View more tweets

COUNCIL PLANNING PAPER INCLUDES OPTION FOR MASSIVE KIRKLISTON EXPANSION

Edinburgh Council has now published a draft plan, setting out options on how the city could grow and develop by 2030.

This is important for Kirkliston as it does, for the first time, include the option of taking the land to the east of village out of the greenbelt. This would then allow the kind of 2,000 home development (doubling the size of the village) suggested recently by Miller Homes.

This document will go before the planning committee next week before a public consultation.

It’s important to say that this is just one option in the paper. There is another option which would see development focused only on brownfield sites nearer the city centre.

We need to see what the committee does with the draft plan next week. However, presuming the paper and the options goes out to public consultation then it will be vital for local people in Kirkliston to make their views known.

We’ll make sure to post more details once the consultation is live.

Meanwhile, you can read the whole report here (pages 39, 45-47 are most relevant).

https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx…

BIKE HIRE SCHEME TO BE EXTENDED TO QUEENSFERRY AND KIRKLISTON

We met with Transport for Edinburgh today for an update on plans to extend the bike hire scheme to Queensferry and Kirkliston.

The bike hire scheme has been running successfully in parts of Edinburgh for 16 months. We pushed to get this extended west so we’re pleased to hear this is likely to happen from this March.

A number of different hire points are being looked at, including Dalmeny Station; the Marina and Tesco in Queensferry as well as the cross roads and leisure centre in Kirkliston.

We also pushed today to get a new point added at next to Scotmid and the health centre in Queensferry.

The prices would be the same as the central Edinburgh scheme – £1.50 for single hour hires; £3 for day pass and £90 for annual pass.

Final plans are still being worked up but we hope folks will agree this is a really positive development. We’ll make sure to keep people updated.

Queensferry Road (Kirkliston) crossing set for March

Council roads officials have confirmed the new pedestrian crossing on Queensferry Road is set to be put in place in early March.

We have pushed hard for this new crossing to improve safety and had hoped it would be installed over the Christmas period.  However, the availability of contractors to carry out the work means it will need to take place in March.  This date has now been agreed and there should be no further delays to the delivery of these works.

CALA HOMES PLAN FOR SPRINGFIELD SITE IN QUEENSFERRY

Cala Homes has notified us of their plans to submit a planning application for new housing on the land between the existing Springfield estate and the Queensferry Crossing/M90.

This area of land was zoned by SNP and Labour councillors for new housing back in 2016.

Cala has organised two public drop in information events, both at Echline Primary.

– Friday 24 January, 2-8pm
– Saturday 25 January, 10am-1pm

Please note that no formal application has yet been lodged so there is no current process of objection. However, we would encourage residents to come along to one of these sessions to learn more and ask questions.

As local councillors, we want to see the detailed plans. However, with the South Scotstoun housing development already underway and the detailed plans for Echline expected soon, the Ferry is already being expected to absorb huge amounts of new housing.

We believe there are serious questions around how much more can be accommodated given the existing pressures.

Survey results show significant opposition to Kirkliston Miller Homes Plan

For the last few months, we have been running a survey for residents on the Miller Homes proposals for 2,000 more homes in Kirkliston.

The plans cover land to the east of the village along both sides of Burnshot Road. There is currently no specific planning application and any final plan would need permission from the Council to proceed.

You can get more information, including a map of the plan here

We want to say a big thank you to all those people who took part in the survey. Over 1,000 local residents fed in their views and we can now provide the results.

Most of the 1,000+ residents who took part provided some detailed comments which we are carefully looking at.

We will keep local people informed as and when things develop on this. In line with the wishes of our constituents (see question 6) we will not be taking a position at this stage.

LibDems push for solution on Queensferry High closure plan

Local Liberal Democrat councillor, Louise Young has pushed for a solution to address the planned extended closure of Queensferry High 31 Mar-3 Apr.

The new Queensferry High building is to be open from 30 March. However, as part of the transition, parents have been told the school will be closed for an additional four days before the start of the Easter break.

There was no engagement or consultation with parents about this before it was announced.

The transfer of the school community into the new building is a major logistical undertaking. However, many parents have been in touch concerned about the four additional days of closure and the challenge this creates for working parents who need arrange alternative childcare or take annual leave/unpaid leave.

There will be no pre-existing ‘holiday clubs’ in place to provide an alternative option, as this is normal term time for other schools.

Louise successfully took a motion to the Council’s education committee on the issue. This means parents will be surveyed on their ability to accommodate these four days without financial or other loss. Her motion also seeks proposals for an additional holiday club type service (or alternative solution).

We will make sure to keep people updated.

Kirkliston traffic study published at last

The results of the traffic study at the Kirkliston cross roads has now been published. You can see it here.

Securing the study was one of our very first acts as newly elected local councillors. It came after increasing concern over the congestion at the cross roads and inactivity from the SNP led Council administration.

Whilst the main purpose of the study was Kirkliston, the monitoring was opened to a wider area to get a broader picture of where vehicles were coming from and going to.

Thousands of vehicles movements through the village cross roads were recorded as part of the study. The results confirmed that the vast majority of traffic comes from the local area although the work did identify significant through traffic from West Lothian in particular.

The north / south traffic results have been looked at in detail and shows the overall split.

The report includes a number of recommendations / options.

  • Using housing developer money to further assess how the junction through put can be made more efficient.
  • A possible reconfiguration of the junction to to either east/west or north/south (as shown in the following images). This would require more feasibility work and impact analysis.

You can read the whole report here.

There is obviously a lot of data and information here to digest. Both of us spoke as local councillors when the report came to the Transport Committee. It was agreed that a further report would come forward in six months providing more information on the follow up actions.

Official report confirms “botched” rollout of 20mph project

Liberal Democrats have criticised Edinburgh Council’s ruling SNP/Labour administration for a “botched” roll out of the city wide 20mph project after an official review found average speeds to have reduced by only 1.34 miles per hour.

The report on Edinburgh Council’s 20mph project has been published today, Monday 7 October. It follows a formal review of scheme which was introduced across the city from May 2016 to March 2018.

The review found that;

– Speed monitoring at 66 locations before and after the project showed average speeds had reduced by just 1.34 miles per hour.

– Despite a major marketing campaign, 40% of people in the city said they had not seen any information about the 20mph roll out.

  • Only one in five people in Edinburgh (21%) believed traffic speeds have actually reduced in their area.

– Police officers have issued less than 100 fines in the three years since the roll out project began, averaging just three fines every month.

– The final total cost of the project was £2.96m, 34% more than originally envisaged.

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman, Councillor Kevin Lang said,

“It is clear this 20mph project is still struggling to get out of first gear. 

“After soaking up almost £3 million of public money, average speeds have fallen by just 1.34 miles per hour. Only a fifth of people say traffic speeds have reduced in their area. 

“It is obvious that SNP and Labour councillors have botched what should have been a positive and transformative project. Their major advertising campaign failed to connect with the public. They relied on cardboard cutouts of police on street corners to change behaviour whilst real police officers said enforcement was not a priority.

“It shows much more work is needed if the promised improvements in road safety are going to be delivered. There is simply no room for complacency from the administration.”

The full report can be found here.

https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/documents/s9492/Item%207.3%20-%20Evaluation%20of%2020mph%20with%20appendices.pdf