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Maureen Child Update 17 February 2016

Dear All

The Whitehouse Kitchen is on BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe TODAY, Thursday, at 1.30pm, helping celebrate the best of Scottish food. This excellent local community cafe is one of my absolute favourite places for lunch. See here: https://mobile.twitter.com/whitehouse70/status/699581723995217920/photo/1  Use playback if you miss it!

Do you have an old trumpet, saxophone, trombone, tenor horn or euphonium that no longer gets played?  Would you like to give it a new home, or lend it to someone who would love the opportunity to play? The Wash House, in partnership with Oi Musica, is setting up a new brass group, open to all abilities and free to join. The group will specifically target young people who don’t have the opportunity to learn an instrument, so all donations or loans will be greatly loved and appreciated. Questions? Please phone Marcus Britton on 07787 763 830 / email marcus@oimusica.co.uk. More info at www.oimusica.co.uk

 Last week the Evening News pictured Runner Neil Renault on Portobello beach with Towerbank Primary pupils John-Henry Lloyd, Lewis Hay, Alexander Hodge, Rachel Spence, Leila Jones and Maisie Barnes to call on people to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 28-29 and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The OneCity Trust is open for grant applications this year. It’s focus is on innovative projects and initiatives that effectively address social exclusion through partnership working. Wherever possible, OneCity Trust seeks to encourage the active involvement of people in sectors of society that do not normally work together. All details here: .http://www.onecity.org.uk/grants/apply-for-a-grant/

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) fund has been given a boost by Greggs; through the 5p ‘plastic bag tax’ they collect. The fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities. Over 40 grass-roots projects will receive grant funding, ranging from conservation and educational schemes, such as developing a safe natural learning space for children, community gardens for local groups to tend, and biodiversity activities such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands to protect local wildlife. See more here:  http://www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/news-and-events/news/1101-green-cash-boost-for-community-projects-in-central-scotland

The Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar are launching a series of ‘Conversation Cafes’ for people who want to practice their English on Thursday mornings, 9:30am-11am, between the 25 Feb and 17 March.  Go along for a cup of tea and a chat. The conversation cafes are free an held in the Health and Wellbeing Room 3, Wighton House, Craigmillar.  More here: https://www.facebook.com/thistlefoundation/photos/a.183017532826.133359.97526602826/10153213905052827/?type=3#!/thistlefoundation/photos/a.183017532826.133359.97526602826/10153213905052827/?type=3&theater

Remember Pancake Day Portobello 1979?  See photo here: https://www.facebook.com/maureen.child.18/posts/971431032906539 And in 1984 we made BBC TV with Revel Alderson reporting:  https://amp.twimg.com/v/f1650a9d-e2a5-4be5-8663-20844e519ebe

As part of a small public consultation, local resident Eve Parsons is gathering some information, thoughts and ideas about developing community gardens in and around the Portobello area. I filled out this survey and you can too:  https://eve43.typeform.com/to/gGRqpG . No personal information gathered will be sent on to any third parties, and Eve will only contact those who wish to be updated for further information. There’s compelling evidence that community gardening is good for us, reported here:  https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/news/major-new-study-shows-green-care-benefits-mental-health

Local photographers Margaret Drysdale and Peter E Ross have created another installation in the Porty Light Box at the top of Bellfield Street and have installed a series of photographs taken on and around Portobello beach – if you get a moment please wander down and take a look.  More here: https://portylightbox.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/oh-i-do-like-to-be-beside-the-seaside/

“I do like to be beside the seaside“– a ‘Lost Edinburgh’ Portobello photo I hadn’t seen before from the 1960s: https://www.facebook.com/lostedinburgh/photos/a.251802618210762.62536.162922127098812/1055313477859668/?type=3#!/lostedinburgh/photos/a.251802618210762.62536.162922127098812/1055313477859668/?type=3&theater

Single bus tickets enable the people we support to access vital services, say those who support vulnerable adults. Lothian Buses are proposing doing away with books of tickets and charities like Bethany have got up a petition. The Lothian Buses plc decision would restrict their ability to get around the city. See more here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/lothian-buses-to-continue-seling-adult-city-single-books?source=facebook-share-button&time=1455394754

Here’s a nice piece in the Edinburgh Evening News about our proposed new park: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/portobello-high-school-green-space-concepts-unveiled-1-4027695

I know of two incidents a few years ago where people’s cards have been ‘skimmed’ at ATMs in Portobello. Be vigilant and take the police advice: https://business.facebook.com/EdinburghPoliceDivision/photos/a.1396506803938831.1073741828.1396473497275495/1673220149600827/?type=3&theater

A reminder of the two National Trust Newhailes snowdrop walks are this Sunday. You need to book:  http://m.nts.org.uk/Events/Newhailes/Snowdrop-and-winter-walk

This is Update coming out a bit earlier in the week as it’s the February break and I am taking Friday off to do fun family stuff.  I’m still likely to pick up emails though! (-;

Best wishes

Maureen

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 12 February 2016

Dear All

The best feedback ever for me was this: “I always appreciate your email as it usually contains much of interest. This time I particularly appreciated the information on the Year of the Dad, which I was totally unaware of. I will now be making reference to it in my Father Of The Bride speech I will be doing soon at my daughter’s wedding.”  Love it!

Brunstane Primary School have a FREE Play Event on Monday 15 February. Everyone is welcome. Go along to find out about the fabulous Play Ranger service! More here: https://mobile.twitter.com/SPNplayrangers/status/695564384152715264/photo/1

Portobello and Joppa Parish Church are holding a fun family games evening in the church hall tomorrow, Saturday 13 February from 7 -9 pm. Teas, coffees, juices and home baking will be served. Everyone is welcome and it’s free!!

The Planning Application Notice (PAN) for the controversial Green Belt development at Brunstane farmland has been in front of Councillors on Wednesday this week, for information.  This is not decision time and is not the application itself but notice of the developer’s intention to bring forward a planning application.  The Committee will have taken a view on what detail it would like to see on a whole range of matters when it does come for decision.  I declared an interest as an objector to the proposal and took no part in the proceeding at Committee on the item.  This is the PAN report as submitted to Committee:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/49754/item_92_-_103_newcraighall_road_edinburgh_land_445_metres_north_of_%E2%80%93_forthcoming_application_by_the_edi_group_limited_for_a_residential_development

This is the link to the arguments against the proposal and a link to the petition:  https://www.change.org/p/stop-development-of-brunstane-farmlands-greenbelt-edinburgh  The applicant will now arrange exhibitions of their plans in the local area, to which everyone will be invited.  I’ll keep you posted about when and where that is taking place.

Newcraighall Road Closed – Diversions are in place. Please do use them! See here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/02/08/newcraighall-road-closed-for-four-weeks-diversions-in-place/  Unfortunately, Lothian Buses plc are not stopping as close as they might to the Village at either end.  We have tried to persuade them, but they are very keen to make sure their timetable is not too badly affected.  I have been in touch with residents and particularly Newcraighall Primary school. The local roads team are making sure the signage is as clear as it could be and checking daily.  There is no way of keeping the road partially open while the work is being completed.  There have been some pretty hazardous manoeuvres by drivers ignoring the signs and getting irritated that the road closure is for real and U-turning. I do hope they have all now got the message!  It will be very important for friends, neighbours and family to pull together and help each other out during this tough period when the Village is largely cut off to vehicular traffic, offering lifts to hospital appointments and taking kids to school or the nearest bus stop. The result will be a new road surface, new footways and a drainage that works!  Some pain for the gain.

The road surface on another section of Coillesdene Avenue is due to happen soon.  Contractors are due to start preparatory work on Monday 22 February and then road surfacing begins on Monday 29 February.

After much nagging, the community have finally got a positive response from Lothian Buses plc about express buses stopping at Joppa rather than coming right through from Bridge Inn Musselburgh to Portobello Town Hall non-stop.  We are being consulted as Councillors a number of changes the company propose from April 2016.  On the list, I spotted this:  Service 15/X15 – Revised Timetable & Stopping Places. Revised timetable introduced on Mondays to Saturdays.  ALL journeys will now operate as X15s.  The bus stops at Joppa (Morton Street) will now be observed in both directions.  Hurrah!

From the start of February, the same refuse collection crews are tasked with uplifting the recycling one week and the domestic waste the next week from the same set of addresses. This should cut down that number of missed collections which might be due to lack of route knowledge. There has been a big change in the way refuse and recycling is done.  It’s not as simple as it seems and the transition to new system has not been universally smooth.  And there is more change to come.   apologises for any inconvenience over the waste and recycling collections.  Please do still get in touch with me if your refuse or recycling does not get collected on the day it is due and I will make sure the operations people know about it and it gets fixed.

Bridgend Farmhouse Weekly Drop-In started back every Sunday from 11 to 3pm. Open to all, free, and always with a healthy hearty soup. Much more is happening too behind the scenes as they prepare for the renovation of the farmhouse, so if anyone would like to help out in any capacity please get in contact.  More here: www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk

Portobello High School are looking for memorabilia.  So get looking for those photos, report cards whatever you have. I know I have stuff form Portobello Reporter days. Get rummaging this weekend if you can, and click here to find out what to do:  http://portobellohighschool.org.uk/celebrating-the-closure-of-the-old-portobello-high-school

Craigmillar Library has set up a Read, Write, Count stand in the children’s section. The stand will be filled with books, including books from our children’s non-fiction section, such as cooking, number books and board books. Come in and have a look!  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/02/11/news-from-craigmillar-library/

Portobello’s Community Gardening Group need your help and ideas to improve underused and unproductive spaces in Portobello. They want to give the community more opportunities to transform underused areas whilst learning how to grow food, herbs, fruit and flowers..More here, with survey:  https://eve43.typeform.com/to/gGRqpG

Thinking some of the inconsiderate parking that goes on in Portobello/Craigmillar blocking pavements and access for wheelchairs, buggies and people with visual impairments – good to see the Pavement Parking Bill is inching its way along in the Scottish Parliament.  More here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/96529.aspx

A snowdrop winter walk at the National Trust’s Newhailes Estate on 21 February.  That sounds like a nice thing to do on a Sunday.  Details of how to book here: https://mobile.twitter.com/musselburgh2016/status/695390900449468416/photo/1

A reminder that there is a Temporary Greening Planting Day is on Thursday 18 February behind the East Office. Soup and cake for the volunteers on offer.  More here:  https://mobile.twitter.com/TheEDIGroup/status/695274799170523137/photo/1

Portobello Rotary are fundraising for one of their member’s sponsored Daniel’s cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in June.  For a worthy cause:  https://smilespermile.wordpress.com/

This fabulous short film showcases the work of the excellent Magdalene Community Growers.  Well worth watching: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/02/08/film-showcases-the-work-of-magdalene-locals/

And lastly, I leave you with this:  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/people-over-65-shared-their-greatest-regret-in-life-the-most-common-one-may-surprise-you-a6800851.html

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 4 February 2016

Dear All

Youth Vision do many good things to help young folk that drop out of school to get a new direction at their bothy in the Pentlands and they are having a fundraising ceilidh at The Beach Lane Social Club in Porty, TONight Friday 5 February (probably too late by the time you read this!).  All the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/464503777083332/  More about Youth Vision here: http://www.youthvision.uk/content/our-supporters

Portobello Market is back again this Saturday at Brighton Park 9.30am to 1.30pm.  More here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

Also on tomorrow – tea, coffee and bacon rolls, books, gifts, crafts and tombola at St Mark’s Episcopal Church Portobello High Street at 11am Saturday 6 February. All are welcome!

I’m looking forward to going to Leith Decides! this Saturday 6 February from 12.30 to 3pm at Leith Community Education Centre when they will be deciding on 36 projects seeking a share of £22,000 of funding available from their neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Fund.  Last year, four projects were successful in sharing the pot and lots of people took part and shared what they were doing locally. I’m hoping to learn lessons for the second year of our You Decide! PB process planned for Portobello/Craigmillar in May this year.  More here:  bit.ly/1PU9cCV

Following a couple of months of extensive consultation with lots of people of all ages across East Edinburgh by Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), there are now three proposed plans for Edinburgh’s newest park to be built on the site of the current Portobello High School and St John’s Primary School, when the new schools are finished. There are also two names to choose from.  Have your say:  http://newparkforeh15.com/the-poll/  The information is available in Portobello, Craigmillar and Piershill Libraries with the opportunity to have your say there too.  https://mobile.twitter.com/EH15_NewPark/status/695210762550296577  I can email you copies of the concept drawings, but they amount to 8MB.

Here’s Big Lottery’s top dos and don’ts for applying their Communities and Families Fund closes 29 February: http://bigblogscotland.org.uk/2016/01/29/our-tips-as-communities-and-families-fund-deadline-approaches/

Books for Babies are delighted to announce that Eric Brennan will be their Storyteller in Residence for 2016 at Craigmillar Library https://www.facebook.com/craigmillarbooksforbabies/posts/997263510320425

This year – 2016 -is The Year of the Dad.  Fantastic initiative and about time we appreciated the role all our Dads play in our lives!  Find out about the difference that dads can make: http://www.yearofthedad.org/

Date for your diary: Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) are offering opportunities tree planting at Craigmillar behind Neighbourhood Office/Library, Niddrie Mains Road on Thursday 18 February,11am – 1pm. There will be soup and cake to keep the volunteers going. All are welcome, although children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult . Please do dress for the weather. Gloves and tools provided. For further details and contacts here: https://www.facebook.com/edinburgh.south.eh17/posts/951042414980530#!/192106231309/photos/a.209078936309.132031.192106231309/10153917275766310/?type=3&theater

Citizens Advice Edinburgh offer welfare rights advice to patients at seven GP Surgeries across Edinburgh.  One is at Craigmillar Medical Centre. Info here: citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/gp-surgeries/

Recognise anyone in this old Portobello Festival photo?  https://mobile.twitter.com/74frankfurt/status/693088300270239744/photo/1

Last week I attended this Cyrenians Breakfast.  Have a look at what happened here, including the video on their work: http://cyrenians.scot/2970-2/  Lots of food for thought!

Thanks to my Portobello Rotary sources for a report back on this year’s Young Musician heats at Portobello High School last week.  Results:  A.  Most promising Hannah Low (Adams Family) B. Singing 1st Kieran Brown (Empty Chairs, Empty Tables).; 2nd Reuban Woolard. C. Instrumental  1st Daniel Torbett Schofield.  Piano. 2nd Adam Wells.  Trumpet. The Area Final is on 10th February at Heriot Watt University 7pm.  Audience members welcome! More here: http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=559627&ClubID=73

Community Renewal are currently having local 1:1 conversations with the residents of Magdalene and Bingham.   As part of a funding bid placed with the People’s Health Trust, Community Renewal are finding out what people like and don’t like about their communities and how they might make things better. It’s early days, but Community Renewal staff – Sheila McWhirter & Archie Lowe – will be working in both neighbourhoods to talk and listen to local residents who have ideas on improving the quality of lives of people who live there. At the end of those conversations, Community Renewal will write-up a report for the People’s Health Trust, highlighting what the people have said is needed and the project ideas that have come out of listening and talking to people who live there. http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/30/new-funding-conversations-for-magdalene-bingham/

During the February school holidays (February 15 -19) Smart Play Network are running a play ranger week across Edinburgh with other partners in Magdalene and Bingham.  Edinburgh Play Ranger Week will run four simultaneous events across the city to promote the services and the benefits of outdoor free play.  This is the first time there has been a Play Ranger Week and they are really keen make this a success – with your help!  Smart Play Network is based at 16 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7BT Tel: 0131 554 2620. Visit the website! http://www.smartplaynetwork.org

 Grants between £8,000 and £12,000 are available to improve neighbourhoods. The next funding round for community greenspace projects opens in April. This grant programme is managed by Groundwork, working in Scotland with Greenspace Scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of the government carrier bag ’tax’. Got a great idea for a community greenspace? You can also nominate projects. More here: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

The Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects. We have been pretty successful in getting funding for this area over the years – in Portobello, Niddrie/Craigmillar and Magdalene. Grants up to £150k per project is available via Climate Challenge Fund for community climate action. The CCF was allocated another £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17. Expressions of interest are required by 5 February  and a completed application by 19 February. More here: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund

Edinburgh Playing Out – Public Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9 February at City Chambers, 253 High St Edinburgh  EH1 1YJ A small group of enthusiastic people have organised this free public meeting to publicise Playing Out and the Playing Out weekend we are organising on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April. Playing Out is a way of reclaiming our city streets for children to play safely and for all age groups to come out of their houses and speak to their neighbours. It involves closing streets on a regular basis (this is flexible, but could be one afternoon a month) and allowing children, under the supervision of their parents, to play outdoors. Unstructured outdoor play with all age groups is important for children’s development. Streets which already organise playing out see an increased sense of community and responsibility  Residents’ cars, delivery vehicles etc are still allowed access, it is just through traffic which is prevented from using the road.

If you would like to hear how to organise a Playing Out street over the weekend of 9/10 April.

There were concerns from local people about new LED street lighting not being bright enough.  I can report that during week commencing the 18 January the LED street lighting output levels were upgraded in both Mountcastle Drive North and  Mountcastle Drive South at the request of local residents there.

I have chased up information about the timescale for installation bus shelters at Joppa Road and South St David Street.  The new shelter at the side of Jenners (for No 26s and 44s) is due to be installed during the current closure of South St David’s Street.  However, this depends upon the development across the street creating a space during which they will guarantee no lorry movements. This will be for negotiation between JC Decaux and the contractor for the Standard Life development across the street. The shelter at Joppa Church is not likely to happen until much later in the year, once JC Decaux have finished their current programme of city-wide works.

If you have a missed bin, please do report it online – www.edinburgh.gov.uk/recycle. or call 529 3030. And leave it out for later collection.  I have still not got an Council officer answer to the vexed question of why electrical goods get left behind in the blue box recycling collection, but I’m not giving up!

Best wishes and have a good weekend!

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 22 January 2016

Dear All

I warmly welcome the imminent return of local charity Caring in Craigmillar (CiC) to their original home in the University Settlement Building at 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace, as announced at their AGM and in their excellent 2015 Annual Report. Among other things, CiC provides day care for vulnerable people with increasingly greater needs, a vital Phonelink service for housebound elderly people and is set to expand its services even further in partnership with other care organisations in the City.  And the wider Craigmillar community will be able to share the space, once again, in a fair and properly managed way.  A Council officer’s report to the Councils’ Finance and Resources has twice been on their Agenda – in December 2015 and January 2016 – but the Report recommending the lease was unfortunately ‘continued’, at the very last minute, causing stress and anxiety for all at Caring in Craigmillar and those who depend upon those vital services.  CiC must quit their current premises by 31st March 2016 and need to have Care Commission approval of improvements to their new premises before the move can take place. I am assured that the formal decision to let the ground floor of 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace to Caring in Craigmillar will be taken at the next F&R Committee on 2nd February. Not a minute too soon!

A new initiative is starting in Portobello Library next week. Sporting Memories Network run reminiscence groups based on sport in many parts of central Scotland, attempting to alleviate dementia, depression and loneliness in communities. Their latest group meets this Monday January 25 in Portobello Library from 2pm until 4pm. Everybody of retirement age are welcome and attendance is free. More here:  http://sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/

Brunstane Primary School are asking everybody what experiences they think children should have before they leave primary school  Everyone can take part.  They are conducting a survey surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3CK3ZHD called the Brunstane Bucket List. Please use the link to respond.

It’s Saturday 14  May for You Decide! event, not the 12 May as I mistakenly typed last week!  But that allows me to say how delighted I was to be copied in to the Portobello Toddlers Hut report on how they spent the money the community awarded them through You Decide! last year, complete with lovely photographs.  Everybody get thinking caps on for this year! A little money can help people make a big difference.  Wondering what this is all about?   Link to the PB Network website – http://pbnetwork.org.uk/  Scottish Government website for PB – http://www.communityscot.org.uk/features/participatory-budgeting/

Portobello Community Council meets again on Monday evening – 25 January – in Portobello Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Everybody is welcome.

The final decision on Brighton Place resurfacing is for black-top asphalt not setts. There was no ‘U-turn’.  It was for Councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee to decide and they came under a great deal of pressure before Committee – including a front page in the Evening News – to support a cheaper, quicker option, contrary to Council planning and transportation policy on designing streets. Portobello people may have ‘voted’ in the consultation for the cheaper option thinking that the money saved (perhaps £800,000) will be spent on Portobello streets and pavements.  I have to say, that is unlikely.  We will have to use more persuasive powers with transport officers and Councillors at and before the next Committee in March.  By the way, I am still not clear whether it is to be a skim over the top with asphalt or carriageway reconstruction that the Committee decided upon.  No doubt all will become clear in due course.

Every Sunday Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG)  hold open drop-ins that are open to all to attend. They are a chance to get involved with the renovation project, learn new skills, meet some wonderful people and share a delicious lunch. More here: http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/sunday-drop-in.html

John Connor and Guests are in Concert again at our very own White House Kitchen, 70 Niddrie Mains Road  on Friday 29 January 7pm.  Tickets £5.  See here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/15/the-white-house-presents/ I love going there for lunch or coffee and always find someone to chat to.

Here’s a lovely wee video from Edible Estates, building a growing community In Magdalene.  I visited on their open day last year and loved it: https://www.facebook.com/ediblemagdalene/posts/775671695898562  Thanks to the Community Alliance Trust (CAT) in Craigmillar who secured a £150,000 grant from Scottish Government to get it going.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Find out more form the CAB website: bit.ly/1UUve59

If you want to know what’s going on at Tribe Porty, subscribe to their newsletter: http://tribeporty.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/#sthash.fFm6Ekfc.1fHF5Gce.dpbs

There is are holding an information event about the plans for Craigmillar Town Square and public spaces on Thursday 28 January.  Details here: https://mobile.twitter.com/TheEDIGroup/status/689830673037815813/photo/1

You have a chance to win a free Ridacard giving unlimited travel for a year on Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Tram: http://edinburghtrams.com/news/WIN-a-years-Ridacard

Crowds at Portobello Outdoor Pool in 1955: Remember this?  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1039784262745923

Portobello Timebank invite members and interested parties come along, find out how to use the website, and meet Timebank members. They will show you how to log a request, post an offer, record your transactions and give feedback. This will give you the tools to start exchanging between your neighbours and get jobs done. Their meetings will usually fall on the second Thursday of the month, in the Dalriada at 7:30pm, meetings will be confirmed on the facebook site and via email to all members. All Portobello Timebank latest news here:  http://www.hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1201

Create a World Festival Society for a day! “We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.” You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17 February 2016.  To get involved, just be a little creative about an issue that you believe promotes “Caring and Sharing”. Song, dance, theatre, draw, paint, write, make, poem, photograph, lecture, walk, tour, talk, art class anyway that you feel you can be creative! See more here: http://worldcommunityartsday.com/2015/07/16/invitation-9th-world-community-arts-day/

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 15 January 2016

Dear All

Looking for something fun to do with the kids out this weekend?  There’s a Family Ceilidh tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm-4pm Portobello Old Parish Church, Bellfield Street. All children are more than welcome!  Details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/475608802564132/  More about this kind of event here:  http://www.ceilidhkids.com/

I have attached a couple of posters of things happening locally – one about play ranger activities for kids in the February break and another about what fit-looking  people might be seen doing at 9.30am Saturday mornings on Porty Beach – and how you might join them.

Portobello resident Sarah Fairbrother has entered a short film competition to ‘capture the excitement, effort or beauty of life outdoors’. It’s called Wild Winter Swim and is 4 minutes long. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.fairbrother.94/posts/10153818677106119

Portobello made the national press in a somewhat silly piece (IMHO) about goings on at Portobello beach that most of us think as ‘Just Normal Porty’.  See here:  Art attack? Mysterious goings-on on Porty beach | News | The National

Hunter’s Hall Park Cycling Hub is progressing to the planning stage soon.  The Proposal of Application Notice (reference: 15/05530/PAN) outlined a public exhibition about the proposals is to be held on 25 and 26 January 2016 (4.30pm – to 8pm) at the East Neighbourhood Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. Go take a look and have your say!

It was a huge success last year, so Stravaigin is having their Family Burns Night again this year on 23 January 7.00pm. – 10pm at Sandy’s aka Castleview Community Centre 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue.  It promises to be a night of good food, music and dance. Tickets £2 per person from Sandy’s to contact us call – Graham on 0131 661 4064 or Gordon on 07718668555.  More here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/15/family-burns-night-supper-at-sandys-all-welcome/

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. Get the latest news on: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/  and – for Edinburgh, in particular – https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/What-we-do/Who-we-help/The-Edinburgh-Trust

Portobello Heritage Trust are offering an illustrated talk entitled From Steam to Diesel at 7.30pm on Thursday, 25th February in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, Portobello High Street. Authors Archie Foley and Peter E Ross will talk about their book which presents a unique photographic record of equipment, buildings and people on the railway during the decade up to 1968, when diesel power replaced steam. Taken by an as yet unidentified BR driver, the images focus on not just steam locos and diesels but also the drivers, shunters, platelayers, signalmen and cleaners who kept the system running. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.  More about Portobello Heritage Trust: www.portobelloheritagetrust.co.uk   From Steam to Diesel Buy is available for sale at Portobello Library, Rosefield Avenue and at Joppa Newsagents, Joppa Rd. pic.twitter.com/xVAZer9964

The Council has agreed to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential streets throughout the city.  Reducing traffic speeds has been proven to lower the risk and severity of accidents, which in turn it is hoped would encourage more walking and cycling, reducing congestion and pollution and improving the local environment. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1740/map_of_new_20mph_speed_limit_streets_unveiled  Councillors also agreed a detailed implementation plan for the phased roll-out of 20mph, which addresses project delivery, awareness-raising, enforcement and monitoring of the proposed changes.

If anybody has any doubts about this being absolutely the right thing to do, read this: The day I hit a child at 20mph – and realised the speed limit must be cut | Home News | News | The Independent

Bridgend Farmhouse is having a Community Consultation Day on 31 January from 11am -3pm to be held at the Bridgend farmhouse, Old Dalkeith Road. The Consultation will cover a Bothy building project (from design to the build) – which will be undertaken by interested parties within the local community. The work is planned to take place between May and July this year. The Bridgend weekly Sunday drop-ins start back in February. All are welcome.  Find out more here: http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/

We are currently experiencing very irritating delays in refuse collections partly due to the huge increase in recycling take-up and some teething problems in introducing the new system to some 230,000 properties. It’s not bedded in yet – but will get there. I had a list of ten local streets this week that were experiencing problems with no-pick-up for weeks or delays.  The Council waste service told Councillors they regret not to have been unable to catch up with the scheduled collections by Monday 11 January as we all had hoped. They are working very hard to resolve this and hope to return to the scheduled collection as soon as possible. The service is limited by the resources they had available due to driver working time regulations. I’ll get another update next week.  Do let me know of any problems and I’ll do my best to get them fixed, but do also report through the Council website.  See link below

Anyone remember this? It’s the County Cinema, Craigmillar: https://mobile.twitter.com/74frankfurt/status/686268988859498496/photo/1

Babies can now take part in an ‘Every Child a Library Member’ scheme, which aims to help improve literacy rates amongst children. Every new parent in Edinburgh is being given the chance to sign their baby up for library membership at the same time as they register their birth.  http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/recommendations?platform=hootsuite It’s nice to see nationwide Scotland catching up with local grass roots library practice.  Books for Babies and Rhymetime have long been in place for many of the youngsters that stay in Portobello/Craigmillar.  Recently Peggy Hughes went on Twitter to say that she is (rightly!) proud to be on the board of Craigmillar Literacy Trust and here’s what they do: http://www.craigmillarliteracytrust.org.uk/

You might have noticed that the Portobello High Street memorial benches from outside the Town Hall and the Bank of Scotland  benches were taken to the Council’s Inverleith workshops for refurbishment back before Christmas.  We hope to have them back on site by the beginning of February.  One day it’s be warm enough to sit on them again and watch the world go by!

Lots of great news from Portobello High School via this link, not least the move to the new school and the celebration of the old one.  See here:  http://portobellohighschool.org.uk/clubs-activities/reportobello

Our Portobello/Craigmillar You Decide!  small grants process is happening again this year. Do put Saturday 12 May in your diary, 1pm-3pm for the You Decide! big event.  More details to follow.  Mean time, do prepare to come up with ideas for making your neighbourhood community better and – crucially – prepare to come along on the day to network, find out what is happening to help decide on the best ideas to take forward that need just that little bit of cash help to get going or to complement what is already being done.  More on what this kind of process is all about here:  http://www.communityscot.org.uk/features/participatory-budgeting/

 

Meantime, have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

 

Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1

p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email maureen.child@edinburgh.gov.uk to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.