Festive Web Silence!

My website and Twitter activity will be largely set to ‘Off’ from now until the New Year…barring perhaps the odd tweet here and there!

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year, however you choose to spend them!




Most households in Edinburgh will have their rubbish and recycling collected as normal over the Christmas holidays.

Other than Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, collections will not change for residents across the city.

Rubbish and recycling will not be picked up on Thursday 25th December (Christmas Day) and Thursday 1st January (New Year’s Day) only.

For those who would usually have a collection on these days, it will be rearranged from Thursday 25th December to Saturday the 27th December and from Thursday 1st January to Saturday 3 January.

Normal service will resume on 26th December and 2nd January.

Residents can arrange a special uplift for bulky items online or by phoning 0131 529 3030. Collection of re-usable furniture and white goods can be arranged by contacting the national re-use phone line on 0800 0665 820.

Christmas tree recycling

Those who receive a garden waste service can recycle real Christmas trees after Christmas Day by placing it at the kerbside next to their brown bin by 6am on their garden waste pick up day. Bases should be removed and trees over 6ft tall should be cut it in half.

Residents living in a communal bin area can leave their trees beside their nearest shared bin on one of the dates below. These will be picked up and turned into compost for use in parks and gardens.

City Centre and Leith – Monday 5th, 12th, 19th January
North – Tuesday 6th, 11th, 20th January
East – Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st January
South – Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd January
South West – Friday 9th, 16th, 23rd January
West – Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th January

Christmas trees can also be taken to any of the city’s Community Recycling Centres. These will be open every day except on 25th December, 26th December, 1st January and 2nd January.

Residents are being reminded that a range of materials can be recycled over Christmas, in addition to Christmas trees, including wrapping paper, glass bottles and food waste. Check the Council’s rubbish and recycling pages to find out what goes into which bin.

2015 calendars

There will be no changes to collections in 2015. New bin calendars will be available on the Council’s bin collection day page at the end of December. Copies can also be ordered by contacting the Council on 0131 529 3030 from 15th December.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders

Please be aware of the two TTROs below:

Waiting, Loading and Unloading Restrictions

Where: Lasswade Road Both sides of the carriageway from outside no.21 to no.35

When: Thursday 08 Jan 2015 Thursday 08 Jan 2015

Where: Park Crescent Both sides, from its junction with Lasswade Road for a distance of 25m eastwards

When: Thursday 08 Jan 2015 Thursday 08 Jan 2015

Traffic Regulation Order – TRO/13/56

I have recieved notification on the above Proposed Traffic Order, which runs from 28 November 2014 until 19 December 2014 under reference TRO/13/56.

Gracemount House Drive – Introduce 24 hour waiting restrictions (DYL) and daytime loading prohibition (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm no loading/unloading)

Lasswade Road –Redefine the description for the existing DYLs at its junction with Gracemount House Drive to take account of the new road name for this new development.

You can comment or object to this by writing to: Traffic orders, 249 High Street, Edinburgh,EH1 1YJ or by emailing:  trafficorders@edinburgh.gov.uk