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Maureen Child Update 24 March 2016

Dear All

Sandy’s Easter Eggstravaganza! Launch of the Pizza Oven and Tin Man is TODAY Thursday 24 March, 3pm – 4.30pm at Sandy’s Community Centre. Fun for all the Family at Sandy’s Community Centre, 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue (Phone 661 4064) BBQ (50p per burger) Tin Man Wood Burning Oven Splat Stevie! Egg painting and race  Taste some pizza fresh from the new pizza oven! Egg hunt round the woodland and much, much more!

Portobello has two Under12 boys selected to play basketball at an international tournament in Andorra in May for Under 12s Basketball Scotland. They both play for the Kings (Edinburgh Basketball Club) and they are the only two Under12s selected from Edinburgh! The boys need to raise money to help fund the training and the trip. The boys will be doing a basketball marathon on Monday 28 March (Easter Monday) from 10.30 at Rosefield Park. The Porty boys Michal and Jude will be playing several hours and would welcome tour help and support through the day. You can come and play with them and leave a few coins in the basket.  They set up a fundraising page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/anne-budo?utm_id=2.

The Portobello and Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership has decided to run with another You Decide! this year to decide on the Community Grants Fund to give out small grants to local projects and get people together who want to do good things to make their neighbourhoods better.  Details can be found on the webpage http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/about/you-decide!/ .  The event will be on Saturday 14 May in Portobello Town Hall and the closing date for applications is Friday 22 April.

After a very successful event with Portobello Timebank a few weeks back, some of us are intending to do some more Brunstane Burn clearing on Saturday 2 April.  All welcome to join in, meeting at Brunstane Station at 2pm.  You’ll need your wellies and old clothes!  See here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/610781262414333/

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 next weekend for a fantastic array of locally produced foods, plants, crafts and campaign advice from Amnesty and RSPB.

Castlebrae Community High School’s Spring newsletter is out now with lots of cause to celebrate:  See more here: http://www.castlebrae.org.uk/cb/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Newsletter-Spring-2016.pdf

A glimpse of the relatively recent history of Craigmillar was on TV recently and here’s a link to what was broadcast and the whole movie: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.crummy.3/posts/10156811836450294  And it’s just two years since the Helen Crummy sculpture was opened outside Craigmillar Library.  See here for photos of that day:  https://www.facebook.com/andrew.crummy.3/posts/10156811870565294

Another date for your diary: The next meeting together of Craigmillar community growers is on April 28, 11am-1pm, at the Greendykes organic allotment poly tunnel, Craigmillar. Teas and coffees will be provided. Bring anything you would like to swap, gardening books, leaflets, tools, seeds, vegetables and salad, jams and pickles. More details form Karin Chipulina Community gardening development worker Craigmillar Community Grows The SPACE 11 Harewood Road Craigmillar EH16 4NT 0131 659 2949. The Garden Globe project at the Jack Kane Centre is ready for a new growing season, so it you haven’t visited recently, so go and have a look:  https://mobile.twitter.com/jkmc3/status/712207885908971520/photo/1

Every now and then there is a spike in crime or anti-social behaviour but we can and do have success in solving or preventing more happening and keeping each other safe. One of Police Scotland’s excellent school link officers succeeded in tracing and reporting multiple culprits responsible for smashing forty windows at a local school at an estimated to cost £5,500.  Best when this kind of behaviour is nipped in the bud, with the help of people prepared to report at the time and tell what they know. The police also succeeded in catching four burglars in the act of turning over a house, thanks to the swift action of a member of the public on phoning 999 immediately when she/he saw someone acting suspiciously. Effective policing needs out eyes, ears – and intelligence – in all senses of that word.  .

Reasons to join your local Council library, even though you’ve got access to e-books?  Do you know you can read any newspaper through them?  http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/pressdisplay?platform=hootsuite Having trouble choosing books? Looking for something a little different? Try this: http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/recommendations?platform=hootsuite

Keep Scotland Beautiful are concentrating on combating dog fouling in a campaign: “Grab, Bag and Bin it” both in the countryside and the town.  Dog fouling facts and what to do about it: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/media/341880/ditch-the-dirt-fast-facts.pdf

Art Walk Porty was a great success last year and now they have a fantastic new idea that has received funding. See here: https://www.facebook.com/portobello.online/posts/10153730052033705

Best wishes for a very Happy Easter Weekend!

Maureen

 

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

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

Maureen Child Update 17 March 2016

Dear All

Just in case you missed it, the two place making events around Brunstane have been postponed. The reason given is that there is an opportunity to align more closely with the timing of the engagement exercise being planned by East Lothian Council, given there are developments proposed across the Council boundaries. Alternative dates for the place making community engagement events in the Brunstane – Newcraighall – Musselburgh area will be set in due course. This is what it will be all about when it eventually does happen: http://planningedinburgh.com/2016/03/07/brunstane-area-placemaking-exercise/

A reminder that Portobello Amnesty is have their book stall and coffee morning at Bellfield Church Hall from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 19 March.  See you there!

Despite the best efforts of the Edinburgh heritage lobby and the combined local forces of Brighton and Rosefield Residents Association, Portobello Amenity Society and Portobello Heritage Trust who collected 800 signatures on a petition, the original decision of the Transport Committee of January still stands as the settled will of the Council to reconstruct Brighton Place properly but to finish it with a tarmac surface, rather than the historic setts. The £600,000 thus saved from the road and footways capital programme will be used for projects elsewhere in Edinburgh.

Since October 2013, a small group of staff from the social care charity Carr Gomm’s community development team have been working with doctors to provide a new kind of support to residents in the Craigmillar area. Community Compass is funded by the Alliance and the Scottish Government. The project is designed to support people to connect with local services and help them overcome challenges they are facing, using an approach known as social prescribing.  Find out more here:  http://www.carrgomm.org/our-services/communities/communitycompass

Community engagement by Portobello Community Council has been rated as excellent by the Scottish Community Development Centre, “representing an outstanding standard of performance and exemplifying excellent practice”. Following a detailed analysis of community engagement activities, the SCDC found that Portobello Community Council was “performing to a standard which is the model of its type” and recommended that it be replicated by community councils and other statutory and voluntary sector organisations across Scotland.  The two case studies used were the Towerbank Primary catchment review and the consultation process for planning the Baileyfield site in Portobello. More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/03/14/portobello-community-council-rated-excellent-for-community-engagement-and-a-model-for-other-scottish-ccs-and-voluntary-sector-bodies/ and here:  http://www.communityscot.org.uk/resources/know-your-community/case-studies/portobello-community-council/

Craigmillar Boxing Club members, based at Sandy’s Community Centre, all did well at the Scottish Championships recently and came away with came away with one Scottish Champion and two silver medals among them. See them pictured here:  https://mobile.twitter.com/garyoung1/status/708582676337442816/photo/1

North East Edinburgh Carers Group (NEECAG) hold regular discussion groups on services and issues for older people and their carers in the community.  The next session is entitled  ‘Heat Heroes’ an energy talk and the speaker is Rebecca Bentley from Changeworks.  It’s on Tuesday 29 March 3 pm – 4.30pm in the Portobello Baptist Church Hall, Portobello High Street (Wheelchair accessible) Free refreshments are provided (contributions welcome!) Transport and expenses for older people and carers is available. Further Information From Anne Munro or Parveen Haider by Telephone: 0131 553 2559 or email:  pilmenyproject@btconnect.com

Spring is maybe the time to get more active, explore a few of Edinburgh’s walking and cycling routes. You can download city route maps at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/activeedinburgh

Edina Hibs are offering a free Sunday Soccer School staring outdoor training for 4-7 year old boys and girls on Sunday 10 April at 9.30am at Jewel Park.  More here: https://mobile.twitter.com/EdinaHibsFC/status/710017209037361152/photo/1

There will soon be a £80 fine if you don’t ‘Bag and Bin it’ and let your dog foul public areas from April 1st. Here’s how you can help:  http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/the-law/what-you-can-do/

LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) phone line project are hosting one of their occasional free events for over 65s in the centre of Edinburgh.   Gin and Games will take place from 6-8pm on 31st March  in the Virgin Money Lounge in St Andrews Square EH2 1AF. We will be playing traditional favourite games like Scrabble, bridge and chess and trying out electronic games on tablet devices. This event is completely free of charge and the venue has full disabled access. There can’t be games without gin… so naturally we will be enjoying (non-alcoholic) gin-based cocktails too.  Following the success of our last IT support evening, we will also be answering questions about using a tablet device.  For further information, or to book a place:  Phone: 0131 603 8311. Email: loops@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk

For those of you have noticed workmen digging about at Portobello Golf Course, Kenny George of Edinburgh Leisure tells me this is do with the new Portobello High School development which involves an access path at the East perimeter of the golf course.  They are in the process of relocating the 2nd green – slightly – to accommodate the path.  The perimeter area is in the hands of the contractor for now and but will be handed back to the local parks and greenspaces team once the building is completed.  As you will know the opening date for the new school has been put back, largely because of difficulties getting agreement with Scottish Water to use a temporary connection, which they now say is available.  The winter weather also delayed the programme of works a little. We all very much hope it won’t be as late as January 2017 before we have our new Porty High school. Meanwhile, preparations are still in hand to celebrate the old building and welcome in former staff and pupils.

Best wishes

Maureen

 

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

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

Maureen Child Update 14 March 2016

Dear All

Are off road nuisance bikes causing a problem near you in Craigmillar or Portobello? Call Crimestoppers with info on 0800 555 111 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/north-west/merseyside/putting-the-brakes-on-nuisance-bikes/.  This is a nuisance across the country, not just here and Crimestoppers is a way of giving the local police the information they need to combat the nuisance, while you remain absolutely anonymous. pic.twitter.com/iPbnU6Hr2G Otherwise phone the police direct on 101 (after the event) but 999 if there is an incident ongoing.

The City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Portobello and Craigmillar Community Councils are holding community engagement events at Edinburgh College (Milton Campus, EH15 2PP) on: Saturday 19 March between 10am – 1pm and Tuesday 22 March between 4pm and 8pm. This is about what you like about and what you don’t like about the place you live in now, NOT about any future developments that might or might not be in the offing.  AS I understand it, this on a kind of drop-in basis, and the commitment really only takes about an hour working together in a group of 10, arranged as and when you arrive.  The exercise will be repeated on both days. More here:http://planningedinburgh.com/2016/03/07/brunstane-area-placemaking-exercise/

As I advertised before, last Wednesday there was a drop-in information session at which parents and neighbouring residents will be able to view and discuss the final plans for the new school with the design team at arranged at St John’s RC Primary School, in advance of the planning applcation being submitted.   I have electronic copies of the display boards, if people want to see them.  Big files, I must warn you!  – 26MB altogether.

The designs and location plans for the new Magdalene Glen Adventure Play Area can be seen on display at Magdalene Community Centre, Brunstane Primary School and the local shops in Magdalene. They can also be see on line at http://www.elgt.org.uk/projects/play/magdalene-glen-playpark

Portobello Rotary are small, but they want to make an impact on eradicating polio.  Recently there were new cases of polio reported in Pakistan – http://m.voanews.com/a/new-cases-of-polio-reported-in-pakistan/3223597.html Please support Portobello Rotary member Daniel Barreto who’s trying to help ‘End Polio Now’.  A link to Daniel’s website is here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/cyclerotary

This is the kind of great work the Thistle in Craigmillar do:  http://thistlefoundation1415.com/?platform=hootsuite – 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 heights and to raise some cash for Thistle  Please do sponsor me if you can: https://thistlefoundation.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-abseil

Here are some cold hard facts about vehicle speeds and road safety but together we can change them for the better – and make our built-up areas even safer places to live. Link here: http://www.dontriskit.info/in-town-slow-down/be-street-smart

Anthony Robson keeps us up to date with what is happening at Figgate Park and he takes some stunning photos.  Our friend Jerry Mandarin is still together with little grebe and goosanders.  Link here: https://mobile.twitter.com/wildedinburgh/status/708744204881678338/photo/1

St Mark’s Church Portobello has a summer programme of music to which you are all welcome.  More here:  https://mobile.twitter.com/StMPorty/status/708612362870382592/photo/1

Edinburgh is a great place to walk and of the 16 listed here as recommendations four are within easy reach of Portobello/Craigmillar.  http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2013/01/feature-13-places-to-walk-in-edinburgh-in-2013/?platform=hootsuite

A at various venues, including Portobello this Wednesday morning.  Sounds fun! More here:   http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c320d409eb77a885fa5aa30d2 toddlers’ music session &id=fa758a1bed

A very enjoyable and productive clean up organised by Portobello Timebank of Christians Path and part of the Brunstane Burn..  More here: https://hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1201

Portobello’s shop local community are in the business of celebrating Portobello, Edinburgh’s Seaside. More here:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153705152118705

Portobello Online has embarked on a major project to list every single business that has ever traded in Portobello starting at the western edge.  See here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153691699283705#!/portobello.online/photos/a.358384223704.155175.352804738704/10153691699283705/?type=1&theater

This is a fab map of Portobello and what’s on offer:  http://portobellobeach.com/map/

Name your favourite place in Portobello and win a prize!  Link here: http://www.portobellocc.org/places.php?ref=fb

The Festival of Ireland starts this week.  More here: www.edinburghsfestivalofireland.org with activities at the Dalriada, 77 Promenade Wednesday 16 March. 8pm Trad Music Night Hosted by Jed & Carrie; Thursday 17  March is Blursday Thursday 9pm Join in with Mike Kearney & Friends the whole road from the County Down. Friday 18 March is Irish Portobello Comedy Night. Back Room .8pm Featuring 4 stand up comedians with a bit of craic. Tickets here:  www.brownpapertickets

Is it a seal or a porpoise out there in the sea?  No, it’s a human being! They say: ‘It’s the coldness I find invigorating’: Open water swimming on the rise at Scotland’s beaches, including off Portobello.  Here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-35744183#

The Spring 2016 edition of the Portobello Reporter is available to read online here: http://porty.org.uk/news/the-portobello-reporter/

You can also become a subscriber to the online Chronicle and get regular reports. Read the latest article here: http://chronicleonline.net/  Like news of the latest tea dance and sing-along on Wednesday:   http://chronicleonline.net/2016/03/10/tea-dance-sing-along-at-the-white-house/

He won’t be a happy person after the result on Sunday, but Hibs fan Davy Fulton planned to walk to Hampden from Niddrie for a SECOND time to raise money for charity. He has set up a Just Giving page – www.justgiving.com/Daviefulton-hampdenonfoot
Read more here: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/hibs-fan-davy-to-rerun-walk-to-final-for-cancer-charity-1-4057978#ixzz42V7wEP9X

The City of Edinburgh Council is in the process of revising the Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal and wants to hear from people living in and interested in Portobello what they think of new development within the conservation area and how they think the appraisal has performed in dealing with development in the past few years and how it needs to be adapted to protect the conservation area and to reflect the wishes of those living within the conservation area. Character appraisals are important as they are a material consideration when considering applications for development within the conservation area.

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/portobello-conservation-area-character-appraisal-q

Lots of interest for SHAPE Easter beach volleyball camp. Don’t miss out! https://mobile.twitter.com/RDOeast/status/706190328768950272/photo/1

The Robin Chapel’s services and music until June now on website – http://www.robinchapel.org.uk/index.php/music . All are welcome pic.twitter.com/iejOgWztgj

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the children of Brunstane Primary School recite Tam O’Shanter and you can too here:

Craigmillar Books for Babies is hosting a Storytelling Residency for the first time, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities and Families Fund. Storyteller Eric Brennan takes up the residency this month which will last until the end of 2016. Craigmillar Literacy Trust. For just £5 you can give one of their kids the gift of a book here: https://localgiving.com/charity/craigmillarliteracytrust

I liked this and thought you might too: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/take-action/thank-the-people-youre-grateful-to

Sewing the Shadows Together by Alison Bailie is a murder mystery and love story set in Portobello.  Time for a bit of an Easter break to catch up on the novel reading?

Mystery solved? I got this straight from the acting head of waste management in the Council in answer to a few queries that came my way about small electrical goods – such as our recently defunct kettle – not being collected with the blue box, as the website says they would. “The Council website states that small electrical items will be collected from the same blue box as glass.  There are two reasons why the electrical items may be taken out of the box and not collected  at the same time as glass. Firstly, it may be related to storage capacity on the collection vehicles.  The collection vehicles have split areas with one for glass and the other for electrical goods.  If the electrical goods section is full to capacity, they will be left on the pavement.  This is not something that should happen all that often as crews should call up a back up vehicle which would then empty the compartment if they are aware that full capacity was being reached.  Crews however need to be fully aware that this is something that they should do and related to this, briefing sessions are to be organised shortly that will cover this subject amongst other things.  The crews who pick up the dry mixed recycling from the green bins will also be asked to pick up any small electricals that have been left behind by a glass and electrical crew that has gone before them. Secondly, there is the possibility that the electrical item could have been left behind because it was too large.  We have advised that examples of small electrical items are hair dryers, toasters and kettles; and that larger items (which we would not pick up at kerbside) are microwaves or anything bigger.  It would be useful if any instances of electricals being left at kerbside were reported to us as we deal with the issue as it arises.”  So – let me know if you have problems!

The Joppa Residents Association Annual General Meeting takes place on Sunday 20 March at 2pm at the King’s Manor Hotel. There is a nominal £1 membership fee and the Association is open to everyone living in the Joppa area.

That’s all for now

Best wishes

Maureen

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

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

Maureen Child Update 3 March 2016

Dear All

I have decided I am going to overcome my later-life-developed fear of heights and abseil down the Forth Rail Bridge in aid of one of my absolute favourite charities, Thistle based in Craigmillar. It wasn’t my idea, but Elaine and Fiona in the Thistle fundraising team thought I really could and should give it a try and the event is months away – on Sunday 12 June.  I set up an online giving page for donations this week, which is in the early stages of development:  https://thistlefoundation.everydayhero.com/uk/maureen-abseil  I’m looking for sponsors, of course, so I don’t chicken out. All donations go to a great cause doing great work improving people’s health and wellbeing, right in the centre of Craigmillar.

While we’re on about challenges, if you don’t fancy an abseil, there’s always a Fire Walk on offer!  Thistle are still looking for brave people to take on the challenge of a Fire Walk on 3 April.  People can do it to fundraise or just for the experience. The website link is www.thistle.org.uk/firewalk or people can contact Fiona Fitheridge on 0131 656 9936.  Go on – you know you want to!  At least you won’t have cold feet – by the end.

Fancy a free curry? Anyone who is interested in outdoor learning project Stravaigin is invited to go along to Castleview Community Centre (also known as Sandy’s) on tomorrow Friday 4 March from 5.30pm-7.30pm to discuss what they might be able to put on next year. A pot of chicken curry will be on the go and an archery taster session if they have enough interest. Please contact Stravaigin on 0131 661 4064, if you would like more information.  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/03/01/stravaigin-curry-night-at-sandys-community-centre/

The planning application for a new St John’s RC Primary School will be submitted soon.  There is a drop-in information session at which parents and neighbouring residents will be able to view and discuss the final plans for the school with the design team.  This session has been arranged at St John’s RC Primary School on Wednesday 9 March.  Drop in any time between 5pm and 7pm.  All welcome.

A reminder that this Saturday is Portobello Market Day, from 9.30am until 1.30pm in Brighton Park on Brighton Place. A free check by Portobello’s very own BG Cycles. Next market is on Saturday 2 April when there will be lots of Easter fun.  More here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

And after that, there’s a cleanup of the Brunstane Burn organised by Portobello Timebank.  All are welcome to join in.  See here:  https://www.facebook.com/portobello.timebank

Full Cirqle & Friends invite you inside to see what we have been working on during the last couple of months at Baileyfield.  Saturday will be a fun-filled evening of performances from acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and more! Doors 6pm Show 6:30pm – 8.30pm. Book your space here and pay for your ticket when you arrive: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portobello-loves-circus-tickets-21300523439

The EDI Group Ltd is hosting a community consultation event on Tuesday 8 March at the Kings Manor Hotel, Milton Road, to introduce its masterplan vision for ‘New Brunstane’. The event is a drop in session taking place from 3pm until 8pm. More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/03/03/edi-to-host-community-consultation-event-to-share-masterplan-vision-for-new-brunstane/

The Portobello Toddlers Hut are holding a family fundraising ceilidh on 30 April.  More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666845876900406/

Portobello High School is continuing to seek information on former pupils and their many successes in life and memories of school. The whole school is working hard to prepare for the move to a new school building.  Those preparations include responding to many requests for opportunities to remember the years spent in the current building, which opened on 1 December 1964. A programme of celebrations starts with a music concert on Thursday 28 April.  The old school building will be open to the public for guided tours on the afternoon of Friday 3 June and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 4 June.  Classrooms will be fitted out with memorabilia from each decade of the life of the building, and visiting former pupils will be encouraged to share their memories and/or sign their names on displays.  Further information and details will be posted on the school website, or you can find out more by contacting the school directly.  More here: http://portobellohighschool.org.uk/celebrating-the-closure-of-the-old-portobello-high-school.

This is what is happening at Edmonstone, if you’ve passed that way recently:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=591296684352043#!/gilmertoninchcc/photos/a.373515799463467.1073741830.372749969540050/591296684352043/?type=1&theater

You can pick up some really fun things on social media.  I really liked this from new Asset Based Community Development website: nurturedevelopment.org/about-abcd/  Their cartoon sums it up here: pic.twitter.com/XplvhElN8s  And who says you need a car to go shopping?!  I liked this too:  Why #quaxing is trending globally with cyclists | Teach Me | Stuff.co.nz

Portobello Conservation Area Character Appraisal is under review.  You might like to contribute to this? More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/03/02/portobello-conservation-area-character-appraisal-quality-review/

One of the newly renovated wooden benches, the one outside Popeye in Portobello got badly damaged and has gone back to Inverleith Workshops where they are confident it can be repaired.  It might take a couple of weeks before it comes back.  We think a vehicle must have bumped into it, but if anyone has any further information on how it happened, do let us know!

A few people have asked me what is happening after seeing the demolition of the former Appleyard’s Land Rover Garage, just before you reach the traffic lights at Portobello.  Planning consent was granted for applcation No. 14/04780/FUL | Development of 60 bed care home with ancillary facilities including a cafe, library, activity spaces and externally a new car park and access. | 99 Inchview Terrace Edinburgh EH7 6TJ: Link here:  https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk/idoxpa-web/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NF8GXYEWGZK00

The Velvet Easel Gallery is opening a new mixed exhibition ‘In Light, In Shade’ which opens on Saturday 5 March between 10 and 5pm. This exhibition features many new artists to the gallery as well as new work by artists already successfully working with us. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. In Light, In Shade will run until 26 June 2016 and the gallery opening hours are: Thursday – Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday   12 -5 The Velvet Easel Gallery exhibits a broad range of original art including paintings, prints, pottery, glass, ceramics, jewellery and cards and provides an ideal venue to shop locally for unique, unusual and quality purchases and gifts.

Remember that WWF’s Earth Hour is on Saturday 19 March at 8.30pm.  You can help Scotland to do its bit.  Other resources can be found here.

In the first month the Borders Railway generated more than 125,000 passenger journeys and 17 steam train journeys sold out during the first six weeks of operation. That’s really encouraging given tow of the stations – Brunstane and Newcraighall – are in our area. You can view the guide at http://bordersrailwayguide.co.uk/ and more information about the partnership can be found at www.bordersrailwayforyou.co.uk.

I have had a number of queries about the new bus shelters, not all of them positive about the degree of shelter, size, seating and positioning. These shelters belong to JC Decaux not the Council and this is their modern standard of shelter. The financial deal which the Council struck with JC Decaux means a considerable saving in the Council Budget, as (of course) they JCD get advertising space.  I have a map of how far JCD have got to in the current contract, if you want me to email it to you.  In a few’ high demand’ stops, the Council installed an additional shelter hard up against the first one.  The Portobello High Street shelter opposite the police station (for example) will now be reviewed in collaboration with JC Decaux and I’m told it might be possible for them to install extra capacity.  But – even so – it won’t happen until at least the current JCD programme is done and dusted.

Some good news as Police Scotland caught housebreakers red-handed recently. Story here:: http://www.liveedinburghnews.org/three-held-after-housebreaking-in-mountcastle-earlier-today/

Three more photos from the history of Portobello archives I picked up this week:

 Portobello Beach, 1900  https://mobile.twitter.com/edinburgh/status/702813823431020544/photo/1 and Portobello Beach in 1957http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_a_o/0_around_edinburgh_-_portobello_beach_crowded_1957_or_1958.htm

A tram about to pass the George Cinema Portobello High Street in 1953  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1064293960294953#!/lostedinburgh/photos/a.251802618210762.62536.162922127098812/1064293960294953/?type=1&theater

That’s all for this week.

Best wishes

Maureen

 

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

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

Maureen Child Update 25 February 2016

Dear All

Spring is just around the corner. How about starting the season with a Two Minute Clean Up by registering for a free bag.  More here:  http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/get-involved/2minutecleanup/

Or you can join others for a group litter pick on Saturday in Figgate Burn Park.  They’re starting at 9.30am from the Hamilton Terrace Entrance.  Poster here.  https://mobile.twitter.com/EdinLandscape/status/700588645464473600/photo/1  You might spot an otter or two in the Figgy Pond  or – more likely – that cheeky mandarin duck called ‘Jerry Mandarin’.

And/or you can watch basketball nearby at Portobello High School at 11am on Saturday.  You’d be welcome go along and support our Under 14 boys in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.  http://www.cityofedinburghbasketball.net/under-14-boys-in-scottish-cup-semi-final/

The deadline for comments and feedback on the new ‘EH15’ Park planned for the current Portobello High School site is Monday 29 February.  Please make sure you have had your say.  There are three designs to choose from, or you can suggest a variation – and there’s a name to choose too.  More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/02/01/help-choose-new-park-design/

There’s a growing interest in the new Fresh Start Community Growing Space in Craigmillar. Their planning meeting in mid January at Hays Business Centre was very successful, made a solid growing plan for the coming year. They are looking forward to growing a wide range of fruit and vegetables from tatties to tomatoes and much more. They’re still looking for more volunteers to help grow and maintain the space; a willing attitude is all you need! http://chronicleonline.net/2016/02/17/fresh-start-service-update/ If you’d like to get involved in any of our services please do get in touch at helpinghands@freshstartweb.org.uk or on by contacting Emily on 07464 541 796.

Full Cirqle and Friends present: Portobello Loves Circus.  Their popular circus cabaret is back. A fun-filled evening of performances from acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and  more . Full Cirqle is at 8 Baileyfield Crescent Edinburgh EH15 GB.  Saturday 5th March Doors 18:00 Show 18:30 – 20:30.  Book here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portobello-loves-circus-tickets-21300523439

A date for your diary – Portobello Amnesty Group are holding their Coffee and Cake morning and Book Sale with Bric-a-Brac and Games on Saturday 19 March 10am to 12 noon in the Old Parish Church Hall, Bellfield Street.   £1 entrance fee includes your tea/coffee and biscuits.

Community Renewal based at Haywired in Hay Drive have funding to do some community development work in both Magdalene and Bingham areas.  They are working with local people with funding from the People’s Health Trust.  They will  be coming round doors asking people what they like about the area they live in, what they are concerned about, and what would help make their communities even better places to stay.  Sheila McWhirter and Archie Lowe have made a start and want people to share their ideas. If you or yours live in Magdalene or Bingham, contact Sheila or Archie.  Their contact details are: sheila.mcwhirter@communityrenewal.org.uk (Call: 07860 272 924) or archie.lowe@communityrenewal.org.uk (Call: 07738 760 607) or call the office at the Haywired on 0131 629 9858.  More about Community Renewal on their website: www.communityrenewal.org.uk

Scottish Power is giving notice of planned maintenance work to pylons and overhead lines in the area and this passes quite close to residential property in places, so they want to let you know. It is anticipated that preparatory work such as cutting back vegetation and transmission tower (pylon) general inspection and maintenance will commence late February 2016 with the actual conductor replacement starting in June 2016. The work is due to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2016. More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2016/02/22/portobello-craigmillar-overhead-line-maintenance-work/

Portobello Hardware is fast becoming a favourite shop in Portobello for home wares, DIY, electrical, gardening 7-days-a-week. They are happy to order the things you might need.  https://mobile.twitter.com/portyhardware/status/702106631325294594/photo/1  Prompted by a local resident, I asked our Council’s research team to tell me if they could tell me how much our local Porty economy would benefit if everyone switched 10% of their shopping from ‘out of town’ multiples to local independents.  In pure monetary terms, Portobello would benefit by a £600,000 cash injection into our local town centre, based on a study done across the UK. That seemed a little on the low side to me, and it doesn’t include all the other social and environmental benefits we would get.  Food for thought – and further inquiry!

Meanwhile, footfall at our huge Edinburgh shopping centre Fort Kinnaird has jumped by more than 12% in the past 12 months, since the opening of the cinema, restaurants and Primark.  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/02/23/food-films-and-fashion-boosts-footfall-at-fort-kinnaird/

The traffic impact of this and other developments has meant a huge traffic impact for places like Newcraighall and nose-to-tail along Niddrie Mains Road at peak times We need a proper in-depth traffic impact assessment for this whole area, as there are more and more developments proposed.

The highly valued Health Opportunities Team are based in Craigmillar and provide services to young people across Portobello, Liberton and Gilmerton too.  This is their website:    HOT are being grant funded by the City of Edinburgh Council for the next three years from April 2016, but at 95% of what they received this year. This means loss of staff and a reduction in service at a time when demand is increasing.  HOT are asking recipients of their services and partners and all interested parties what is the most important aspect for them to keep.  Particularly if you or your know or use the HOT services or work in partnership with them, please do fill out this survey form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/66NGF9Y  More about them here:  http://www.hothoose.co.uk/

Portobello Market is back a week on Saturday, 5th March 9.30am to 1.30pm at Brighton Park. See details here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

The EDI Group who are intending to put in a planning application for the very controversial Green Belt site at Brunstane are holding a drop-in public consultation session on their ‘emerging masterplan’ at the Kings Manor Hotel on 8 March from 3pm to 8pm.  There will be opportunity to ask questions and make comments.  I doubt if this will be the only opportunity, but it is an important one.

The Inspectors have returned to Castlebrae Community High School and seen what great progress has been made.  There is now a permanent senior staff team under Norma Prentice’s leadership as Head Teacher.  That is a truly fantastic achievement by the whole school community and all its many partners working together and there is a lot to build upon in the years ahead. See more here: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/reports/school/primsec/CastlebraeCommunityHighSchoolEdinburghCity.asp

That’s all for now!

Best wishes

Maureen

 

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

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