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Maureen Child Update 31 August 2017

Dear All

 

The 70th Edinburgh International Festival is over for another year, but Portobello and Craigmillar local arts and community activities continue seamlessly.  A hugely successful 8th Big Beach Busk last weekend in Portobello is followed by ArtWalk kicking off now, and the Portobello Village Show on Sunday.  Both Castlebrae Community High School and Sandy’s Community Centre in Craigmillar have fun family events on Friday.  Magdalene Community Garden growers get together on Saturday.  Portobello Market in Brighton Park on Saturday alongside the Autumn Fair in nearby St John’s Church.  There is more, no doubt!

 

Sandy’s Community Centre (76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue, EH16 4DW) has an Open Day on Friday 1 September, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.  The centre’s management committee will be on hand to meet and welcome everyone, show us what they and the local people get out of the centre and all the facilities on offer.  They’re planning fun activities –  including inaugurating their outdoor pizza oven – so there will be food – and everyone is welcome.

 

Find out more about about why you should take part in ArtWalk Porty here: http://www.artmag.co.uk/art-walk-porty-2017/  If you are wondering where to get a hard copy map for Artwalk,  a range of local businesses have them. Pick one up from Twelve Triangles, Cove, Two Sisters, The Mousehole Deli, The Skylark, Monny’s, The Velvet Easel, Wild Flower Shop and The Dalriada. Or download one here: http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/2017/Graphics/Map_AWP17.pdf And there are walks with talks too: http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/2017/walkstalks.html

 

Join the staff and furry residents of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary at Seafield Road East. The Open Day is a fun family day out with doggy demonstrations, seaside entertainment and animal stalls galore. You may event meet your new family member on one of the kennel or cattery tours. Dog agility demonstrations; seaside fun and games; EDCH residents meet and greet; food and refreshments; pet care products and advice; Rehoming information. FREE Entry.

 

The Powerleague/Westbank Street/Tumbles prospective sale is proving – understandably – hugely controversial and subject to a lot of debate and discussion.  It is important to do two things, whether or not you support the retention of current uses on the site.  If local opposition can stop this going ahead, then your active involvement is very much needed.  If it goes ahead anyway, it is equally crucial to have the best possible development on the site with lots of community benefit.  Housing has been mentioned, but it might include (horror of all horrors) yet another supermarket.  It could be a mixed development with lots more community benefit.  It could lead to a community buy-out. I am delighted that Portobello Community Council and Portobello Amenity Society have put in Participation Requests under the Community Empowerment Act (2016) so that local views can be taken into account more than ever before.  Please do respond to this and use the comments at the end to say exactly what you think should be there or should stay there.  https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/westbank-street-development-1/

 

Portobello Book Festival   www.portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com   is having a second hand book stall at Portobello Village Show on Sunday 3rd September to raise funds for this year’s book festival on 6th – 8th October. The programme launch is this Friday and the programme will be available online, in the library and dotted around Portobello from then. Tickets (all free) will be in the Library from Monday September 6th.

 

Somebody left a car parked very badly in Brighton Place, causing inconvenience and at times, obstruction to traffic. Normally, this would be left to the DVLA to sort, sometimes taking weeks.  Police Scotland tried to track down the registered owner – somewhere in Fife – to no avail, so the Council will put a 24 hour notice on it, then remove it.  Parking on the west side of Brighton Place has never been local custom and practice because of the obvious blockages it would – and did – cause. Portobello’s finest competing for the, title of Grumpy Citizen of the week, made lots of comments on social media.  The car was parked legally.  Police Scotland, Council, DVLA, and citizens and Councillors all played their part in getting it shifted – legally.

 

I was privileged to see a performance on Saturday of Lone Wolf at Artspace – the work of Lyra Theatre last weekend; a beautiful and powerful dance theatre piece.  We are lucky to have such a facility in the heart of Craigmillar.  The young people also took part in choosing Festival shows that would appeal to a young audience, like them.  See here: http://www.imaginate.org.uk/artists/projects/wee-night-out/

 

The bid to build in the Green Belt contrary to the Local Development Plan, just agreed last November, has been unanimously rejected by the Planning Committee at a hearing this week.   http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/craigmillar/fresh-bid-to-build-750-new-homes-near-eri-1-4545793

But that is not the end of the matter,  the report goes to full Council and then to Scottish ministers for further consideration.  Full report link here:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/54590/item_61_-_south_east_wedge_development_site_old_dalkeith_road_edinburgh_%E2%80%93_protocol_note_by_the_head_of_strategy_and_insight

 

Being bullied online can be about a number of things. Childline say that “cyberbullying is using the internet, email, online games or any digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else”.  If you or someone you know is being bullied online, do check out their page on how to deal with it.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/types-bullying/online-bullying/

 

And here is some of the positive stuff going on at Towerbank Primary School in their first newsletter of the new term.  See here: https://towerbankprimary.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/newsletter-25-august-17.pdf

 

The results of Saturday’s Sandcastle Competition and how to contribute to the Bellfield Crowdfunder are just two of the items on Portobello Community Council’s website home page.  http://www.portobellocc.org/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PortobelloCommunityCouncil/posts/1297835267008708

 

Back home, our under-stairs cupboard is now free, emptied and decluttered and the Tool Library now have a donation of gardening tools way in excess of our extended family needs. Most will need a bit of ‘tlc’ which tool library are prepared to give them so they can make them available for others to use.  Both Portobello and Piershill Libraries have outlets for this fabulous social enterprise. More here: http://edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk/

 

Craigmillar Library have a new IT class beginning on Tuesday afternoons from 1 September 2pm-4pm, and will be running all the way to Christmas! There are still a few places left so if you would like to join in, please email your name and phone number to kenneth.sharkey@edinburgh.gov.uk.

 

The next tram debate takes place at the next Transport and Environment Committee next Monday.  The report on the business case is in the public domain and the link is here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4225/transport_and_environment_committee

 

Great to see the lovely Craigmillar Castle tree as one of Edinburgh’s 100 most treasured Object.  Interesting history here too:  http://edinburgh.org/101#object69. What would be your 101?

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Maureen

 

 

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 25 August 2017

Dear All

 

Big Beach Busk this Saturday!  http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2017/08/16/festival-qa-paul-lambie-busk-beach/

 

Conservation Volunteers are running an event at Joppa Rocks this Sunday, 27 August, a  Bioblitz Survey, part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape initiative. It’s open to everyone who wants to take part in a seaweed/lichen survey.  Families welcome as well. Find out more about the Edinburgh rocky shore. Take part in FREE activities All welcome Become a citizen scientist and help recording our wildlife. Seaweed and lichen bioblitz survey Find out more about products made with seaweed and lichens this Sunday 10.30 am-2 pm at Joppa rocks, next to the bus stop, EH15 2HF

 

Diaries out!  The Parish of St John the Evangelist, Portobello, warmly invite everyone to an Autumn Fayre which will be held in the Church Hall, Brighton Place on Saturday 2 September at 9.30am.  There will be lots of stalls to interest all age groups including home-baking, jams & chutneys, ice cream, teas & coffees, face painting, toys etc etc.  Proceeds in aid of Bethany Trust Night Shelters and Parish Funds.  Tickets £1.50 per adult, 50p per child which will include tea/coffee and juice and goodie bag for every child. This will coincide with the revalue monthly Portobello Market in nearby Brighton Park.

 

Despite the mixed weather people have still been coming out to the Edinburgh Greenspace Trust events that Ben McCallum runs at Craigmillar Castle Park.  Up-coming events are:

 

  • Family Forest Festival last Sunday was a huge success with 450 people coming along to enjoy the fun. For our lot the best bit were the petting zoo – especially the mouse and the corn snake.
  • Bat Walk – Saturday 2nd Sept, 7pm. Discover the bats that call the park their home.
  • Mini Zoo – Sunday 10th Sept, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Animal Man will bring along a selection of weird, wonderful and cuddly animals to the park. Booking required.
  • A Walk in The Park – Friday 22nd Sept, 3pm to 5pm.  Celebrate the first day of autumn.

Go to the latest programme page for Craigmillar Castle Park events which will be promoted through facebook; for booking and more info email: ben@elgt.org.uk

 

The Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership met this week and we agreed to take forward a participatory budget process – You Decide! – as the the way if distributing Community Grants.  This will our third year of distributing grants in this way.  ALl four Councillors have agreed to be part of the planning group for taking this forward.  So watch this space! Link to agenda and papers here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/54565/full_meeting_papers_-_portobello_and_craigmillar_neighbourhood_partnership_-_230817pdf

 

The culmination of Castlebrae Community High School’s three year partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival has been a spectacular success and culminated in a really amazing show this year at the school.  Read all about it here: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/inspire-me/festivals/castlebrae-high-set-to-shine-as-edinburgh-festival-venue-1-4536284 and here:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/blog/index.php?path=blog/newsblog/post/1199 and here:

http://www.castlebrae.org.uk/frontpage/project-r-e-b-e-l-breaks-new-ground-edinburgh-international-festival-castlebrae/

 

 

The 18th north east Edinburgh scouts group are looking for a leader and assistant leader to run their new scout group which meets on Monday evenings at St John’s Primary School. Any interested volunteers, please email Catherine at parentcommitee18thdistrict@outlook.com.

 

How time flies: the 350th Meeting of Portobello Community Council will be held this Monday 28 August at 7:30pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. All are welcome to attend and the Agenda is here:

http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2017/08/22/agenda-for-pcc-meeting-28-august/

Minutes and further papers here: http://www.portobellocc.org/Minutes/index.php?folder=MjAxNy9NZWV0aW5nIFBhcGVycyAyODA4MTc=

 

The ArtWalk Porty programme is now up on their website at http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/taking place 1-10 September.  Art Walk Porty is a fantastic services of events and venues and celebrates the public space and artistic activity of Portobello – Edinburgh’s Seaside.

 

Fascinating to read a blog on the history of Craigmillar Castle, which is very well worth repeat visits – with or without children or grandchildren!  It will appear in the current series of Outlander, giving the building the kind of high profile it deserves.  Read here:

https://thefreelancehistorywriter.com/2015/02/20/the-history-of-craigmillar-castle/amp/

 

Portobello Older People’s Project (POPP) are looking for two helpers to join their fantastic team of volunteers. POPP is a small lunch/social club that runs on a Tuesday and Wednesday and gives older people the chance to enjoy a meal and socialise with others.

They are looking for some new people to join the team as volunteer helpers on a Tuesday. Volunteer helpers welcome and chat to the older people, help set up and serve lunch, and assist in the running of activities. POPP are looking for caring people who are available between 9.30pm and 3pm on a Tuesday each week. At times you would also help on board the bus which brings the older people to the club and home again at the end of the day. They meet  in the Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street, EH15 1AU. Phone number is 0131 657 4264

 

Last, but not least, your feedback is sought for what may happen in future to the Powerleague site in Westbank Street which may well soon become vacant.  You are invited to respond to a survey here:  http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2017/08/24/your-help-needed-powerleague-and-tumbles-land-sale-survey/

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Maureen

 

 

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 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: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20133/community_planning/917/neighbourhood_partnerships.

 

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: http://www.caringincraigmillar-daysupport.co.uk/

 

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: http://www.richmondshope.org.uk/

 

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: https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/

 

Art Walk Porty also starts that weekend with 27 artists taking part this year.  More here: http://mailchi.mp/0584fee40f39/were-getting-ready

 

Want to take part in an archaeological dig for a lost garden at Newhailes?  See more here: https://nts.cloudvenue.co.uk/digitthewondersofwhitehillsearchingfornewhaileslostgarden

 

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 friendsofbellfield@gmail.com 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:

http://cyrenians.scot/community-and-food/community-cook-clubs/

 

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: https://tribeconversations.typeform.com/to/ggqKrY. More about Tribe Porty here: http://tribeporty.org/

 

Summer news is out about the favulous Bridgend Farmhouse, 41 Old Dalkeith Road, EH16 4TE. Website www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk. For news updates contact them on bridgendbuild@gmail.com

 

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 dani.waddell@thistle.org.uk

 

If you are a keen gardener, don’t forget the Musselburgh Show this weekend.  You’re bound to meet people you know there! http://www.musselburghhorticulture.org.uk/?page_id=144

 

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: https://portobellorugby.com/

 

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:

https://lothianbuses.co.uk/assets/files/170903-Leith-Street-diversion-WEB.pdf

 

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!

 

Maureen

 

 

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 www.thistle.org.uk

 

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 Dani.Waddell@thistle.org.uk

 

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: info@the-pod.org.  Website : www.the-pod.org

 

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: http://www.elgt.org.uk/projects/communities/craigmillar-woodland 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:  https://www.careandrepairedinburgh.org.uk/

 

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 www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/positive-destinations. 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

 

Maureen

 

 

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: .http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/stallholders-for-portobello-market-saturday-5th-august/

 

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 communitysportshubs@edinburghleisure.co.uk

 

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: www.brossbagels.com  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:  streetlighting@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-bridgend-farm-hard-hat-tour-no3-tickets-35879860629

 

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: http://c-c-g.co.uk/the-schoolhouse-shortlisted-for-structural-timber-award/

 

Another shortlisting, this time for the Edinburgh Solar Cooperatve:  https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/amp/solar_power_portal_awards_2017_shortlist_unveiled

 

Very heartening to see this great local Craigmillar work celebrated: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/holiday-hunger-sports-project-feeds-deprived-children-1-4517422

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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EdinburghATC_SignUp

 

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, dani-waddell@thistle.org.uk 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

 

Maureen

 

 

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