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Maureen Child Update 17 August 2017

Dear All


Our local Voluntary Sector Forum is meeting on Monday 28 August, 12 noon – 2pm at The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road. All voluntary groups are welcome from across Portobello and Craigmillar to discuss taking forward a plan of what we can all do together to better meet the needs of people living here.  We have such a fantastic range and diversity of voluntary groups and volunteers locally, many of which I talk about and celebrate in these regular Updates.  It would be great to meet up regularly, network and keep working on our common causes.


Our voluntary sector forum is one of eight sub-groups that report to the Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) for our area over the last 10 years of working together in community planning.  The next meeting of the NP for our Ward area on Wednesday 23 August at 6.30pm in the East Room at Craigmillar Hub, 101 Niddrie Mains Road.  More on NPs here:


I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Caring in Craigmillar this week and met some new and old faces, finding out how things are going at their base in 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace in providing a great day care service for older people and a vital Phonelink service city-wide. More about CiC here:


Portobello Running Club raised a fantastic £1050 at the annual race for Richmond’s Hope children’s bereavement charity, founded and based in Craigmillar.  More about this vital project here:


The Edinburgh Book Festival is on right now, but we have even more to look forward to as the programme for the 2017 Portobello Book Festival, running from 6-8 October, will be revealed on Friday, 1 September.  More here:


Art Walk Porty also starts that weekend with 27 artists taking part this year.  More here:


Want to take part in an archaeological dig for a lost garden at Newhailes?  See more here:


Friends of Bellfield are always looking for more members and friends to get involved in their project.  They’re aiming to raise funds to get the essential works going to get the  building open for January 2018.  If you can help, and want to do your bit, please email and join the team!  They will be giving out leaflets at the BIg Beach Busk coming up next week, Saturday 16 August, starting 12 noon..


Good news for Castlebrae Community High School that there is now Council agreement to start the consultation process for a move to a new build in the Town Centre agreed at Committee on this week.  Also agreed that the consultation should be spread as wide as possible.  We are awaiting the Scottish Government announcement of a new round of school building funding, in the hope and expectation that the criteria fit well with providing funding for a new Castlebrae.  Perhaps the First Minister’s visit to the school this week will give even more impetus.


Richmond Craigmillar Church has one of the city’s Community Cook Clubs, where everyone enjoys the opportunity to have something to eat and someone to eat with.  These provide nutritious meals and help build community at the same time.  These initiatives create new friendships, build self esteem and reduce loneliness. More here:


There’s always lots going on at Portobello Library, including Book Launch on Tuesday 22 August at 6.30pm by Grahame C W Howard whose book is ‘Marble Corridor and Other Medical Tales’.


Tribe Porty in Windsor Place are doing a survey that they would like you to fill in: More about Tribe Porty here:


Summer news is out about the favulous Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TE. Website For news updates contact them on


The new Craigmillar Boccia Group is now meeting weekly on Thursdays after a successful launch last Monday at the Thistle.  Try it out, meet new people and have fun.  Boccia is like bowls, but without all that bending down. For more information, contact Dani Waddell on 07909 237 415 or email


If you are a keen gardener, don’t forget the Musselburgh Show this weekend.  You’re bound to meet people you know there!


Portobello Rugby Club had huge national success last year and is keen to grow more grass roots talent and develop as a great Community rugby club all the way through to senior level.  they welcome all ages and stages to play for the local club.  Any child who would like to give rugby a try please do get in touch with Fraser McCowan, Convenor, Portobello Mini Rugby 07549 994584.  To know more, check out their website:


It’s not long until Leith Street is closed to traffic of the utilities works required for the new St. James development.  This requires bus diversions which will affect some of our services to and from Portobello and Craigmillar.  In some cases, I think our journeys might even be shorter, in other cases longer.  Here’s the detail:


Some of you have emailed me about the prospect and possibility of extending the tram from York Place to Newhaven within the next five years and how that might be funded.  The outline business case for extending the tram, as part of an increasingly integrated public transport network, has yet to be scrutinised in detail, with lots of questions asked and answered, and discussed at Committee and Full Council. I will be looking at the detail before leaping to any conclusions.


Have a great weekend and enjoy the Festivals, if you can!





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

Maureen Child Update 10 August 2017

Dear All


I am delighted that work is starting next week on the long-awaited new play area in Newcraighall Park. If all goes to plan, it will be finished  and ready for serious play time by 15 September.  Access to the site will be by the vehicle barrier and up the old path between the trees. The welfare unit will be down to the left of the gate inside the park. The Council’s contractor, James Moffat Construction Ltd needs to fence off a space in the car park for 2 or 3 days at the start of the week with the intention of being clear by the weekend. The contractor needs a holding area for excavated material for loading on to the lorries.  This will affect parking for the local team’s football games, residents and visitors.  But the aim is to minimise disruption to Newcraighall life – and provide a fab new children’s play area.  This park is being funded partly by Barratt’s as ‘planning gain’ from the development to the north of the village and partly through a grant from the Scottish Landfill Community Fund.


There’s a new Boccia group starting up at Thistle.  Boccia is like bowls where the rules and equipment have been specially adapted so that everyone can play. The idea for the new  group came from a local lady, a keen player at competition level. She is keen to help bring people together from different backgrounds and abilities. You’d be welcome to come along on Monday 14 August 6-8.30pm and is suitable for all ages, 12 and over. For more information, contact Dani Waddell, Tel: 0131 661 3366, Thistle Foundation Edinburgh, Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk, Edinburgh, EH16 4EA. See the impact of Thistle’s work at


I hope last night’s new Music Night at the Thistle was a success and willt become a regular monthly thing. For more information, contact Dani Waddell 07909 237 415 or email


A great family day out is in store for us again – Portobello Open Door’s Annual Portobello Village Show is on again for its 10th year on Sunday 3 September 2pm- 5pm in Rosefield Park.  All the traditional favourites will be there – baking, handcrafts, music and races plus many competitions, stalls and tea tents.  Great local food, live music, dog show, tug-of-war, duck racing and the train tent.  Email:  Website :


If you have ever fancied making your own garden furniture but didn’t know where to start, you can find out by dropping in to Tribe Party, 19 Windsor Place on Saturday 12 August between 10am and 4pm.  Just turn up, no need to book.  This is a joint venture with Edinburgh Tool Library and they will be building a picnic table and planters for Tribe Porty.  Families are welcome and snacks will be provided and woodworking skills imparted.


It’s very exciting that Bellfield will be in community ownership on 6 September!  Then 9 September is pencilled in as the day we can see around the old listed church and its hall buildings that the community will then own through the first urban Community Right To Buy.  Emma Griffiths and Angela Thomas have been appointed as the new development managers whose first task is to help us bring Bellfield into actual community use. This means we need improvements to the fabric of the building, fundraising, setting up booking and management systems and much more!  Emma and Angela bring a wealth of experience to these challenging tasks.


Back by popular demand – possibly thanks to Harry Potter – Owl Magic’s display team will return to Craigmillar Castle Park on 13 August. Booking is  required.  More information and booking: and find out what more is going on, thanks to Ben McCallum, the Craigmillar Woodland Engagement Officer who has been funded through the Forestry Commission Scotland and EDI Parc Craigmillar. Ben has done really great work here, helping manage the woodland and engaging the community in Craigmillar and beyond, through a range of activities and volunteering opportunities.


Twice this week, I have referred people to this fantastic vital service, Care and Repair, which helps elderly or disabled people to get tasks done in their homes which they can’t manage by themselves. More here:


As you may well know, the charitable trust and social enterprise Edinburgh Leisure (EL) now run the sports facilities out of school hours at two of our local schools Holyrood RC and Portobello High Schools, which allows very welcome community club use of the facilities there, benefiting so many people and helping involve them in club sport and activities outside school.  Edinburgh Leisure has also created a film about their Positive Destinations project which they run for young people not in education, employment or training  (NEETS). You can watch the film at It shows the transformational impact that Edinburgh Leisure’s work can have on the lives of our young people.  Feel free to share as widely as possible.


Thanks for continuing to report any issues with refuse and recycling collection.  Do keep them coming, if you are having difficulties reporting or the service is no up to scratch.  We do want to get it right.


A record team of over 23 people had a great morning last Sunday cleaning up and doing a bit of weeding at Figgate Burn Park for a couple of hours.  My stamina didn’t last to help out at the Kings Road community clean up but was glad to hear that my colleague Councillor Mary Campbell joined in there.  Great community spirit, good chat and a fab way of neighbours getting to know each other while giving the area we live in some love and care.


The Council’s greenspace and cleansing teams are very hard pressed to keep up on top of the growth in grass and other vegetation locally, but the encroaching bushes and triffid- like tendrils on Christians Path will be tackled next week and Brunstane Burn Walkway a bit later.  The grass is growing at a rate of knots, given the weather we have had, the number of cuts required have delayed their tackling the hedge trimming.


I had fully expected Brighton Place setts to be on the agenda for the Transport and Environment Committee which is today.  However, the papers show that the planning and transport officers’ report on Edinburgh’s policy on setted streets has been put on the agenda for December’s Committee in their published forward plan. So, it looks like there will be no work on re-building Brighton Place carriageway until well into 2018.


I have also been chasing up on the double yellow lines proposed a long. long time ago for Brunstane Road South.  There is no sign yet of the traffic regulation order being agreed.  We can paint yellow lines, but parking restrictions will not be enforceable until the legal order is in place.  This is very frustrating, as I believe there is one or two objections – at most –  holding the whole thing up.  If those individual objections were withdrawn, we could go ahead and make this a safer area around Brunstane Station.


Enjoy the sunshine – and hope it lasts!  Particularly for Jack Kane Centre’s Fun Event tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed….


Best wishes





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

Maureen Child Update 3 August 2017

Dear All


We are just getting back into the swing of another cycle of Council Committee Meetings after Council recess, with over 6 hours of sitting to decide on planning applications – the development management subcommittee of the Planning Committee on Wednesday.  One of the decisions – to grant consent on Agenda Item 4.14 – would have gone through without discussion if it were not for local residents having raised their continuing concerns with local Councillors. This was the old Mike’s Tackle Shop, 46 Portobello High Street for which there is a proposal for a change of use from retail to restaurant.  I had asked for a presentation from Council planning officers.  Councillors got clarification that specific measures must be put in place to mitigate noise breakout, but that no work can legally take place – at all – until the approved ventilation flue is in place. Since this flue must be attached to a communal part of the tenement building, permission will be needed from joint owners.


It’s the first Saturday of the month soon and Portobello Market again this coming weekend. Gates open at Brighton Park, Brighton Place, at 9.30 am and the market runs until 1.30pm Saturday 5 August  More detail here: .


The Figgate Park Friends are having a park clean-up this Sunday, 6 August 9.30am to 11.30am, meeting at the noticeboard by the pond.  Everyone welcome!


There’s a basketball taster next Thursday 10 August, open to boys and girls aged 7 and over. All abilities welcome to take part in a free two hour session. Jack Kane Sports Centre from 9:30am – 11:30am.


It has been great to see the summer success of the free fun-filled sports sessions every Wednesday.  Last one nest week on 9 August 13.30pm – 3pm at Cairntows Park, Duddingston Road West EH16 4AW for kids aged 7-12, no booking required. More information on sessions like this to


I rather like bagels, so was one of the first in the bagel queue on opening day, 1 August for a lovely late breakfast/early lunch at Bross Bagels, 186 Portobello High Street.  More here:  Then it was off to The White House Craigmillar, another of my favourite haunts, where my colleague Councillor Mary Campbell and I were able to sit down with parents and staff to help plan Castlebrae Community High School’s Fun Day in September.  All unplanned on my part, as I only reckoned on catching up on emails over a coffee in the corner!


The fabulous Jack Kane Community Centre are having a family Summer Event in the centre and the surrounding Hunters Hall Park land on Friday 11 August, 1pm-4pm.  There will be a horse riding, soft play, bouncy castle, smoothie bike, a bungee run and more. This is a free, but ticketed event, and you have to go in to the Centre to get your tickets in advance – a fun thing to do in itself as you get to find out what more amazing JKC do!  Call 0131 657 1595 for more information.


I have had a couple of complaints about the Brighton Place pavements reinstatement after BT had done their  cable-laying work. Remember it’s the utilities that do most of the digging up the roads and pavements, and (potentially) ruining them, not the Council.  We have no powers to stop them.  I can confirm that the Council willinspect the reinstatement work undertaken by the contractor working on behalf of BT and if they judge the works are not up to standard, they will fail the reinstatement and the BT contractor will come back to do the remedial works.


Someone was in touch with me about the lights in the Innocent Railway Tunnel, which had been vandalised.  Council (and police) are aware and they have been fixed ASAP.   Should you want to report any street or tunnel lighting faults, direct by email, try:


Bridgend Farmhouse is having its final Hard-Hat Tour to show and talk about the renovation and the techniques used on Friday 11 August, including a Q&A session from 1.30-2pm, and half hour tours beginning at 2pm.  More here:


As part of the Festival there is a ‘Rolls and Shutters’ exhibition at Craigmillar Library of photographs by John Brown and Angie Catlin and new film by Stina Wirfelt.


The old Niddrie Mill Primary School development has been nominated for another award, so keep fingers crossed they do well:


Another shortlisting, this time for the Edinburgh Solar Cooperatve:


Very heartening to see this great local Craigmillar work celebrated:

We four Portobello/Craigmillar Ward Councillors have had a number of conversations and exchanges about the caravans parked at the foot of Kings Road. In response, Cllr Kate Campbell has summarised the story so far:

There are quite a few caravans parked there which are owned by local residents. Where the caravans are occupied council officers have been monitoring and there has been no reports of anti-social behaviour and there are no welfare concerns for the occupiers. It is public land and people are allowed to park there. The council has no power to put in place restrictions on one particular type of vehicle while allowing others to continue to use it. It would be impossible to parking restrictions in place because, for one I think it would be unpopular with residents if the council were to start charging for parking there, and it would also be extremely costly to enforce as there are no other controlled parking zones in the area. Wardens would need to travel a considerable distance from their other patrols and this wouldn’t be a justifiable use of council resources. If you have any concerns over the welfare of occupiers, or you witness any anti-social behaviour please do report it. Council officers will continue to monitor but as things stand there aren’t any laws being broken”. 

I have liaised again with fellow Councillors, police and Council officers about this issue and I am expecting an update in the next few days.

How about changing the way you travel – as and when and if you can?  More here:


There is a new walking group starting up from the wonderful Thistle Foundation, Centre of Wellbeing, 13 Queen’s Walk EH16 4EA on Friday 11 August 12 noon to 2pm. These are local guided walks, suitable for complete beginners.  The pace and duration can be decided by the group and there will be tea and coffee at the end of the walk,  For more information and to sign up, and information on other Thistle Community Connecting activities, contact Dani Waddell, or phone Dani on 07909 237 415.


I am still getting a few complaints about missed bins, of one kind or another, and am experiencing delays myself at times.  If there is any glitch at all with your refuse or recycling collections, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I’ll do my best to get the area spotlighted and sorted.


Best wishes





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

Maureen Child Update 29 July 2017

Sorry, I have been a bit behind on these ‘weekly’ Updates, but it is Council recess and I do have five lovely grandchildren coming and going – need I say more?! Our grandkids have been fascinated by the jellyfish washed up on the beach so it was good to see this in the local media – including advice on what to do if you get stung:


I know from my own childhood experience, growing up in a shop-keeping extended family, that retail gives you a lot of skills and experience that can be transferred to other career paths.  Nobody knows that better than Liam Smith, manager of Fort Kinnaird and the people that benefit from the skills and recruitment centre which Fort Kinnaird and Council support.  More here:


Portovelo, the local cycling club, is giving advance notice of a beginner’s ride to be held on Sunday 27 August. This is aimed at anyone who likes the idea of road cycling with a group, but hasn’t tried it before, or is put off by the idea of turning up to a ride aimed at more experienced cyclists.  The ride will start at 9 am and will be suitable for all – an ideal taster of what Portovelo is about.  Any questions or queries, contact Portovelo at


Work is starting this Monday (31 July) on the construction of the townhouses on the site of St James Church Halls between Rosefield Street and Rosefield Avenue Lane.  First, areas of boundary wall need to be made safe and some trees removed.


It’s lovely to read the Castlebrae Community High School’s summer newsletter with all the fantastic things going on in this fabulous secondary school, with lots of amazing opportunities for the young people who go there:  Looking forward to the next session, going from strength to strength.  We four Councillors have had meeting with senior officers about the pressing need for the Council to prioritise a new school building for Castlebrae and to get on with the design, the site having already been identified next to Craigmillar Library.


Good to see progress with the project to bring beach wheelchairs to Portobello making progress. They are looking for volunteers, so do get in touch if you can help: Email:


A date for next weekend: Craigentinny/Telferton Allotments Open Day is on Sunday 6 August! 2pm-5pm, £3 admission with teas, homebaking, produce & plants for sale.  I hope the sun shines on them!  More hre: and here:


Fascinating to read this study of the importance of the active travel route in Little France as part of the Central Scotland Green Network:


Some of us wondered why the pavement is still dug up on Milton Road at the top of the junction with the Big W underpass path.  This is a Scottish Power defect dating from 22/05/17.  The repair  work is currently scheduled between 14/08/17 – 16/08/17.  The local roads manager has contacted Scottish Power to ask if they can bring this forward.


The vast majority of digging up roads and pavements is utility work, not the Council and they have a statutory right to open the road to get at their kit to mend or renew it.  The Council and public just have to grin and bear it.  Here we go for this week’s batch of fun road works:


Portobello / Craigmillar DUDDINGSTON AREA SGN – gas main renewal project Phased road closures and parking restrictions on Milton Crescent, Milton Gardens North & South, Durham Road South, Duddingston Rise, Duddingston View, Bingham Drive, Bailie Terrace, Bailie Grove, Bailie Path, Magdalene Gardens, Magdalene Drive 07/11/16 31/08/17
Portobello / Craigmillar GREENDYKES ROAD Between Greendykes Drive and Niddrie House Avenue SGN – gas main renewal project Lane closures and temporary traffic lights when required 03/04/17 July 2017
Portobello / Craigmillar MILLERHILL ROAD Southwards from The Wisp Scottish Power – cable reinforcement project Rolling programme with lane closures and temporary traffic lights 31/05/17 Late July
Portobello / Craigmillar MILTON ROAD West side of Milton Link junction SGN – urgent gas main repairs Citybound lane closure 7am 12/07/17 TBC
Portobello / Craigmillar BATH STREET Between Mentone Avenue and Straiton Place Building development Road closed 17/07/17 28/07/17
Portobello / Craigmillar PEFFERMILL ROAD At Craigmillar Castle Gardens BT – installation of cables and ducting Off-peak lane closures and temporary traffic lights 24/07/17 27/07/17



And there shall be more!:


It’s that time of year coming up again and Musselburgh Horticultural Society are holding their Annual Flower Show on Saturday 26 August  at The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh. Doors open at 1 pm with the Awards Presentation at 3.30 pm.  Flowers, Plants, Fruit, Vegetables,  Crafts, Photography and Children’s Exhibits, Cake and Candy , Refreshments, Tombola, and Free Children’s Face Painting. Do come and enjoy the day!


HERE + NOW have been running a Co-Design Summer School and public life hack throughout July with the help of three teams of volunteers. Yesterday, they invited people along see some prototypes and built installations exploring the potential for the Seafield section of Portobello Promenade and see in practice some ideas for the improvement of this space. They will be back at Seafield in September for an immersive experiential audio walk exploring the Seafield area as part of Art Walk Porty.


I have been in touch with Lothian Buses plc about a few of their drivers’ inconsiderate (but perfectly legal) parking overspill form their Seafield depot in the local surrounding streets.  Lothian Buses have put up notices and talked to drivers about the need for the company’s staff to be good neighbours and have a bit more consideration for us locals as they come and go.


All day parking in Aldi car park might have sparked some local management action to curb parking there. The Council’s Planning Committee approved the amount of parking at Aldi with a condition that they allowed a facility for linked trips to the beach and other local Portobello shops. Aldi seemed to be reneging on that when the local management tried to restrict the time people could park.  Following discussions with planning and a bit of Local Councillor and Portobello Community Council pressure, this has been resolved by Head Office.  The new signage and leaflets state that 2.5 hours parking is allowed and that this is for ‘Local Shoppers Only’.  Aldi’s planning agent, Steve Robb says: “This will therefore allow customers to also visit the wider town centre within that timeframe and complies fully with the parking management document, approved by Committee.”


A new blog here is going to prove a useful source on information as the old Portobello High School site takes shape into a new St John’s Primary School and a new Park – Treverlen Park.  More here:


It’s Festival season and I am on the look-out for local connections:  We have a fabulous pupil-run main Festival venue at Castlebrae Community High School – very exciting! (see the link to their newsletter above)  and Tribe Porty Youth Theatre are going uptown to put on their show at the Fringe.  More here:



You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

at theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9)

Tribe Porty Youth Theatre bring Schulz’s beloved comic characters to life in this crowd-pleasing classic that will keep the entire family entertained. Come sing and play along with Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts gang through a series of hilarious vignettes and catchy songs. After tremendous success and raving four-star reviews, this is TPYT’s eighth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With James McAvoy and Irvine Welsh as official patrons, it’s clear that the members of Tribe Porty Youth Theatre have an extremely bright future ahead of them. ‘Excited for their theatrical futures’ (ThreeWeeks). TO BOOK.

Have a great weekend!



Maureen Child Update 7 July 2017

Dear All


There were some delays in Portobello/Craigmillar Ward collections of blue glass recycling and garden waste this week, including our street.  I got an explanation about what led to those annoying delays this week. The Council’s private sector agency partner was unable to provide the staff the Council needed to complete the job. The Council liaised with both the contracted agency provider and some off-contract agencies to fill the staffing gap and clear the backlog.  Monday 3 July was a Public Holiday for Council collection staff on which they don’t have to work unless they opt to do so.  That made collecting on the scheduled day more challenging than normal. Refuse collection worked hard to service the late collections with supervisors and managers also involved in clearing the backlog over the following two days.  When delays or missed collections happen, for whatever reason, the sound advice is always to leave the bins out while the guys catch up or come back to the missed street or bin.  Do keep on letting me know if there are any further delays  – and when those are resolved.


The wonderful social enterprise Tool Library is spreading and now sets up in Portobello Library on a Monday.  It attracted 10 new Members on its first Porty outing two weeks ago.  It will be there every Monday, just finishing up as I arrive for my weekly ‘surgery’ upstairs.  The new initiative was featured in the Evening News this week.  Read all about it here:


A date for your diary – the Big Beach Busk is on 26 August this year.  Make sure to be there and hope for sunshine!


This weekend, Saturday 8 July, the local gallery Velvet Easel is opening an exhibition called Portobello Mon Amour.  More here:


A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) is being lodged with the Council’s planning department by CCG (Scotland) Ltd for the former Lidl retail site, off Niddrie Mains Road behind Craigmillar Health Centre.


Feeling fit for a bit of a jog along the Prom –  with or without a dog?  Get this! When Gobi joined runner Dion on his 250km run through the Gobi Desert, there began a lifelong friendship that would lead Gobi to living in Edinburgh with his new best friend. You have a chance to jog Dion and Gobi to raise funds for Edinburgh’s own stray and unwanted dogs and cats. This fun family event will take place on Sunday 13 August, starting and finishing at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. After your 2.5KM fun run on Portobello Prom, there will be food and drink stalls, raffle prizes, rehoming advice and more. All funds raised at the event will benefit the Home. Book here:


Craigmillar Literacy Trust are looking for a Literacy Programmes Co-ordinator to develop and deliver creative reading, writing and learning programmes for children, young people and families in Craigmillar, Edinburgh. The closing date for applications is 14 July. More here:


Our Councillor colleague Mary Campbell is leading on improvements to Portobello’s beach and the rest of the Portobello/Craigmillar Team are right behind her.  More here:


Bridgend Inspiring Growth, a new community hub in a historic farm building in south Edinburgh has a grant of £47,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project called ‘Place, Work and Folk’. Local people will be invited to talk about their memories of the farmhouse when it was a working farm. Learning and creative activity projects based on their stories will link past and present. The eighteen-month project will run from August 2017 and finish in December 2018.  More here:


Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust  (ELGT)is hosting a variety of free fun and educational activities in and around the magnificent woodlands of Craigmillar Castle Park.  There are events are for everyone such s guided walks, children’s activities, volunteer tasks and more.  For more information, contact Ben McCallum email or phone 0131 445 4025.  There’s Wild Art on Friday 16 July; Woodfest; Sunday 23 July; Wilderness Survival on Friday 28 July.  A good way to spend a couple of hours on a summer afternoon.


My Council colleague Kate Campbell and I have both been appointed to the Board of Craigmillar Opportunities Trust, aka Cre8te in Craigmillar Business Centre.  We’re looking forward to our first Board Meeting together next week.


A couple of people have been in touch with me, expressing concern about people begging on the streets on Edinburgh, wondering about what all the agencies in Edinburgh are doing together to address their needs.  I have been in contact with the chief social worker who leads for the Council on community safety and coordinates the multi-agency team around this issue and I will be meeting up with her to get an update and learn more about our City’s practical approach to this.


That’s all folks.  I am now off to a meeting with the Director of Place and our Portobello/Craigmillar Councillor Team to underline our solid joint determination to have the Council deliver a new Castlebrae Community High School building in Craigmillar Town Centre, as soon as possible.  Holyrood and Portobello have great buildings, filling up fast with local children. Now it has to be Castlebrae’s turn for a new building in the new Craigmillar Town Centre for a growing population.


Have a great weekend when it comes!



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