The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Budget to Parliament last week.

You can find out what the 2014 Budget means for you and your family by visiting http://www.my2014budget.co.uk

Amongst the measures announced to help people right across Liberton & Gilmerton include:

A further rise of the tax free personal allowance to £10,500 from 2015.

The continual increase of the personal tax allowance by the UK Government is already putting real money back into the pockets of working people and has removed three million of the lowest paid workers out of tax all together.

A further freeze on Fuel Duty, helping hardworking families fill up their tank for less. Fuel is now around 20p per litre cheaper than it would have been under a Labour government.

A new ISA savings limit of £15,000

A cut in the price of your next pint at the pub!

Proposed Burdiehouse development – rescheduled consultation event

The proposed public event previously scheduled for the 25th March 2014 between 10am and 7pm at the Gilmerton Society Hall has now been re-scheduled to take place on the 22nd April at the same time and venue.

Furthermore, the PAN Notice will be reissued shortly to include the following updated information:

· A general description of the proposed development;

· The address of the site;

· A plan showing an outline of the site;

· Details of how the prospective applicant can be contacted; and

· The proposed consultation strategy and approach.

Culvert Repair on Liberton Brae

I have been advised that repairs will be carried out to a damaged culvert on the
Liberton Burn, in the next two weeks (commencing w/c 17 March 2014).

This work will involve re-lining the inside face of an existing fireclay pipe which runs
under property no’s 22 and 24 on Liberton Brae and is partially collapsed. Re-lining the
pipe allows repair with a minimum of disruption. It is carried out between two existing
manholes and no excavation works are anticipated.

As the downstream manhole is within the bus lane, works here will take place during
off-peak hours. The adjacent bus stop on Liberton Brae will be temporarily unavailable
for the duration of the works.

Operation Toxicara

I have been notified of the exisitence of the above operation from Council Environmental Wardens, aimed at tackling Dog Fouling in Ward 16.

Information and action dates for this month are as follows:

“Dog fouling in the South area of Edinburgh is a very popular complaint from the residents and visitors especially those who live and visit ward 16. The amount of areas in Ward 16 that are considered hot spots covers nearly the whole ward and despite numerous patrols in these areas the problem remains.

Operation Toxocara will consist of two Environmental Wardens in plain clothes in an unmarked vehicle and under the Regulations of investigatory Powers Scotland Act patrolling an area from 0700 hours to 1100 hours looking for dog walkers, stray dogs or just people taking their dog out for a short walk. When and if they spot a likely suspect they will park up and walk the area looking for any offences committed.”

The patrols areas will be identified as follows :-

Southhouse/ Burdiehouse (17 March 2014)
Captains Road to the Bypass and Lasswade Road to Station Road/Burdiehouse Road.

Gracemount (21 March 2014)
Captains Road to Liberton Road and Lasswade Road to Mortonhall Gate.

Liberton (24 March 2014)
Mount Vernon Road to Liberton Road and Gilmerton Road to Kirk Brae.

Each area will be concentrated for one day ensuring that every opportunity is used to enforce the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 and encourage people to be more responsible dog owners.


A reminder that I have two advice surgeries this coming week. Both are on Tuesday evening:

6.00pm at Liberton Kirk Halls

6.45pm at Gilmerton Community Centre

No appointment necessary.