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Maureen Child Update 05 August 2016

Dear All

The fabulous Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar is holding a Tea Dance and T for Thistle this Wednesday, 10 August at 2pm in the Garden Suite. There’s live music to dance to, home-baking and tea and they will be drawing a raffle with 33 prizes. A strip of 5 tickets costs £1 and you can buy them from Thistle reception any time up until next Wednesday, or on the day. More here: https://www.thistle.org.uk/events

It’s always lovely to come back to work and three weeks of emails – and forget passwords, thereby locking down both I-pad and I-phone within two days. Doh!  Apologies to anyone trying to get through to me by mobile phone or emailing in the evenings.  Now fixed, and my Council life has now returned to whatever passes for ‘normal’.

I’ve caught up with great stuff in my inbox and on social media, not least all the wonderful partnership work, learning and teaching going on at Castlebrae Community High School, reported here: http://www.castlebrae.org.uk/cb/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Newsletter-Summer-2016.pdf  Not long before the new terms starts again. Can’t wait – eh?

Portobello High School are sector leaders too.  Through the AlcoLOLS Project, pupils are learning that they don’t have to drink a lot of alcohol to be popular. Police said there had been a noticeable reduction in teens “getting leathered” in public parks, while the amount of alcohol seized by police officers in the Portobello High School catchment area slumped from 8-12 litres each weekend in 2012 to between just one and three litres in 2014-5. As now widely reported, Queen Margaret University (QMU) specialists in dialogue decided to tackle the ideas that “popular” people drink and that talking about getting drunk was normal or funny, while non-drinkers kept quiet about their abstinence. See the really great Evening News coverage of their ground-breaking partnership work here:  Significant reduction in amount of alcohol seized by police – Edinburgh Evening News

You may be aware that a group of local residents – Save Belfield – have are exploring ways of securing the property was formerly the Old Parish Church and Halls in Bellfield Street a for the use of the whole community and surrounding area. The buildings are now up for sale.  A Community Buy-Out is being actively considered we need your help.  Can you – as an individual or community group – help advise what you used the premises for, how many people attended, how regularly you met and what cost would you consider fair for the hire of the premises.  At this stage, the Save Belfield group are gathering as much information as possible and looking for local support to secure this property for the good of all the people of Portobello.  It is an asset that has been well used in the past and there is a vision to secure it for the locality and expand it for other activities.  E.g. possible museum, arts venue. Contact e mail: friendsofbellfield@gmail.com  More on Website: www.bellfield.scot and Face book page: Save Bellfield. 

Dads Rock run free play groups for Dads and Grand-dads and male carers of kids under five.  The local one is at The Venchie on Saturdays 11-12.30pm.  Poster here: pic.twitter.com/L4Lt7q8ySe  More details on the Dads Rock website at: www.dadsrock.org.uk/playgroups

After a bit of a rocky start, the consultation on Portobello Character Appraisal is now on line properly and will remain there until 31 August to allow as many people as possible to have a say on this very important piece of local planning guidance that us helps shape new development in the Portobello Conservation Area. See here:  https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/portobello-conservation-area-your-views-on-the-dra/consult_view

I was pleased to see that the gap site in Portobello’s Bath Street is to be filled soon, although it was a pity the community garden couldn’t have stayed there for all this length of time rather than being bulldozed!  More about the new development here: http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/6273/Work_commences_on_Portobello_residential_infill.html

I picked this up as good news from the weekly Planning List on my return….

16/02052/LBC

(Listed Building Consent)

Demolition of existing category C listed Bingo Hall.

at

14 Bath Street

Edinburgh

EH15 1EY

Wothesay Limited., Delegated Decision REFUSED 8 July 2016

….however, I have heard that the property has been sold – and not to Out of the Blue for community arts use – so we don’t know what will become of the building now, I’m afraid. 

We locals all know our seaside is wonderful, but it has Portobello is listed here among the UK’s 10 best urban beaches here:  http://travel.aol.co.uk/photos/britains-best-urban-beaches/415974/?ref=21435548

Our family had a discussion on holiday about water dangers in rivers and on beaches and I learned a bit about rip currents.  These are a natural hazard along our coasts.  Not sure about Portobello (?)  but here’s how to spot them bit.ly/2ayBh3C pic.twitter.com/BVUC6xSXrh

Look out for Scottish Beach Volleyball Tour on 13 and 14 August in Portobello beach.  It’s a great spectator sport – and quite fun to try out.

Scottish Water is running a ‘Keep the Cycle Running’ campaign to remind us about the potential bad impact of flushing things like wipes and cotton buds down the toilet and waste cooking fat down the sink.  Key messages are: Help protect Scotland’s beaches and rivers – don’t rush for the flush http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP It’s a no brainer, use a container – know your kitchen checklist. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP  How to save up to 6 litres of water a minute – turn off the tap while you brush your teeth: http://bit.ly/1cUNsxP

There is a Journey Lines Project Exhibition on 2-9 August at A449 Architects, 266 Portobello High Street as part of ArtWalk Porty. More here: https://mobile.twitter.com/A449LTD/status/758023803670786048/photo/1. Journey Lines just got started in the last few days with and installation at Brunstane Station. Full programme was announced 1st August. pic.twitter.com/lrqvEW897T

The City Council is also consulting on new proposals for safer cycle routes between this Niddrie and south Edinburgh.  More here: Cycling and walking improvements between Niddrie, Moredun and Gilmerton – City of Edinburgh Council – Citizen Space

Local road-works ongoing are: SIR HARRY LAUDER ROAD Various locations Scottish Power – maintenance works on electricity pylons. Off-peak temporary traffic lights and lane closures as required until 30/08/16; MILTON ROAD At Bailie Place Installation of new toucan crossing (Portobello High School)Lane closures (two-way traffic to be maintained). Bailie Place closed until 18/09/16.  As a result of the latter, it seems well-used bus stops have been lost to the Magdalene/Baillies community, much to the chagrin of some local people nearby. I am hoping we can get a solution to this, once the works are complete.  We worked to get those stops and don’t want to lose them altogether.

The legal speed limit in streets across much of Edinburgh’s city centre and rural west area is now 20mph, the first phase in a planned rollout of lower speeds across the city. The new speed limits are designed to increase safety for all road users in Edinburgh as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in residential and shopping  streets. A majority of city residents support the change. Further information and a detailed map of the 20mph network is available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edin20mph.  The East area 20mph speed limit, including Portobello/Craigmillar Ward, will ‘go live’ in February next year.

Portobello Market is on again on tomorrow, Saturday 6 August. Gates open at 9.30am in Brighton Park, just off Brighton Place and the market runs until 1.30pm. More than 20 traders with the full list on the website: http://goo.gl/rZqWRL Map: Brighton Park – https://goo.gl/bDOQjD Local trader BG Cycles is on site offering a free bicycle check, and entertainment from the Caleerie Buskers with a selection of traditional tunes and reels to enjoy whilst shopping. If you can, please Like and Share their Facebook page: PortyMarket The next market will be Saturday 3 September..

Our local financial cooperative, Castle Credit Union in Craigmillar has joined forces with North Edinburgh and with a credit union study group based in Leith and is trading as Castle Community Bank with public counters in Craigmillar (next door to Tesco and opposite Craigmillar Library) and in Wardieburn, in shop premises we own collectively. Castle Community Bank are now online, with a new web-based platform, and can offer a safe place for savings and access to affordable loans 24/7.  Find out more on the new website:  http://castlecommunitybank.co.uk/

Just as I went away on holiday, the Scottish Government Reporters published the result of the Inquiry into the Edinburgh City Local Development Plan (LDP).  The highly controversial ‘New Brunstane’ site, west of Newhailes, was included – which is a very disappointing outcome indeed. The Save Brunstane Greenbelt Campaign (SBGC) continues with a potential legal challenge to the LDP in the coming months, as the Evening News reported on 7 July.

As a result of the above decision, the Council has updated its strategic environmental assessment of the Local Development Plan.  The update assesses the modifications recommended in the report of examination for the Plan, which is now available to view at the website below. The modifications recommended by the examination report include the addition of five new housing sites. All of these already have planning permission granted by Reporters at Appeal.  The Plan’s Environmental Report is now available for a fourth period of consultation. It can be viewed at: Planning and Building Standards Reception, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 1.00pm Friday; on www.edinburgh.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan (see ‘Second Proposed Local Development Plan’)  Written comments are particularly invited on the updated sections of the Environmental Report. Comments should be submitted electronically to localdevelopmentplan@edinburgh.gov.uk  or by post to: Local Development Plan Team, Business Centre G.3, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG by 5pm Monday 22 August 2016.  The modifications are due to be reported to the Council’s Planning Committee on 5 September then published in mid September. The Plan is due to be adopted in October or November 2016.

The street naming section of the Council’s planning department are always on the look-out for the best names for new streets based on the history of the neighbourhoods and its local heroes. Local people came up with some names, but they also found a rich seam in the website of the history of the local mining company.  This has led to the choice of Longwall, Maigait, Glennie, Middleton, Paton, Scanlan, Shavelin, McCartney, Corrigan, Kilgours, Bill Douglas, Helen Crummy and Wantonwalls for street names in new development coming to the south of 104 Newcraighall Road.   I can send you the full details of where all these names come from, if you’re interested. I already sent it to those of you on my ‘Newcraighall Residents’ list.

The Council’s street naming people are looking for names for new development in the Greendykes area, all with links to the local history and people who lived there. Any ideas?  Do let us know or email direct streetnaming@edinburgh.gov.uk

See all those fabulous family photographs you have?  They might well make wonderful contributions to the Edinburgh archive of photos of life in Edinburgh and be part of the historic photographic archive of our city and its people collected by Edinburgh Libraries.  See more here: Edinburgh Collected :: home

The Travelling Gallery bus is back in Portobello on Tuesday 16 August from 10 am to 6 pm, outside Portobello Town Hall.  Launching as part of Edinburgh Art Festival, Travelling Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Alt-w: Blush Response, in partnership with New Media Scotland. As part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 the Alt-w Fund has commissioned a series of new works for the Travelling Gallery by artists based in Scotland and working in digital media.

I learned a bit about this brilliant, relatively new voluntary organisation People Know How at a member’s meeting of the Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) there at Ocean Terminal last month.  Well worth a look on their website:  http://peopleknowhow.org/

This brilliant video shows the great work fabulous LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) volunteers are doing to combat isolation in older people, getting people out of the house and linking them to the activities they would enjoy in good company. Watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhV_iHv8EY&sns=em

The Council has recently created an online searchable communal bin map of all the refuse bins in Edinburgh and an easy way of reporting issues with them.  Let us know of any inaccuracies or problems by clicking on the link. The map is now live and available at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binmap. You can use this map to find communal landfill and recycling bins in your area.

Finally, I have heard that the Thistle have taken part in  Radio 4’s Listening Project – which I love to hear.  They say:

“Last Thursday we were delighted to welcome the BBC’s Listening Project to our Centre of Wellbeing. Early in the morning their fantastic, custom-built, mobile booth arrived at our door. Recordings kicked off at 9am and went on until the early evening. In total, eight conversations were held over the day between members of our community (a record number for the project!).

We invited people to participate through an open call and asked, if this was your last chance to have a conversation with someone, who would it be and what would you talk about? 

Lots of people came forward to participate, such as families supported through our InterAct project, members of Get2gether, veterans supporting each other to cope with mental health issues, including PTSD and two best friends who met at Thistle. 

The Listening Project is a partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library. The project travels across the United Kingdom recording intimate conversations between friends and relatives to create a snapshot of our lives today. Edited versions of the conversations are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and local radio stations and a recording of the full conversations are permanently archived by the British Library’s speech archive.”

I can’t wait to hear those conversations!

That’s all for now.  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 05 July 2016

Dear All

Just a couple of things before I leave you in peace for at least three weeks:

The #MoreInCommon grouping met at the foot of Marlborough Street on Saturdays  and the group intend to be there again on Saturday 9 July at 12 noon, even if only for a few minutes, then  get on for the rest of your Saturday.  For those just catching up with this, we are bringing more and more people together following the death of Jo Cox. Jo Cox was an activist and we feel there is no better way to honour her than by taking action for the issues she cared so passionately about. Following an event on Portobello Beach, organised to celebrate Jo’s life and her belief that ‘We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us’, a few people have been meeting weekly at 12 noon on a Saturday to get to know each other and widen our circle of concern and activism in these uncertain times.  Together we can put Jo’s spirit of activism and her belief in justice into practice. You can also help by donating to Jo Cox’s fund to support causes closest to her heart, chosen by her family: https://www.gofundme.com/jocox

Scotland is open and welcoming and we have not witnessed the big rises rise in reported abuse and hate crime here. But we know, though people’s own stories, that it is hugely under-reported and people do suffer in silence.  We must unite against any form of racism and intolerance of difference.  More information on contacting police, reporting hate crime and use of 3rd party reporting centres can be found on our website: http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/hate-crime-and-third-party-reporting/  More useful ideas here of what each of us can do as individuals:  We need more than safety pins to stop racism | Voices | The Independent and http://www.istreetwatch.co.uk/pledges/new

The Council has agreed to a four month pilot for up to 20 streets this summer at no charge to promote street play and community togetherness. Before you get permission, there are several things you need to do and the guidance takes you through these. If you are interested, do get in touch with your local Neighbourhood Team.  Email is in the link : Playing Out guidelines Edinburgh | The City of Edinburgh Council

Local road works advertised recently and now started and the end date is often nice to know! SIR HARRY LAUDER ROAD Various locations Scottish Power – maintenance works on electricity pylons. Off-peak temporary traffic lights and lane closures as required. From 09/06/16 until 30/08/16 Portobello /Craigmillar PORTOBELLO HIGH STREET Between King’s Road and Fishwives Causeway Building development works (new Aldi store) Lane closures / contraflow from 27/06/16 until 31/07/16

Bike security at the western end of Portobello Promenade on two dates: 24th July and 7th August. A local company have set up a unique bicycle security marking sticker system and would like to promote bicycle security to members of the public to raise the profile of their product and bike security. They will offer a free sticker and registration session to passing members of the public. See www.veloeye.com for more information.

Not much time to apply for this funding for growing spaces, and maybe the timing is not the best, but Scottish Government have put some up:  http://www.edible-edinburgh.org/funds-available-to-make-scotland-a-good-food-nation/

Tribe Porty Youth Theatre are performing their show ‘Mary Poppins’ as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.  Book now through the Fringe Box Office!  Link here: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/mary-poppins

Fresh from my Forth Rail Bridge abseil scary experience, I’m thinking of signing up for Richmond’s Hope sponsored walk on Sunday 14 August around Arthur’s Seat – feet firmly on the ground with this one! Care to join me?  To sign up, contact Richmond’s Hope on 0131 661 6818 or info@richmondshope.org.uk  More here about this fantastic local charity started in the heart of Craigmillar in 2003.  Sign up to support the charity here: https://www.justgiving.com/richmondshope

Just a few more days to support this great Art Porty public art project through crowdfunding.  Help commission some exciting site specific artworks for this year and to create a permanent home for ‘Cressida’ The Tidal Octopus. I’ve pledged my bit last night.  Click here:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/art-walk-porty 

Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connect volunteers of any age who have a passion for cooking, with an older neighbour who would appreciate a home cooked meal and a friendly chat. If you find that you always make too much when cooking and could easily find an extra portion for an older person in your area then please sign up and they will get you up and running as a Meal Maker! More here: www.mealmakers.org.uk

It’s great that the bouncy castle is back at Straiton Place Park. There are a lot of families who are very happy to see it return, complete with very effective noise mufflers, although Albert Reid only has permission for weekends not throughout the summer, as he originally hoped….. 

Have a great summer!  A bit of sunshine would not go amiss!!

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. While I am away from Wednesday 6 July for three weeks, back for a day, then off to a family wedding for the weekend my direct line (0131 529 3268) will be answered by Labour Group Staff who will be able to take up anything urgent on my behalf.  

Maureen Child Update 01 July 2016

Dear All

To show solidarity with our friends and family from the EU and further afield, and to remind them and others that Edinburgh is their home and they remain welcome here, the Edinburgh Equality and Rights Network (EaRN) is on social media using #EdinburghForEveryone.  We are aiming to get out the message that Edinburgh is open and welcoming and we are united against racism and intolerance.  Please do promote all of the amazing work being done in Edinburgh communities to tackle inequality, discrimination and intolerance.  EaRN will also producing posters and flyers with this message. Do check out the EaRN website and join up: www.equalityandrightsnetwork.org.uk  We’re a new and growing membership organisation working in partnership with Police Scotland, Council, NHS Lothian, voluntary sector and others – including individual members – to promote equality and human rights.

Under the banner (or small corex board) saying #MoreInCommon a core group – and anyone else who wants to come  – are meeting again this Saturday at 12 noon in solidarity with those who might feel especially vulnerable due to the events of the last couple of weeks, in particular.  We are not yet sure what will come of this, but it is good to talk in these worrying times.  I will repeat what I sent out the day after Joe Cox MP’s murder, in the hope that some of you will see the importance of every single one of us taking action in our everyday lives to keep people safe – as individuals and friendship groups, neighbourhoods and communities.  A city-wide Keep Safe initiative was launched on Thursday 17 June to help root out hate crime and the kind of low-level abuse some people face daily. This is the first of its kind in Scotland and it aims to support and encourage disabled, vulnerable and older people to keep safe and enjoy an ordinary day-to-day life and activities without fear of abuse, intimidation and harassment. The initiative will work in partnership with Police Scotland and ‘I Am Me Scotland’, to encourage the creation of safe places for disabled, vulnerable or older people to go if they need help, if they’re lost, scared or if they’re a victim of crime. Individuals are offered a Keep Safe Card to carry with them, with information about themselves and the key people to contact if they need help. Partners agencies like People First, Edinburgh Crisis Centre and many more will help push the message out in our communities and neighbourhoods. Find out how to become a Keep Safe Member and for further info, please contact edinburghpreventandintervent@scotland.pnn.police.uk or visit http://www.iammescotland.co.uk/keep-safe-areas/

Our monthly Portobello Market is tomorrow, 9.30am to 1pm in Brighton Park.  Details here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/stallholders-for-portobello-market-on-saturday-2nd-july/  St John’s RC Church and Hall is usually also open that day and will welcome visitors.

Joppa Tennis Club’s Summer Pay and Play Programme starts on Monday, 4 July. Non-Members pay £1 for adults and 50p for children (16 and under) per 30 minutes of tennis. Call 07599 99 66 94 to check availability or make a booking. Pay and Play will operate Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm throughout the summer holidays. (4 July to 12 August).

The National Trust at Newhailes have their second Annual Dog Show on Sun 17 July 11-4pm.  Details on their website www.nts.org.uk or email Newhailes@nts.org.uk or phone 0131 653 5599.

Street representatives are needed for the Save Bellfield Campaign to systematically collect as many petition signatures as we possibly can to support our community buy-out bid for Bellfield Church and Hall..  Details here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/06/28/street-reps-wanted-for-save-bellfield-campaign/

For those wondering, yes the Council does still spray ‘weeds’ (aka native plants in the wrong place) with glyphosate weedkiller, but they are trialling other methods and that the outcome of those trials will be reported to Transport and Environment Committee in the autumn.  Once Southfield Duddingston and the Durhams are done, that is the spraying completed.  Other areas in parks are being left as part of Edinburgh’s Living Landscape:  See more here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/livinglandscape

The Summer edition of the fabulous quarterly Portobello Reporter community newspaper is now on line at http://porty.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/rep_summer_16.pdf with lots of great content and adverts for local businesses.  Do read ‘cover to cover’ and share!  I also have it in a 3Mb PDF format if you want a copy sent to you.  If you live in Portobello, you should be getting a hard copy through the door.  Do let me know if you are being missed out and I’ll pass that information on.

A reminder about the My City Photography Competition.  Get snapping your favourite place(s) to be in Edinburgh (Craigmillar and Portobello, among them) and tell us why you love it.  Details here:   http://thisisedinburgh.com/blog/myplace-edinburgh-photography-contest/  This all feeds into our part in Pop Up Cities Expo which is currently on The Mound as part of the Festival of Architecture, until 17 July.  The Edinburgh pavilion which contains the city’s own part of the  exhibition was designed by architects who live locally – Konishi Gaffney – and is beautifully spotlighting our Edinburgh places and spaces alongside that from other participating cities. More here: http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2016/06/pop-up-cities-at-the-mound/

A new toastmasters club has started in Portobello, called Porty Communicators. The first meeting attracted 16 guests and 11 established Toastmaster members at the Dalriada. Penny Haywood and David Calder now have four fortnightly slots, starting on Wednesday 6th July: 7.15 -9.30pm. So Porty people are finding their voice at Toastmasters!

There are things for children and young people of Craigmillar and Portobello to do every day throughout the summer holidays from Friday 1 July to Tuesday 16 August at Craigmillar LibraryChildren over 8 are welcome to our events (unless age range is specified). Any children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent/carer over 12.  Events are subject to change. For more information on any events please speak to staff. Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS | 0131 529 5597 www.facebook.com/CraigmillarLibrary  Don’t forget Here Comes the Summer on the beach and Promenade tomorrow to have fun and find out what else is happening for you locally.  No ‘I’m bored!’ excuse!

Christians Path between Windsor Place and Brighton Place and the path at Gilberstoun a section of NCN1 have been closed since 20 June, with diversions signposted.  This is a safety precaution because of Scottish Power work to the pylons and high voltage cables.  I have more technical details if you really want them.  I’m afraid I don’t yet know when this work will be completed.

New street names have been put forward to us three local Councillors for the new development at Baileyfield, reflecting the history of the area.  The Council have provisionally given the following names to the new streets:  Skylark Place.  Named for the pleasure boat Skylark which used to run from Portobello Pier. Walford Drive, Named for Lucy Bethia Walford, artist and novelist who was born in Portobello on 17 April 1845. Some of her work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. Cullet Walk. The bottle factory which was on this site stored the cullet or broken glass in the vicinity of the new street. The factory was located here from 1829-1968 until, as United Glass, it was closed.

I am going off on holiday for three weeks from next Wednesday with family and friends.  It will not be at all restful, with lovely grandchildren, but it will be a welcome change.  I have a lot to do to clear my inbox, try to close off lots of cases and am about to go into yet another Planning Committee all afternoon.  I hope to see some of you around in the next few days and do, please, say ‘Hello!’ But if I don’t see you around, do have a great summer and see you towards the end of July.  I will not have mall or mobile phone or social media presence during that time.  I DO love my job, but I must say, after all that has happened, the break is going to be bliss!

Kind regards

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. While I am away from Wednesday 6 July for three weeks, back for a day, then off to a family wedding for the weekend my direct line (0131 529 3268) will be answered by Labour Group Staff who will be able to take up anything urgent on my behalf.  

Maureen Child Update 24 June 2016

Dear All

Thank you to everyone who was with us on Wednesday to help celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, a victim of a truly appalling hate crime in another part of our increasingly fractured country.  A big THANK YOU to Kim Wallace, family and friends for bringing us all together at Portobello beach on what would have been Jo’s 42nd Birthday, as part of a fabulous Global celebration. We must campaign for a better world in her name.  I say – with Jo – that as human beings we all have more in common than that which divides us. Living that core principle – for justice, equality and fairness – as Jo Cox did, is more vital now than ever. The hate for ‘otherness’ of any kind tarnishes and diminishes us all and it begins to strike more fear in the hearts of those individuals most vulnerable and targeted for everyday slights, comments, aggression and hatred – just for who they are or appear to be or what they believe. 

A few of us locals met in local solidarity last Saturday at 12 noon at ‘the cake stand’ at the foot of Marlborough Street and we intend to meet there again this Saturday if you can make it. You would be very welcome to join us, in body or in spirit.  #LoveLikeJo #MoreInCommon

Myplace: Edinburgh is a competition to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. Please do enter it to help populate Edinburgh’s part of a cities exhibition currently open on the Mound and create an archive for the future too.  You have until 10 July 2016 to add a photograph of your favourite Edinburgh place (e.g. a building, location, open space…) to https://www.edinburghcollected.org/ and say what makes it special to you. More details of how to enter are here: https://talesofonecity.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/myplace-edinburgh-a-competition-for-the-year-of-innovation-architecture-and-design/ Portobello/Craigmillar must feature heavily – of course!

Portobello Community Council will meet this coming Monday 27th June, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. On the agenda is: Police report; Environmental update; Old Bellfield Parish Church – update on the prospect of community acquisition; Baileyfield PAC – presentation from Barrats on PAC proposals; Community Council Elections – discussion on how to promote the elections; Big Beach Busk and Sandcastle Competition – update on plans; Edinburgh Airport Flightpath Consultation – update on consultation; Planning – including discussion of Conservation Area consultation; Web: http://www.portobellocc.org/  Facebook: www.facebook.com/PortobelloCommunityCouncil e-mail: secretary@portobellocc.org

Justin Kendrik of the Save Bellfield/ Action Porty campaign sent his round recently: It would be great if you could help support the next stage of the push to Save Bellfield by coming to the fundraising Cabaret at Bellfield Old Parish Church. The Cabaret is at 7pm on Sunday 26th June, and you can get hold of your tickets at the Skylark or Cove. Update on the campaign: We have secured £16,315 from the Scottish Land Fund for the Stage One work needed to ascertain (1) the community’s needs, (2) the potential of the building, and (3) a sustainable proposal to enable the buildings to meet vital community needs into the future.  In the process, we are seeking to become the first urban community to be granted the Community Right to Buy, for which we will need as many Portobello residents as possible to sign a paper petition asking the Scottish Government to grant this.  More information at: http://bellfield.scot This push for signatures will be launched at the Cabaret – do come! You’ll have a great time and can find out how to help with this vital next stage. See you there!

The opening date for pupils to the new Portobello High School is now Wednesday 26 October. The school opening had been delayed from August 2016 following water drainage issues but close liaison between the Council’s project team, contractors Balfour Beatty and Scottish Water in the past few months has resulted in those issues being resolved.  A letter went to parents/carers on Tuesday to inform them of the new opening date. The October school holiday week is being extended to allow staff to move into the new building.  Over the coming months, Balfour Beatty will accommodate orientation visits by school staff and pupils to the new school.  The demolition of the existing school is planned to start shortly after the move takes place followed by the construction of the new St John’s RC Primary School and the new park. Scottish Water start work on the permanent drainage situation next week (delayed for a week beyond what they anticipated).  This involves running a new pipe across Portobello Golf Course and they have been working closely with Edinburgh Leisure and the Portobello golf clubs to minimise disruption while the works are taking place.

Fabulous to hear that the City of Edinburgh Council is working with the Edinburgh International Festival to create a three year arts residency in Castlebrae Community High School from 2015 until the end of 2017.  This builds on all the truly excellent partnership work already going on our local Craigmillar school, which is going from strength to strength. 

Duddingston Bioblitz coming this weekend! Go along and explore the green spaces of Duddingston June 25th all day! http://www.bnhc.org.uk/?post_type=bioblitz&p=8515

The Council’s 21st Century Homes house building goes on apace.  A Council Committee report this week detailed a  programme and more detailed plans about how this will be expanded to meet the ambitious target of delivering 8,000 homes over the next 10 years.  As part of that, Council has agreed to deliver 193 new homes in Craigmillar on brownfield land in addition to all those 1000s already on site, built or about to start.  This would include new colonies homes building on a unique Edinburgh housing design popular across the city, a development that would be a major boost to the regeneration of Craigmillar Town Centre, subject to planning consent of course.

Visit your local library to download the Edinburgh Evening News for free – and other newspapers too!  http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/pressreader?platform=hootsuitev  The libraries also have a paper version of a pocket map for this up-coming family fun event for you t pick up:  https://www.facebook.com/PortobelloLibrary/posts/10153940546939580:0  The 4th highly successful “Here Comes the Summer” event is on Portobello Beach, this year on Saturday 2nd July. The event is free and is for the community. Local agencies offer many activities free of charge. The event launches the summer programmes, has a sporting theme to keep families active over the holidays, and a market place of local agencies showing what services are available within the community. Prepare to come along, have fun and join in!

Lastly – more than ever, hold your friends and family close and – like Jo and Brendan Cox – ‘bathe them in love’. Assure those nearby in our community who fear for our future now that it is even more scary and uncertain, that you will stand beside them in solidarity and face down any abuse of any kind.  That’s where we will begin to make all the difference in the World.

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 17 June 2016

Dear All

Despite what we see on national news channels and social media, elected politicians are not the people facing the most abuse every day in life. A city-wide Keep Safe initiative was launched on Thursday to help root out hate crime and the kind of low-level abuse some people face daily. This is the first of its kind in Scotland and it aims to support and encourage disabled, vulnerable and older people to keep safe and enjoy an ordinary day-to-day life and activities without fear of abuse, intimidation and harassment. The initiative will work in partnership with Police Scotland and ‘I Am Me Scotland’, to encourage the creation of safe places for disabled, vulnerable or older people to go if they need help, if they’re lost, scared or if they’re a victim of crime. Individuals are offered a Keep Safe Card to carry with them, with information about themselves and the key people to contact if they need help. Partners agencies like People First, Edinburgh Crisis Centre and many more will help push the message out in our communities and neighbourhoods. Find out how to become a Keep Safe Member and for further info, please contact edinburghpreventandintervent@scotland.pnn.police.uk or visit http://www.iammescotland.co.uk/keep-safe-areas/

PEDAL’s Donkeyfield Community Orchard (Brunstane Road South, just past Daiches Braes) will be open on Saturday 18th June from 10 am – 1 pm  as part of the Edinburgh-wide Power of Food Festival that celebrates community gardening across Edinburgh.  This is a FREE event.  There will be: Tours of the orchard; Refreshments; Apple pressing and juice tasting at 12 noon  For a full programme see: https://poweroffoodfestival.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/poff16-programme-v1-0.pdfMilton Road Community Garden at Edinburgh College is also open nearby so could be a good for a combined visit.

Find out more about the orchard at: https://www.facebook.com/Portobello-Community-Orchard-539555379554046/

Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) is also part of this same Power of Food Festival and they will have an event on Sunday 19th June from 11am-6pm with a Bio-Blitz in partnership with the RSPB. This is a series of events throughout the day, at the farmhouse and in the Craigmillar Castle Park, exploring the bio-diversity of the area. Activities for all the family. Then at 6pm they are having a BIG feast. To join in the feast, please register at: bridgendbuild@gmail.com

Action Porty are hosting a Bellfield Cabaret event to launch their appeal for community support in order to undertake a community buy-out of Bellfield Parish Church from the Church of Scotland. Please support the Friends of Bellfield with their fundraising for a community buy-out by attending the Bellfield Cabaret on Sunday 26th June 7pm-10pm.  This is a fantastic, star-studded event and an excellent opportunity to use the space which we hope will not be lost!  Tickets are £12 from Cove or The Skylark. The church is not currently on the market and the community group have been successful with their application to employ someone to undertake a feasibility study to take it on as a community asset.

The Edinburgh Trusted Trader Scheme has been officially live for 12 months, with some great feedback and support from residents. Read more at https://www.trustedtrader.scot/Edinburgh/trading-standards-update-06.16.php

There are two dates and places set up for an exhibition on Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal.  This is to update planning guidance for any new development in Portobello conservation area.  The exhibition at Portobello Library will be between 20th and 27th June with the open evening on the 22nd while the exhibition at the Portobello Swim Centre will be between 27th and the 4th July with the open evening on 30th June. I hope you can go to one of these exhibitions and look at the display that will be put up. A planning officer will be there on the dates indicated to answer any questions.

The planning application to build a new St John’s RC Primary School are in now and can be viewed on the Council’s planning portal here:

https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=O7MFRGEWMVM00  The application for the new park – Treverlen Park – intended for the rest of the current Portobello High School site will be a separate application and that will be lodged soon.

I am delighted that Dads Rock have set up a new play group at The Venchie in Craigmillar/Niddrie with the first session on Saturday 25th June from 10am-11am.  This is for dads and granddads with their kids (5yrs and under) to spend quality time together in good company. The Venchie is at 61 Niddrie Mains Terrace, EH16 4NX.  More on their website www.dadsrock.org.uk.  Or phone Thomas on 07542074165 or David on 07542084356.

On Monday July 4th there will be a Play Outdoors Day for families form 2-4pm, in the green space to the east of Craigmillar Library.  There will be story telling. mini beast making, mask and hat making, the library bus and much more.

 

Portobello’s Wash House Community Centre, 3 Adelphi Grove is holding its AGM on Wednesday 22nd June 7-8pm.  All welcome to come along, find out more and get involved.

Portobello High School-based Edinburgh Basketball’s ever popular holiday camp in partnership with Active Schools is all set for 11th July to 14th July with 2 camps, with one camp for primary school ages and one for high school ages. This should be based on what year group the player will be in after the school holidays. Craig Nicol, the Basketball Scotland Performance Coach of the Year, is head coach at the camp.  It’s a great opportunity to develop basketball skills with some of the best coaches in Scotland. Make sure you sign up soon as places are limited and go quickly! More here:  http://www.cityofedinburghbasketball.net/summer-camp-2016-11th-14th-july/

Bingham and Magdalene Residents have been working with Sheila McWhirter and Archie Lowe from Community Renewal on ideas and resources to help make their two distinct neighbourhoods better.  If you want to get involved, or just want to know more about what’s going on find out here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2016/06/13/calling-all-bingham-magdalene-residents/

Finally – for now – I did succeed in doing the Forth Bridge Abseil in aid of the Thistle Foundation on Sunday 12 June.  I have a photograph and a certificate to prove it.  After the really very scary bit, which was getting over the scaffolding to begin the descent, it was actually good fun.  Thank you for sponsoring and giving me the encouragement to do it.  If you want to do it too, there’s another one in October! My own fundraising page is still open and I am still a bit short of the £2000 target I set myself, so please still feel free to sponsor me. This is my very last ask, I promise!:  https://thistlefoundation.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-abseil

It was really excellent to be invited to the official opening of the new Thistle Health and Wellbeing Hub in Craigmillar, a couple of days later, where the First Minister did the honours. It was great to meet and recognise so many wonderful people there from Craigmillar, Magdalene, Christians, Parrotshot, Portobello and Niddrie who work or volunteer or benefit from all that the Thistle can offer. More here: www.thistle.org.uk Do drop in some time and have a look around! You’ll get a warm welcome.

Best wishes – and enjoy your 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.