Suspended CEC waste and recycling services

(copied from a post on Edinburgh Council’s website. That post also links to information on (1) Bin collections and recycling centres; (2) What to do with your waste if you have Coronavirus symptoms; (3) Recycling and waste collections; (4) Household waste recycling centres; (5) Litter bins, dog waste and street cleansing; (6) How you can help.)

Collections of bulky waste items

Service suspended from 24 March – If you have large items please keep them at home and only use communal and wheelie bins for your day to day waste and recycling.

Any uplifts booked in for this week will be collected as scheduled, and we’ll contact you if you have any booked in for next week to arrange a refund.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Recycling centres are closed from 24 March until further notice. This is to ensure we are following government guidance on restricting non-essential travel and contact. If you have large items please keep them at home until our recycling centres reopen and only use communal and wheelie bins for your day to day waste and recycling

Kerbside glass collections (blue box)

Service suspended from 23 March to allow our crews to focus on other collections.

There are no public health risks associated with storing clean glass containers. Please rinse bottles and jars and store these at home. Don’t use on street or local recycling points to dispose of your glass. We don’t have the staff resources to empty these or collect fly-tipped material.

Bin delivery and repair

Bin deliveries are suspended as from 24 March.  Uplifts of any unwanted waste containers are also suspended.

Missed bins

We might experience disruption to some of our bin collections today due to staff shortages. Remember to check our delays information to see if your area may have been affected.

Please ensure all waste/recycling containers are presented for collection for 6am as there may be changes to your collection time. Please look out for your neighbours and check they are able to put their bins out.

 

Trams: shut-down plans overview (27 March)

(from the Trams to Newhaven newsletter dated 27 March)

Construction on Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will stop this week to protect the safety of workers and residents during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

The Council’s decision to instruct contractors Morrison Utility Services (MUS) and Sacyr Farrans Neopul (SFN) to cease site works follows advice from Scotland’s First Minister that all construction sites should close, unless the project being delivered is essential, such as a hospital.

SFN and MUS will make sites on Leith Walk, Constitution Street, Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive safe and secure by the end of the week before shutting down. There will be contractors on site as necessary for safety and security checks.

Emergency services have access to all sites at all times should they require it.

Work will continue off-site where this can be done remotely,  including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. The project team will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.

Trams updates: bins; construction-work ceasing soon

(copied from emails from CEC and the trams team)

Bins

Just a quick update to let you know that the bin relocations necessary during the upcoming roadworks (and along the detour route) are going to schedule; we’ve already positioned the new, wheeled bins and will be removing the large, side-loading bins next week.  Most of the new bins are next to the existing bins to make life easier for residents, as the old bins are removed we will reposition the new ones slightly to minimise obstruction wherever possible.

We’ve already started running the night shift route to get the crews used to the new route.  If they identify any potential over/under-provision due to the increased collection frequency, we will adjust where necessary.  A couple of the existing paper bins (blue lids) will be replaced with packaging bins (green lids) to improve recycling opportunities for residents.

We will continue to monitor the locations to see if any need to be adjusted.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,

Peter Jones, Project Officer, Waste and Cleansing Services, The City of Edinburgh Council,
Seafield Depot, 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6RD
Tel: 07889 645979
Peter.Jones@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

Construction work ceasing soon (temporarily)

Formal instruction has been issued to Sacyr, Farrans Neopul (SFN) and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) to shut down the Trams to Newhaven construction site. This is in accordance with advice given by the Scottish Government over the last 48 hours.

The complexity of this project means that it will take a few days to action and there may be works that need to be completed in order to make the site safe and secure. Any further work that is undertaken will be done in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines around proximity working. Current traffic management arrangements will remain in place.

Work will continue off-site, again operating to strict social distancing guidelines, including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. We will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.

The project contact centre will continue to be operational for any queries.

Chris Wilson
Trams to Newhaven

Coronavirus and Leith Central

There’s not much we can add to government advice and rulings, but we want to reiterate;

  1. Stay at home. Protect the NHS.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Ensure your news is from a trusted source.

Leith, Bonnington, Broughton and Hillside are very densely built up areas which means we need to take particular care and heed the advice. If you’re confused about the fast moving rules, please check out either of these definitive websites (and only them!);

We applaud the dozens of community groups popping up in the area in response to COVID-19, from street-wide WhatsApps to larger community networks. Several of our members have been active in facilitating these groups, but to ensure the safety of everyone, as well as the magnitude of them now springing up (mostly on “street by street level”, we’re no longer catalouging them.

Volunteer Edinburgh are now starting a larger directory of them. Here are some national organisations that may be of help;

Nationwide support (phone and online)

  • NHS 111 (dial 111)
    • Health assessment & support
  • NHS Lothian general health (0800 028 2816)
    • General Health advice (not symptom-related)

ReadyScotland (by the Scottish Government) have also released a directory of support numbers

Last updated by J. Caldwell, 20:23 30th March 2020 on behalf of the LCCC communications group. Information may change.

Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

(copied from an email from Edinburgh Council. This CC would not normally be just a mouthpiece for CEC but clearly these are not normal times. A link to this post will be added to our sticky post very soon.)

23 Mar 2020

LATEST NEWS: Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

See this email in your browser here: https://edinburghcoun-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/latest-news-further-measures-to-protect-edinburghs-hardest-hit-residents

  • New Local Critical Resilience Centres rolled out as Locality Offices close
  • Measures to support those financially affected by the outbreak
  • Residents urged to go online, only phone in an emergency or critical need

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Helping communities affected by COVID-19

(from the Scottish Government website)

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

 

CityPlan 2030 update

(with apologies for the delay in posting this)

Following current government guidance on Covid-19, the final Choices for City Plan drop-in event scheduled to take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at the St Bride’s Community Centre was cancelled.

If you had been planning to attend and/or have any questions about Choices for City Plan 2030, please contact the City Plan team and we will do our best to answer your queries.  You can contact us via email cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk or via telephone 0131 529 4692.

The Choices for City Plan online consultation will remain open for you to let us know your comments until 31 March 2030.

A new Development Plan Scheme outlining the proposed schedule to take City Plan 2030 to the Proposed Plan stage will be presented to Committee later in 2020.

You can keep up to date with the project and any changes by: