The developers for the proposed Broomhills site have confirmed to me that they intend to hold a further consultation event ‘mid May’.

An exact date is to be confirmed however I will post a further update when this becomes available.

Former Alnwickhill Water Works – Planning Application submitted

CALA David Wilson Homes have now submitted the Planning Application proper for the proposed development of 297 residential dwellings, including associated accesses, roads and landscaping at the above site.

Further information can be found by entering application number 14/00577/AMC here:

Loanhead to Gilmerton Cycle Route

The City of Edinburgh Council, in partnership with Sustrans, is developing a scheme to enhance cycling and walking provision between Edinburgh and Midlothian. This scheme supports walking and cycling policies detailed in the Council’s Local Transport Strategy and Active Travel Action Plan.

This scheme includes:

·        the creation of a new cycle path along the disused railway line between Lasswade Road and the tunnel beneath the City Bypass. This will connect to an existing cycle path in Midlothian which offers off-road access to Loanhead and Roslin.
·        the refurbishment of the existing bridge over Lasswade Road to enable pedestrian and cycle access, and construction of a ramp to provide a link between the raised embankment and Lasswade Road.
·        on-road improvements between Gilmerton Dykes Road and Moredun Dykes Road, including an upgrade of the existing pedestrian crossing on Gilmerton Dykes Street, so that it can be used by both pedestrians and cyclists.

It is currently anticipated that work on this scheme will commence on site on Monday 28th April 2014, and will last for approximately eight weeks. For safety reasons, access to the path is likely to be restricted while the work is carried out, however we will seek to minimise this disruption where possible.

To facilitate the works, the following is required:

Lasswade Road, between Gilmerton Station Road and City Bypass

Weekend road closures between Saturday 3rd May 2014 and Sunday 22nd June 2014

During the road closure, a temporary diversion route will be in place via Gilmerton Station Road, Gilmerton Road and Melville Dykes Road. A plan of this diversion route is attached.

Designs are currently being developed for a shared use foot/cycleway on Lasswade Road between Gilmerton Station Road and Gilmerton Dykes Road, and it is expected that this will be delivered later this year.

Calendars for the Red and Blue Box Collections

A directory is now online which lets you know when your red and blue recycling boxes are due to be collected for this year. It can be accessed here:

With more people of all ages using the internet, the Council is aiming to make the website the primary means of accessing the calendar. However, if you would still like a paper copy you can telephone 529 3030 to request one.

Incident at Liberton High School

Following a tragic incident involving the collapse of an internal wall at Liberton High School this morning, a pupil has died.

Commenting on the tragedy, Conservative Councillor for Liberton/Gilmerton Ward, Nick Cook said:

“This is tragic and troubling news out of Liberton High School this morning.

My thoughts are first and foremost with the pupil’s family and the school community.

However, questions must be asked and the cause of this incident fully investigated.”