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Maureen Child Update 06 May 2016

Dear All

Tomorrow (Saturday 7 May) I will be joining in the Portobello Timebank Brunstane Burn Clean Up – Take 3! You are very welcome to join us between 2-5pm meeting outside Brunstane Station, prepared for some mucky hard work – and sweet treats for the grafters.  More here:

The community-run Joppa Tennis Courts is having their Family Open Day this Sunday 8 May from 1.30pm to 5pm. More here:

Remember that You Decide! is coming next Saturday 14 May at Portobello Town Hall, 1-3pm. The Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership has decided to award the four small grants right away and add the amount left over to augment the larger grant fund.  The remaining 21 applications, amounting to £27,748, will seek to be successful from the remaining £19,738 at the Portobello Town Hal event on 14 May at Portobello Town Hall and are marshalling their support.  I hope all other groups are doing the same and we have a great turnout. More here!/

Locally based circus skills group, Full Cirqle and Friends invite you inside to see what they have been working on during the last couple of months. Expect another fun-filled evening of performances from acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and more. Last one sold out.  Details here:!/events/229377177417693/?action_history=null

The applicants EDI Group Ltd’s second planning consultation drop-in event for the highly controversial Green Belt site at Brunstane is on Wednesday 18 May from 3pm to 8pm at the King’s Manor Hotel, Milton Road East.

Living Streets is promoting walking during May suggesting you might work a 20 minute walk into your day and asking you to sign the pledge – as I have.  See here: One way might be to join in a healthy walk led by park rangers? Contact here:

Promoting awareness and  raising funds in Dementia Awareness Week: Are you worried about yourself, a friend or relative? Alzheimer Scotland runs a freephone Dementia Helpline open 24/7 on 0808 808 3000  This is good advice about dementia care, nicely expressed, according to a leading light in dementia care and research:

A reminder that Saturday is Portobello Market day, Brighton Park, Portobello, Edinburgh, from 9.30-1.30. List of traders:

PEDAL Portobello Transition Town also run the community orchard, very much appreciated by local people and visitors to the area, with the Brunstane Station on the Borders Railway nearby.  It’s quite an oasis.  More here:

Update on the dangerous parking on Brunstane Road South – we now have the pro-active support of the local police to repel objections, on road safety grounds, to the double yellow lines and proceed to pt the traffic regulation order (TRO)  in place.  It is likely still to take months, but the support of the police help.  I am grateful to Sgt Gordon Duff and roads officer Keith Allison for trying their very best to get this tortuous process concluded before an accident happens.

Police Scotland are looking to as many people as possible to give them feedback about what their local and national priorities should be.  Please take a little time to fill this out:

Edinburgh has seen recycling rates rise thanks to the success of a new service alongside a focused campaign to increase uptake by the City of Edinburgh Council  More here: .  Do keep on telling me of any local glitches or gaps in service. 

I have donated to the charity Gorgie City Farm which is hugely appreciated by lots of families I know and is struggling to make ends meet.   See more here:

The Craigmillar-based Hot Hoose’s Feel Good project encourages and supports young people (aged 12-25) to improve their emotional, sexual and physical health, and to try new fitness activities and health foods.  Find out more here:

Anna Moffat’s lovely shots of the Portobello Ceilidh Kids

Date for your diary: a Portobello Family Ceilidh on 19 June, 2.30pm to 5pm at St Marks’ Church,  More here:

Two lots of road works on Portobello High Street are happening this week and starting next week and might cause some disruption to traffic: 

A special event at the National Trust property, Newhailes House coming up next month.  Join Miss Christian in the 1800s at her home Newhailes House. This is a hands-on activity based, costumed interpretation tour, 45min-1hr. More here:

Portobello and Joppa Parish Church are advertising Music for Christian Aid on Sunday 15 May at 7.30 pm. The event is open and free to all, but donations are welcome.

The More!fun Children’s Book Festival, takes place in local libraries between 24 and 27 May in the East Neighbourhood Libraries.  Full programme on the website, in libraries or I can send you a rather large PDF of the poster.

Portobello Pier was opened in 1871 but was demolished in 1917. This picture is from the National Library of Scotland:

I am delighted to have doubled the amount of money I raised – so far – for the fabulous Thistle Foundation in the last week, thanks to some very generous people!  All contributions still very welcome indeed, little or large! Link to my abseil fundraising page is here:  And Thistle are moving into their brilliant new building in Craigmillar next to the Robin Chapel over the next week.  Very exciting! See more here:

Have a great weekend, whatever you’re doing!

Best wishes



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

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

Maureen Child Update 22 April 2016

Dear All

A reminder about the fun family fundraiser Zumbathon this Saturday (tomorrow!) at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church.  More here:

For Portobello/Craigmillar’s very own You Decide!, community grants applications are to be in by close of play today.  Community decision time is at the event is on Saturday 14 May in Portobello Town Hall. More here: webpage!/ You Decide! is just one of an increasing number of similar events happening throughout Scotland.  See here:

Cre8te is a fantastic social enterprise in Craigmillar, the Board of which I currently Chair.  In partnership with Saheliya, we submitted a proposal to the RBS Skills & Opportunities fund to support vulnerable ethnic minority females to obtain the skills they need to lead independent lives.  If successful Cre8te will work with a total of 40 women enabling them to explore self-employment, progress their business ideas and give them the opportunity to test trade. We are delighted to make it through to the voting round with RBS and now we need as many people as possible to vote for our proposal, you can find out more and cast your vote by following the link:  We also need the message shared as widely as possible, so would appreciate if you could share our tweets and Facebook posts here and here Thanks in advance for everyone’s help, fingers crossed!

Eve Parsons wanted me to tell you about the Portobello Pizza Oven Project, which has been dormant for some time now.  Now is the time to revive it and get our Portable Portobello Community Pizza Oven built and working! There is a great technical team (including Andreas Teschner and James Lewis) to oversee the community construction. There will also be fun sessions for kids and families. Earthy Foods have agreed a place out the back of their Portobello shop to store the oven and for it to be picked up and used once it is built. However, for the project to be sustainable a core volunteer team is needed to plan how to run the community project. If you are interested to be part of a team taking this project forward or want to find out more and/or join the team, contact Eve Parsons by email

St John’s RC Primary School pupils tell me they are getting involved in this cycling and scooting project with Sustrans, which is a great initiative:

I regularly get asked about how to go about raising a concern that some bit of building has been constructed that is not quite according to the original plan or suddenly appears without any prior notice.  Anyone can report a suspected breach of planning control using the online form here:

As part of the Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, a local Portobello Rotarian Daniel Barreto is training for an epic 1200 miles in 30 days sponsored bike ride and raising funds for this hugely worthwhile cause. This is Daniel’s Blog:  which includes access to more about him and his fundraising page.

Just a very gentle reminder that I’m also raising funds for a good cause and would welcome sponsorship too!  I am trying not to think about it as Sunday 12 June gets closer, and closer, ….. This is the kind of great work the Thistle in Craigmillar do: – and that’s why I am supporting them to do more by throwing myself off … no, abseiling down – from the Forth Rail Bridge both to overcome my fear of great – big – tall – scary heights and to raise some cash for Thistle.  Please do sponsor me, if you can:  I’m about half way to target and every little £1 helps stiffen my resolve.

EDI Parc Craigmillar, are holding a pre application consultation event about the proposed Greendykes South Masterplan. The event will be held at the White House on Tuesday 26 April, bewteen 3pm and 7pm.

The planning pre-application consultation event for the proposed Costa Coffee Drive-Thru at Milton Link is taking place at the Magdalene Community Education Centre, 106B Magdalene Drive, Edinburgh, EH15 3BE, between the hours of 3-7pm on Wednesday 25 May.  Drop in any time.

One of the Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG) volunteers John Nowak has made a film of the farmhouse project. More about BIG here  The new film focuses on the Sunday drop-in in 2015 and some of the various events, activities and volunteers involved. Give it a watch at the link below. The Sunday drop-in continues every week from 11am-3pm and all are welcome, with free home-made lunch provided.

Local community clean ups are going on almost every week. According to an Edinburgh list I got from the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), 5 of the 27 listed in Edinburgh are in Portobello/Craigmillar Ward.  And that list doesn’t yet include others I know of e.g. in Magdalene and Bingham. See here:  But there is always more we can do:  KSB want to celebrate local heroes throughout Scotland, so if you know someone in your local area who’s making a difference, do let us know:  A Greggs treats offer is running throughout April and May.  To be eligible for this, groups need to have an event registered on the KSB system and give them at least two weeks’ notice of the event.  The newsletter can be found here:

Maybe see you tomorrow, either at the Brighton and Rosefield Parks Annual Clean Up or at Pedal on Parliament?  I’m hoping to do a bit of both.

Best wishes for a great weekend, whatever you do!



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

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

Maureen Child Update 15 April 2016

Dear All

A bit short (or woefully late!) notice for this one, although there will be more opportunities, and you might see people around and wonder what’s going on? There is a clean-up in Bingham today Friday 15 April, meeting at Bingham Community Centre until 3 pm.  Refreshments and lunch provided. More here on the online Chronicle:  Do sign up as a subscriber to the Chronicle and get future – timely – alerts of what’s going on locally.  There’s another opportunity at Magdalene next week, Friday 22 April.

Art Walk Porty are inviting artists to submit proposals for ‘Journey Lines’, a new project relating to the old railway line and stations of Portobello and Joppa, as well as Brunstane Station connecting to the Scottish Borders Railway. Three small awards are available to artists in Portobello, Joppa, Brunstane, or surrounding areas, and the Scottish Borders. Deadline for entries is 27th April. ‘Journey Lines’ will take place Aug and Sept this year. Full details and how to apply at:

Last night, around 40 of us ‘older’ Porty people enjoyed Portobello Heritage Trust AGM followed by a slide show on Portobello Gala Days by Margaret Munro. If you have photos or memorabilia of the Porty Gala Days, Fringe at the Seaside, Big Beach Busk, Portobello Open Door, Village Show or whatever do add them as originals or copies to their growing archive. The final report for Dig Portobello is now on the PHT website under ‘Archived Events’.

Two local families (the Browns and the Baillies) have started their own microbrewery – Bellfield Brewery – the UK’s first dedicated gluten free brewery, with head brewer being another Porty local – Kieran Middleton.  Their beers are now being stocked by hipster ‘hangout’ The Skylark, and Fine Wines among others. They’ve had interest already from across Scotland and the UK, so watch this space!

Do make sure you and yours are registered to vote if you are not currently on the electoral roll.  The deadline for registration (which can be done easily  via is 18 April and the deadline for requesting a postal vote is 19 April 2016. The Portobello Community Council are organising a Portobello Hustings on Wednesday 20th April in Portobello Town Hall at 7.30pm

There is an Understanding Parkinson’s Workshop  for Parkinson’s Awareness WeekHome Instead Senior Care, Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place, Edinburgh, EH16 4BB Parkinson’s Awareness Week runs 18-24 April 2016. On Friday 22 April, local provider Home Instead is running an Understanding Parkinson’s workshop in their training suite Friday 22 April, 12.15pm – 1.45pm. Whether you are a family member of someone living with Parkinson’s or a professional, this workshop will help increase your understanding and awareness of Parkinson’s.  In particular the variability of symptoms people living with Parkinson’s experience and how we can all help.  If you would like to attend please email or call the Home Instead office on 0131 300 0599.

Local Portobello parents are aiming to resurrect the kids’ Samba Band which was primarily aimed at opening up music to kids who may not normally get access to extra-curricular activities. Sessions will cost £1 as opposed to the usual £15-20 a session which seems to be the standard. Although this is a Towerbank Primary School parent initiative, they really want to make the event as inclusive as possible and across the community. St John’s have already put it up on their FB page and they hope Duddingston and Brunstane will be doing the same. One of this year’s great community events will be Porty Zumbathon on Saturday  23 April.  This will be a fun event for kids and adults alike. You don’t need to be a Zumba expert or even have done it before to come and enjoy the evening. You can just prop up the bar in Prosecco corner if you prefer! Tickets are on sale in Friday Street and Favers.  Numbers are limited, so snap them up quickly!. There is also a Facebook page to follow:  All welcome.

The next regular Tea Dance and Singalong is next week at The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4BG on Wednesday 20 April from 12.30pm to 3pm.  The £3 entry includes cuppa, sandwich and scone. More here:

Claire Askew, one of four Scottish Book Trust Reading Champions talks about her first fortnight at Craigmillar Library:  Read all about it here: t

Craigmillar Literacy Trust is recruiting for a part-time Literacy Programme Coordinator. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 25 April 2016. Full details of the position and how to apply can be found on goodmoves or by following the Job URL:

The latest annual Edinburgh People’s Survey is published with details of local Council Wards, including Portobello/Craigmillar, on pp 16-17. In summary, there are short-term improvements in the last year, especially refuse collection and recycling for households receiving new collection methods. And there are long-term negative trends which can be linked to reduced funding of services, which are also reflected in national trends. Overall, Edinburgh continues to be seen as an excellent place to live. Full report here:

Media Trust’s Do Something Brilliant project want to build on the experience of the project and try to pick out key issues for the future of the sector both in Scotland and around the UK, they are organising a one-day conference looking at a range of issues in community media, hyperlocal journalism, crowdfunding and training in Scotland.  The event, is taking place mostly at Castlebrae Community High School, with workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions and plenaries, and a reception/celebration in the late afternoon at The White House. We’re hoping that a number of hyperlocal and community news websites from around Scotland (as well as the Bristol Cable, which is doing a Skype link-up) will take part on the day. They are also expecting a number of journalism students from the University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh University TV will be taking part and reporting live on the event from UWS’ media bus, which will be based in the school car park for the day. There’s an Eventbrite page for the event which has sign-up info, here:

This is an interesting view of Portobello from the long-lost Portobello Pier.  However – I am told, on good authority – the information on the origin of the word ‘botch’ must be mistaken, since the word was already in use centuries before this. See here:

The Sporting Memories Network is still running a weekly Portobello Reminiscence Group, based on sport, to alleviate dementia, depression and loneliness in communities. The local weekly group stars up again, after an Easter break, this Monday 18 April from 2pm until 4pm in Portobello Library. While they run dementia friendly groups, anyone of retirement age is welcome and attendance is free. For more details, contact Howard Mitchell Coordinator – Edinburgh 07803128895.  Website is: 

Professor June Andrews on dementia: “Although there is still stigma, this public airing means that people are more open about dementia and allow themselves to think about it more than they did in the past. This is all good. Public figures affected by dementia in their families are recruited as champions by dementia charities and actively work to tell other people that it is reasonable to talk about it and share your story with other people. Often when I get in a taxi and the driver asks me what I do, I get a personal story from them about how dementia has affected their family”. I found her guide excellent:

Third sector organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 are being urged to apply to a new £500,000 Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. They can apply for up to £20,000 to carry out activities over a 12-month period that will help to build social capital and make a real difference to the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable in society. The outcomes for the new Fund are: 1.An increase in social connectedness of people experiencing disadvantage; and 2. A reduction in the effects of social isolation in people experiencing disadvantage. Applications should be submitted by Friday 20 May 2016.

Visit the Voluntary Action Fund website for further information about the fund and how to apply:

That’s all for this week.

Best wishes for a fab weekend, whatever you’re doing!



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

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

Maureen Child Update 31 March 2016

Dear All

Community growing is such an important part of community life and becoming more so.  This is a fantastic 8 minute film that tells the story of the Craigentinny/Telferton Allotments, past and present.  Watch here:  Whether or not half the site will be taken over for development is to be decided at a Council Planning Committee development management subcommittee hearing on 13 April.  The officers’ report with its recommendation, to refuse or grant, will be in the public domain on 7 April.

A reminder that Portobello Market is back again in Brighton Park on Saturday 2 April, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Throughout the morning, from around 9.30/10am, there will be an ongoing Easter egg hunt (until they run out!). Prepare to come along on Saturday for a fantastic array of locally produced foods, plants, crafts and campaign advice from Amnesty and RSPB.

Two local places are getting a Spring Clean this Saturday by teams of people you would be very welcome to join either one. There’s a Big Beach Clean Portobello Saturday 2 April, meeting 2pm in front of Porty Swim Centre. The Brunstane Burn is also getting cleaned further downstream from our meeting place at Brunstane Station, also from 2pm on Saturday.  All this voluntary community effort is hugely appreciated – and, of course, wouldn’t be as necessary if everybody behaved responsibly and disposed of their rubbish properly. The environment forum of our Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership recently congratulated the Council’s local task force for clearing areas in Niddrie Mains and Greendykes. 6 members of staff spent a total of 24 hours to uplift 36 tonnes of rubbish. Last year the same small team cleared 60 tonnes from Greendykes. Please help keep our open spaces tidy and if you see anyone fly-tipping please contact the environmental wardens on 0131 529 6399. 

Our local Police Sgt Gordon Duff advises that every single act of vandalism and antisocial behaviour should continue to be reported by phoning to 101 immediately.  This follows a useful discussion at Portobello Community Council about recent bit of chat on Facebook.  The police cannot be contacted through social media and the police are always the first port of call; then do warn others what to look out for through Porty Watch or the like. Do try to keep the anger and frustration out of the posts, as it really, honestly is counter-productive! The police cannot be everywhere at once and cannot react instantly although they would love to be there the very moment you call. But every single piece of information does help build up a picture of where the resource must be targeted and helps them gather all the necessary evidence for effective action with everyone involved. It’s everybody’s job to help keep people and property safe. 

A date for your diary: Musselburgh Horticultural Society are having their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, 7 May at The Hollies Day Centre, High Street, Musselburgh from 10am – 12 noon – quite a range, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, with bedding plants galore !

You may have noticed that there is a “noise notice” on some on-street bottle bank bins and it would be nice to see them on all – and the sensible advice taken! The notice asks people to be considerate to residents and only deposit bottles between 9am and 9pm.  I’ve heard of residents’ noise complaints from Bath Street, James Street and Portobello High Street and maybe elsewhere.  There have been a few instances of people depositing bottles very late at night which has disturbed quite a few residents and woken sleeping children. The council has ordered more stickers for more bins to underline the common sense message: be considerate!

Residents of have chosen the final design for the new ‘EH15’ park. Final designs for a new park on the site of the current Portobello High School have been chosen – paving the way for a Scots pine urban forest, wild-flower meadow and “boulder play area”. The name is Treverlen Park, the original name for Duddingston, meaning “settlement by the lake of reeds”.

Nice to have information to share from Portobello Golf Club at the start of the new season, thanks to Lyall Scott.  Portobello Golf Club (instituted 1856) is based at Portobello Golf Course, Stanley Street, to the north of the new Portobello High School. It’s a 9 hole golf course ideally suited for juniors, seniors and players of all abilities.  It’s a flat terrain and there’s easy access to the course (just off the A1). Due to its excellent drainage, sometimes it’s the only golf course open in Edinburgh. The course may look easy but it does provide a real challenge.  New members are always welcome and the golf club caters for all levels of ability from scratch to the total beginner. Club Membership fees for 2016/2017 (Apr- Mar) are set at £40 (concessions available), which includes SGU membership, qualification for national handicap certificate, regular weekend and mid-week medals plus ad-hoc 9/18 hole competitions throughout the year and a golf club internet application. Golf Course Green Fees are not included in this price, but can be paid on the day or by Edinburgh Leisure Golf Season Ticket (see for prices/offers). For more information contact Portobello Golf Course starter (0131 669 4361) or see the club’s Facebook page: ‘Portobello Golf Club.’ The first medal competition of the ‘summer season’ is this Sunday, 3 April.  

 Portobello High School is to have an open day on 4th June to allow former pupils to say goodbye to the eight-storey high building. Here’s a link to their Spring Newsletter:

The contractor Balfour Beatty have written to nearby residents to say that the new Portobello High School project will soon be doing some works in Park Avenue. Their project team are still in the process of securing full authorisation from the regulatory bodies, but they anticipate final approval will allow works to start in Park Avenue at the end of April, lasting several weeks. The permanent delivery vehicle access to the school will be off Park Avenue and the contractors will use this entrance from early May to finish off works at the main Milton Road entrance.

It was nice to see Portobello’s own Butternut Squash get a mention among the best places in Edinburgh to eat breakfast! The blurb says: After a brisk morning walk on Portobello beach you can stop off at comfort food restaurant Butternut Squash for what might be Edinburgh’s most reasonably priced breakfast. Unusual (but no less delicious) menu items include beans on toast, filled croissants and kippers cooked with some fantastic flavours. Dog-friendly and with genuinely welcoming staff, both this place and its breakfasts are legitimate hidden gems by the seaside. 10 Bath Street, EH15 1EY –  Read more:

And – according to the Daily Record – our own Skylark is an Edinburgh hipster hangout!

Local resident Alexis has started up her own electric cycle tour enterprise called Real Cycle Tours and one of those tours is a visit to Portobello.  Alexis has also signed up to start co-working at Tribe Porty and has dropped her leaflets in Earthy, Portobello Library, Porty Hardware, The Beach House, The Espy and Crumbs. All the businesses were really pleased that she would be bringing tourists to Portobello.  More here:

There’s lots to see on a bike when you go exploring.  See this brilliant blog posted by another local Portobello resident:

More than a quarter of people “live for the day” when it comes to their finances and half sometimes run out of money at the end of the month. The figures are published in a new by Citizens Advice. It warns that, crucially, people don’t seek money advice until they reach a crisis point, such as being unable to afford debt re-payments. The charity says money advice should be “preventative” and target people going through major changes in their lives to help them avoid rather than respond to financial difficulties. More here:

Portobello Heritage Trust AGM is being held at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 April in Portobello Baptist Church Hall. The AGM will be followed by a talk titled Portobello Gala Days by Dr Margaret Munro. The annual subscription to PHT is £10 and new members are always welcome.  The final report for the community archaeological dig at the potteries is now on the PHT website under ‘Archived Events’ –  Dig Portobello

Meet the Funders event on Thursday 12 May 5pm to 8pm at Council HQ Waverley Court.  The last one was held in Portobello Town Hall. Meet the Funders even  is a  free informal  drop-in (no booking is required) and at present there are 23 exhibitors due to come. More exhibitors will be added and the web-link to the event – – will be updated accordingly. Further details can be provided by Maureen Thompson on 0131 469 3595.

There will be another You Decide! this year so that everyone has a say in what ideas should get an award form Community Grants Fund. All details and applcation forms can  be found on the webpage!/ .   The event will be on Saturday 14 May from 1pm to 3pm  in Portobello Town Hall, and the closing date for applications is Friday 22 April.

Dementia Friendly Portobello is inviting you to a fascinating exhibition at Portobello Library. The opening is on Monday 11 April at 6.30pm. The artist, Edward McLaughlin, will give a short talk about how the impact of his dementia inspired his work. The exhibition will be on for about a month.  

I am taking a break from Sunday for 10 days.  So that’s all from me for now!

Best wishes


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

Maureen Child Update 7 August 2015


Dear All

Consultation starts on Monday for the new park to replace Portobello High School site.  I have attached a briefing note and there was coverage in the Evening News: Evening News – New Park for Portobello

It’s Friday and the weekend is almost upon us it was a good way to say goodbye (almost!) to the working week in The White House community cafe. Mine was a bacon roll and latte this morning. The social enterprise cafe gets great reviews:  Trip Advisor Review  Including this one:  “The establishment is small, the menu choice was smaller than other venues, however the food quality was excellent and the service from the staff was really good, welcoming and friendly. Prices were good”.

The Borders Railway Project wants to hear how you will be using the railway – seeing friends, day trips, university?:  How Will You Use the Railway?

At last, the tender for the Abercorn Terrace ‘puffin’ pedestrian crossing at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church has been accepted and that work will start on site about 17 August 2015. The contract period will be two weeks and the Contractor for the works is Crummock (Scotland) Ltd. 
A date for your diary –  The annual Garden Fete will be held on Saturday 12 September from 2 to 4pm at The Gate Lodge Garden, 27 Milton Road East in aid of Post Natal Depression Services. There will be Teas and Coffees and Tables with Crafts, Gifts, Jewellery, Baking and Jams, face painting etc.  All Welcome.
This year’s Summer Bash will take place on Friday 14 August between 1300 and 1600 at the Jack Kane Centre featuring open day at the Community Garden for the first time.  This year will see the addition of the “Selfi Pod” – not to be missed – alongside old favourites such as Horse Riding and Face Painting. The Summer Bash is open to people of all ages, although children should be accompanied by an adult.
After much discussion and delay, I am advised that work on rebuilding the carriageway on Brighton Place will start this financial year.  The various bodies, including the local Portobello Community Council, Brighton and Rosefield Residents, Portobello Amenity Society, and the Council’s own streetscape team have determined the finish should involve the replacement of the historic setts. Whatever the final surface, the key to the longevity of the road will be the robustness and integrity of the foundations, which have to withstand the wear and tear of heavy double decked buses.  Crucially, we must try and ensure that concrete platform is not compromised by any planned utility works in the foreseeable future.  Hence the delays allowing for discussion with the utility companies. Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) are bringing forward work they planned in the next few years to October 2015 so as not to have to dig up the work soon after it has been completed.  If the proposals are approved by lead Council Members and senior management, maybe in the next couple of weeks, the work is likely to start in January 2016.
At residents’ requests, maintenance work is to proceed on Christians Path to clean and clear the cycle path and pathway of overhanging vegetation.  Just heard confirmation that this was completed today.
Some fabulous pictures are taken by local photographers in Portobello of our seaside and posted on social media.  Here’s one by Anna Moffat:
Want to help create a community at Tribe Porty in Windsor Place, Portobello?  See here: Tribe Porty
What is your favourite coastal sound?  Voting is open on the question:  Favourite Coastal Sound?
The Portobello Sandcastle Competition is on Saturday 29 August. It is jointly organised by Portobello Community Council and Portobello Toddlers’ Hut and will take place on the beach opposite the swimming pool at the bottom of Bellfield Street.  Registration is between 12.15 – 12.45 on the prom opposite the swimming pool.  Building will begin at 1.00 pm.  More here: Sandcastle Competition
Community gardens help people grow together in more than one sense.  Can you help deliver more community gardening in Craigmillar?  Crowdfunding towards a £15,000 target to be match funded by a charitable trust and secure the future of this great project  :  Community Garden Crowdfunder
You can keep up to date with the progress of the Edinburgh Local Development Plan now being considered by Scottish Government Reporters here:Local Development Plan for Edinburgh
Portobello High School is busy amassing photos and memories of the current building and what went on these 41 years form it’s opening in 1964.  Here’s one photo that may spark memories:  Porty History
Memories of the now lost Portobello Power Station with a tram in the foreground – or more accurately a trolleybus going by.  Photo Power Station
Lost Edinburgh – a nostalgic look at Portobello Bathing Pool and the famous raft, 1970. Porty Pool Photo
Back for its sixth year, the Big Beach Busk will take place from 12 noon on Saturday 29 August. Edinburgh’s Portobello seaside gets mixed up and musical for a day. People of all ages are encouraged to head along and entertain the public on the promenade.  More detail here: .Big Beach Busk 2015
A couple of consultations, that might be of interest: 
Add your voice to the consultation on Community Payback Orders , deadline August 31st.
Help to shape the future of Health and Social Care in Edinburgh, deadline October 31st
In addition to the three cars in Portobello, the Edinburgh City Car Club also has a Nissan Leaf electric car for members to use outside the East Neighbourhood Centre in Craigmillar.  More here: City Car Club Craigmillar  Photo Here:
Andrew Simpson provided this ‘Buggy POV’ video of the Porty Park Run  in Figgate Park last Saturday!  Inspired to run?  
Whatever you do, have a good weekend!
Best wishes
Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481| Twitter @MaureenChild1
p.s. My face-to-face Councillor Advice Sessions, or ‘Surgeries’, are usually every Monday at 5.30 pm in Castleview Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) and then at 7 pm in Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue (Phone 529 5558).  Now also at Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT, 1st Wednesday of the month, drop-in session 5pm-5.30pm, thereafter by appointment only up until 7.30pm. Please phone me on Direct Line 0131 529 3268 or Mobile 07718 666 481, or email to check availability, make an appointment or request a home visit.

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