Other Matters including roads

Message from Neighbourhood Watch Regarding Blackhall and Davidsons Mains

Cold Caller ALERT – Edinburgh

The following message has been received from a Neighbourhood Watch member in the Edinburgh Area.

In West Davidson Mains, Edinburgh yesterday, 21 November 2018 a family had a cold caller from an alleged wall and roof coating company in Forth Valley who tried to pressure them into allowing access to their home to give a free estimate.  The individual was quite determined to gain access. They had to be firm in refusing him access but he became increasingly difficult.  It was pointed out that this was a no cold calling area, but he said that his visit was not a cold call.

As the individual had no Identification, was persistent, pushy and acting inappropriately the family concerned called the police.

The person is described as male, aged mid twenties, around 5’8 with dark hair and some beard growth, dressed in a track suit. The brochures were of poor quality.

A further resident reported that his elderly mother in Hillpark, Edinburgh had also been visited and an appointment arranged to go back to give her an estimate.

Understandably, there is concern that this company may be targeting vulnerable home owners in the area.

Residents are reminded:

  • Keep front and back doors locked
  • If you’re not sure don’t answer the door
  • Don’t buy services or goods at the door
  • Don’t feel pressurised into making a decision
  • Don’t worry about seeming rude. Genuine callers expect you to be careful – SAY NO.
  • You should always receive at least 2 quotes for work you require carried out
  • Don’t keep large amounts of money in the house
  • Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at the door.
  • Residents are reminded not to contract at the door and to look out for vulnerable neighbours.
  • If in doubt – keep them out
  • If concerned that something isn’t right, contact your local trading standards office or Police Scotland on 101 or 999 if you feel threatened and unsafe.

Queensferry Road and Craigleith Road Junction –

To facilitate carriageway resurfacing and traffic light upgrading, the Council has made a temporary restriction during the period 23 October 2018 to 1 February 2019.  This provides for road closures and parking restrictions.

Note – The upgrade has been postponed until spring 2019.

Annual Report 2018

Traffic, transport and safety issues – carried out an Active Travel Survey, prepared report on local problems and issues and subsequently working with the City Council to come up with solutions. Also voiced concerns to City Councillors about the poor standard of resurfacing on some local roads in 2017

Bus services – campaigned for a reprieve for the 42 bus service to Blackhall, but disappointingly the Community Council was unsuccessful.  Continue to stress the importance of City Council funding for service 13.

Blackhall Dip Christmas event – provided £250 funding for the Christmas tree

2017 local council elections – hosted a hustings ahead of the local elections in Blackhall St Columba’s Church

Assisted Blackhall School parents association in putting in a bid for new library and worked with local parents about getting better play facilities in Ravelston Park as the result of our Parks Survey

PlanningRepresented resident interests with objections to planning applications or potential applications such as:

Craigcrook Castle Care Home

Hillhouse Road Woods Care Home

Nursery on Craigcrook Road

Craigleith Road former petrol filling station – proposed housing

A public meeting was held in Blackhall Bowling Club in October 2017 to consider proposals for a care home in Hillhouse Road Woods (Queensferry Road), second potential planning application in 2-years.  Over 50 local residents attended; there was overwhelming opposition to the proposal and the potential damage to the woods and the impact on local amenity.

The Community Council participates in the review of the Edinburgh Local Development Plan – it will be important to ensure Hillhouse Road Woods and the ‘horse field’ on Craigcrook Road remains open space.

Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour – we welcome the attendance of Police Scotland at Community Council meetings. With their support raised awareness around the spate of bicycle and motorcycle thefts, thefts at houses where building works are underway, shoplifting at Craigleith Retail Park. Successful in getting the cycle path at Maidencraig Crescent CCTV enabled.  Continue to express concerns about speeding vehicles, particularly on Queensferry Road

Meeting Venue – change of location to Blackhall St Columba’s Church has made meetings more accessible to local residents.  Likewise the increased use of social media has resulted in greater awareness of the community council and other local issues.


Traffic, Transport and Safety

Following a survey of residents concerns in 2017 , a report on traffic and transport problems was prepared and agreed by the community council in early 2018:

Traffic and transport Sub group issues vers 2 Jan 18 copy

The report was subsequently discussed with Edinburgh City Council road officials on 4 April 2018 :-

Traffic and Safety – meeting with City Council 4 April 18

A Blackhall resident has recently submitted a petition to Edinburgh City Council :- “Traffic in the residential area of Blackhall , around Strachan Road, Craigcrook Road has become unacceptable. The regular queuing of traffic in an area designated as residential requires urgent action.”  Details of the petition which closes on 31 July 2018 can be found via the link :-


Details of the petition have not been endorsed by the community council  and are included here for information.

Hedges and Trees

Some footpath widths in Blackhall are reduced by overgrown and expanding hedges, which at junctions can also restrict sight lines for drivers.  Overhanging trees can also restrict the effectiveness of street lights and traffic lights.  If your hedges or trees are having an unintended impact, it would be helpful to prune and cut them back.

Edinburgh City Council has powers under Section 91 of the Roads (Scotland)  Act 1984 where hedges or trees cause an obstruction problem for pedestrians/cyclists/drivers.
Ideally foliage should be cut back and maintained to:
• the line of the back of the footway
• 2.3 metres above the footpath
• 5.4 metres above the carriageway
• provide a clear view of any traffic signs, street lights or traffic signals