Saturday, 20 January 2018

New book - local author

Southside resident Lisa Sibbald has this month published her first book A-Z of Edinburgh: Places - People - History.  An anthology of descriptions, anecdotes and information about 78 features of Edinburgh, it can be bought from Amberley or  Amazon.  It will shortly be available in Kindle or other e-formats

Lisa's website is here.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Top St Leonard 's St restaurant moves to 4 day week

Aizle Restaurant, owned and run by chef Stuart Ralston, was in the TripAdvisor top 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the UK.  There appears to be a 3 month waiting list for bookings.

And the St Leonard's Street restaurant is moving to a 4 day week.  See here for details.  It is now open Wednesday to Saturday.  Website here.

Aizle?  A glowing hot ember; a burning coal; a spark.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018

The end of 2017 is seems an appropriate time to reflect on 11 years of blogging in which  I jot down in short posts matters which will be of interest to some in the Ward.  This is a niche blog related almost exclusively to events happening in Edinburgh's Southside & Newington ward.  Generally I avoid political or partisan comment - this is a service for all constituents.

I note that over the last 11 years there have been 3,820 posts - just short of an average of one every day.

They provide a searchable record of local events and issues - either use the search box - top left of the blog or above my picture on the right - or just google my name and the subject in which you are interested.

Thank you for those who have given me the opportunity of representing this ward over the last (almost) 11 years.  It is an immense privilege.  It is also a demanding and full time job - it is always difficult to keep up with the emails, committees, events, meetings with constituents.  If I have disappointed you or not lived up to expectations, please accept my apologies.  Thank you to those who have supported me and encouraged me.

My thanks go also to Sarah in the office who has helped handle correspondence and case work (and Irene before her). Often they will answer your calls or emails.  (I don't want you to think I have two secretaries.  In reality, Sarah has six councillors to look after - and Irene has another six.)

Finally, about the ward.

  • Here is a link to the ward map which this blog covers
  • there are over 22,000 registered electors in the ward which means the total resident population will be around 32,000 (including children, non registered people and those not eligible to vote
Happy New Year

Friday, 29 December 2017

Reminder of parking public holidays

There are only four parking holidays in Edinburgh 
  • Christmas day 
  • Boxing day 
  • New Year's day
  • Easter Monday.
The parking holidays take place on these days regardless of any other holidays. You can park free of charge in public parking bays and on single yellow lines on these dates. Please note that parking holidays do not carry over to the next working day.
Bus lanes do not have parking holidays and will be enforced as usual.


New Year's day, Monday 1 January
Easter Monday 2 April
Christmas day, Tuesday 25 December
Boxing day, Wednesday 26 December

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Replacement 'Avenue' trees in Blackford Avenue and West Mains Road

There is a small local fund (£60k) available for physical works projects in Southside/Newington ward - (though the amount is to be shared with the Morningside ward).  Residents can express their preference by taking part in an online vote.

Two of the projects envisage the beginning of replacements of the smallish trees which once use to line West Mains Road and the part of Blackford Avenue south of West Savile Terrace.  Several years back a small section at the west end of West Savile Terrace was renewed and now looks very good.

There are a total of 10 projects to be voted on and you can see them here and, if you are resident within the ward, you can vote at this link.

Here are the ones in the Southside and Newington ward:
  1.  Footway in Relugas Gardens
  2.  Footways in East Mayfield
  3.  Replace/renew trees, West Mains Road
  4. Replace/renew trees Blackford Avenue
  5. Bernard Terrace Crossing
Follow the links above to get more information.

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