Friday, 8 December 2017

Prestonfield Christmas Lights this evening

The Prestonfield switch on of Christmas lights is tonight at 5:30pm.

The place is Prestonfield Avenue at Prestonfield Terrace (War Memorial).

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Causey Traffic Regulation Order to go out for consultation

I noted earlier this month that the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for the Causey Project was before the Transport and Environment Committee today. 

I have had emails from constituents about this over the last few days and I note that the TRO has been approved this morning for public consultation.  In other words the TRO will be published shortly and comments invited.  The process is that the comments will be considered and the Council will either accept recommendations to change it or give reasons for not accepting proposals for change.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Local student discovers almost 100 volcanoes

Local Edinburgh University Student Max van Wyk de Vries is currently in third year.  It was not long after he arrived at Edinburgh that his fascination with volcanoes led him to identify signs of volcanoes under the Antarctica ice sheet.

He grew up in France surrounded by them and developed a fascination for them leading him to recognising some features in the vast ranges of Antarctica.

The remarkable story is told here and you can find the resultant peer reviewed paper here.

Max is a local resident for the duration of his course.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas tree lights switch on and carols this evening

The St Patrick Square Christmas lights get switched on this evening at 6pm accompanied by some carols led by the Preston Street Primary School Choir and the Edinburgh University Music Society Brass Band and Choir.

 All welcome and then there will be refreshments served in the Southside Community Centre in Nicolson Street.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Sciennes hospital site - plans available here

The first iteration of the plans for the site of the current Sick Kids Hospital are now available online.

You can find them here.  Feedback on these initial plans can be made until 12th December.  See the link to the website.

Once feedback to the initial plans has been assessed there will be two further consultation exhibitions.  See here for the details.

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Causey Project - latest update

A report is due at the Transport and Environment Committee next Thursday on the process and proposals for reworking and rejuvenating West Crosscauseway.

You can find the report here.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

More on that weedkiller update

I know many readers have been particularly interested in my posts about the use, or in Edinburgh's case the non use, of weedkiller on the streets  Posts here and here and, earlier today, here.

Now, here is a comment on the situation from prominent environmental campaigner Mark Lynas.  Mark has had a bit of a conversion experience on some Green issues, for example he now apologises for destroying GM crops and his longstanding opposition to them.

He is appalled by the mob rule of the activists who very nearly won the weedkiller battle as they engineered a witch hunt against the company which makes glysophate, the weedkiller in question.  If you are interested in the issue of weeds on our streets or the evidence in the policy debate his comment article (link again here) is a must read.  I think it will shock you at how public policy has been subverted by the pseudo science of Green pressure groups.

And here in Edinburgh, swept along by the witch hunt of an international pressure group, the Council have all but banned the weedkiller and are looking for alternatives which will be more expensive.  That will have contributed to a bad year for weeds on the streets of Edinburgh.

Amended 1630 291117 to correct link to comment by Mark Lynas.

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