal) and the south side of Scotstoun Avenue nearest to the new housing.

Comments on these changes can be submitted via trafficorders@edinburgh.gov.uk by 5 April 2019 quoting TRO-18-71 for the changes (1) and (2). and TRO-18-69A for the change (3).

You can see more on changes (1) and (2) here.
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/…/tro-18-71_waiting_restrictions

You can see more about change (3) here.
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/…/tro-18-69a_waiting_restrictio…

TAYLOR WIMPEY PROPOSE EXTENSION TO SCOTSTOUN HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Taylor Wimpey is to submit a plan to extend the scope of the new housing development at South Scotstoun in Queensferry.


SNP and Labour councillors voted last year to approve building 340 new homes on the Scotstoun fields.


Taylor Wimpey are now suggested adding a further phase to the development of around 40 additional homes. This would be on the last just to the south east of the agreed development, just south of Dimma Park.
There will be a public exhibition of the plans 4-7pm on 30 April at the Queensferry Community Centre, just off Kirkliston Road.

Residents will be able to see the plans before the Council starts the formal consultation period.

Major road works on Main Street, Kirkliston in April

Council roads officials have agreed to major works on Kirkliston Main Street in April.

The works are to allow for the sewer connection to the new restaurant. This has been scheduled to take place 13-21 April during the second week of the Easter school holidays.

This will require two way temporary traffic lights on the road as well as the temporary relocation of the west bound and east bound bus stops.

Hopefully, this advance notice will give residents some time to plan ahead.

Anger over delay to Queensferry High Street project

We are very frustrated to have to report a delay of one year to the project to upgrade and improve the High Street in Queensferry.

Work has been ongoing over the last year to develop detailed plans for the new High Street. It comes after two round of consultation where residents were able to feed in their ideas.

The final consultation is now due to take place in April. However, the significant changes planned for traffic control, parking and servicing of the shops mean new traffic regulation orders will be needed.

This means the construction tender is now expected to be issued in the autumn of this year with site works to start in early 2020. This represents a delay of about a year.

We have written to the Council’s local transport manager about the extremely poor communication around this delay. It is frustrating given all the hard work to engage residents on what should be an exciting project for the Ferry over the last year.

Kirkliston primary 1 / nursery update

Following the recent public meeting in Kirkliston, Council education officials are currently working on two options for P1/nursery provision in the village:

  1. Nursery on the Leisure Centre site with modular P1 classrooms also on the Leisure Centre site;
  2. Nursery on the Leisure Centre site with modular P1 classrooms on the main school site.

The public meeting showed there a clear desire for the nursery on the leisure centre site but people were less convinced that P1 pupils should be based there too.  The officials heard the concern in particular about the logistics of operation on the Leisure Centre site, the accommodation the P1 classes would have access to and the timescales for delivery.

Accordingly, they are working on progressing a design for the layout of the Leisure Centre site that will allow them to discuss in more detail how the proposal would work in practice; the timescales for delivery and the financial implications.

In terms of current work;

  • They have appointed a full design team and project management.
  • Site investigations on the leisure centre site to identify ground conditions, services, etc. are about to start.
  • They are contacting Edinburgh Leisure to discuss school use of facilities within the Leisure Centre (regardless of the solution progressed) – how this would be managed, what this might mean in cost terms, etc.
  • They have met with SportScotland and had a positive meeting in regard to the use of the “playing field” as a nursery and P1 classroom site.

They have told us that more developed design layouts should be back in the next few weeks which they intend to discuss with school management in the first instance.

They also plan to set up a working group with representatives from the Parent Council that would feed into the early design process and assist the school particularly in the transition to the new accommodation.