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Maureen Child 10 October 2015

Dear All

A local resident came up with some heartening good news to share: “Just wanted to pass on the fantastic experience that my teenage autistic son has had with Green Shoots, the social inclusion branch of The Green Team, which works out of Tynecastle High School community wing. I don’t say it lightly when I describe the intervention as life saving.” The link to its activities is normally , but the link was down at the time I tried.  It might be fixed by now.

Other contacts are: The Green Team, 2 McLeod Street EH112ND, Tel: 0131 337 7227, or email

Their lovely art-gallery window is all changed and ready for the weekend, so how about a visit to sunny Portobello and The Velvet Easel Gallery?!

Up to £4,000 of funding is available for community groups to help them sow or grow native plants and transform communal spaces.  See here:  Grants

Due to essential gas main replacement works on Brighton Place, (brought forwards to future proofing the re-building of the carriageway), it will be necessary to install temporary two way traffic lights on Brighton Place from today, Saturday 10 October for approximately seven days. There will also be some additional work on Rosefield Place lasting about seven days. The works will cause delays and are timed to coincide with the October week school holiday when traffic reduces by about 15%. Temporary traffic lights will be manned from 7am to 7pm daily, and manually operated when required. The setts will removed and replaced with asphalt surfacing for now. These setts will be put into storage for reuse in the reconstruction of Brighton Place early next year.

Prickly plants will now be put at the foot of the Coadstone Pillars in the community garden at the foot of John Street on the Promenade. A while ago, a young boy fell off one of the pillars was severely injured, even although the child was under adult supervision at the time. The pillars have been there for quite a few years now and this is the only known accident. Please make sure children are deterred from climbing these pillars.

Dads can brush up on their hairdressing skills with this Dads and Daughters fundraising event for Portobello Toddlers Hut. Link:  here

Hunt for mystery Edinburgh railway snapper – a mysterious railway driver whose legacy of photographs opened doors on the past. Local historian Archie Foley, found the negatives by chance in a biscuit tin at a collectors’ fair and has been trying to find out more about the photographer ever since.  More here:  Evening News Article

Do you own a jet-ski or motor boat? Lots of people swim at Porty beach and there is an exclusion zone in place for a very good reason, so stay away from the shore in case you kill or badly injure someone. See plea to be more careful, here  It seemed to work the first weekend.  Long may that continue!

Now Edinburgh’s best kept secret with great affordable food: The White House Kitchen  but don’t just take MY word for it being great: Review

All of Portobello’s Primary Schools now have partnerships with schools in Tanzania. (Brunstane, Duddingston, Parsons Green, Royal High, St John’s and Towerbank). In order to support these partnerships and the other 12 across the city a fashion business has been set up to help fund these relationships and the projects that are developing. If you would like to help or be involved in any way you would be welcome. And if you do have any quality clothes or accessories you could part with they would be much appreciated now or at any time in the future! The fundamental purpose of Twende Pamoja is to develop a global vision in the context of relationship. There are now 46 primary and secondary schools and 6 communities involved in partnerships, which began 30 years ago. Makutano is a growing network of relationships between young people who seek to develop and bring about a vision of life as it could be. The Twende Pamoja Trust seeks to nurture and support these partnerships and the young people in our schools. (See and

A report regarding catchment boundary changes for Towerbank Primary School is recommending the option which guarantees sibling places. The Council decided to hold a statutory consultation as Towerbank Primary School was identified as having capacity issues from August 2016 onwards due to the rising number of catchment pupils in recent time. Four different options for catchment change were put forward and the public were able to submit their views from 8 May until 22 June. In total 428 responses were received with a clear majority of 65% wanting option four which also provides a guarantee of places at Towerbank Primary School being available for younger siblings in the future. Full details of the recommended option and how it will be implemented are contained in the report. The recommendation will be discussed by the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on Thursday, 22 October who will discuss the report and come to a decision.

The monthly Craigmillar Chronicle community newspaper is sorely missed.  Now an online facility is starting up which we hope will grow arms and legs and perhaps – one day – have an occasional printed version.  I have been at The White House today learning a bit about how to get on WordPress. Mean time this is being put up as a Blog on the website by others more able than I am, although if I can learn how to do it, anybody can!  Watch this space – and do get in involved if you can:

Students and staff at Castlebrae Community High School raised more than £350 in half an hour for the cancer care charity Macmillan in a coffee morning event last week.  Lee Milligan and fellow students at the home economics department baked a range of cakes for what has become an fund raiser at Castlebrae. “Yeah, we’re pleased with the amount we raised,” Lee told Chronicle On-line. “We do it every year in the school. The staff said they enjoyed the cakes really well. “It’s an on-going thing for the school do to, so we will be doing it again next year.”

Sylvia Gorman is the librarian at Castlebrae Community High School but she is also Secretary of the Craigmillar Literacy Trust who organise Craigmillar Book Festival. The Chronicle on line spoke to her about the festival which is coming up in November to tie in with Book Week Scotland, and some events which pupils can enjoy. Sylvia Gorman Interview  Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November, this year2015 will Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November. ‘Follow’ them on Twitter or ‘like’ them on Facebook

for the latest updates about Book Week Scotland 2015 and make sure you don’t miss any events!

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Groups can now also apply for grants to support litter campaigns and projects that aim to run preventative litter campaigns are encouraged to apply.

Environmentally conscious householders, community groups, youth groups and schools are all being urged to submit an application for funding by Tuesday 20th October. A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 – £2500. For more information :Waste Action Grant

Finally, do take part in the 2016-2020 City of Edinburgh Council Budget Consultation, which was launched last week: See here:  Budget Consultation

I am away for the next ten days on holiday, but the office will deal with anything urgent mean time. Do have a good October break yourselves!

Best wishes



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. Please note: no consultation sessions for me this coming week or next (normally Monday evenings).  If it’s urgent, do phone my Direct Line 0131 529 3268 which will switch you through to a Labour Group Assistant team who will be able to help withmost things in my absence or they can make an appointment for soon after I return.  They will also pick up on urgent matters coming in va email: and I will respond a soon as I can when I get back.

Maureen Child Update 02 October 2015

Dear All

The Portobello Book Festival starts this weekend and kicks off at Portobello Library tonight.  Some more details here: and here: Women’s Library  All events are free, but you need to pick up tickets from Portobello Library, address and details below my signature.  Some are ‘sold’ out, but if you come along, you might be lucky to get a return ticket.

An invitation to upload your family photographs to Edinburgh Collected and help us our city’s history! Details here:

Such a fabulous day of great weather last market, so let’s hope for a repeat this coming Portobello Market, tomorrow. Music will be from resident band of the Caleerie Buskers and BG Cycles will be back with their offer of a free bike check. Sit with a coffee and soak up the atmosphere. That’s Saturday 3 October from 9.30am  to 1.30pm in Brighton Park, Brighton Place, Portobello. More here:

A short booklet has been created by the Compact Partnership in Edinburgh to provide a collective overview of Edinburgh’s Third Sector.

The Third Sector is hugely diverse, consisting of charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and community groups. The organisations can be made up of paid staff and volunteers or run completely by volunteers, whatever suits the needs of the organisation. See more here: Compact Voice

Edinburgh Volunteer Recruitment Fair: Click here:  Volunteer Recruitment Fair This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of Edinburgh’s Volunteer involving Organisations, and for your constituents and Edinburgh’s people to learn more about volunteering opportunities across the City. Last year the fair helped around 1,000 people in their search for volunteering opportunities to make connections with the organisations that needed them.  The Fair will also feature volunteering and employment specialists, Volunteer advisors, volunteering with older people and employability, a friendly café run by Bespoke Organic Events and of course access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the city. More here:

Come meet the new Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) team at the above Volunteer Recruitment Fair next Wednesday to learn more about EaRN and attend their workshop on volunteer Equalities Ambassadors at 3.30pm. if you can.

Edinburgh has just launched a solar co-operative.  Se video about it here: Solar Co-operative Video and national coverage here: Solar Co-op

It was mobbed last weekend on Porty Beach to watch the Cockenzie Power Station chimneys coming down: Cockenzie Power Station Towers  And here’s some great video footage of the Cockenzie demolition:

Following the local Evening News campaign to save lives by taking first-aid action quickly on people who suffer a heart attack, it’s really fantastic that several defibrillators are at the ready in Craigmillar and local people are trained up so they know how to use them, thanks to Kevin Findlay, the charitable organisation he runs – Kids in the Street  (KITS) – and Craigmillar community members for getting this sorted.

Lovely pictures of Brunstane Primary School’s P7’s baking bread at social enterprise, Breadshare Portobello.  See them hard at work here:  They brought kits home to bake some for their parents too! Breadshare were successful in getting a small Community Grant through the Neighbourhood Partnership ‘You Decide!’ grants process we ran this year.  Good to see the money being very well spent giving our local youngsters this kind of experience.  More workshops with more youngsters yet to come!

The Chronicle on-line, a new community news medium for Craigmillar, is getting up and running and is looking for contributors.  Find out more here:  News of Castlebrae Community High School’s new permanent Head Teacher  and her ambitions for the school are here:

In a year’s time, our new Portobello High School will open. A reminder that a new park is planned for the old school site and now is the time to start thinking about its design and layout. Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (E&LGT)need your input. Click here: New Park Ideas

If your community garden project is looking for funding for next year, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust have grants of up to £500 available for anything from gloves and tools to compost bins. The deadline for applications is Friday 27 November. For more information and how to apply: Apply for a Grant

E&LGT are busy in this area.  They are also involved in Craigmillar Town Centre Greenspace and plans for a park at Little France Little France Proposals

Keep Britain Tidy figures show: 30 million tonnes of litter are collected in the UK each year; £1bn is spent by local councils each year to clean this; 28% of people admit that they drop litter. (68% actually do); 8 million dogs produce more than 1,000 tonnes of mess every day in the UK alone; 86% of people say that littering is disgusting; 99% of town centres have cigarette litter.  It really doesn’t have to be this way!  Who picks it up – besides beleaguered Councils?!  Nominate a Hero: Clean Up Scotland’s Hero of the Month Award recognises a volunteer’s outstanding contribution to cleaning up Scotland. If you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond to improve Scotland’s environmental quality, Keep Scotland Beautiful would love to hear about it. To nominate a local Hero, go to

This looks like a great cause – aiming to raise funds for balance bikes for nursery aged children, initiated by another great social enterprise The Bike Station. More here:

Another great idea, that I hope blossoms all over our city – making our streets safe for children to play and neighbours to get to know each other better.  I first picked this up in an article about Bristol where a couple of parents had got together to make their street a ‘play street’ for a day a month:

Finally, there’s a free mini health event in Bingham Community Centre next Friday October 7, 11am-2pm. More here:  Bingham Event

I hope you all have a great, sunny weekend!

Best wishes



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 to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

p.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 24 September 2015

Dear All

Four pupils from Portobello High School will be tracing the footsteps of pupils from a hundred years ago when they set off in October for the beaches and battlefields of Gallipoli. This is part of an exciting international initiative organised by the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project involving pupils from schools in those countries that sent troops there.  More here: Portobello and the Great War

New Group for young writers aged 16-25, in collaboration with Out of the Blue.  You’ll get advice on how to write, edit, design and publish your own material,.  The big launch is at 6pm on Wednesday 7 October here: Craigmillar Library  And hopefully, we’ll be fostering the young writers of the future for this great initiative: Craigmillar Chronicle on Line

The fabulous Craigmillar Library is looking for feedback on the services they offer in order to improve and ensure they are providing the best for people who use the Library or might in future.  See here:  Customer Survey

There will be a folk concert in St Mark’s Episcopal Church off Portobello High Street (opposite top of Bellfield Street) on Wednesday 7 October.  Details here:  Folk Concert

A date for your diary: ‘Spooktastic’ Fundraiser for The Thistle Foundation – a Quiz Night on Friday 6 November, 7 for 7.30pm at Hearts Supporters Club, Craigmillar Castle Avenue (just opposite Thistle Entrance) .  More here: Quiz Night

Portobello Community Council meets Monday 28 September at 7:30 pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. All welcome to attend.  Agenda and more information here: Portobello Community Council

If you (or your son/daughter) are out in uptown Edinburgh on Friday or Saturday nights and find you or other in your company need some help in a crisis, the Edinburgh Safezone Bus is there for you in Cathedral Lane opposite the Omni Centre and the Playhouse, between 10pm and 4am.  Or you can call the bus staff on 07920 70 65 68.  More here: Safezone Bus  The Edinburgh Bus is a fabulous example of everyone working together to keep people safe. This film highlights the huge benefits of this kind of partnership working.

More on collaboration with the Third Sector here: Compact Quarterly Newsletter  Sign up to getting it quarterly Here

There is still time for you to comment on the Lothians, Borders, Edinburgh and Southern Fife region-wide SESplan Main Issues Report which is about how we might develop the City Region over the coming decades: Press release from SESplan

More about planning issues in the City of Edinburgh’s regular planning blog.  Link here: Planning Edinburgh

The Co-op have a £750,000 fund form the plastic bag charge to help local projects.  Here’s how to apply:  Co-op Local Fund Application

Seeking funding to continue your project? Click here:  Big Lottery

To keep children safer, vehicular traffic is being banned around six Edinburgh primary schools at drop-off and pick-up times. The council-run pilot scheme is intended to keep moving traffic away from streets outside the schools for an hour at the beginning and end of each day for at least 18 months. An exclusion zone for cars is now set up outside Duddingston and St John’s RC primary schools as part of phase 1 and Towerbank will be part of phase 2 in the New Year. More here: School Streets

A Scottish Parliament Committee wants your views on parking on pavements and double parking. Watch their video to find out more: Double Parking Video

This weekend it’s “Goodbye to Cockenzie power station, a cathedral to coal”: Guardian Article  I will be away for a short break until Monday afternoon, so will miss this great demolition spectacle which we could clearly see from Portobello beach!  Quite a loss.

Best wishes for a great weekend, when it comes – whatever you’re doing.



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 to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

Maureen Child Update 18 September 2015

Dear All

Thanks to people concerned about the pigeons seemingly trapped behind the wire netting that was (at last!) recently placed to the underside of Brighton Place/Southfield Place bridge. Before pigeon-proofing, 150-200 pigeons were moved out. The Council officer overseeing the project confirms that outlets have been formed in the new netting to allow any pigeons to escape. (I have photos!)  It can take 2 or 3 weeks for some pigeons to get the message and move on. This Council officer will continue to monitor it, and if the numbers of pigeons don’t drop he’ll bring in pest control and a section of netting may have to be removed – temporarily – to release them.

I will be at Portobello High School for a while on Saturday to watch some top class basketball played by local people. Entry is free to all. More here:  Porty High Basketball Day

On Sunday, on Portobello Promenade and get your bicycle marked from 11am -1pm on Sunday by the local police. The first few are free.  See here:  East Edinburgh Police Twitter and Portobello Community Council Notice

Well done to the finalists in the Edinburgh Living Landscape photo competition! Now it’s time for you to help decide the winners.  View the entries and vote for the ones you think are best. Tough choices! : See here: Facebook and here: Edinburgh Living Landscape Photography Competition

The School Streets scheme, banning cars from near two local primary schools at peak morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times, starts Tuesday 22 September and includes Duddingston and St John’s Primary Schools. More here:  School Streets Scheme

The next meeting of our local Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership is on Wednesday 23 September, starting 6.30 pm, at the East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. This is a public meeting and members of the public are very welcome to attend to find out about some of the local work we oversee in a local partnership which includes local voluntary sector, NHS Lothian, Police, Fire and rescue service and Community Council – among others.  See agenda and papers here: P/C Neighbourhood Partnership

The fence on the Portobello High Street side of the Powerleague 5-a-side football pitches site is in a dilapidated condition and badly needs fixed.  The Council’s local parks and greenspace manager tells me that they have the replacement fence in the yard the start date is likely to be mid October.  The work will take about 3 weeks to complete .

Stravaigin’ have organised a coffee morning in Sandy’s Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue EH16 4DW to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 25 September 10am-12 noon. Do call in for coffee and cake! Bus routes 2,,14,21,30,42.  More about Stravaigin here: So what is Stravaigin?

After a treacherous journey, and feeing was and famine at home, men women and children are arriving in Europe scared and exhausted. Moved by their plight, Porty resident and musician Rosie Nimmo has written a song in response to the refugee crisis, with proceeds going to help those in need. If you like it, please do share it with friends: Refugee (Clouds Colliding) by Rosie Nimmo  It is also on Rosie’s third album, Scrapbook, which will be out in October.

On the same theme, Portobello Community Council’s CalAid collection took place in Portobello Town Hall next week, with over 30 volunteers gathering and sorting donations for distribution to refugees based in the French town of Calais, then making short work of packing the bundles of donations into vans the following morning. It took us just 15-20 mins to fill the two vans.  Well done to Emma Dempsey who spearheaded the whole affair!  More about Calaid here:  Some of the generous gifts were not what Calaid said was needed, and could not be sent on, so I took them to the Basics Bank for Portobello based at the Wilson Memorial Church at Kekewich Avenue to help people in crisis in our own community.  More about what the Basics Banks do here:

Apart from letting the Portobello Calaid group have the use of Portobello Town Hall on the Saturday-Sunday morning, the Council are playing their full part in the national response to the refugee crisis.

Council agreed unanimously, back in May, to take part in the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

  • we are also in active discussion with Mercy Corps (our Edinburgh-based charity partner) about assisting them in supporting an urgent appeal – please do check their main website for any developing details: and there are notices on the streets
  • Next week, the Council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee, which I convene, will consider a further report and verbal update on what the City is doing – in partnership – to help. More here:


Find out more of how you can help with the refugee crisis through these links: In Scotland: Scotland welcomes refugees and at UK level:  Syrian Refugees What You can Do To Help

The Edinburgh Trust is part of the wider national charity Turn2us and helps people in financial hardship within Edinburgh by giving small, one-off grants

to help people pay for things they vitally need. A grant may cover the cost of living, or buy practical items such as essential white goods, furniture, carpet and flooring. They also help with very basic items such as clothing, fuel costs and removal costs. The Trust can also help people by sign-posting them to other charities or sources of support, and by doing a basic welfare benefits check. More here: The Edinburgh Trust

Gardeners and allotment holders at Telferton, between Craigentinny and Portobello, have won the right to legally cultivate their plots. Last week the allotment holders were granted a Certificate of Lawfulness by Edinburgh City Council, giving them a legitimate right, under planning law, to use the site they have occupied for more than 90 years. A planning application will be submitted soon to develop most of the site. There is a local campaign to stop that happening, as you will know from the front page of this season’s Portobello Reporter.  Link to more information here: Allotment Site

A celebration of Older People’s Day at Meadowbank Sports Centre from 12.30pm – 4.00pm on Thursday 1 October.  It includes: Information stalls; Demonstrations; Discussion / info corners; Tea Dance; Get Up & Go awards. Over 400 older people attended the event last year, so please do spread the word!  Any questions, please do not to contact the Ageing Well office on 0131 4582183.  If you want a poster, I can send you one.

A fabulous well-deserved rave review of The White House Cafe in Craigmillar here: A hidden gem in the heart of Craigmillar.

Before or after sampling the delights of The White House Kitchen, Craigmillar Castle is well worth a visit.  In fact it’s some people’s top favourite: Click the link Craigmillar Castle for more information

All aboard the Borders Railway Borders Railway | ScotRail Following plenty local complaints that the trains haven’t enough carriages to take all the people who want to travel to and from the Borders, the train operator Scotrail are now putting on more carriages. It’s your railway, with two station in this area at Brunstane and Newcraighall:  Borders Railway Community Partnership For train enquiries on tickets, fares and timetables contact Scotrail on 0344 811 0141 or visit their website:  By the way, Charlie Cavaye took this great photo of the steam train passing Brunstane with HRH aboard on official opening day:

The Footway Parking and Double Parking Bill is explained here:  SPICE Factsheet .  The Bill is being strongly supported by pedestrian and cycle campaigners like SPOKES and Living Streets among others, including wheelchair users. It is aimed to stop pavement parking, double parking and parking over dropped kerbs. And MSP’s are seek your views on the Bill.  More here:  BBC News Parking Bill

What do you think of parking in Edinburgh? Have your say on the Council’s Parking Action Plan proposals Parking Consultation

Little France: proposals for a new Edinburgh park  On behalf of City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh and Lothian Greenspace Trust have submitted a Pre Application Notice to create new public parkland on the open space between the Royal Infirmary and Craigmillar. With the arrival of the new BioQuarter and a range of other new developments, some under construction with others at various stages of the planning process, if accepted, the new park will provide a valuable green asset to new and existing communities. Central to the plans is high-quality cycle/walking route through the park to form a strategic active travel link connecting to/extending the city’s cycle network.  More here:  Send comments to by 26 September.

A reminder that the 7th Portobello Book Festival programme is ready to share! Programme Book Festival

A free exercise and life management course is on offer for people with long term health conditions. The Thistle Foundation’s new Nutrition-led Lifestyle Management course will support you to achieve a balanced diet by giving you lots of information on healthy eating and the roles and effects of food. Starts Wednesday, 30 September. More here: Thistle Course Information

Are you interested in being an advisor with Citizens Advice in Edinburgh?  Find out more and apply online: CAB Volunteering

If you think a friend or relative may be experiencing domestic abuse see this: CAB Campaign

There is a Craigmillar community Chronicle website now and it is very much a growing and moving feast. More here:  Chronicle On Line for Craigmillar  The workshops will start soon, with the first planned for 2 October from 1-4pm at The White House – more details will be on the website through the on-line Edinburgh Reporter very soon.

How do we improve health by supporting communities? The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership are keen to hear from you on the first draft strategic plan – Draft Strategic Plan

When the cyclists came to Milton Road for the Tour of Britain, it was blink-and-you-missed-it, but it’s captured here by John Davey:  Twitter Photo

Discover nine of the best food outlets in Scotland that do social good: Breadshare is on the List! No3.

Portobello Telly captures tightrope walking on Porty Beach:  Local Circus Skills Developing. We are developing circus skills in the heart of our community in Portobello.   Full Cirqle opened last May at 8 Baileyfield Crescent and aims to make circus more inclusive, accessible and affordable for all ages and walks of life.  Find out more here:

The Co-op recently launched a £750,000 fund for good causes collected from 5p carrier bag charges BBC News Coop Fund. Apply here Co-op Good Cause Fund Application

Just to remind ourselves that the finalised Edinburgh City Local Development Plan is now with the Scottish Government Reporter: Scottish Government – DPEA – Case Details

Best wishes and have a good weekend!



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 to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

p.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.

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Maureen Child Update 04 September 2015

Dear All

It’s been a bit of a long-running saga, but the railway bridge at Brighton Place/Southfield Place is to be inspected starting this weekend and the wire-mesh ant-pigeon measures put in once Network Rail have done their bit.  All the work is planned to be taking place – seamlessly –  in the same week. The details are attached.

Art Walk Porty is on this weekend, 4-6 Sept. There is Art in Shops, on the Prom and Beach, and in Artists’ Studios. Pick up a copy of the programme from participating venues including The Tide, The Beach House, Dalriada and The Skylark.  Check website for latest programme updates:

Preview here:

The Jack Kane Community Centre’s Garden Globe Project is being used as an example of best practice by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. To find out more, about it, visit the JKC’s website; Call the Centre on 0131-657-1595 or Email the project worker Kirsten or go up and visit. It’s open to all.  Apart form one small bit of damage at the start (and the young culprit made amends by volunteering in the garden) it has not been vandalised. Tribute to the wider community and all the volunteers who care for it.

A reminder that this Saturday is Portobello Market Day, in Brighton Park, Brighton Place. Gates open at 9.30am and the market runs until 1.30pm. There’s entertainment from the Caleerie Buskers and 24 traders on site this month. Check out the PEDAL website for a full list.

The Borders Railway –  joining Waverley, Brunstane and Newcraighall Stations to the Borders – opens to passengers this weekend and is officially opened by the Queen next Wednesday.  More information here:  Borders Railway Opening

Gallery from Portobello’s 2015 Big Beach Busk last Saturday: Big Beach Busk Photos

Portobello Community Council ran a highly successful Sandcastle Competition alongside the Big Beach Busk last Sandcastle Competition Photos

The Portobello Book Festival 2015 is launched tonight with the tickets available from Monday.  More on their website here: Portobello Book Festival

I am delighted that a community media serving Craigmillar is about to get off the ground.  This news initiative backed by funding from The City of Edinburgh Council to launch The Chronicle Online. If you would like to get involved in any way, by writing, reading, advertising, offering story ideas then contact The Edinburgh Reporter in the first place – but there will be a website and email address all live and kicking very soon! See announcement here:

What is social enterprise?  But the Good Stuff explains in 30 seconds: What is a Social Enterprise?

To find out about local buildings and their history, you can search for listed buildings using the link: Historic Listed Buildings

Check out The Portobello Reporter On line:  Portobello Reporter Autumn 2015 Edition

SESplan launched the public consultation on Main Issues Report on the 21 July 2015.  There are still a range of events taking place across South East Scotland and we are encouraging people to come along to find out more and give feedback on the big planning issues in your area. Please email SESplan for more information. An event is Wednesday 9 September Community Event: Business Centre, City Chambers, EDINBURGH 6-8pm.  Drop-in events are aimed at everyone who wants to find out a bit more about the Main Issues and have a chat with officers. Come along at any time on the time and date shown. No prior confirmation required. Thursday 17 September Public Drop-In Event: City of Edinburgh, Faith Mission Hall, Gilmerton, Edinburgh 3-7pm

To take part in the first Edinburgh Living Landscape photography competition all you need to do is submit a photo of one of the city’s floral meadows or natural grassland by 11 September and you could be in with the chance to win some exclusive prizes. You can find your nearest Edinburgh Living Landscape site using the map on So grab your camera or phone and get outdoors!

At Monday’s monthly meeting, Portobello Community Council agreed to support Calaid, and promote the call for donations for people fleeing violence and currently living in “the jungle” at Calais. Portobello Collection for Calaid is on Saturday starting 11 am at  Portobello Town Hall, 147-149 Portobello. Please share and join event for more information.

After a successful first event this past May, Tribe Porty are excited to launch TEDxPorty 2016!  They are looking for volunteers, committee members, and partners to help us make our second event even more meaningful than the first.  This session is a chance to learn more about TEDx and ways to be involved. If you can’t make it but are interested – please email us at More here:

When reporting missed bins by phone, your call should now be answered much more quickly. You can also report online:

Have you good knowledge on local resources and initiatives and events that promote people’s health and wellbeing?  Sign up here:

A community development and health course is starting in October, which sounds good: Community Development and Health Course

The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches is one of the largest common rides in Scotland, which culminates in the procession of 250 horses and riders up the Royal Mile.  More than 20,000 spectators line the route and to watch the ride and see the Edinburgh Banner returned to the Lord Provost in an official ceremony at the Mercat Cross at around 3.50 pm. The riding is a celebration of being a citizen of Edinburgh. More information about the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches can be found at

The call for applications for the Education, Children and Families grants programme is underway with the deadline looming.  All the information is here: Three Year Grants Programme

Monday 21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day. To mark the day, locally based home care provider Home Instead be running a couple of fully funded workshops at our office.  Raising awareness about dementia, sharing elements of our City & Guilds accredited dementia care training programme.  Explaining how to help people living with dementia remain active and engaged. 10am to 12noon Dementia Awareness & Techniques to Manage Behaviours and 2pm to 4pm Dementia Awareness & Encouraging Engagement To register call 0131 300 0599. More here: Public Education Programme

For those of you wondering what happens when all kinds of people in running gear descend for about 1.5 hours on a Saturday and kind of take over Figgate Park,  find out here: Portobello Park Run  They have an extra boost recently when BBC Get Inspired launched the Big Help Put, a partnership with sports volunteering charity Join In.

The Council’s parks and greenspace service is carrying out a review of the management of a small selection of the events held in Edinburgh’s public parks 2014/15 and would like to hear your views and comments.  They will use the information you give us to identify specific issues and problems, seek solutions and action any appropriate suggestions in time for next year’s programme.  The review will close on Thursday 1 October 2015. Please see the link below which will take you directly into the quick survey:

I hope you have a great weekend!

Best wishes



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 to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.