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Maureen Child Update 8 January 2016

Dear All

Happy New Year and all the very best for 2016! We were up in a pretty wet and remote part of Angus for New Year but it was good to see lots of people enjoyed  Portobello Looney Douk 2016, news of which I picked up on in social media when we got back:  fb.me/2C8kiEF69.  See also a video of the Porty Douk by Arran Moffat: fb.me/7GNKKT38L  The twig and stone sculptures were – apparently – the talk Portobello beach dog walkers: pic.twitter.com/oX2hNAFZAw  And there was a wonder of the natural world seen from Portobello Beach, the aurora borealis: pic.twitter.com/QBt9sSTQok

By the end of this month, a newly refurbished Castlebrae Business Centre will have over 30 fit for purpose business units and workshops for lease in the fabulous listed 1930s(?) old school building at Peffer Place. This will enable social enterprise Cre8te to further stimulate business growth and economic activity in the Portobello/Craigmillar area with further job creation and employment in the local community. Enquiries to 0131 661 8888 or info@cre8te.co.uk  More here: www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/19/cre8te-opportunities-newsletter

Wassailing in the orchard There will be a Wassail at Donkeyfield Community Orchard Saturday January 23rd 2-4pm. Wassailing is a very ancient custom . The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘waes hael’ meaning ‘good health’. January is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year and ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring ‘music’ mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in.  And do wear scary clothes if you wish, just to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing (!) Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bon­fire. All welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/439706356227815/

In the run-up to Christmas, a notice went out about the intention for The EDI Group Ltd to put in a planning application for a development at Brunstane.  Click here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/17/proposal-of-application-notice-received-for-brunstane/ There are no details at all yet, besides a red line round the area on a map.  It’s  a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN), not the application itself details of which would come later. By law, there must be a programme of public consultation before the applcation is submitted. This large site is currently in the Green Belt but has been identified as a possible housing site in the Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan (LDP2) which is currently at the Scottish Government Reporter’s Inquiry stage.  The move is hardly a surprise, as developers and owners of sites are seizing their opportunities to build on their desirable green land (like Craigentinny/Telferton Allotments) arguing that Edinburgh ‘has no effective land supply’. And they have succeeded in convincing Reporters in a few cases, despite the best efforts of Council planners to ‘stick to The Plan.’  Mean time, there are at least six areas where substantial housing development is currently happening on brownfield sites in Portobello/Craigmillar and three more where planning applications are being lodged.

Fresh Start’s Community Growing Space near the Robin Chapel is winding down for winter. With the new year in mind, there will be a planning meeting held on the 18th January from 1pm-4pm in the Hays Business Centre. This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone thinking of getting involved to come along and hear more about this growing space, meet some of the existing volunteers and learn about the project. There will be plenty opportunity to discuss ideas over suitable crops to plant in both the ground beds and raised beds, and also to suggest and chat about broader ideas on how to make the community growing space work for everyone.  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/15/fresh-start-craigmillar-community-growing-space-planning-event/

And if you are interested in visiting the Robin Chapel itself, there are services there every Sunday.  January services here: robinchapel.org.uk; 4pm, all welcome.

A couple of local residents got in touch with me about the loss of trees in front of Phoenix House and there has been some chat on the Porty People Facebook page.  From the Council website I found this application: Tree Works for the following reasons(s) : The property is subject to a change of use from commercial to residential flats. The current tree cover is outgrowing its location and is unsuitable for purpose. If retained, the trees will require regular on-going pruning. There is conflict between infrastructure and tree crowns and rooting. Tree removal and replanting provides an opportunity to match tree cover to the altering site use and available space, to provide valuable long term amenity in line with the character of the area.  275 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH15 2AQ Ref. No: 15/05320/TCO | Validated: Thu 19 Nov 2015 | Status: Raise No Objection.  A decision to grant was dated 8 December 2015.  Tree works in a Conservation Area do require planning consent. The application would have been advertised, in the normal way, but I understand that direct neighbour notification letters are not required for just tree works.  More information on the planning portal which can be accessed through the Council website on this or any other property or land you might be interested in. You can search by application number or address.  Click here to get started: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20067/planning_applications/288/view_and_comment_on_planning_applications

A new Portobello Dementia Friendly Singing Group called ‘Let’s Sing’ for people newly diagnosed with early to mid stage dementia who like singing or would like to try.  There is lots of research now demonstrating the benefits of singing for people with dementia. This is a free weekly singing session at the Brunton Theatre (Rehearsal Room), Tuesdays 11.00.00 – 12.30, starting on 19 January.  The group will be led by the very experienced Penny Stone, a professional community group singing leader at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Members are welcome to come as often as they as they like and can bring a friend/companion.  The local steering group of Dementia Friendly Portobello are keen to get the information out to any potential members among people in the earlier stages of the illness. They have a small pool of volunteers to greet folks, make tea and be enthusiastic supporters.   There is room for more volunteers with the next training session on Tuesday 12 January from 10.30 – 12.30 also at the Brunton Theatre (Rehearsal Room). Contact first for more information – Jan Killeen, Steering Group Dementia Friendly Portobello, Phone 0131 669 2888.

That’s all I have time for today, but I hope you found something of interest here.

Best wishes for a great 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 19 December 2015

Dear All

The few Syrian refugee families Edinburgh has already welcomed to Edinburgh through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme are settling in well thanks to a range of excellent public, private and voluntary sector partners. We expect to welcome more in the New Year.  One of our key partners, very aptly named The Welcoming, are helping provide language classes and pathways into making friends – helping them form the kind of informal networks we all depend upon.  The Welcoming have attracted a number of excellent new volunteers to help with their vital work, helping people settle in and make a real contribution to the life of Edinburgh.  Find out more about The Welcoming here:  http://www.thewelcoming.org/

You would be made very welcome to a Christmas Light service is taking place in ‘Wellsprings’, 71 Whitehill Street, Newcraighall EH21 8QZ at 4pm on Sunday 20th December. It will include; carol singing; a kids dance video, with a modern take on the nativity; kids Christmas crafts; candle lights; mulled wine/juice and mince pies.  The offering will be taken in aid of Syrian refugees.  More about Wellspring here:  www.wellsprings.uk.net

Or you would be equally welcome in the Robin Chapel, for a more formal and cerebral Christmas experience with amazing choral singing:  http://www.robinchapel.org.uk/

Several people from Gilberstoun have contacted me about the inconsiderate and quite dangerous way people park right next to Brunstane Station on Brunstane Road South.  They said it was an accident waiting to happen. If you do ever leave your car near the station, do make sure the sightlines are clear for all other road users, cyclists and pedestrians. I was in touch with both local police and local roads team to see what we can do about it.  I asked for cones to be put up again in the short term and more permanent measures be progressed.

I went along to a meeting of Portobello Rotary for the first time last week to hear Fiona Fitheridge speak about the Thistle in Craigmillar and all the work they do. It was the premier of a couple of short films where people talked about how the Thistle has helped them turn their lives around.  Hugely impressive!  This is only part of what Thistle do:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/17/thistle-helping-you-manage-your-health/   Portobello Rotary is small but does great work and has a big impact.  More here:  http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=110

The Council’s local park rangers team do a really great job, working alongside local communities and ‘Friends of Parks’. They have put a few illustrated highlights here in their annual report, which deserves to be much more widely distributed and celebrated.  More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/14/park-ranger-service-east-neighbourhood-newsletter-2015/

On Tuesday I was in St Francis RC Primary School in Craigmillar presenting booklets to P5 children on the work they had done to develop themselves ‘Agents for Change’ in their community.  This is a fabulous programme run by the Jack Kane Community Centre.  It really engages the interest and enthusiasm of the youngsters in learning how to be a good member of a community and get along with people. Having met the children, I am not surprised to hear the class teacher say that this happened to be most rewarding class she had ever taught – and she clearly had quite a few years of teaching experience. More here: http://jackkanecommunity.org/?s=Agents+for+change+&submit=Search

I was delighted to be asked on to this year’s judging panel for S5/6 young people at Castlebrae Community High School (CCHS) presenting on a charity of their choice that means a lot to them. Not an easy thing to do!  This was part of the Scotland-wide Young Philanthropy Initiative which gave each group a chance to win their chosen organisation £3000.  Last year, Kids in the Street (KITS) won and we heard from Kev Finlay all the prize money last year had enabled them to do.  This year, the narrow winner was The Yard, with some really fabulous runners up.  The choice was not at all easy and had to be based not on the merits of the charity, but how well the youngsters presented.  The people who run the YPI venture said to us that four of those CCHS presentations were the best they had ever seen.  Castlebrae Community High School is doing fabulous work in building the confidence of some wonderful, caring young people.  Picture here: https://mobile.twitter.com/ypi_scotland/status/677134796074713088/photo/1

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is appealing to the public to stay safe this winter by taking the necessary steps to protect their families, homes, customers and communities.  Read more here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/14/stay-safe-this-winter/

Nice photo of Craigmillar Castle, the impressive and superbly preserved, former fortified residence of Sir Simon Preston – as every child in Castleview Primary School will be able to tell you, particularly by the time they learn all to be official tour guides for their peers in P6/7. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=858618487589501

From time to time I get asked – does this development have planning consent?  Is it being built as approved?  A refreshed planning enforcement charter sets out the enforcement process and how enquiries can be made. The dedicated online form ensures the enquirer provides all the information planning officers need to allow an investigation to proceed. The online form is easy to use and can also be accessed on mobile devices. The form and charter are available at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planningenforcement This means an improved and quicker service, with fewer delays, although paper-based enquiries are still welcome.

Planning Aid Scotland is now called simply PAS – which is confusing for those of us who use that acronym locally for Portobello Amenity Society (PAS)!  PAS nationally offers free, impartial and professional planning advice to help people understand and engage with the planning system. pas.org.uk  PAS locally can and do help local people get to grips with the planning system.  I am pleased to know that both organisations are lending support to the fight to retain the allotments at Craigentinny/Telferton. I was pleased to meet up with two of the campaigners to give them some advice on how to get their message across.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) has just gone in to the planning service for the Local Development Plan proposed Brunstane site and Portobello Community Council have put details up on the their website.  More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/17/proposal-of-application-notice-received-for-brunstane/

To get more details on this application, or any other, do go on to the Council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planning  You will get full details of how to comment or get involved with any live planning applcation or search any planning history of sites which interest you.   An application been lodged on 30 November for a cycling facility at Hunter’s Hall Park associated with the Jack Kane Centre. The reference for this one is 15/05530/PAN.

Here’s a nice picture of Portobello Hornets young rugby players in their smart new strips – thanks to sponsorship by The Espy Photo

Boating by Portobello Beach and Pier, 1885: This is the picture for July in the Lost Edinburgh Calendar for 2016. The pier: fb.me/7SADGOBih

Portobello Town Hall’s next regular Monthly Ceilidh 8 January 2016. Start the weekend in full swing, at the regular monthly Friday night ceilidh with great live music from the Canongate Cadjers, first Friday of the month. Dancing 8pm until
11pm, no need to book. Just pay for your ticket at the door.. Pay at the door £8 (£6 concessions), organised by Cadjers Music Factory. This Ceilidh Event suitable for all ages and abilities. All dances are explained – the band has a caller. Doors open 7.30pm (Dancing 8pm -11pm) No need to book, just pay at the door on the night. Under 16 ‘s Free Entry. All welcome. http://www.meetup.com/ceilidh-meetup/events/227163463/

One of my constituents pointed out how many local roofs in Craigmillar and Niddrie now have solar panels retro-fitted.  These may well be Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association properties, fitted with energy saving solar panels under a scheme to tackle fuel poverty and reduce household energy bills.  I am told that 105 properties in the EH16 postcode have benefitted from this investment.  More here:

http://www.castlerockedinvar.co.uk/about_us/company_news/technology_trial_underway_in_£7_million_project_to_tackle_fuel_poverty.aspx

And finally – I hope you like the attached photo of our up-cycled bonsai Christmas tree (attached).

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! 

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.

p.s.  Please let me know if you don’t want to receive emails like this from me and I’ll take you off my list.  Equally if you want to share it, please do.

Maureen Child Update 10 December 2015

Dear All

A concert of ‘Forgotten Carols’ is happening Saturday 12 December, 3pm at St Marks Church 287 Portobello High Street, This concert is a fundraiser for the Refugee Survival Trust.  There is also a repeat at the Storytelling Centre that evening, which is now sold out. So do catch the local one which currently has tickets left! http://www.sing-in-scotland.com/tickets/

Last Saturday, I had the privilege to meet some of the Syrian refugee families who have come to Edinburgh under the UK Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme in the last few weeks.  It was great to see friendships and good relationships developing in an informal get-together with many of those directly helping to settle them in.  I also met one of my lovely constituents who is involved with the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh and they are organising the Islamophobia Conference this Saturday at the Edinburgh Methodist Church, behind the Central Mosque in Nicolson Square, which has really great new conference facilities.  A fab venue (a hub cafe and the One World Shop attached).  All details here: http://www.sacc.org.uk/events  I will be there in the morning, but already committed to the ‘Forgotten Carols’ event (above) in the afternoon.

The Thistle Foundation are suggesting that their Firewalk Experience vouchers which would make great last minute Christmas presents for that “hard to buy” for person. The link to their website with information is here;  www.thistle.org.uk/firewalk16

Portobello High School’s Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, 16 December starting 7pm. Tickets are now on sale from the School office Tickets £5.00 (Concession £3)

The Porty Panto presents Cinderella this weekend; a family pantomime starting tonight, Friday 11 December for a three nights run, at The Wash House, 3 Adelphi Grove.  The show features the Towerbank Primary School Choir and the dancers of Lothian Dance Academy and Creative Dance.  More information and book here: https://www.ents24.com/edinburgh-events/the-wash-house-community-centre/the-porty-panto-presents-cinderella/4515511

Families might be interested in meeting Santa at Newhailes and comes with a recommendation from a Mum whose family went last weekend.  “It was lovely, in a stable, very non commercial and full of greenery and fairly lights. Staff were lovely and Santa was really nice.  The Visitor Centre is open and the cafe is serving food and drinks Santa is there again this coming Saturday and Sunday.” This is the link.  http://www.nts.org.uk/Events/Ticket-Date/4494/  They also have a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/NTSNewhailes

As part of the new ‘ScotRail in the Community’ scheme, a £40,000 annual Cultural and Arts Fund has been set up. They are inviting invite applications from groups across Scotland looking to fund arts, community recreation, and sports activities and projects in the vicinity of a train station or with a travel or safety theme. More here: http://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/scotrail-community/cultural-and-arts-fund

Fresh Start is an Edinburgh based charity helping people who have been homeless get established in their new home. Working in partnership with volunteers and organisations from a broad section of the community, they deliver a range of services that provide the practical and social support that help people resettle successfully. Fresh Start has a satellite office in Craigmillar and have transformed the land near the Robin Chapel into a community growing space. Their volunteers work together to plan what to plant, tend to what is growing, and harvest the crops when they are ready. More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/05/fresh-start-in-craigmillar-an-introduction/

 Sunday 20 December, 4pm is time for the Christmas Carol Service at the Robin Chapel. The choral music there is really breath-taking. Traditional refreshments and mulled wine (non-alcoholic), afterwards. Their ‘Service and Music Listbooklet is available on line at: www.robinchapel.org.uk and they would welcome you to join them. Paper copies will be available in the chapel.

The White House Kitchen is a Tea Dance and Singalong on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 December from 12.30pm to 3pm. The £3 entry includes tea and a scone.  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/02/the-white-house-tea-dance-sing-along/  Their Christmas Lunch looks yummy!  See here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/08/xmas-lunch-at-the-white-house/

Find out the loads of activities available during the holidays, especially for children, families and young people, at our brilliant community centres in East Edinburgh.  Details here:  https://www.joininedinburgh.org/holidayprogramme/east-edinburgh/.  Includes a community Christmas Lunch at Bingham Community Centre:: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/09/bingham-christmas-lunch/

This is the link to the Proposal of Application Notice application about the cycling development at Hunters Hall Park. Detail here:  http://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/files/1484369A49868BF334118DC50ED618F2/pdf/15_05530_PAN-PROPOSAL_OF_APPLICATION_NOTICE-3243935.pdf  The plans will also be on display in the East Local Office/Craigmillar Library on 25 and 26 January.

Warm congratulations to Castleview Primary School on their follow-through Education Scotland report.  Following the school’s very successful HMIE inspection in 2013 were they were awarded a Very Good rating for: · Improvements in Performance · Learners Experiences · Improvements through Self Evaluation  It was also awarded two Excellent ratings for: · Meeting Learners Needs · Curriculum  Children and Families quality improvement team recently  visited the school to assess the extent to which the school was continuing to develop the quality of its education. Their findings were that the school had made excellent progress since the 2013 report and had improved on performance in all areas.  Still one of the best primary schools in Scotland to be found in the heart of Craigmillar.  More here: https://castleviewprimary.wordpress.com/

Local people have been pushing for this and the Council’s new advertising shelter provider, JCDecaux, has finally secured planning permission for a new bus shelter outside Jenner’s’ side entrance on South St David Street where the Nos. 26 and 44 stop.  The current plan is to try and coordinate installation with a temporary road closure associated with works on the building over the road.  This could mean the shelter will be installed at the end of January 2016 or soon after.

If you must shop until you drop – at least be a clever Christmas consumer! Your consumer rights changed on 1 October. Make sure you understand your new rights when buying and sending things this Christmas. Follow The CAB’s ten consumer tips and have a safe, stress free holiday period.  More here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/be-a-clever-christmas-consumer/

And don’t forget to do the Edinburgh’s Budget Challenge (click link below) – you have a whole extra week to get it done!!

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 December 2015

Dear All

You will be very welcome to join Tribe Porty on Sunday, 6 December for their Christmas Makers Fair! 12 noon to 6pm 19 Windsor Place:  pic.twitter.com/G7exLmUwIg

The Holyrood Boxing Gym is organising a food bank collection in association with The Trussel Trust for families throughout Edinburgh.  From 8-18 December at 146 Duddingston Road West.  See here: pic.twitter.com/SFpbRLd9O8 and here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/03/christmas-foodbank-collection/

‘Portobello Loves Circus’ event at Full Cirqle on Saturday 12 December 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  Doors open 6pm.  A fun filled evening of performances.  To book go to their website:  www.fullcirqle.org.uk  Tickets £10 single, £7 concessions, £30 family.  More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1605662766322811/permalink/1605662779656143/

Congratulations to Edinburgh College Community Gardens and Orchards volunteers.  They won the UK EAUC Green Gown Student Engagement Award and the International Student Engagement Award. Congratulations to all!  Fantastic news!  More here:https://www.facebook.com/MiltonRoadCommunityGarden/posts/855332474577340

A link to some of the fabulous award-winning animation work that Mark Carr of the Arts and Environment Project has enabled local kids to do this year:  https://www.youtube.com/user/CMartsandenvironment

Based at Castlebrae Business Centre, Cre8te Opportunities’ award-winning fabulous Digital Skills project team are running classes on a Wednesday morning 9.30am till 12.30pm and Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm till 4.30pm.  They have trained over 1500 people since they started 3 years ago.  If you are interested in attending any of these great classes, do contact Clare on 0131 661 8888. More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/03/interested-in-learning-basic-computer-skills/

Silver Robin is a lively and light-hearted meeting place for older people to share and discuss interests, views, experiences and connect with other like-minded people. You can find find useful information, new ideas, have fun, and when necessary, have a good grumble. It’s your space to publish articles, memories, personal anecdotes. It’s run by a self-styled ‘oldie’  who knows that life can be lonely. Click on here: http://www.silverrobin.co.uk/

Equalities Ambassadors Wanted! Are you passionate about equalities and championing human rights? Then here is an opportunity to volunteer!  pic.twitter.com/CvpM1idnwC

Strength in the Community is a resource that has started in Portobello for people affected by someone else’s alcohol/drug use or addiction, including gambling. Talking about this may help, or you may help others. Information is on hand that could be useful. Talking about these issues may help those affected, and useful information is readily available. They meet every first and third Monday of the month at 6pm to 8pm in Portobello Library upstairs. The next drop-in dates are the 7th and 21st December. If you would like more information please phone 07419 919 336 or email strengthinthecommunity@gmail.com.

Portobello Amnesty International Group will provide cards for the ‘Write for Rights 2015’ Greeting Card campaign to support people whose basic human rights are being attacked. We hope you might be able to fill out one of the cards at our stall this month at the Portobello Organic market in Brighton Park on 5th December. We are a fairly active and friendly group and welcome anyone to also come to our group meetings. Our next meeting is on Monday 14th December at 7:30pm at Portobello Old Parish Church in Bellfield Street, where anyone with an interest in Amnesty International is welcome to join us for the meeting, a cuppa and some Christmas nibbles. If you would like more information about the above, please phone on 07462 271 808.

On Monday evening at Portobello High School, it was good to talk through what Portobello Community Council and partners might do with the feedback from young people about living in Portobello and what would make it better.  A summary of the consultation carried out by the community council and Council’s community learning and development service online at portobellocc.org/Minutes/2015/PFYP/PFYP_report.pdf. Any questions? Send them to: sfyp@portobellocc.org

Every Caring Christmas Tree bought from Bethany raises vital funds for the Edinburgh Winter Care Shelter to bring rough sleepers in from the cold. No-one should have to sleep rough this winter. You can make a difference. With increasing numbers of people seeking shelter over the winter months, it’s a sad fact that this service is needed more than ever. Over the last 2 years Bethany have seen an 86% increase in numbers of people with nowhere else to go and this year they are already busier than ever. They need your help more than ever. Please buy your tree form Bethany or give a donation: http://www.caringchristmastrees.com/edinburgh/

New Adult Education Classes at Portobello High School – January 2016.  Coming soon to your community, booking goes live on 9 December, places are limited so log on and create your online account.  Website is here: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/enrol/venue-programmes/portobello-high-school/  For more information about classes please contact Ellie: ellie.forgan@ea.edin.sch.uk

Saturday mornings with Portobello Parkrun in Figgate Park is huge successful and a great part of local community life. There have been one or two local complaints which the organisers do try their best to address: “I’d like to thank everyone for listening to the pre run brief and heeding our weekly requests to be considerate of other park users and each other, as well as staying on the paths and generally being a super bunch”  and “Just to reiterate my post during the week, please park considerately in the local area. There’s usually plenty of parking on Baileyfield Road (near the finish point) rather than inconveniencing local residents. If you can get to parkrun by public transport or under your own steam – even better!”  Full report of last week’s run here:  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/news/2015/11/28/event-32-28-november-2015-thanks/

Thanks for the feedback during the week.  If you are reading this through Chronicle Online, and if the links don’t work, I have left the full text in the link and –hopefully – you can highlight, copy and paste that into a search engine to get it to work.  If all else fails, do get in touch with me direct!

Don’t forget to take part in the Edinburgh Budget Consultation (see below).  The deadline has been extend a week from 10 December until 17 December.

Please note, I won’t be at my local surgeries on Monday – neither at Sandy’s/Castleview Community Centre at 5.30pm or at Portobello Library for 7pm – because of another commitment, but will be back on Monday 14 December.  And my other contact details are below.

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.

Have your say on Council spending and services by 17 December 2015

Maureen Child Update 27 November 2015

Dear All

The community campaign to save Craigentinny allotments at Telferton is well underway.  If you want to be part of the Portobello Community Council consultation, please do lodge any objections with them to the planning application (15/05072/PPP) by close of play TODAY Friday 27 November http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/11/10/telferton-allotments-planning-application-have-your-say/ .  But it would also be just as important to comment directly to direct to the planning department by 4 December.

Today is also the funding deadline for Edinburgh Community Solar Co-ophttp://www.energydash.org/project/edinburgh-community-solar-co-op  By last Tuesday, £1.2 Million had been raised towards the £1.4 Million target share offer.  So if you can and want to be part of this, sign up now to avoid disappointment.  Edinburgh residents get priority.

The White House Kitchen Presents John Connor & Guests Friday, 27 November Doors open – 7.00pm Tickets £5.00 at the door. More here: Tonight!

Portobello MarketThe Force Awakens – 9.30am to 1.30pm Saturday 5 December in Brighton Park. BG Cycles will be there from the beginning offering a free bicycle check. Last chance to pick up traders’ one-off seasonal goodies. 26 traders on site and a full list of everything available is on the PEDAL website. Please like out Facebook page: Portymarket Map: https://goo.gl/bDOQjD

A reminder about MEET THE FUNDERS! Thursday 3 December 1.00 – 4.00pm Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 High Street, Portobello Edinburgh EH15 1AF (– and do stay on for Portobello Street Fest!) Meet the Funders is a free public marketplace event providing access to funding information for community projects. It’s a great opportunity for groups to discuss their ideas with potential funders and collect a range of information about possible sources of grant aid. No need to book – just drop in.

Exhibitors expected include:

 

Big Lottery Social Investment Scotland
MyParkScotland First Port
The Melting Pot General Enquiries
Family Fund Edinburgh Business Gateway
Edinburgh4Community Bank of Scotland
Pass It On Registered Tenants Asscn Grants
Community Grants Fund Edinburgh Community Food
Sportscotland Robertson Trust
Princes Trust Enterprise Royal Bank of Scotland
Volunteering Matters Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage
Home Energy Scotland Tribe Porty
Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive Fund ( SERI) Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation
MOD Covenant Fund Art& Business Scotland
Clubsports Edinburgh Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland
The Big Lunch – The Eden Project

The LOOPs Networks – Local Opportunities for Older People – is still looking for feedback from those who work with older people throughout Edinburgh.  Please get in touch if you can help:  LOOPS Evaluation

Reading Champion was revealed this week at Craigmillar Library.  More here:  Reading Champion

And here’s an opportunity to help make inspire the reader of the future:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/11/24/volunteers-wanted-to-read-to-toddlers/

And there are a wealth of volunteering opportunities out there! Volunteer Edinburgh, now based at 222 Leith Walk, helps people find volunteering opportunities, and also finds volunteers for organisations that need them.  With one-in-four people in Edinburgh regularly volunteering, the organisation’s mission is to inspire even more people to get active and become involved in their communities, enhancing their lives, and the lives of others.

Lunchtime workshops in Magdalene, look to build cooking confidence and find ways to reduce our food waste. It’s a big topic at the moment, with Hugh’s War on Waste featuring on prime-time telly, and they’re keen to help local residents save money on wasted food and cook up some tasty, healthy meals in the meantime!

Workshops will be taking place every fortnight at the Magdalene Community Centre. The next two sessions are on Tuesday 1st December and Tuesday 15th December, both starting at 12 noon. More here: Magdalene Edible Estate  I can see Magdalene people really flourishing!  Gardening is good for your mind as well as your body: bit.ly/20ZyJgG

Scottish Water is reminding customers to follow their Card, Check and Call advice to stop bogus callers. With the dark winter nights here, and SW staff taking thousands of water samples from customers across the country, they are advising people how to recognise a genuine Scottish Water employee from a bogus caller when they turn up at their door. More here: Beware Bogus Callers

The Portobello Timebank Christmas Party will be held at the Dalriada, 7:30 – 9:30pm on Thursday December 3.  Same night as Portobello’s Street Fest when lots of events are taking place 5-8pm.  One of Anna Moffat’s favourite photos – and mine – from the Art Walk Porty exhibition, ‘Be Nice’ is currently on display at The ‘Wild’ Flower Shop and will soon be available to buy as a framed print on Ann’s website. Photo

Professional drummer, Martin Neil, will be holding a workshop on Saturday 5 December 2015 in Wellsprings, Newcraighall. For the ‘Developing Percussions’ workshop, held from 10:30am to 4:30pm in the upper room of Wellsprings, 71 Whitehill Street, Newcraighall, EH21 8QZ, Martin Neil will draw on his knowledge of different styles of music that he has learned from his travels. More here: Workshop

This week, I visited social enterprises Breadshare, The White House Kitchen and Hunters Hall Housing Cooperative with other Councillors, as part of an open invitation to Councillors to find out first-hand about the third sector, volunteering and social enterprise in our City.  More on Breadshare here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/11/21/breadshare-giving-edinburgh-a-slice-of-healthy-inspiration/

The digital news Chronicle Online have recently launched a new “what’s on” page, bringing together all of the events and meetings happening in your area in one handy place. If you have an event you would like to be added to this page then please let them know at http://chronicleonline.net/submit-your-story/ or by emailing hellochronicleonline@gmail.com

The popular Portobello ParkRun takes place weekly in Figgate Park and here’s their latest report :  fb.me/2a1U60rNZ

Proposals to install 24hr waiting restrictions in some streets in East Edinburgh wp.me/p6Feb4-e1

Newhailes House are having festive fun activities between Saturday 5 December – Sunday 13 December. You can escape the pressures and join them in the Stables courtyard. Book tickets and find our more here:  Newhailes

Portobello Art School is coming to Tribe Porty. Classes for adults and kids. Find out more here: fb.me/5jZAspKu0

There is some great stuff reported to the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee which might be of local interest: Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee 24 November 2015 Full Meeting Papers

Here’s an image of the new Towerbank Primary School dining hall extension Image of the new Towerbank Primary School dining hall extension

Designs have been revealed for the new accommodation being built by the City of Edinburgh Council to cater for increased free primary school meal provision.

Planning applications have now been submitted for the accommodation at four schools across the capital , one of them Towerbank. The new buildings and extensions are needed so the Council can meet Scottish Government requirements to provide free school meals for all P1 to P3s.

On Sunday 29 November, the wonderful Robin Chapel is holding its Advent Carol Service at 4pm. The service will include traditional carols, sung by the full Chapel Choir, with Advent readings and I’m looking forward to be doing one of them. A great start to the week!

Whatever you do, 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.

Have your say on Council spending and services by 10 December 2015