Bothwell Street fascia signs disallowed

Leith Central CC submitted an objection to a planning application for ‘two illuminated fascia signs’ on Bothwell Street. Our grounds were

  • negative light pollution on neighouring residential properties
  • wasteful energy consumption
  • safety concerns caused by reflected sunlight from large surfaces
  • setting a precedent for what would be an alien element in Edinburgh’s townscape.

We are vey pleased that Edinburgh Council has rejected this application. It seems like a small victory for local democracy.

Manifesto for walking

(adapted from an email form Living Streets Edinburgh)

With Council elections taking place on 4 May 2017, Living Streets Edinburgh is asking all political parties to include measures in their manifestos that will make walking in Edinburgh safer, easier and more enjoyable. Edinburgh is a naturally ‘walkable’ city but conditions for pedestrians are often wholly inadequate. Yet despite barriers to walking almost every one walks. We want City of Edinburgh Council to build on this and to support our aim to make Edinburgh a truly world class city for people walking.

Here are our four ‘big ideas’

  1. Transform Street Management
  2. Invest Much More in Walking
  3. Make a Comprehensive Traffic Plan for the City Centre
  4. Pedestrianise George Street

The full manifesto delivered to all councillors can be seen at http://www.livingstreetsedinburgh.org.uk/Living-Streets-Edinburgh-Manifesto.pdf

David Spaven
Convenor, Living Streets Edinburgh Group

Smart meter research: offer

(adapted from a communication from Changeworks)

University of Edinburgh research participants needed

Changeworks has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate.
The benefits include:

  • Gaining insight into your home energy use
  • Receiving a free android tablet used to display energy use information
  • Receiving tailored advice from University of Edinburgh experts
  • Hopefully saving money on gas and electricity bills

For more information visit changeworks.org.uk/projects/ideal or read this leaflet.

To get involved email your name, address, and contact details to IDEAL@changeworks.org.uk, or call 0131 539 8610.

LCCC neither recommends or discommends this offer, but does recommend considering information on potential domestic internet security issues. The Register and Wikipedia are not authoritative primary sources but the links within these articles may be worth following up.

 

Pilrig Park clean-up rescheduled

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

FoPP’s Events Calendar has a clean-up day scheduled for this weekend (12-13 November). However, because we have only just run the bulb-planting event we will look to reschedule this either later in the month or next month. Maybe a December litter pick with mince pies and mulled wine afterwards? Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like pulling old bits of carpet out of the woods in your local park!

LCCC suggests you contact FoPP via email (friendsofpilrigpark@gmail.com) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPilrigPark) to find out when the event will take place. Of course, if we find out, we will be sure to post it here.