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Maureen Child Update 26 June 2015

Dear All

Last week’s update stated to scramble text and  links from about half way through.  I am deeply grateful to Bob Jefferson who does our community website  Portobello Online for putting them right.  The following link will take you to into the report with all links restored – we hope!  http://porty.org.uk/category/maureen-reports/.  If I knew how I had made the mess of it in the first place, I would know how not to do it again, but I will be more careful to double check in future.

I finally got to see the fabulous mural in Figgate Park.  It was too dull that late afternoon for me to take a photo myself, but here’s one from Anthony Robson https://twitter.com/figgatepark/status/612551520173862912

Mark Carr has been working with a number of schools and they have had a huge amount of success this year’s film animation awards.  Great news as Craigmillar Arts and Environment Project scores a hat trick taking Best Animation, Creativity and Original narrative at the Edinburgh Schools film makers competition! With three more nominations in other categories. Well done to Towerbank, Brunstane, St John’s, Niddrie Mill and St Francis Primary Schools and Portobello Library! Here are links to: ‘Beware of the Books!’ by Arts and Environment with Portobello Library and children from Towerbank Primary https://youtu.be/smYDHsjN69c  ‘Obi’s Anti Stinging Group’ by Arts and Environment with Towerbank Primary P5 https://youtu.be/_wSjkb40p_s

‘The Horrific Happenings of a Hurricane’ by Arts and Environment with Brunstane Primary P7 https://youtu.be/Dpejx_aWxQ4

The Towerbank Catchment Review consultation finished at 5pm last Monday.  Details of the representations received will be issued to Education Scotland for their consideration of the educational effects of the proposals. Education Scotland will issue a report on their findings and this will be included in the report on the Outcomes of the Consultation which will be presented to full Council at its meeting on Thursday 22 October 2015.  The report will also include a summary of issues raised by letter/e-mail/questionnaire or via the public meetings held at Towerbank, Duddingston, Brunstane and The Royal High Primary Schools and the Council’s response to them. The report will be published 3 weeks in advance of this meeting – on 1 October 2015 – and we will notify people who responded  when it is available and provide everyone with a link to the report online. It will also be available in print on request.

The Community Empowerment Bill was passed on 17 June.  The finalised version of the Bill as Passed is now available on the Parliament’s website

Volleyball is developing fast in Portobello with some wonderful displays on the beach.  Beach Volleyball Holiday Camp, 13-17 July 2015 (P6/7/S1 age group)

Your kids can now join in ! www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/06/19/beach-volleyball-holiday-camp-13-17-july-2015-p67s1-age-group

Come along to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s open day at McDonald Road fire station on Saturday 4 July from 11-3.30pm. https://mobile.twitter.com/scotfire_east/status/611895419480711168/photo/1

Since October 2013, a small group of staff from our Community Development team have been working with doctors to provide a new kind of support to residents in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh. Community Compass is funded by the Alliance and the Scottish Government. The project is designed to support people to connect with local services and help them overcome challenges they are facing, using an approach known as social prescribing.  Find out more:

Community Compass | Carr Gomm – supporting people and communities

Call for the third sector to contribute to litter prevention in communities. Call for third sector to contribute to litter prevention in communities | Zero Waste Scotland

There will be a road closure in Duddingston Road West from 0930hrs on Monday, 29 June 2015 until 1530hrs Wednesday, 8 July 2015.  All vehicular traffic will be diverted via Niddrie Mains Road, Wauchope Avenue, Harewood Road and Peffer Place in both directions. The reason for the closures is to allow Scottish Water to safely replace a leaking valve.

Congratulations to Kevin Brack, new Head Teacher of Brunstane Primary School.  Kevin was deputy head teacher at Duddingston Primary School and was acting head at Brunstane for six months. Here Kevin is on the right with Jody Murray, having been practicing his tennis skills.  https://twitter.com/brunstaneps/status/612325336710254592 Some might also recognise Kevin’s dad, Ted Brack in the picture. Ted was a highly successful Head Teacher at St John’s RC Primary School and is also famous for writing two books on the history of Hibernian Football Club.

This is some fine area for primary aged football successes this year! St John’s Primary School’s P6 football team edged out local rivals Duddingston 4-3 to lift the Edinburgh School Board Cup. Bailey Dall scored the winner with the last kick of the ball from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick after he had been hauled down in the box. Close, and a great result!  Undaunted, Duddingston had their come-back in Saturday though, lifting another trophy….

Portobello Community Council puts up regular information about local detailed planning applications both recently lodged and those recently decided upon:  Summary of Planning Applications and Decisions for week commencing 22 June 2015 – Public Notices

Lyall Scott form our local golf club has been in touch with me asking me to promote Portobello Golf Course as an local amenity in your next newsletter as the school holidays for primary and secondary aged pupils started today and especially as we have the bonus of The Scottish Open being held on our doorstep along the coast in Gullane from 9-12 July (including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson amongst a very strong field)  and of course The British Open at St.Andrews 16-19 July the week after. A perfect time to get the kids interested in playing golf (I hope!).

Playday events can be all shapes and sizes. Celebrations range from street parties, festivals in parks, mass adventures in woodlands and parklands, to public events at community venues and back-garden play dates. Whether your celebration is big or small, please insert your event details in the form below and tell us about your Playday plans. www.playday.org.uk/playday-events/register-your-event.aspx If you would like to increase publicity, you can chose to publish your Playday celebration on the Events near you pages of this website. We often receive enquiries from press and members of the public to find out what Playday events are on in their area, so this really makes a difference. If you don’t want your event to appear online, select ‘No’ to the option below, and your event details will remain confidential.

If you have or have had cancer, you are protected by law from unfair treatment. Macmillan Cancer Care has a free guide can help you understand more about your rights at work and what support is available. They  also have information on this site to help you talk to your employer about returning to or staying in work after cancer. More here: www.macmillan.org.uk/AboutUs/Workandcancer/Supportforemployees/Yourrightsatwork/Yourrightsatwork.aspx

‘Too Good To Waste’ is an excellent guide to recycling in Edinburgh.  Download here: changeworks.interactive.co.uk/tgtw/frameset.html

Kids Knit Summer School is taking place at Portobello Beach, Dalriada (No 77 Promenade) Wednesday 1st July to Thursday 2nd July from 10.30am to 4pm.  Activities include felted picture, disco knitting, flower crowns, embroidery graffiti.  Cost £28 per day, includes all materials and tuition.  Bring a packed lunch.  For all primary aged school children.  Book your child’s place by emailing eilidh@knittingforall.co.uk

From the local shops to children’s playgrounds, residents of Craigmillar are invited to look back in time at a new exhibition.

As the regeneration plans for the area are revealed at two community events at the White House, photographer Allan Macgregor will showcase 72 photographs of the area from the 1980s. Allan captured these moments while working on the Craigmillar Festival News 25 years ago, but has been waiting on the perfect opportunity to display them. More here form STV Local: Craigmillar photography exhibition by Allan McGregor at White House | STV Edinburgh | Edinburgh

Waste Watchers Holiday Club, 20 – 24 July (pre-School to P7 age group) This summer, six churches in Portobello are working together to have a holiday club, called Waste Watchers! which will be at the halls and church on Bellfield Street (formerly the Old Parish).  It will be 20 July to 24 July from 9am to 12:45pm and it is open to children in nursery school to P7.  The cost is £5 for the week or a £1 per day. We will have games, arts and crafts, drama, music, bible study, snack, gardening and other fun surprises each day.  If you are interested in registering your child, contact: portobelloholidayclub@gmail.com

A new online directory, Edinburgh Trusted Trader, has been launched to help residents choose contractors with confidence. Thirty-six traders and businesses have already signed up to Trusted Trader, creating a new ‘go to list’ for people looking for services such as home repairs. After being checked by the Council’s Trading Standards team to ensure that they are compatible with the principles of the scheme, contractors are then accepted as members and their details added to the website. People can use the directory to find local contractors’ details with the reassurance that they are reliable and have been fully vetted.

Recent Archaeological and Documentary Research: what it has added to our knowledge of the Portobello Potteries and their Wares Tuesday 30th June, 10.30am at the Museum of Edinburgh, Canongate.  Local Portobello resident George Haggarty is recognised as an expert on the production and trade of Scottish ceramic material between the 11th and 19th centuries. He has written or co-authored in excess of 130 monographs and papers. Amongst his current projects are the publication of a book relating to the pottery from recent archaeological work carried out by AOC Archaeology at the Portobello kiln sites, and two superb medieval ceramic assemblages from central Edinburgh and Canongate.  Tickets £5 / Concessions £3.50

 The Velvet Easel in Portobello is always worth a visit.  See here:  Velvet Easel | Christine Clark – Velvet Easel

 

Have a good 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 19 June 2015

Dear All

Fun things happening for kids this Summer, starting at the weekend with Here Comes the Summer on Portobello Beach and Promenade tomorrow (Saturday) from 1pm to 4pm and a Family Fun Day in Brighton Park, 12noon to 3pm.

This Sunday, Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) is throwing a party as part of the Power of Food Festival which is taking place over the Solstice weekend. Lots of community gardens and food projects will be welcoming visitors, old and new, to see what they’re up to and celebrate the power of food! Check out their website to see what’s going on: Power of Food Festival

Lynne Beattie, Regional Development Officer for Scottish Volleyball is letting us know about Beach Volleyball Primary Schools Summer Camp coming up in July.  With all the recent activity on the beach, it has highlighted the need to get the local kids onto the beach playing our amazing sport.  Whether I am down there coaching club volleyball or training for my next competition, we are forever getting asked about our sport and where and when people can join in.  For me, beach volleyball could really be a sport that brings the East neighbourhood community together, giving our local young people a new activity from which they can learn so much more than just volleyball.  It gets them outdoors, with friends and they get a good run around too. The camp is branded as S.H.A.P.E Beach Volleyball (Schools Holiday Aspire Programme Edinburgh).  This is a pilot camp but will hopefully run as a series of camps throughout the school year… all on the beach.  It will be aimed at the new Primary 6/7/S1 age group and no experience is needed.  The camp will take place on Portobello Beach from 9-12 noon from Monday 13 July – Friday 17 July in front of the Portobello Swim Centre.  Most importantly the camp will be fun, with the opportunity to be outdoors and be coached by international players and coaches along the way.   I hope it will engage as many kids as possible in advance of some more targeted work I will be doing within the local schools in the new school year.

Edinburgh Garden Partners matches people who want to garden with people who have space to share. They focus on those who need the most help, often older or disabled individuals or carers. Garden partnerships can help vulnerable people remain independent in their own home and reduce social isolation, while at the same time garden volunteers benefit from access to gardening, befriending, food growing and more.  See here: Garden Partners

Community consultation is beginning on a plan for the new park which will transform the current Portobello High School site, once a new St John’s Primary School is built.  To receive regular updates, or get involved please join the e-mail distribution list by contacting ELGT at: yoursay@ELGT.org.uk or ring 0131 445 4025 and you will be kept informed of upcoming events and ongoing progress. See here on Portobello Community Council website for more details. http://bit.ly/1GWruNs

As part of its three year partnership, Edinburgh International Festival recently met the new S1 pupils at Castlebrae Community High School and introduced them to Italian opera with pic.twitter.com/hwLmA7CPqJ  And here is a great video which includes one of Castlebrae’s automotive apprentices on school-leaver success with the Edinburgh Guarentee: bit.ly/1Fm9Yg3

Portobello Online has a new Events section, which brings together Facebook Events taking place in the Portobello:  fb.me/6DzN0GwVw

In response to several requests there is now a third Portobello City Car Club car at Windsor Place, EH15 2AJ.  City Car Club is a pay-as-you-go way of driving a car without the hassle and expense of owning one.   Phone 0845 330 1234 or go on line to find out more.  City Car Club Edinburgh

The topping out of the new Portobello High School happened this week.  Report here:  Portobello High School

The story behind The Portobello Reporter has appeared in the media here: All Media: Portobello Reporter and is being picked up by STV Local next week (we think).

What a transformation with this fabulous mural at Figgate Park. Click here: fb.me/zlTXaWpV  The Art Under the Bridge project involved lots of local children and their artwork is on display at Portobello Library. pic.twitter.com/dTJTVvTdaj

The Jack Kane Centre do some fantastic, groundbreaking work with youngsters, older people and families and is one of the projects being sponsored by Asda right now.  If your are ever in Asda at the Jewel with some spare change then please drop it in one of the charities boxes: See here: pic.twitter.com/yiPzOhJacg

Some of Allan McGregor’s photographs from the 1980s in Craigmillar go on view next week at a new exclusive exhibition at The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road.  An excuse for a snack or lunch in the White House cafe – Edinburgh’s ‘best kept secret’ place to eat.”

Portobello, 99 ice creams, and Britain’s Lost Seaside Heritage appeared in the national press recently.:  http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/portobello-99-ice-creams-and-britains-lost-seaside-heritage-the-sweet-taste-of-success-10315732.html

Four years ago, Edinburgh was enchanted by mysterious book sculptures. Be involved with the last: paperscissorsstone321.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/if-you…

Which of these five Zero Waste ideas is your favourite?  Make Things Last | Zero Waste Scotland

A new directory to help people in Edinburgh find Trusted Traders has now been launched: bit.ly/1BlLPeH

Have  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 5 June 2015

Dear All

A reminder tomorrow is Portobello Market Day, 9.30am – 1 pm  in Brighton Park.  Link here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

Portobello Community Council want to hear from anyone aged 10 – 17 in Porty re services and facilities for young people. Please pass this on! bit.ly/1LLD7XD

In conjunction with Active Edinburgh, Portobello-based Edinburgh Basketball are delighted to announce the details of their summer camp -6-9 July. Places go quickly! See poster here:  pic.twitter.com/UEhKU8ZFJu

Craigmillar Community Council is holding their AGM on Tuesday 9 June at 7pm in the Hays Business Centre, 4 Hay Avenue, EH16 4AQ. All welcome.

Fancy de-stressing and being encouraged? Spirit Rhythms is on at Wellsprings this Sunday 7 June, 4pm-6pm. Live music & dance, art exhibition plus hand massage and other stalls including dream interpretation, healing prayer and spiritual insight etc FREE EVENT upstairs in the old church, 71 Whitehill Street, Newcraighall EH21 8QZ.  See here: www.facebook.com/spiritrhythms2

Bike Marking – Get your bike security marked at the Promenade, Portobello between 11am – 1pm, Sunday 7 June pic.twitter.com/YlBmeATFF6

It was a very busy day at Imagine Portobello last Saturday. Lots of interesting discussion and ideas. See pictures from Saturday here: fb.me/476XZYgXP

Thnaks to Big Things on the Beach for organising a brilliant opportunity for networking and showcasing what we have done and can do together. I’m sure a lot more will come of it.  facebook.com/media/set/?set… pic.twitter.com/8rxGNR75BE This was the main story to come out of the day story on that new Portobello pier design – no harm in ‘Imagining’ : http://news.stv.tv/east-central/1322234-portobello-designs-for-a-potential-pier-have-been-unveiled/

This is Dementia Awareness Week June 1-6.  “Learn the facts” is one of 6 things you can do to help during #dementia6littlethings pic.twitter.com/4rgcsrkKdv

Do you need to talk to someone about dementia? Call Alzheimer Scotland’s free 24 hour helpline 0808 808 3000 #DAW2015 pic.twitter.com/Vh3teVWTSG

More here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/blog/newsblog/post/825/dementia-awareness-week-know-the-signs-and-beat-the-stigma

A group of 10 pupils from S4 at Castlebrae Community High School are building an electric race car from scratch which will then compete on the race track in East Fortune this September. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/blog/newsblog/post/827/pupils-on-the-starting-grid-for-electric-race

“Summer Shindig for Nepal” is on 27th June with Tribe Porty:  Book here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-shindig-for-nepal-tickets-17126225000?aff=estw

More about Tribe Porty here: https://www.facebook.com/tribeporty/posts/831519696942060

Another great East Regional Beach Volleyball Development session this week. They even had some sunshine! pic.twitter.com/Z40DB2ZThT

Children’s circus has come to Portobello. Circus Alba are running a mini term of children’s circus classes;  More here: fb.me/1HfJ91k0a

A bit of history – Portobello Bathing Pool, famous for its wave machine opened 30 May 1936.: fb.me/1HL0WL0BI

People with cancer need places like Maggie’s Centre.  Please do pass this on and support: bit.ly/MoreThanMedici…

Portobello High School’s fantastic head teacher is retiring in August and she will be sorely missed.  My colleague, Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “As head teacher of Portobello, she has steered the whole school community through a challenging period and she leaves the school looking forward to a fantastic new building fit for the 21st century.” From the Evening News: fb.me/7iIKAwqqQ

Fancy a cuppa and a chat!? If you enjoy spending time with elderly people; Community Connecting is the thing for you! facebook.com/VolunteerEdinb…

Our 35 year old community newspaper for Portobello and district, The Portobello Reporter, is now available on line here: http://porty.org.uk/news/the-portobello-reporter/

A new bus shelter was requested by a number of my constituents for South St David Street, at the cold and windy bus stop we have to use to catch a No. 26 or No 44 bus to Portobello and Brunstane. I actually have some good news regarding this.  The shelter is not currently shown on the programme, as that is currently focussed on replacements.  However, the new contractor JC Decaux are very keen to install a shelter at this stop and have applied for planning consent for the advertising part of it.  Planning are recommending approval.  Assuming consent is granted, JC Decaux intend to carry out a trial dig in order to gauge the available depth for foundations.  We expect this to be carried out soon, and slotting into the current programme of works.  I will let you know as soon as I can.

New bus stops are now open at the Royal Infirmary. Find out more here: http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/MediaCentre/PressReleases/2015/Pages/NewBusStopsAtTheRoyalInfirmaryOfEdinburgh.aspx

Feel Good Young men’s group (13 – 18 yrs old) takes place at The Hot House every Friday 1.30pm – 4.00pm. Health Opportunities Team is a fantastic charity which helps young people throughout our area.  It’s at 1A Queens Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA T: 0131 468 4600W: http://www.health-opportunities.org.uk/  When young people suffer. Talking helps. They listen. Things can get better. To make a donation please text HOTT36 followed by a space and the amount of money you would like to donate (e.g. HOTT36 £5) to 70070. Texts are free and you will receive a text message receipt and the chance to add Gift Aid. Alternatively visit their website to find the link to JustGiving.com where you can make a one-off donation or a monthly donation.  £1 = A health promotion contact with a young person. £5 = An education workshop for a group of young people. £30 = A therapeutic 1-1 session for a young person experiencing difficulties. With your donation we CAN help young people make things better.

Information on a Proposed Traffic Order, which affects road(s) in Portobello/ Craigmillar, can be found on Council websites from until 26 June 2015 under reference TRO/15/17. More here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph & www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders & www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.

For details about becoming a foster carer go to the Foster Edinburgh website or contact 0800 174 833 or 0131 529 2773. First of two drop in sessions for potential foster carers at Waverley Court took place this week and more are planned.  See more here: bit.ly/1orgU8A

School pupils from all corners of the Capital have created a mini-map of Edinburgh with a series of tweets about the city’s streets. The ‘Tweet Your Street’ project, was announced this week at Edinburgh’s Central Library, sees the launch of an online map where children have started ‘pinning’ poetic tweets about where they live. A selection of tweets will also be on public display within the children’s area of the city centre library. The map is a result of a series of poetry workshops with P3-S1 pupils from across the Capital and the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca.  Fantastic project!

Another plug for the crowd funding of bat boxes for Figgate Park, so they can meet their target: http://www.mypark.scot/projects/bat-boxes-for-figgate-park/

You can find out all about parks across Edinburgh and Glasgow, enjoy visiting and learning to get involved: http://www.mypark.scot/

 

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 29 May 2015

Dear All

The Portobello Market returns on June 6 in Brighton Park, and Dr Bike will be there to give free bike checks, thanks to BG Cycles.  The Caleerie Buskers will also return to provide a little entertainment as the day goes on. There’s more than 20 traders this month including the arrival of an all-new producer. There’s everything from sweet & savoury to garden & crafts The market opens at 9.30am and runs until 1.30pm. Tables and chairs are set out for you to sit a while and enjoy the atmosphere. Portobello Market runs in Brighton Park, just off Brighton Place, Portobello, on the first Saturday of every month except January. Check out the website for details of the traders attending: http://goo.gl/zJ2rkr  Also check out our Market Facebook page and Like & Share.  https://www.facebook.com/portymarket

The ‘Imagine Portobello’ event is tomorrow Saturday, 30 May 10.30am – 5.45pm, Church Hall Bellfield Street, organised by Big Things on the Beach, grant-aided by the Portobello Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership.  See here: fb.me/37JmQ9Key. See also Damian Killeen’s opinion piece at bit.ly/1BqqPhq

It’s the Edinburgh Marathon is happening this weekend Sunday 31 May and they will be running through Portobello.  Road closure details at ow.ly/NnYfL

Film Night : ‘Seeing the Bigger Picture’, three brilliant short films showing for one night only.  These are internationally acclaimed films and there will be the chance to speak to the directors and hear their stories.  Tuesday 9 June 8pm to 9.30pm in Portobello and Joppa Parish Church, Abercorn Place. Poster here:  fb.me/3BH2sLzjE  All welcome. Free entry but a donation for ‘Lilidh’s Year in Malawi’ would be greatly appreciated.

Art Walk Porty is a new arts event to be held 3-6 September 2015, being organised by local artist and designer, Rosy Naylor, that celebrates the public space and creative activity of Portobello, to include site specific installations, artist open studios, and a makers market. If you are a local artist or venue interested in taking part please sign up at http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk / Twitter @artwalkporty

Portobello Amenity Society (PAS) Annual General Meeting is at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 4 June in the Baptist Church Hall 185, Portobello High Street.  The Speaker is Tom Parnell of the Forth & Borders Cases Panel Convenor Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and he will give an illustrated talk on “The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland: Casework Challenges.”  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please help with this consultation by Portobello Community Council and the Council’s community learning and development team on stuff for young people to do in the Portobello area. fb.me/7I1s75Rnk  Services and Facilities for Young People in Porty: What do you like now? In future? We want to hear from anyone aged 10 – 17 in Porty re services and facilities for young people. bit.ly/1LLD7XD

Next week is national Dementia Awareness Week and things are going on locally : http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/edinburgh/4995.do/dementia-awareness-week-1st-to-7th-june What do you think about dementia? Take part in the survey here:  dementia.stir.ac.uk/ideas/big-ask

The Three Harbours Arts Festival takes place from 30 May – 7 June and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Always worth a visit, just along the coast for Porty. fb.me/2dFd8qGJ2

Portobello’s award-winning teenage book group was recently featured by the Library service.  More here:  talesofonecity.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/por…

Thanks to Porty High School and McDonalds for helping clear Figgate Park of litter under the Keep Scotland Beautiful banner: pic.twitter.com/Qx4vgECwsX  Great to see such diversity of park life as children do the deigns for improvements in the park: twitter.com/FiggatePark/st… Friends of Figgate Park want to give bats a roost crowd fund is now live: bit.ly/figgbat You can take a sneak peek at the website www.mypark.scot and check out the ideas for 10 things to do in your local park https://www.facebook.com/myparkscot

Porty Beach Race takes place this year on 4 June.  All you need to know is here:  bit.ly/1JVDyzB

Fifteen gardens are registered to take part in the Power of Food Festival – including one in Portobello-  with highlights ranging from insect safari to storytelling, from birds to music, and lots more in between. https://poweroffoodfestival.wordpress.com/

Devising a planning framework for Edinburgh City Region: Click here: goo.gl/fb/0vpIZz

Here’s a picture of the fantastic Kids in the Street (KITS) using new activity space thanks to the equally fantastic construction skills graduates: pic.twitter.com/x5uFPB4qts.  KITS was one of the projects which succeeded in getting a Community Grant Award in You Decide! last Saturday. http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/ Dougie Duffy the Flying Dustman is running the Edinburgh 10k in aid of KITS! You can donate by texting KITS01 and your amount to 70070

How to get your hands on a grant? Here’s a guide to finding funders and wowing them. okt.to/z0Z3W6

Here are the policing priorities people said they want Police Scotland to tackle across Edinburgh: scotland.police.uk/your-community…. pic.twitter.com/e5kySeX62W

£1 Million was recently seized via the Proceeds Crime Act from two Edinburgh criminals and will be spent improving lives in the local communities most impacted by crime. If you have information you want to share confidentially, do not hesitate to phone independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. More at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Information on the a Proposed Traffic Order for 20MPH zones around schools affects road within Portobello and Duddingston.  The proposals can be found on our websites from 29 May 2015 until 26 June 2015 under reference TRO/15/17. www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph & www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.

This is fantastic open data website which gives a lot of great information about Edinburgh and the communities and neighbourhoods within it: www.edinburgh.gov.uk//download/downloads/id/5513/edinburgh_by_numbers_2015.pdf

You are all invited to the maddest tea party in town! Alice in Wonderland Fringe Preview & Fundraiser on 20 June:  fb.me/7jpXr2BFJ

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday for a good cause? A volunteer driver needed for Portobello Older People.  fb.me/24Aib2fdO

I was delighted to present a prize to the 1000th learner from the Digital Skills Academy run as project through a Crea8Te Opportunities, the local social enterprise company based in Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place, Craigmillar.  It was wonderful to meet Gordon Robertson and hear his own story!.  See report here from the Digital Sentinel:  Digital Sentinel | Digital Skills Academy help 1000th person get online

Gas main replacement in Joppa started on Monday 25 May for a few weeks. Hence the ongoing lane closures and temporary traffic lights.  More here: fb.me/7fm3vBekA

There is a bill before Parliament sponsored by Sandra White MSP which would end pavement parking in Scotland.  This is a picture of Regent Street, Portobello: pic.twitter.com/zTXL8ngba9 where people do often find it hard or impossible to get out and about, especially people with buggies and wheelchair users.

Congratulations to Portobello resident, Sheena Seex who won a Silver Gilt Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. See more here:  https://www.facebook.com/portobello.online/posts/10153062635343705

A reminder that the statutory consultation on Options for Proposed Changes to the Catchment Area of Towerbank Primary School started on Friday 8 May 2015 and the public consultation period runs until Monday 22 June 2015.   Further information including the full statutory consultation paper, background papers and an online questionnaire are available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/towerbankconsultation.

Duddingston Primary School Monday, 1 June 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Royal High Primary School Wednesday, 3 June 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm

During the consultation period, any views on this proposal should be to cf.propertyreview@edinburgh.gov.uk  by the end date. The results will then be analysed and a report on the Outcomes of the Consultation will be presented to the Council in October 2015. The report will be made public three weeks in advance.
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 May 2015

Dear All

This is our Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership’s first try at participatory budgeting – You Decide! Our main event is on Saturday, TOMORROW from 11 -3 in the East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS.  This is decision time on Community Grants for 2015/16. The projects on display in the venue and in Portobello Library for the last month are all worthy of your careful consideration, so do take all your choices seriously, find out about just some of what local people are doing – all as volunteers – across the neighbourhoods of Craigmillar and Portobello.  Don’t just turn up to support your own pet project – although that too is important.  Pop along between 11 and 3 to find out about some of the great ideas people have for helping in their community – and have your say. Anyone 8+ can vote pic.twitter.com/baI9zqtqpY  The applications and projects’ posters will again be on display and applicants are invited to come along and promote their applications.  There will be a roving microphone to help this and the Craigmillar library staff will have activities for children and young people. Integral to the East Neighbourhood Centre, the relatively new Library in Craigmillar is has the second biggest library in Edinburgh and is well worth a visit in its own right!  If you are coming as an applicant or supporter of a particular project, you might feel it would help you application if someone is there for some of the time to answer any questions and promote your cause.  We expect voters to drop in, rather than stay for long periods of time.  Do encourage people you know to attend and cast their vote (scores 1- 5) – for ALL the projects – if they have not already done so. The cafe will be open. We would hope to be able to announce the results later in the afternoon, and publish the successful applicants on the Neighbourhood Partnership web page www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/

The Field in Duddingston Village is community-owned and well worth a visit. Open Day is Saturday 23 May – maybe after you’ve been to You Decide?! More here:  fb.me/3Rx0ZnV3i

I was at the Towerbank meeting about the catchment review, which attracted about 30 parents and carers.  The proposals will impact on other neighbouring schools, one of which is Brunstane Primary School which is the venue for Monday’s meeting at 6pm until 8pm. See here:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/towerbankconsultation  All welcome to go to any of the meetings.  The following week are the Royal High and Duddingston meetings.

Pregnancy and Parents Centre • Yoga for Pregnancy Sessions in Portobello at Tribe Porty 28 May.  More here:  http://pregnancyandparents.org.uk/2015/yoga-for-pregnancy-sessions-in-portobello/

One of many facts in the latest Edinburgh By Numbers. Find out more here:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1841/edinburgh_by_numbers_shows_large_rise_in_degree_educated_workers

This year’s Portobello 4 mile Beach Race is on Sunday 7 June. Kids Fun Run too. Proceeds to local charity Portobello Monday Centre which provides informal day care for people with a dementia, respite for their carers and rewarding volunteering experience. More about the Fun Run here: fb.me/7kJf3AeLt and about the Monday Centre’s work here: http://www.evoc.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/media/2015/01/Portobello-Monday-Centre-Annual-Report.pdf  Contact details here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/directory_record/242573/portobello_monday_centre

Bridgend Farmhouse Sunday have drop-ins 11am -3 pm over May and June. Bridgend at Old Dalkeith Road Sunday has become a little hive of Sunday activity: people sifting soil, clearing rubble, fixing fences, preparing lunch, restoring the stone wall, building raised beds, painting and making a cork board. All sorts! Volunteers are always there on a Sunday. Sometimes they have planned workshops, other days they find things to do together and just get going with them. They always have hot soup and fresh bread for lunch for volunteers around 1pm. Come along!

What’s The FRACKING Problem? Join Edinburgh Active Citizen discussion group on 10 June, City Chambers, Edinburgh. 7-9pm FREE. pic.twitter.com/1U7PqDkXTe

Parliament has started working on Sandra White MSP’s Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill.  See:  scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentaryb…

Don’t miss the next Portobello Comedy Night, Friday 19 June at the Dalriada: fb.me/2FV1WNmua

Just one example of what Edinburgh’s Seaside at Portobello has to offer.  Turkish Baths featured in Time Out – see here: http://www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/take-the-plunge-at-portobellos-turkish-baths

Niddrie Mains Road is getting a pedestrian crossing upgrade and work started on Monday 18 May. Niddrie Marischal Road is closed. Map: bit.ly/1L0ogrn

Map – City of Edinburgh Council  On Niddrie Mains Rd at Hay Avenue are temporary lights here once work starts which are in place during peak periods for 3-4 weeks.

And before you ask – no news yet on when the long-awaited new Abercorn pedestrian crossing work will start.

At Newcraighall, Network Rail will return over this weekend (23 / 24 May) in order to complete (we hope) the repair the substantive damage to the rail bridge structure after it was hit by a tipper truck. If you have any questions or concerns around the work, their 24hr national helpline is 03457 11 41 41. This is a picture from last weekend just before the road reopened on the Sunday.   pic.twitter.com/sN4a45qDTn

I had a fantastic time this week seeing a performance of the work of choreographer Hannah Venet at Craigmillar’s Artspace as part of the Imaginate Festival, with lots of local support.  We agreed this group needs to be much more widely known about.  Hannah has been working for months with young performers Karys McNeill and Konrad Safian on a dance work which explores ideas of identity, difference, belonging and power.  Watch this space!  http://www.imaginate.org.uk/creative-development/artist-in-residence/

This is a link to the press release for last week’s Planning Committee and all the relevant background on the Local Development Plan decision.  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1838/edinburghs_local_development_plan_moves_to_next_stage

There are no plans to build on the fields at Brunstane – yet – in detail or in outline.  And there might never be.  Don’t despair because the battle is not yet over.  The Planning Committee saw merit in the Brunstane objectors’ case, and other Edinburgh sites too.  The ‘merit’ word is the planning legal term we need to use.  Rather than opening the whole LDP thing up again, we delay and risk losing green sites to housing like Edmonstone (gone at Appeal!) and any other green site you might think of.  In getting the LDP off Council desks and into Scottish Government, we sought to put a line in the sand to resist any further developer successes at Appeals.  There is the possibility of fewer units or a reduction of the Brunstane site altogether.  I am still hopeful can resist this land being built upon. The Reporter and Scottish Minister Alex Neil has still to consider the matter and make a final decision on what is in and out of the Plan.  The enabling infrastructure costs to support any development here or elsewhere are massive and could not be supported by the development itself and are not available from any other source.

Come along to the Craigmillar Employment and Learning Fair on Wednesday 27 May to find out about jobs and training! There will be a number of organisations there on the day that will provide information to the local community on what sort of help is available to improve employment skills and opportunities, help with applying for work and advice on benefits. There will also be a number of employers who are looking for candidates from the local area. The event will be supported by a range of local employability and training providers and has been organised by CEC Employability and Skills, East Neighbourhood Team and Library, Edinburgh College, CEC Community Learning and Development and Job Centre Plus. The event is targeted at adult jobseekers however young people have also been invited through the local schools and agencies. More here: pic.twitter.com/8aTRIUTWxu and here: http://www.joinedupforjobs.org.uk/noticeboard/craigmillar-employment-and-learning-fair/

Big Things On The Beach is hosting a Day on which to ‘Imagine Portobello’, as announced at our meeting at the Dalriada the other evening.  This is on Saturday 30th May, starting at 10:30am, in the Church Hall in Bellfield Street.  Lesley Riddoch will be one of the day’s highlights, along with many local people and groups.  Details are provided at http://www.bigthingsonthebeach.org.uk Updated programme for the Imagine Portobello event on 30 May. This was covered in the Evening News: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/new-drive-to-put-portobello-on-the-arts-map-1-3776756

Register community clean up events at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/register so that they can report on the vast amount of action that is happening to Keep Scotland Beautiful.  KSB provide to Clean Up Scotland participants in order for them to get litter picking equipment and to arrange the pick-up of the waste collected after their Clean Up. If you want to organise a clean-up in your local area, this is the contact for Edinburgh, who can coordinate the whole thing with task force, KSB and so on:

City of Edinburgh Justine Taylor 0131 469 5661 justine.taylor@edinburgh.gov.uk

The latest Clean Up Scotland newsletter can be found here which might give you more ideas on how to get people involved.

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.