The Council needs to understand what Edinburgh wants to gain from its visitor economy.


The latest news story from Edinburgh’s Visitor Economy/ t feels like too many people in this city see profit in everything, and value in nothing.

There can be no doubt that concern about the impact of Edinburgh’s visitor economy has grown considerably in recent years. When I heard from the Evening News that a petition had been launched to  demand change, I actually welcomed the news. However, on reading the article and the petition, I feel unconformable about the way the Council Leader (Adam McVey, SNP Councillor for Leith) is being targeted.

To be clear, I share the frustration about the creeping privatisation of public space in Edinburgh, particularly how people are locked out of public parks and the lack of respect for our heritage. As a city, we are blessed with a fantastic built, natural and cultural heritage and I want to share it with people from all over the world. However, right now I don’t feel we are making the most of it. It feels like too many people in this city see profit in everything, and value in nothing.

For me, the tipping point came in the summer of 2018 when we had a black hording blocking views of the Castle. Since then we’ve seen memorial benches “discarded”, months of controversy over the Christmas Market, Church leaders ‘disappointed’ with ‘premature removal’ of Edinburgh’s famous nativity sculpture for Johnnie Walker advertising, and too many more examples of how our heritage is being sacrificed for quick commercial gain. However, these things keep happening and the Council is left reacting to events.

Cliff Hague summed it up like this:

“East Princes Street Gardens have been essentially handed over to the London-based Underbelly for ten weeks to do with as they wish, without the inconvenience of having to get planning permission beforehand. West Princes Street Gardens is screened off in August for the Summer Sessions concerts. Unbelievably ugly security barriers have been erected on the Royal Mile.”

and also:

“Edinburgh is now effectively run by the tourist industry”

On a personal note, my lovely wife’s grandfather was a Polish servicemen who came to Leith after Poland fell to the Nazis, and went on to fight alongside UK and Norwegian forces in Norway. Because of this, I am always hugely proud to see Edinburgh’s memorials marking Scotland’s links to Polish and Norwegian troops stationed here in WWII. Amongst these is the Christmas Tree placed annually on The Mound which is gifted to the city by Hordaland (Norway) to mark the “assistance provided by the Scots to Norway in WWII”. I was disappointed to see that this year the tree was hacked down right after Christmas and the memorial to Wojtek the bear and Polish WW2 veterans was fenced off on the same day (images below). What must people from outside Edinburgh make of this?

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I accept that the Council Leader has often been left reacting to these events. Rather than force his resignation, however, I think we should instead focus on what we actually want to change. Councillor Donald Wilson has already committed to leading a full review, and I hope the public and all 63 of Edinburgh’s Councillors will get behind that.

In response to the petition the Council Leader said: “many issues being raised are part of wider debate about how we manage size and scale of festivals and tourism”. I actually feel it is more fundamental than how we manage the status quo. There are really three key questions:

  1. What scale is right? The Edinburgh Tourism Strategy” boasts it’s being developed by an “industry-led group facilitated by Scottish Enterprise” called ETAG (with no community representation). This group wants to grow the current tourist economy from 4.1 million visitors per year by one third to 5.5 million by 2030. Can this level of growth be accommodated sustainably?
  2. Is quality of what we’re offering positioning Edinburgh optimally? Right now visitors arriving via Waverly Station are greeted by the smell of fried onions and German sausages emanating from the Christmas Market. I love German beer and food, but surely Edinburgh should be promoting its fantastic built, natural and cultural heritage better? How can Edinburgh’s small business improve on this and benefit more?
  3. Who benefits? Today the Evening News carried an article from the tourism lobby (the ones that oppose the tourist tax) who are clearly concerned that the public is waking up to what’s going on. It’s claimed that the industry supports 33,000 jobs in Edinburgh. I welcome every one of those jobs (particularly my daughter’s), but I do wonder how many come with fair pay, good conditions and fixed hours?

Whilst calling for the Council Leader to resign may help vent some frustration, it’s making a difference to the lives of residents than matters. For me the starting point is to understand what Edinburgh wants to gain from its visitor economy, and then we have to deliver that.


Below Average – An account of Labour’s 2019 Election Vote Share

First televised head to head debate between Johnson and Corbyn ahead of election

The simple fact is that the party with the most seats wins a General Election in the UK. Nonetheless, there is a tendency to look for other messages in the vote share. The blog is about debunking some of the myths that arise from this. I will look at total votes, vote share based on turnout and  vote share based on the size of the electorate.

Total Votes
The first thing to note here is that the electorate has risen quite steadily between 1979 to 2019, but the total number of people voting has varied considerably.


Total votes in UK General Elections 1979-2019


TV Plot

The data shows that the Tory Party’s highest vote over the 1979-2019 period came under John Major in 1992, but in 2019 Boris Johnson came pretty close to beating it. However, Boris coming 101,651 votes short in 2019 is less impressive when you realise that the electorate grew by 4.4 million over the same period.

We can also see that Labour lost 2.6 million votes between 2017 and 2019 whilst the Tories gained 329,881. Indeed, despite the rising electoral roll, Labour’s performance was slightly below the average of 10.6 million for the 1997-2019 period.

In 2019 SNP recovered around 55% of the 476,868 votes they lost in 2017. Nationalists south of the border in 2019 also failed to reach their 2015 populist surge peak, with the combined UKIP and Brexit vote only showing a modest (12%) increase on 2017.

Vote Share (based on turnout)
The first thing we see is that Boris Johnson’s vote share was virtually identical to what John Major achieved in 1992 (he’s actually 0.01% short). Of course, it is bizarre that with just 44% of the votes the Tories end up with 56% of the seats.

Labour’s vote share in 2019 was well below average for the period of 34.6%, and is almost at the same level John Major reached when defeated by Tony Blair in 1997. What is different in 2019, however, is that the Lib-Dems are substantially weakened and the SNP are now the largest party in Scotland.   Nonetheless, despite the dramatic fall since 2017, Jeremy Corbyn stands down as Labour leader with a better vote share than he inherited from Ed Miliband.

VS Plot


Vote Share (based on total electorate)
Here we see the impact of turnout. Whilst Boris Johnson had a similar vote share and total vote to John Major’s 1992 result, we see that where the whole electorate is concerned his vote share is far worse. Conversely, Jeremy Corbyn’s 2019 defeat had a vote share only very slight lower than that which took Tony Blair to victory in 2005.

Elect Plot

A lot changed between 2005 and 2019, but the problem Labour faces is turnout. The Tories know that higher turnout favours them, whereas Labour’s record is far more mixed.


The Tories tend to benefit far more than Labour from a higher turnout (steeper blue line). The 2019 General Election had the lowest turnout to deliver them victory over the 1970-2019 period.

No matter how you look at it, the 2019 election was a bad result for Labour. Despite a fairly average turnout, the Tories were returned to government with a substantial majority.  Labour’s performance was below average for the 1997-2019 period and a substantial decline on 2017, but across the board was an improvement on 2010 and 2015.

Edinburgh Secure Cycle Parking – Briefing Note


Below is a briefing from the Council on the introduction of secure cycle storage. 


1.1 The issue of residential bike parking is a particularly significant problem for Edinburgh, where here is a high proportion of tenemental properties which have limited space available for bike parking.

1.2 A scheme to provide secure cycle parking units to alleviate this issue has been introduced in the city.

1.3 This note provides the information requested by Committee on the details of the scheme, including finances.


2.1 On 21 February 2012, the Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee approved a pilot project to trial the installation of covered, on-street, and secure cycle parking for use by residents. The trial scheme started in August 2014 on Lonsdale Terrace, Warrender Park Terrace, South Oxford Street and Douglas Crescent.

2.2 The trial aimed to alleviate the problem of cycle storage within tenements and to make cycling an easier option for leisure or the daily commute. The trial units have been fully utilised since installation and there are significant waiting lists at each site.

2.3 On the back of this success a report on the outcomes of the trial was considered by the Transport and Environment Committee on 1 November 2016 and approval was given to roll out the scheme.

2.4 On 4 October 2018 the Committee approved an increase to the previously approved roll out, along with recommended changes to the contract for installation, management and maintenance of the units.


Main Points
3.1 The contract for the roll-out of the secure cycle parking units has been awarded to Cyclehoop Ltd for a five year period (with the option of a further year’s extension). The value of the contract is £576,000.00.

The contract is for the supply and installation of 180 units within the first two years of the contract, with each unit capable of storing six bikes. They will also be responsible for the management and maintenance of the units for the period of the contract.

3.3 Users will pay a monthly charge of £5 to use this service, in addition to an initial deposit. From this, the supplier will set aside £1 per month for each filled space which, based on 80% occupancy of 180 units, would create an annual income of £10,368.00 for the Council. This income will be ring-fenced to assist with the cost of any major repairs not allowed for within the contract and/or potential future expansion of the scheme.

3.4 A desktop review and site visits has now been undertaken for all locations suggested by residents. The sites where it is proposed to proceed with installations have been identified and consultations have now concluded.

3.5 For each location, letters were sent to all businesses/residents likely to be impacted directly, up to a maximum distance of 50m, and to ward Councillors and the Community Council. All feedback received will be carefully considered and action will be taken where it is possible to mitigate any issues raised. If there is a significant level of opposition, a decision on the continued progression of a site will be made in consultation with the Convener and Vice Convener of Transport and Environment. Successful sites will then be progressed to installation or commencement of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process, as appropriate.

3.6 Work has been underway to ensure co-ordination of this project with other parking changes including Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) extensions and the ongoing review of on-street bin locations. Following this, it is proposed to advertise the TRO for around 60 streets in early January 2020, leaving around 17 locations to run concurrently with the CPZ extension phases 1 and 2 TRO in March 2020. This will avoid any duplication of TRO processes and minimise delays to all initiatives.

Speed Survey Data for the Edinburgh 20 mph Scheme.


Below is an update on the data the Council holds in relation to the 20 mph scheme – including a number of streets in my Ward. Keep in mind these are the average speeds, so some vehicles will be going faster. 


Speed surveys were undertaken by the 20mph team, both before and after the implementation of new 20mph speed limits, at 82 locations (66 new 20mph streets and 16 streets where a 30mph speed limit had been retained) as part of the pre-planned monitoring programme (the summary of these is not included in the attachment). 

In addition, two further batches of monitoring surveys have been undertaken by the road safety team following the implementation of the citywide 20mph roll out. These covered 198 more locations, where concerns about perceived non-compliance with the 20mph limits had been raised by members of the public, elected members and council officers. We also have a third batch under preparation, currently consisting of 67 locations, where surveys will be undertaken in spring 2020.

The locations and results of the surveys undertaken in Batches 1 and 2 can be found below. The Batch 3 table lists lists the 67 locations to be included in Batch 3. Each traffic survey recorded all vehicle movements, 24 hours a day, over a 7 day period and therefore the full results for each survey include recorded speeds for thousands of individual vehicles. The resultant size of the data files mean that it is not practical to circulate the full results of each survey nor to publish this information on the Council’s website. We have therefore provided the average free-flow speeds and traffic volumes recorded at each location. 

The Committee report can be viewed here.  Following the Committee, it became apparent that, due to an administrative error, the appendix did not contain an exhaustive list of all streets about which concerns had been raised. This has now been rectified, and all streets that have been brought to our attention, from 2016 onwards, should now be included within the 3 batches listed.  

On streets where an average speed of above 24mph has been recorded, the Council’s Road Safety team will carry out an investigation to determine what additional measures are required to support the reduced speed limit.

 Please note that the traffic surveys listed in the attached are those that have been specifically carried out by the road safety team following the 20mph roll out, at locations where compliance concerns have been raised. If you request a traffic survey, you may be advised that one has already been undertaken recently for another purpose and, in this case, we will share the results of that survey with you. To ensure the best use of our resources, unless there has been a significant infrastructural or environmental change, we will not re-survey a location if it has been surveyed within the last 3 years.

Monitoring Surveys – Batch 1 (March – April 2019)

Abbey Mount north of Abbeyhill 24.4 4152
Abbeyhill between Abbey Lane & Croft An Righ 19.7 2970
Abercromby Place between Nelson Street & Dublin Street 24.3 3128
Baird Road north of Main Street 18.4 2176
Balcarres Street between Balcarres Court & Bruce Street 25.2 2715
Barntongate Avenue between Bartongate Drive & Bartongate Terrace 23.1 1011
Beaufort Road between Palmerston Road & Chalmers Crescent 25.8 3840
Belford Gardens between Orchard Road South & Queensferry Terrace 22.1 183
Bernard Street between the Shore & Seaport Street 20.1 2779
Blackford Avenue between South Oswald Road & Mortonhall Road 25.1 3310
Blackford Road between Whitehouse Loan & Kilgraston Road 22.6 705
Blinkbonny Road between Blinkbonny Avenue & Orchard Road South 17 162
Bowes Place west of Milligan Drive 16.7 244
Braid Avenue between Cluny Drive & Corrennie Drive 19.8 445
Braid Farm Road between Braid Hills Avenue & Braid Hills Road 23.2 461
Braid Hills Road between Braid Road & Braid Mount 26 3277
Braid Mount between Bramdean Rise & Braids Hill Approach 20.6 356
Braid Road (north) between Riselaw Road & Riselaw Crecent 26.3 3537
Braid Road (south) between Cominston Place & Comiston Terrace 23.1 2628
Braidburn Terrace between Greenbank Terrace & Greenbank Place 18.9 1768
Brighouse Park Road between Brighouse Park Gait & Brighouse Park Crescent 23.2 642
Broomhall Road between Broomhall Place & Broomhall Crescent 18.8 815
Broughton Place between Hare Street & Broughton Street 11.7 1079
Broughton Street between Albany Street Lane & Albany Street 21.5 4243
Bruntsfield Place between Leamington Terrace & Whitehouse Loan 22.2 4261
Buckstone Crescent between Buckstone Hill & Buckstone Bank 19.2 962
Canaan Lane east of Woodburn Terrace 19 1730
Claremont Park between Claremont Road & Pirniefield Place 27.5 3666
Clark Road between Denham Green Terrace & Denham Green Avenue 22.1 1608
Clinton Road between Pitsligo Road & Woodcroft Road 20.2 477
Coburg Street between East Cromwell Street & Dock Street 22.2 2992
Coillesdene Avenue between Milton Terrace & Eastfield Gardens 18.4 264
Comely Bank Road between Learmonth Avenue & Learmonth Grove 23.8 4123
Comiston Springs Avenue between Pentland Gardens & Comiston Road 20.4 917
Craigcrook Road (east) between Jeffrey Avenue & Keith Terrace 20.7 1294
Craigcrook Road (west) between Loch Road & Hillpark Green 26.7 2579
Craigentinny Road between Restalrig Drive & Loaning Road 26.5 3873
Craiglea Drive Near #29 16.5 752
Craigmillar Castle Avenue between Craigmillar Castle Loan & Greendykes Road 15.9 763
Craigs Crescent between Craigs Gardens & Craigs Loan 19.9 156
Craigs Gardens between Craigs Bank & Craigs Avenue 23.2 1699
Craigs Road between School Access & North Gyle Road 24.9 2233
Dean Park Crescent between Comely Bank Avenue & Ann Street 19.3 2757
Drumsheugh Gardens between Walker Street & Rothesay Terrace 23.9 4079
Dudely Avenue between Dudley Gardens & Ferry Road 16.4 583
Durham Drive between Durham Gardens South & Durham Road 18.8 432
East Fettes Avenue between Rocheid Park & Inverleith Place 27.6 4202
East Hermitage Place between Somerset Place & Fingzies Place 24.8 4053
East London Street between Cochran Terrace & Gayfield Square 16.4 3664
Elgin Street between East Montgomery Place & Elgin Terrace 16.3 276
Eyre Place between Eyre Crescent East & Eyre Crescent West 19.1 2689
Falcon Gardens between Newbattle Terrace & Falcon Avenue 15.4 1551
Fettes Avenue between Carrington Road & B900 24.1 2068
Fillyside Road between Lochend Golf Club & Nantwich Drive 26.4 2179
Forrester Park Avenue between Forrester Park Gardens & Forrester Park Grove 22.5 608
Gilmore Place between Viewforth & Leamington Road 22.2 3280
Glencairn Crescent between Eglington Crescent & Palmerston Place 22.3 1479
Glendinning Road between Glendinning Drive & Glendinning Place 16.5 262
Glenogle Road between Bell Place & Rintoul Place 20.1 997
Glenvarloch Crescent between Ringwood Place & Ivanhoe Crescent 16.2 264
Goff Avenue between Inchview Terrace & Bryce Avenue 21 127
Great Junction Street between Bonnington Road & Junction Place 21 3672
Greenbank Road between Greenbank Grove & Greenbank Park 23.4 1319
Greenhill Place between St Margaret’s Road & Strathearn Place 15.8 367
Gyle Park Gardens south of Glasgow Road 18.9 502
Gylemuir Road between Retail Park Access & Lamont Place 22.1 891
Harrison Road between West Bryson Road & Polwarth Terrace 20.4 3128
Hermiston between Hermiston Steading & Gogar Station Road 15.5 341
Hermitage Drive between Hermitage Gardens & Corrennie Gardens 25.7 3516
Inverleith Place between Arboretum Place & Inverleith Avenue S 26.8 2896
Inverleith Row between Eildon Terrace and Eildon Street 24.9 3643
Joppa Road between Brunstane Road & Molton Street 26.2 4041
Kilgraston Road between Hope Terrace & Blackford Road 25 3762
Kings Haugh at JC Joinery 21.7 1142
King’s Road between Portobello High Street & King’s Place 16.6 765
Kingsknowe Drive between Kingsknowe Avenue and Kingsknowe Gardens 22.9 709
Kirkhill Drive between Kirkhill Terrace & Kirkhill Gardens 17.9 265
Ladywell Road between Dunsmuir Court and Ladywell Court 24.5 3569
Lansdowne Crescent between Grosvenor Street & Palmerston Place 16.7 1599
Lauder Road between Beaufort Road & Dick Place 22.2 1406
Lauriston Place between Keir Street & Heriot Place 22.8 4081
Leith Walk between Springfield Street & St Clair Road 17.9 4808
Lennel Avenue between Ravelston Dykes and Campbell Avenue 24.3 1021
Lilyhill Terrace between Queens Park Court & Willowbrae Avenue 18 794
London Street between Drummond Place & Mansfield Place 21.7 3900
Magdala Crescent between Eglington Crescent & Haymarket Terrace 23.9 2924
Magdalene Avenue between Magdalene Place & Magdalene Drive 19 830
Marchmont Road between Marchmont Crescent & Warrender Park Road 24.2 3511
Marionville Avenue between Marionville Park & Marionville Crescent 29.3 3947
Marionville Road between Moray Park Terrace & Dalgety Avenue 23.9 2915
Mayfield Road between Rankin Road & Wilton Road 26.1 3250
McDonald Place between Bellevue Road & McDonald Street 17.1 368
McDonald Road between Dryden Terrace & Hopetoun Crescent 20.9 3086
Melville Street between Walker Street & Strafford Street 19.5 1583
Midmar Drive between Hermitage Drive & Cluny Drive 27.7 2587
Milligan Drive between Little France Drive & The Wisp 25.2 2059
Morningside Grove between Morningside Drive & Craiglea Place 21.5 3104
Murrayfield Road between Kinellan Gardens & Campbell Avenue 26.4 4158
Newhaven Place between Goosandert Place & Goosander Street 20.8 2911
Newmills Road between Willow Tree Place & A70 20.7 1511
North Junction Street between Admiralty Street& Ferry Road 21.9 3958
Northfield Broadway between Mountcastle Green & Furcheons Park 26.3 4343
Northumberland Street between Dundas Street & Northumberland St NE Lane 19.4 1848
Orchard Drive between Orchard Crescent & Orchard Terrace 20.5 836
Orchard Road between Orchard Place & Orchard Brae 26.1 3136
Palmerston Place between Chester Street & Grosvenor Crescent 23.2 3794
Parkgrove Street between Parkgrove Place & Clermiston Avenue 16.4 857
Parkhead Drive between Parkhead Gardens & Parkhead Grove 17.6 2372
Pentland View between Pentland Drive & Colmestone Gate 19.7 629
Portobello High Street between Figgate Street & Beach Lane 20.6 3615
Potterow between Crichton Street & Bristo Square 20.8 3589
Prestonfield Avenue between Prestonfield Gardens and Prestonfield Road 21.3 1504
Priestfield Road between Priestfield Crescent(S) & Priestfield Crescent(N) 20.2 589
Primrose Bank Road between Netherby Road & Stirling Road 18.4 1470
Queen Street between Frederick Street & Hanover Street 24.1 3385
Raeburn Place between Raeburn Street & Dean Street 20.1 3483
Ratcliffe Terrace between Grange Loan & Fountainhall Road 22.5 3972
Regent Terrace Near #25 16.3 179
Relugas Road between South Lauder Road & Findhorn Place 15 701
Restalrig Avenue between Loganlea Drive & Loganlea Avenue 29.3 2855
Rosshill Terrace between Burdock Road & Forth Terrace 20 2914
Rothesay Place between Manor Place & Rothesay Terrace(E) 22.6 1572
Royal Terrace between Blenheim Place & Carlton Terrace Lane 23.6 1333
Saughton Crescent between Saughton Loan and Saughton Grove 19.3 741
Saughtonhall Drive between Saughtonhall Ave West & Saughton Crescent 26.4 3793
Sciennes Road between Livingstone Place & Sylvan Place 18.1 1743
Scotland Street between Royal Crescent & West Scotland Street Lane 16.1 320
Silverknowes Eastway between Silverknowes Grove & Silverknowes Gardens 19.7 523
Silverknowes Road between Silverknowes Crescent & Silverknowes Parkway 23.1 1577
Sleigh Drive between Lochend Square & Restalrig Rd South 27.1 3148
Society Road between Cluffat Brae & Forth Place 22.6 801
South Learmonth Gardens between South Learmonth Avenue & Learmonth View 16.7 146
South Oswald Road between Oswald Court & Blackford Avenue 19.8 445
Spylaw Road between Gray’s Loan & Gillsland Road 23.6 1821
Stanley Road between Park Road & South Park 23.5 2379
Stenhouse Avenue West between Stenhouse Drive & Whitson Road 17.1 304
Stevenson Drive (20s section) between Stenhouse Gardens & Stenhouse Place West 24.5 3429
Strachan Road Near to #39 26 2690
The Causeway, Duddingston between The Pend and Duddingston Road West 16.2 384
Tipperlin Road between Stable Lane & Morningside Place 18.5 2448
Turnhouse Road north of West Craigs Crescent 28.2 2481
Wakefield Avenue between Bryce Avenue & Inchview Terrace 26.5 3350
Warriston Road east of Logie Green Road 16.4 1371
Waterloo Place between Leith Street & Calton Road 16.6 2410
Westburn Avenue west of Westburn Middlefield 28.9 1924
Western Harbour Drive between Western Harbour Way & Western Harbour Terrace 21.8 1609
Whitehouse Loan between St Margaret’s Road & Strathearn Place 22.7 2530
Whitehouse Road between Fair-A-Far & Cramond Avenue 24.5 2087
Woodburn Terrace between Canaan Lane & Nile Grove 17.7 1856
Woodside  Terrace between Morton Street & Coillesdene Drive 17.4 260


Monitoring Surveys – Batch 2 (October – November 2019)

Albion Road between Harrismith Place and Albion Place 22 3283
Bingham Avenue east of Duddingston Row 20.7 974
Bonnybridge Drive west of Jardine Place 16.9 473
Broughton Road near to number 133 24.1 4139
Buccleuch Street south of Meadow Lane 22.4 4128
Burdock Road south of Station View 19.3 674
Chester Street near to number 15 24.6 4376
Clippens Drive between Durie Loan accesses 20.8 663
Corstorphine High Street near to number 30 23.1 3911
Craigmillar Castle Avenue east of Craigmillar Castle Loan 13.6 598
Dalry Road outside Thai@Haymarket 21.8 4322
Drum Brae Drive east of Clermiston Gardens 26.7 3543
Findhorn Place south of Grange Road 22.5 792
Findlay Gardens near to number 39 23.1 821
Frogston Terrace near to number 24 19 272
Gordon Road near to number 31 25.2 834
Hewlett Way between Sandercombe Drive & Borrowman Square 14.1 370
Kingsknowe Road North north of Peatville Terrace 24 1497
Lower Granton Road – 1 near to number 138 25 3630
Lower Granton Road – 2 adjacent to St Columba’s 26.2 3572
Main Street (Dalmeny) west of Bankhead Road 16.4 1068
Main Street (Davidson’s Mains) near to number 139 26.7 3961
Manor Place near to number 23 20.3 2282
Montpelier Park adjacent to the church 13.3 1669
Morningside Place near to number 11 19.2 1322
Mountcastle Road South near to number 37 25.8 2642
Mountcastle Terrace near to number 46 15.5 204
Muir Wood Road near to number 71 17.6 994
Northfield Broadway south of Mountcastle Green 26.1 4318
Observatory Road near to number 4 18.4 631
Old Liston Road north of Bridge Street 19.4 2634
Packard Street between Carrie Grove & Killiecrankie Path 16.4 810
Parkgrove Terrace near to number 51 17.4 295
Peffer Place east of Duddingston Road West 19.6 1065
Queensferry Road, Kirkliston north of Newmains Road 22.9 3309
Ravelston Park near to number 8 20.6 467
Riccarton Mains Road between Bryce Road and Easter Currie Crescent 20 2709
Robertson Avenue near to number 10 24.5 2453
Sandercombe Drive between Hewlett Way & Packard Street 15.6 599
Shore Road at number 15 18.1 1547
St Patrick Street south of West Crosscauseway 18.7 4021
Station Road, Ratho Station between Hillwood Road and Queen Anne Drive 16 2481
Swanston Grove near to number 14 16.2 100
The Gallolee 18.2 246
Turnhouse Farm Road north of Turnhouse Road 28.3 222
Walker Street near to number 14 17.7 1338
Whale Brae (Newhaven Road) near to number 252 15.6 1495
Wilkieston Road between Old Quarry Rd & Craigpark Ave 27.4 2919


Monitoring Surveys – Batch 3 (Spring 2020)

Albion Place TBC TBC TBC
Annfield TBC TBC TBC
Argyle Crescent TBC TBC TBC
Baberton Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Baltic Street TBC TBC TBC
Bangor Road TBC TBC TBC
Bingham Broadway TBC TBC TBC
Blackbarony Road TBC TBC TBC
Bonnyhaugh TBC TBC TBC
Brighton Place TBC TBC TBC
Brights Crescent TBC TBC TBC
Broomhouse Terrace TBC TBC TBC
Calder Drive TBC TBC TBC
Cammo Gardens TBC TBC TBC
Castle Terrace TBC TBC TBC
Causewayside TBC TBC TBC
Chesser Crescent TBC TBC TBC
Christiemiller Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Cleikiminfield TBC TBC TBC
Coillesdene Crescent TBC TBC TBC
Corbiehill Road TBC TBC TBC
Corstorphine Bank Drive TBC TBC TBC
Craigmount Avenue North TBC TBC TBC
Duddingston View TBC TBC TBC
Dunsmuir Court TBC TBC TBC
Ellersly Road TBC TBC TBC
Ferry Road Drive TBC TBC TBC
Freelands Road TBC TBC TBC
Frogston Gardens TBC TBC TBC
Granton Park Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Great King Street TBC TBC TBC
Groathill Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Groathill Road North TBC TBC TBC
Hallhead Road TBC TBC TBC
Hawthornvale TBC TBC TBC
High Street, Kirkliston TBC TBC TBC
Hillpark Brae TBC TBC TBC
Holyrood Road TBC TBC TBC
Kingsknowe Road South TBC TBC TBC
Kirkliston Road TBC TBC TBC
Main Street, Balerno TBC TBC TBC
Mounthooly Loan TBC TBC TBC
North Werber Park TBC TBC TBC
Oxgangs Farm Grove TBC TBC TBC
Peacocktail Close TBC TBC TBC
Prestonfield Terrace TBC TBC TBC
Ravelrig Road TBC TBC TBC
Redford Drive TBC TBC TBC
Restalrig Road South TBC TBC TBC
Riccarton Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Seafield Street TBC TBC TBC
Spylaw Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Starbank Road TBC TBC TBC
Swanston Drive TBC TBC TBC
Swanston Park TBC TBC TBC
Swanston Road TBC TBC TBC
Sydney Terrace TBC TBC TBC
Templeland Road TBC TBC TBC
Thistle Street TBC TBC TBC
Vandeleur Avenue TBC TBC TBC
Waterfront Gait TBC TBC TBC
Wauchope Crescent TBC TBC TBC
West Silvermills Lane TBC TBC TBC
Woodhall Road TBC TBC TBC








Briefing – Free concessionary tram travel in Edinburgh.


Below is a briefing from Council Officers following reports that free concessionary tram travel may end in Edinburgh. The aim of the proposal appears to have been to transfer responsibility for paying for free travel to Transport for Edinburgh (the parent company of Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams) – the paper was told: “It is proposed the council cease funding this. It would then be up to Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams / Transport for Edinburgh or potentially the Scottish Government to fund concessionary fares”. This immediately raises questions about Transport for Edinburgh’s willingness to fund free travel, and where the money would be found. The reality is that the Council should be challenging the Scottish Government to cover the costs.


Thank you very much for your comments on concessionary travel tram fares. There has been a lot of recent focus on this, partly as a result of some inaccurate reporting.

The council recognises that public transport services are integral to people accessing all areas of the city, inclusivity and accessibility are important principles that overarch council policies.  Each year, as part of our detailed budget discussions, the administration receives proposals and ideas from officers, which are then carefully considered before any decision is made as part of preparing a balanced budget.

Council officers regularly bring forward proposals for Elected Member consideration.  A recent proposal from officers, which was inappropriately forwarded onto the media, has resulted in media comment that we are actively considering cutting the concessionary trams fares, currently paid for by the Council. This financial responsibility for tram concessionary fares is in contrast to the bus concessionary fares which are paid for by the Scottish Government on a national basis. And other local authorities do not offer this on other forms of public transport e.g. there are no concessionary fares paid by Glasgow City Council for the comparable Glasgow underground or the suburban rail network around Glasgow.

If this proposal from council officers was implemented it would simply represent a change in which organisation would pay for the scheme overall, not a withdrawal of the concessionary fares for Edinburgh residents (who are the only beneficiaries).

During the budget preparation period, there are lots of officer recommendations put forward but I can assure you that nothing has been decided on yet. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation around in this period and it can lead to upset and concern among residents who may be affected.

I hope I have reassured you that, in contrast with some conversation around this topic, there are no plans to prevent people from travelling on the trams under this scheme.

Edinburgh’s 2019 Festive Waste & Christmas Tree Collection Briefing


Below is a briefing from the Council on festive waste collection, Christmas tree uplift, special uplifts and recycling centre opening times.  Well done to all the staff keeping this service running over the festive period. 

Bin collection arrangements have been confirmed for the festive period as follows:

  1. There will be no collections on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, instead residents due a collection on those dates should put their bins out on the dates shown in the table below.
  2. There will be extended collection days for residents due to have kerbside collections on 26 December 2019 and 2 January 2020.
  3. There will be no garden waste collections between 16 December 2019 and 13 January 2020.
  4. All other collections will run as normal.
  5. We’ll accept small amounts of extra waste that can’t fit in bins, but it must be placed neatly beside the bin.

Changes to kerbside collections and when residents should put their bins out are outlined in the table below.

Bin tables

Christmas tree recycling

  1. Residents don’t need a garden waste permit to have their tree recycled.
  2. Trees can be taken to any of our three recycling centres.
  3. We’ll also be collecting trees on designated dates for each street. Residents should look up their street on our festive dates web page later in December to find out which day we’re collecting in their street and what they need to do.
  4. Christmas trees will be collected in streets that have no garden waste collections between 7 and 10 January 2020. Trees should be put out on the
    pavement without blocking access, with their bases removed, for collection by
    6am on 7 January and we will collect them by 10 January 2020.
  5. Christmas trees will be collected in streets that have a garden waste collection
    between 13 and 31 January 2020. Trees should be cut up, base removed, and
    put in the brown bin for collection by 6am on the street’s designated collection


Household waste recycling centres
There are changes to opening hours at recycling centres over the festive period.
Residents are advised to check the opening hours on our website before they travel
to a centre. In the event of severe weather we may need to close the centres at short
notice – this will be communicated via our corporate social media channel.

Bin table2

Special uplifts
There will be no special uplifts from Monday 23 December 2019 to Friday 3 January
2020. Normal service will resume on Monday 6 January 2020.

Collection calendars
Bin collection calendars for 2020 will be available on our website at the end of
December. Printed copies will be sent to the home addresses of residents who use
our assisted collections service.

Communications campaign
A multi-channel communications campaign is planned to run during December to:

  1. advise residents about:
    • changes to collections and waste services during the festive period; and
    • how to recycle their Christmas trees.
  2. encourage people to ‘go green’ this Christmas by cutting down on the amount of
    packaging they buy and recycling as much waste as possible.

As part of the campaign a letter will be sent to 75,000 residents (on 13 December
2019) who are due a kerbside collection on Christmas Day/New Year’s Day and
Boxing Day/2 January 2020. At the same time letters will also be sent to residents on
our assisted collection service alongside a copy of their 2020 bin calendar.
Any service delays during the festive period will be communicated via Twitter and
our website (@edinhelp and @Edinburgh_CC).

Parking around Pentland Primary School – A note from parents


Below is a briefing from Pentland Primary School Parent Council (PPC) about parking around the school. 


We want ALL our children to be safe going to school.
It has been brought to the attention of the school and PPC that people (Both Parents/Carers and residents) are parking in an unsafe and inconsiderate manner at drop off and pick up times of the school day.  This has been happening at all sides of the school and the school is taking phones calls from residents of the area as well as other parents also complaining to the ‘PPC’ and ‘The City of Edinburgh Council’.

While it is understood that some families need to bring the cars to school for onward journeys after dropping off or for the distance they have to travel within the catchment area, we (as parents) need to take responsibility for keeping all the children safe at such a busy time of the day.  

The following covers each side of the school individually.  Complaints have been made from various sources at all sides of the school area.

It should be noted that the school cannot take responsibility for this situation as it is not on the premises (apart from those who use the car park) and as such anything that follows on is in the hands of the City of Edinburgh Council and the police/traffic warden.  Please avoid contacting the school office if you have any issues on this subject as they do not have the time to field phone calls on this.

  1. ·       Don’t park on Single or Double yellow lines
  2. ·       Don’t park on pavements
  3. ·       Don’t park over driveways
  4. ·       Don’t speed

Oxgangs Bank
Recently, the parking warden attended the Broadway shops side of the school and ticketed 3 vehicles in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.  There is signage along the short stretch beside the grass that indicates there is no stopping at certain times of the day.  

parking sign at Broadway shops side

There has also been reports of vehicles parking on the grass on the opposite side of the corner under the tree.  This is NOT a parking area; the residents have complained directly to the school regarding this.

There has been a report made to the PPC of a parent in a heated discussion with a resident on Oxgangs bank going up the hill for parking over the driveway.  Can people please be aware that it is illegal to park a vehicle over a dropped kerb driveway.  The resident can complain to the police and it does carry a fine.  Please park considerately if you do park on this stretch of road.

There has also been a complaint made to the school for people parking in the care home/private resident’s car parking spaces.  These are private spaces not to be used by parents.  It’s the same for the ‘Stevenson Reeves’ building, these are private property for the business.

Can everyone please be considerate when parking in the area.  We can park in the spaces beside the Broadway shops, behind the Broadway shops and in the ALDI car park.  If you are parking close to the school, please do so safely and do not block footpaths or driveways.  Parents have been saying that they feel unsafe at time when walking the children to school as they cannot see cars moving around and they are having to cross the road through tight gaps between the parked cars.  Oxgangs view now has double yellow lines on one side, please do not park on these.

It has also been spotted that certain vehicles are speeding on this stretch of road with no regard appearing to be made to the children or the speed bumps.  Can we please watch our speed in the area for the safety of the children who have to cross the road.

In the image below (Broadway side), the highlighted areas show where we should and should not be parking.  The Yellow boxes are to highlight areas where there are restrictions but do have safe areas to park.

Broadway side 4

Nursery Side
The image below shows area where it safe to park, as long as it is carried out in a considerate way to the residents and other parents.  


Sadly, there has been a report of someone parking here and having their car scraped by another who left the area without passing on insurance details.  

Please, again, be considerate of everyone else.

Nursery side (1)

Oxgangs Green
On this side of the school, the residents of the area have been complaining about vehicles being parked up on the pavements narrowing the road into the school car park and making it dangerous for pedestrians, blocking driveways (which, as mentioned before is illegal) and coming into the school car park itself to drop children off.  

This is an access road into the school that is required by staff to enter the premises, and also if the emergency services required to attend at that side of the school.  This area should NOT be blocked or used by parents for parking at any time due to those reasons.  It is wholly inconsiderate to everyone to do so in the areas in the red boxes in the image below.  

Oxgangs Green side

In the green area, please park considerately for the neighbours and safely for the children.

If you have any further issue with this subject could you please contact the PPC at the email address or our Edinburgh Council representative Councillor Scott Arthur at and if you wish to further discuss in the long term then please come along to the next PPC meeting and solutions and the way forward can be set out.