20mph Speed Limit Phase 2 Information

Information from the Council’s 20mph Team…

Phase 2 of the rollout of a 20miles per hour (mph) speed limit goes live on 28 February 2017.  The second phase is the largest construction phase in the scheme stretching from Granton to Portobello, Duddingston to Morningside, Gorgie to Murrayfield.

You can find out if your street is changing to 20mph by checking our interactive map.

The introduction of the new 20mph limit relies on signage and road markings alone.  Existing speed humps or other traffic calming will remain unchanged. Larger 20mph signs will mark the entrance and exit of a 20mph area where the speed limit changes. These signs will be supplemented by smaller repeater signs or road markings with speed limit roundels.

While many cities in the UK, Europe and beyond have already brought in 20mph (or 30km), Edinburgh is the first city in Scotland to roll out 20mph limits in this way, with many other areas, including East Lothian, keen to bring in slower speeds.

Slower speeds bring many benefits to places and people. They help to reduce the risk and severity of collisions, encourage people to walk and cycle and spend more time in an area. The project extends 20mph speed limits to approximately 80% of Edinburgh’s streets, while retaining a network of roads at 30mph and 40mph on key arterial routes.

Further information is also available on the Council’s website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edin20mph

20mph Team

Continuing Support for Craigmount

Dear Parent/Carer

I am pleased to be able to provide you with an update regarding the support of students and colleagues from Craigmount High School. Following exam leave we will continue to offer this support to new S4 –6 students and their teachers who will be accommodated here until the end of term. Craigmount High School works will be completed by w/c 8 August and the school will reopen on 17 August after the holidays.

We are currently working with our colleagues from Craigmount to ensure a smooth transition for change of timetable for both schools.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during this time and for all the positive feedback I have received.

Yours sincerely,

Hazel Kinnear
Head Teacher

Raising Awareness of Child Poverty

Dear Parent/Carer,

The 1 in 5 project aims to raise awareness and improve the lives of the 20% of children living in poverty across Edinburgh. As part of this work a range of training sessions, focus groups and activities have taken place with over 1000 staff, pupils, parents and carers which helped to generate a number of practical ideas and suggestions as to how we can better support children and their families and work to reduce the costs of the school day.

Top Tips for SchoolsThese ‘top tips’ were launched at a recent Child Poverty conference in March and I thought it was a worthwhile document to share with you all.  I attended this extremely worthwhile training and a number of our staff will be attending the follow up training later this term due to our commitment to this work. The Top Tips are about small changes making a big difference. To view the document please click here. 

If you have any feedback or ideas regarding this project please get in touch with either myself or the chair of our Parent Council, Sue McKendrick, at TynecastlePC@mckendrick-family.uk.

Yours sincerely

Hazel Kinnear
Head Teacher