COVID-19 Community Testing – Weekly Update e-flier

Adapted from an email sent to Community Councils by the City of Edinburgh Council 

 

 

 

 

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are rising across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Drumbrae Library Hub from Monday 5 July to 10 July
  • Fountainbridge Library from 5 July to 17 July (closed Sunday 11 July)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 12 July to Saturday 17 July
  • Assembly Rooms from Monday 12 July to Saturday 17 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Wheatfield Stand until Sunday 11 July
  • Mobile testing unit drive through at Hibernian Easter Road Stadium, East Stand Albion Place/Hawkhill Place) until Sunday 11 July
  • Mobile testing unit at South East Locality office, Captain’s Road car park until Sunday 18 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Craigroyston High School, Pennywell Road from Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, Harvesters Way from Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July

We’re open from 9am to 6pm and there’s no need to book. We also have home testing kits people can pick up. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.

Thank you for your help.

 

FREE TRANSPORT to vaccine appointments for people with mobility challenges

Adapted from communication received from HandiCabs (HcL)  

North Bridge – Proposed Bus, Cycle and Taxi gate & Footway Widening at Junctions

Abridged email from ‘Spaces for People’ (received at 4:00pm on Friday 5th June)  – previously communicated to key stakeholders including local Ward Councillors – then copied to the New Town & Broughton Community Council and the Old Town Community Council.

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed Bus, Cycle and Taxi gate and Footway widening at junctions on North Bridge

Dear Stakeholders,

‘We are proposing to improve pedestrian routes on North Bridge, by widening the existing narrow footways, reducing traffic movements and aiding cycling and public transport provision as part of overall emergency measures to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.  Such measures are required urgently to help prevent people from becoming ill or coming to harm by infection from COVID-19 whilst implementing physical distancing requirements.

Footway widening is being carried out only at the junctions with Princes Street and High Street due to the existing structural works being carried out on North Bridge.  Loading will be available on North Bridge from 6pm to 7.30am although these times may be subject to change. Additional proposals for South Bridge and surrounding areas will be provided later.

Advance warning signs for the bus, cycle and taxi gate will be installed at Leith Walk, Leith Street, York Place and Picardy Place.’

‘Spaces for People Team’

These measures,  in common with others on East Princes Street / South St David Street (as previously posted) and Waverley Bridge will be implemented using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

Again, we are advised that normal expectations about community consultations cannot be fulfilled. However, if you should want to raise any issues, please get in touch using the Contact Us option on our website. This will also be discussed at the next NTBCC meeting on Monday 8th June.

Please note that the deadline for submitting comments to the ‘Spaces for People’ team is 5:00pm on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

If the proposal is agreed for implementation, ‘Spaces for People’ advise that formal publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. They also have a dedicated inbox to help manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The proposed design for the scheme covering North Bridge can be viewed here.

East Princes Street / South St David Street – Bus, Cycle and Taxi gate & Footway Widening

Email from ‘Spaces for People’ to key stakeholders including local Ward Councillors as well as the New Town & Broughton Community Council and the Old Town Community Council.

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

East Princes Street / South St David Street – Proposal for Bus,Cycle and Taxi gate & Footway Widening

‘We are proposing to improve routes on East Princes Street and South St David Street by widening the existing footways, reducing traffic movements and aiding cycling and public transport provision as part of overall emergency measures to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.  Such measures are required urgently to help prevent people from becoming ill or coming to harm by infection from COVID-19 whilst implementing physical distancing requirements.

Loading access for businesses in West Register Street will be maintained via the east end of Princes Street.  Loading on Princes Street (from South St David Street to North Bridge junctions will be available from 18:30 to 07:30 – timings may be subject to change.

These measures will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

Given the urgent nature of these works, normal expectations about community consultations cannot be fulfilled. We urge you to get in touch within five working days or earlier should you want to raise any issues. If you do not have any concerns it would be beneficial if you could also email to let us know.  This means we will have responses from all stakeholders and this helps to inform the process.

Please note that the deadline for submitting comments is 17:00 on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

If the proposal is agreed for implementation, formal publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The proposed designs for the scheme covering East Princes Street (including Leith Street) can be viewed here. and South St David Street  here

All comments will be reviewed and summarised in the assessment feedback form to the Council Incident Management Team for approval, but please note that we will be unable to respond to individual emails.

Regards

Spaces for People Team’