Councillor Rust submitted an emergency motion to Council’s Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee following the announcement of the planned disposal of Redford Barracks on Colinton Road by 2022. Subsequent to this, the Council took on most of the terms of this motion and agreed to set up a working group to consider the future of the Barracks and surrounding area.
Jason has pressed for community input and will keep local residents updated with any developments. Cllr Rust has also recently met with the Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, on this matter.
Hunter's Tryst School Site
A planning application has been submitted for housing development on the former school site of Oxgangs Green. Jason and many residents attended the public consultation in Oxgangs Library last year and Councillor Rust fed in comments directly to the developer on the basis of views heard.
Unfortunately the application was incomplete and outstanding details are awaited from the developer. More information can be found on the Council’s
planning portal or from Councillor Rust.
Aldi Development at Oxgangs
The former social work centre and St John’s Church have now been raised to allow for work to commence on the build of the new store on Oxgangs
Road North. Oxgangs Library Carpark is due to close for 34 weeks from 20th February.
Councillor Jason Rust said:
“While safety obviously needs to be paramount, it is troubling that the carpark is to be taken over for such an extended period of time, especially over the school holidays. The library is well used not only by borrowers, but also by groups using the community room. I have particular concerns about access for blue badge holders and the library van itself and I am seeking a solution.”
Fly-tipping at Hunter's Tryst
After much work with the Council Estates department and land searchers, Jason has established ownership of the land adjacent to the Hunter’s Tryst pub and Morrisons and the connected access path, which has long been an area of fly-tipping. The Council is now engaged with Defence Estates in endeavouring to clear up the area.
Some time ago, Councillor Rust was in discussion with the Council and Morrisons regarding some form of road safety crossing at New Swanston. Recently, this issue has been raised again by a couple of residents.
If any residents have views on this, please get in touch with Jason. You can find his contact details here.
Best Bib and Tucker
Local social enterprise and not for profit organisation, Best Bib N Tucker kindly asked Jason Rust to formally launch its new website,expertly designed and built by Colin Jubb. The website can be found at:
Jason said, “I was delighted to come along and support such a fun local organisation which does such good work and encourages our sense of community. Please take a look at its website.”
What else has your councillor been doing?
- Pressing for road safety improvements at
- Dreghorn Link
- Elected Chair of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues
- Serving residents their Christmas lunch at
- Colinton Cottage Homes
- Supporting increased funding for gulley
- cleaning, road and footway repairs and
- festive lighting
- Liaising with council and army re the vehicle
- height restriction barrier at Dreghorn ranges