The Community Grants Fund (CGF) is a small grants scheme provided by the City of Edinburgh Council. Small grants of up to £5,000 can be awarded to constituted groups for local community activity. Grants can be applied for throughout the year. The forms are available on the CEC website and examples of applications can be seen on the area details on Community Grants Fund webpage Look at Pentland for Ratho groups and Almond for Ratho Station, Newbridge and Gogar groups. https://www.edinburghpartnership.scot/get-involved
Please note that application forms for funding for organisations in Pentlands are available on this link and the Almond forms are available on the Almond page.
The City Council has advised us of the proposed designs for the scheme to introduce bus lanes on the A8/A89 corridor into and out of the City. This was previously mentioned but no account has been taken of residents’ concerns about traffic pollution from queuing cars on the A8 nor the possible rat running through Ratho village from queued cars during rush hours. The proposals aim to “provide buses with reduced journey times and improved reliability, to ensure that services remain responsive to public health measures and reliable during the current Covid-19 pandemic” though it has previously been stated that these could be made permanent measures in the future. There are plans showing the proposals but they are very faint and the Airport Junction to Newbridge is 8 pages long. However, they can be accessed by clicking the links highlighted:
Given the urgency to make the required changes any comments relating to these proposals should be received by 1200hrs on Monday 15 March to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have any comments please also email your ward councillors See our contacts page.
At the Community Council meeting on Monday 15 February an officer from the City Council gave an update on their considerations for making the junction of Dalmahoy Road and the A71 safer. This initiative followed a petition in 2014 from residents pointing out that “after 15 years of reporting that lives are in danger with cars trying to get out of Dalmahoy Golf Course / Hotel and Country Club and Ratho (nearest village) on the opposite side of the main A71.” The petition was considered at the Transport and Environment Committee on 28 October 2014, 17 March 2015 (item 8.1) and 30 August 2016 (item 8.5). The officers at that time considered a pedestrian controlled crossing would not alleviate the problems of vehicles trying to access the A71 particularly at peak times.
It was stated at that time, that following audits the introduction of traffic signals to the junction was the only practical option to improve road safety for both vehicles and pedestrians.
Various options have since been considered but costs have risen. The previous option for a fully signalised junction along with the pedestrian controlled option were presented to the Community Council and these can be viewed on Power Point presentation here (Slides 6 & 7). We would appreciate your comments on those options for forwarding to the City Council. Please email these to email@example.com
The City Council is preparing a new Local
Development Plan for Edinburgh called City Plan 2030. This plan will set out
how it is proposed to develop the city sustainably over the next ten years. It includes proposals for the siting of new
housing development areas.
The first engagement stage ‘Choices for City Plan
2030’ took place between January and April 2020, including a consultation event
in Ratho Community Centre. They received
over 1800 responses to the consultation from organisations, community groups
and members of the public in the city. A
report on the responses to Choices for City Plan 2030 will now be considered by
Planning Committee on 12 August 2020. You can view the committee report,
appendixes and full consultation responses on the
A new Development Plan Scheme which sets out the
timetable for the next stage of the plan process and how you can get involved
will also be presented to the committee.
You can keep up to date with the City Plan Project
- subscribing to their blog
- following them on twitter at @planningedin
- joining in the conversation by using the #cityplan2030 hashtag.
The City of Edinburgh Council recently made changes to the junction at the A8, rendering this junction much more dangerous for car drivers. This junction is a major access for residents travelling by car via the north and west of the city and the Airport and Ingliston Park & Ride. The Community Council continues to lobby for these changes to be reversed. The CEC published a road safety audit, (view it here), The problems identified have become all too frequent with the implementation of the changes.
The Community Council was asked by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to find out exactly what residents felt necessary in relation our supported bus service. We asked residents on social media, by email and personal contact with groups for their views. Unsurprisingly there was a large response wanting a direct service to the city centre, such as we previously had. A copy of the report is available here. This has been forwarded to the appropriate officer in CEC along with the comments received from residents.
We held a public meeting about parking and traffic issues in Ratho Village in September 2018. A number of common issues were highlighted and considered later by officers from our South West Locality Office. As a result actions are proposed to alleviate some of these problems in the short to medium term. The summary of the meeting and solutions can be accessed here.
At the present time the City of Edinburgh Council is negotiating with some of the landowners for parcels of land in order to carry out the planned upgrade of the junction. It is intended to include a right filter to turn up Dalmahoy Road, a right filter to enter Dalmahoy Country Club and a pedestrian crossing all controlled by 4 way traffic signals, along with realigning pavements and re-siting bus stops. You can view pdf copy of the plan from this link Dalmahoy Plan.
Earlier this year Edinburgh Airport launched its new flight tracking and reporting system https://noiselab.casper.aero/edi/#page=live_flighttracking where members of the public can track flights within Edinburgh Airport airspace, with data on altitude, origin/destination airport, and flight identification. This system allows residents to review specific aircraft that created a noise concern and lodge a complaint to the Airport Noise Office directly from Flight Tracker. Flight operations have a 5-10 minute delay.
They have also set up Edinburgh Airport Noise Advisory Board (EANAB) with representatives of Community Councils in the area to represent the concerns of local communities who are affected by aircraft noise associated with operations around Edinburgh Airport (EAL). EANAB will ensure such concerns are understood and will report back to local communities on actions intended to improve the situation for those affected, with the ultimate aim of reducing the impact of noise on the local community. Ratho & District is represented on the Board and to report concerns with aircraft noise can be contacted here.
Ratho Medical Centre Patient Participation Group are holding an Open Meeting on Wednesday 25th April at 7pm in Ratho Community Centre. The Guest Speakers will be Gillian Smith from Queensferry Care and Hazel Dowling, Ratho Medical Practice Manager.