Edinburgh Council recently emailed LHNCC about issues relating to the progressing of Traffic (and other) Orders, in particular how it plans to continue to provide that service in light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19. It has also asked for LHNCC’s help in ensuring that, for all forthcoming consultations on such Orders, the Council reaches as wide an audience as possible in these challenging times.
Hence the rest of this post, copied (and adapted slightly to talk to LHNCC’s followers) from the Council’s letter: Also, Edinburgh Council has asked LHNCC to publicise this information-sheet:
As you will undoubtedly be aware, the ongoing situation with Coronavirus continues to have an impact on how Edinburgh Council delivers many of its services. Some of those impacts involve how the Council is able to comply with legislative requirements when it comes to advertising Orders, as well as to (for example) placing documents on deposit at our offices so that they can be viewed by the public.
The Scottish Government, recognising that there would be legislative requirements that related to a range of services provided by Scottish Local Authorities (including Planning, Licensing and traffic orders) recently passed a piece of legislation (The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020) that makes temporary provisions to allow these legal processes to continue. The Act effectively removes any legal requirements that might increase the likelihood of spreading or transmitting coronavirus, whilst encouraging local authorities to adopt alternative methods of imparting important information to interested or affected parties.
The Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee recently approved a recommendation to adopt temporary measures related to the processing, advertising and making of various types of road-related orders. These temporary measures mean that, until further notice, the Council will not:
- Erect street notices for any Traffic Regulation Order (including temporary or experimental orders), Roads (Scotland) Order, Speed Limit Order or Orders processed in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act;
- Place any documents on deposit linked to any of the aforementioned orders at Waverley Court or any other Council building
In place of these measures, all correspondence will direct interested parties to the Council’s website, where the existing pages have been amended to include additional detail of Orders at different stages of the legal process, as well as including details of all TTROs that are currently in effect.
The Council is also looking at additional ways of raising the profile of both our own website and of www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.
Hence the Council has asked LHNCC to place a generic notice on your website or social media pages, highlighting that proposals are still being taken through the different legal processes and encouraging people to register for updates on www.tellmescotland.gov.uk or to visit he Council’s website to see what work is currently ongoing. Community Councils will continue to receive (and publish as normal) correspondence from the Council.
If you have any questions or concerns about traffic orders, please contact Edinburgh Council via firstname.lastname@example.org. LHNCC would also like to hear your concerns. You can either email LHNCC’s secretary at email@example.com or use the contact form at https://lhncc.org.uk/contact-us.