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Council links

Edinburgh Council

May 2014 – Edinburgh has completely changed its website.   Many of the web links in the main section below no longer work, and much information seems completely lost.

Home page – www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Council Facilities maps – an excellent series of online interactive maps showing a huge range of council facilities/ opportunities, transport, political, education, etc, etc.

For cycle facilities, use the Council Atlas.   On the Legend, click the ‘+’ beside Transport.  Then…

  • For cycle routes and bike parking, tick the box beside cycleroutes, then click the ‘+’ to find the meaning of each symbol.
  • For the family network, tick the box beside family network.  To find the meaning of each symbol, click the ‘+’ … then click the ‘+’ which appears beside Timescale.

Winter gritting [for background see this 2013 news item]council gritting home page – prioritisation system – interactive gritting map*
*Gritting map – note that offroad cycleroutes on the map use the ‘pavements’ code [purple colour indicates priority 1 pavements and cycleroutes].  Also note that the priority cycleroutes are more extensive than the generalised wording in the ‘prioritisation system’ page suggests.

Overhanging vegetation – form to report it

Roadworks currently underway

Parking standards for new developments  See table on page 61 of Edinburgh Design Guidance.  Note that the old 2009 standards are now superseded.

Edinburgh Council links still to be checked/updated
Find and/or write to your councillor
Council papers online since May 2003 [CPOL] – committee reports, minutes, etc
Search council papers for any word or phrase
Traffic Orders – explanation and current orders
Edinburgh Council cycling web pages
Edinburgh Council transport web pages
Local Transport Strategy 2007-2012
Planning policies [includes site briefs, area briefs, planning guidelines, streetscape policies, parking policy, and many more]
Consultations – Planning – current and past
Consultations – all council consultations [in theory!]
The workings of the council [links to everything relevant]
Sustainable development
Neighbourhood Partnerships and map of NPs [12 for the whole city]
Community Councils and map/search for your CC [46 for the whole city]
Planning Applications – click at left for weekly list or search for individual application
TellMeScotland – map and auto-notify for traffic orders, planning applications,… (not complete)
Reporting and requesting things…
Clarence – reporting defects in road, paths, lights etc
Road/paths maintenance satisfaction survey – but use Clarence to report defects
Community Safety Teams – report anti-social behaviour e.g. on paths
Assorted other – including planning breaches, noise, …
Assorted more – including Freedom of Information request, …

East Lothian Council

Home page – www.eastlothian.gov.uk
Transport
Cycling [and other things]
Transport policy and contacts
East Lothian Cycle Forum [This ELCF is a yahoo discussion group.  The council also has a regular liaison meeting called ELCF – all welcome – details are posted to this yahoo group].

Midlothian Council

Home page – www.midlothian.gov.uk
Transport [see left and right columns for links]
Transport policy documents
Offroad paths
Cafes, attractions, bike shops, etc

West Lothian Council

Home page – www.westlothian.gov.uk
Transport policy documents
Cycling page
Road and footway maintenance
West Lothian Local Plan [+ other plans.  LP is downloadable at bottom of page]
Council and Committee papers and agendas
Councillors – [see arrow beside ‘representatives’] – also local MPs, MSPs, etc

Parking standards in new developments [link to Word doc]

Cycle Maps

If you are looking for bike maps of any of the above areas, remember you can purchase the excellent Spokes maps of all 4 of the above Lothians councils.