Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Sensors tune in to sounds of Meadows

Sensors have been placed in the Meadows with a view to picking up ultrasonic and audible noises from wildlife as well as from vehicle traffic and humans.  The sensors are part of a project using innovative sound technology to examine the relationship amongst local populations - human and animal.

You can see more about the project in this page of the University website.

All of which is of particular interest as I note I am chairing an event at the upcoming Science Festival on 3rd April titled 'What The World Can Teach Us' which addresses a very similar topic.  My guest is an engineer from Bristol University who specialises in bio-acoustics, Dr Rob Malkin.  8pm on Tuesday 4th April at Summerhall.  Book here.

All of which is a reminder of the Edinburgh International Science Festival is only a few days away - 31st March to 5th April.  

Monday, 19 March 2018

More resurfacing in Bernard Terrace and Salisbury Place

There is a major resurfacing of the Nicolson Street corridor which I reported here.  It is due to begin on Monday 9th April, weather and backlog permitting.

In advance of this, diversion routes during this work are to have some work done on the surfaces in advance of the Nicolson Street corridor project.  Bernard Terrace and Salisbury Place will be affected from Wednesday 28th March. 

All this means the pain of more congestion and diversions in the short term - but when completed it should make the routes better for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, delivery drivers and cars.

Suspects sought for Deliveroo attack

On Friday (16th March) a group of youths attacked a Deliveroo cyclist in the Meadows robbing him and assaulting him leaving him with head injuries requiring hospital treatment.  The crime took place around 9:30pm on Middle Meadow Walk.

Fuller details here.   Descriptions:

Suspect 1:White male, 14-15, slim build, wearing a green coloured jacket with a hood, with a scarf over his mouth
Suspect 2:  White male, 14-15, medium build, short dark coloured hair, wearing a black jacket.

If you can help police identify the culprits or saw anything in the area, contact the police on 101.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Peffermill Care Home closes

The Parkview Residential Care Home in Peffermill Road is being closed and the plan is for the Council to build 27 low cost homes on the site.  More details when I get them. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

In the office between 11 and 12 this morning

I hope you are all enjoying the snow.

I'll be in the office taking calls today between 11 and 12 this morning if you want to contact me.  I also have an answering machine if the office staff don't make it in.

Here are my contact details.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Resurfacing of main route planned

The resurfacing of the Nicolson Street corridor - from South Bridge right up to Newington Road is scheduled to begin on 9th April.  The work is planned to include
  • Renewing the traffic signal equipment at 3 junctions and 5 pedestrian crossings;
  • A new pedestrian crossing (South College Street – Drummond Street);
  • Minor footway improvements;
  • Completing the public realm/Caithness slabs on South Bridge, south of Drummond Street;
  • Additional cycle parking; &
  • Reduce/upgrade street furniture.
There will be much evening work - into the early hours - and some daytime work,  avoiding the rush hours.  There will be a curfew on noisy work after 11pm, though workmen will be permitted to work into the small hours.  

Please note the start date is the expected start date and is not firmly fixed.

Just keeping you informed.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Former Royal Blind School, Craigmillar Park

The transfer of the Scottish Braille Press from its buildings, situated between the main Blind School building and the South Sub rail line, clears the way for the final stages of  negotiation between Royal Blind and the expected purchaser.

Scottish Braille Press are expected to move to Gorgie around the end of March clearing the way for the new owners to demolish the old Braille Press buildings and rebuild on that site.  However, planning permission is still to be granted for the site.

I think we can anticipate a conversion into flats for the main building by Cala Homes, with ancillary accommodation on the sites of previous buildings, such as the Braille Press building.

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