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.

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:

Tonight’s (Monday 16 March) LCCC meeting is cancelled

In line with the latest coronavirus advice, the LCCC March meeting (16 March 2020) has been cancelled.

We will advise how it will happen later, once this has been worked out.

We sincerely apologise for the late decision, and any inconvenience this has caused.

 

Meanwhile, here are some sources of advice about coronavirus:

 

Update on Monday 23 March, from an email from Edinburgh Council

  • 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

Read the full CEC email here: https://edinburghcoun-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/latest-news-further-measures-to-protect-edinburghs-hardest-hit-residents

 

Update on Saturday 21 March, copied from tweets from CEC

If you have Coronavirus symptoms you must put your personal waste (eg tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) in a plastic rubbish bag, tie it when full, then double bag it by putting it in another bag. After 72 hours you can put it outside in your grey or black lidded bin.

From Monday we’re suspending blue box collections for glass because of staff shortages. You can find out what to do with your glass, as well as more updates on changes to bin collections here bit.ly/2UrhpUD. We really appreciate your patience & understanding about this.

Original tweets are here (https://twitter.com/Edinburgh_CC/status/1241079591709618176?s=20 and https://twitter.com/Edinburgh_CC/status/1241338776087072768?s=20)