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Maureen Child Update 15 February 2017

Dear All,

 

No update yet on the SGN Milton Road East major works – yet – this week, but our apologies that we were a little premature in celebrating the re-opening of the Edinburgh College campus bus stop.  Apparently, the ‘hood’ had not been removed on the bus stop flag by the time we told you it was open.  Michael Hymers of SGN and I do apologise for anyone who was inconvenienced – even more than you are now – and had to walk back from the next stop!  Someone did let me know and it was sorted ASAP.

 

The Council has invited youth work projects to apply for funding from a total pot of £60,000 in the latest participatory budgeting project in the Capital. The Communities and Families Youth Work Grant Programme allows groups to apply for grants of up to £10,000 each, to be spent on open-access, universal youth work that will benefit young people aged from 11 up to 25 in Edinburgh. The youth work can be locally-based or city-wide. Applications are now open and the deadline for submitting application packs is Friday 24 February at 3pm. More here: http://nen.press/2017/02/12/youth-decides-in-pb-project/

 

A Portobello High School pupil Callum Booth-Lewis is creating a short documentary film about the new building for his Higher Media production unit. It will explain the details and reasons behind the new building to people in the wider Portobello community, including the views of pupils, staff and local residents. In preparation for this, he is gathering the opinions of his audience through a short survey. He would be grateful if you could complete it honestly, whatever your opinion of the new school is. Click and fill in here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/53WJQPQ

 

I find a lot to celebrate in this – Happy Birthday, Dads Rock! Link:  http://www.leithopenspace.co.uk/community-news/dads-rock-five-years-old-and-counting/

 

The garden waste collection is changing as we get into Spring:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20225/bin_collection_days/1529/garden_waste

 

Work to install signs and lines advertising the new 20mph limits is progressing ahead of the next phase coming into force on 28 February 2017.  Phase Two is the largest construction phase as can be seen on the map (comprising Area 2 – North and Area 3 – South Central/East).

 

The inaugural meeting of Craigmillar Community Council is on Tuesday 21 February at 7pm in the White House, 77 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4BG 

 

Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership is meeting on Wednesday 22 February at 6.30 pm.  Agenda and full papers here:  http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4129/portobello_and_craigmillar_neighbourhood_partnership#minutesDateSearchWidget  More about Neighbourhood Partnership here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20133/community_planning/917/neighbourhood_partnerships

 

At one of our local neighbourhood partnership sub-group meetings, Kieran Ronnie community engagement coordinator Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd who are building the new Sick Kids Hospital told us they are opening their construction site to members of the public who may want to know more about the construction industry or maybe students looking to experience a live construction site? They are offering visits to the new Sick Kids Hospital site at Little France on 31 March and 1 April. There will be a presentation on the project and a guided tour of the site. You must book in advance on the this link: http://opendoors.construction/site/429

 

It is very welcome news that The Portobello Reporter (founded June 1980) will be back on the streets in March. Following their last publication in September 2016 announcing the community newspaper’s demise, they had a great response from the community and now have a enough new volunteers to help produce the paper. Thanks to everyone for their offers of help support and encouragement!

 

Everyone is invited to Craigentinny/Telferton Allotments Pop-Up Cafe on Saturday 25 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in Wilson Memorial Church, 127 Moira Terrace, Portobello Road.  This is a community engagement event, where you are welcome to exchange your thoughts as well as enjoy some food.  See the link for further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/199133103892872/

 

Congratulations to locally based social enterprise, Breadshare who is a finalist in this year’s Scottish SME Business Awards to be held in Glasgow 17 March. pic.twitter.com/TVPFPkohk3

 

If you are affected by cancer and have questions about money, the Edinburgh Welfare Rights Partnership will have an adviser available at a drop-in advice session at Craigmillar Library every second Thursday starting tomorrow morning.  That is 11am to 1pm on Thursdays: 16 February; 2 and 16 March;  6 and 20  April; 4 and 18 May.

 

Also tomorrow – the Thistle Centre for Wellbeing is having a Nutrition Pop-Up on Thursday 16 February, 12-2pm. Come along for friendly, simple tips on healthier eating and improving your nutrition!  There will be others in future I am sure and you are welcome to pop in any time to see what they do.

 

Tickets are on sale now for Portobello and Joppa Church Drama Group production of ‘Tinsel’ a 1930s musical running from Wednesday 22 March to Saturday 26 March in the Church Hall.  Tickets cost £10 for adults; £5 for children..  Email anne.mckerchar@gmail.com to book or phone 0131 669 3123.

 

Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) are continuing their series of events in Craigmillar Castle Park for all to enjoy.

  • Woodland Workshop, Friday 24th Feb, 2pm to 4pm Meet like minded people and help  look after your local woodland. Tasks can range from tree pruning to footpath maintenance.
  • What A Hoot!, Saturday 4th March, 1.30pm-3.30pm Owl magic’s famous display team will be bringing along a selection of owls to the park. Booking required.
  • A Walk in the Park, Wednesday 15th March, 2pm to 4pm Guided walk through the park.
  • Time for a Spring Clean, Saturday 25th March, 1pm to 3pm Help give your local park a spring clean with other members of the community.

All Craigmillar Castle Park events can be found on facebook; for booking and more information, do email: ben@elt.org.uk

 

Portobello Timebank have organised some up-coming events for the first weekend in March:

 

Saturday 4 March 1.30pm – 4pm – Litter clean along Magdalene Glen and Bingham.  The meeting point is half way along Magdalene Glen, at a cycle path junction that leads up to Magdalene Gardens. Area to be covered is Magdalene Glen and potentially Bingham park if they have enough people. They have contacted the council and hope to get at least two of their skips, as well as clean up kits etc   This is in advance of the playpark being built in Magdalene Glen, which will be completed a few weeks after the clean up. They have registered this on Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Britain Tidy (they are having a special weekend on that weekend). Portobello Timebank literally cannot have too many people for this event as it is a big area. Typically PortobelloTimebank tries to provide tea and cakes too!

 

Sunday 5 March 2-4pm – Gardeners’ Question Time – Porty Wash House, 3 Adelphi Place. Whatever your gardening challenges for 2017 may be, you’re bound to benefit from a face-to-face session with our amazing panel. They have gathered together the cream of local gardening expertise, headed up by lifelong horticulturalist George Anderson of ‘Beechgrove Garden’ fame. With him are garden designer Becca Duncan from Blossoming Gardens, Inveresk; Peter J Wright MBE, recently retired chairman of The Federation of Edinburgh and District Allotments and Garden Association; RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Dr Stan da Prato from East Lothian Ticket price £5 (accompanied children, free) includes refreshments, free seed swap, raffle and opportunity to  buy local homemade crafts, preserves and cakes. Tickets available from the Portobello stores Earthy, Porty Hardware and the Velvet Easel and online at EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gardeners-question-time-tickets-31594083755?utm_term=eventurl_text

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend when it comes.

 

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 pmin 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.

 

p.s.  Please let me know if you don’t want to receive emails like this from me and I’ll take you off my list.  Equally if you want to share it, please do.

 

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Maureen Child Update 8 February 2017

Dear All

While the Milton Road East SGN works are going on, inevitably leading to disruption to traffic flows on other roads, there is a delay to the reconstruction of Brighton Place.  I have been advised these are now due to start sometime between April and June 2017. I am meeting next week with SGN and some elderly Coillesdene residents who are finding it very hard to access services because of the loss of their eastbound buses.

There has been some chat on social media about the patches on the Promenade after the SGN gas mains work has been completed.  This is work in progress, the patchwork is experimental and not the final finish.  SGN and Council will work together to find the best match possible, but apparently the original red material came from somewhere in South America and is no longer available. It will not be perfect or seamless, I predict.

The Thistle Foundation would like to invite you and/or anyone you know that may be interested, to their Hobby Hut open afternoon which is to take place tomorrow Thursday 9 February. The Hobby Hut is a new group starting for women to come together, take part in activities of their choosing and/or perhaps share skills they already have with others. The event will run from 10am – 1pm (approx) in the Garden Suite at the Thistle. The aims is to give people the opportunity to hear a bit about the idea behind the Hobby Hut, try some taster activities and think about hopes for the future. They are preparing a short introductory talk to explain what the hobby hut is all about which will take place at 10.15am. If you would like any information, please contact Claire on 07471 030 957 or email Claire.cumming@thistle.org.uk

As they do every year, Craigmillar artists are taking part in World Community Arts Day on 17 February, based first in the Thistle Centre for Wellbeing (from 10am) and then at the Craigmillar Festival statue outside Craigmillar Library for 1pm. More details next week

It has not escaped the watchful Portobello community’s notice that the Council has put the Powerleague site and car park on the market as a development opportunity.  The proceeds would go partly to Powerleague, who hold what is left of a 99 year Council lease, and partly be ring-fenced to plug the gap in the Council funding package for a replacement Meadowbank. Tumbles is not for sale, although its car park might be relocated as part of a future development – IF it happens.  Some decisions – so far – have been taken by Councillors on Committees of Culture & Sport and Economic Development, Finance & Resources and Corporate Policy & Strategy. On that basis, this site is being advertised for sale.  The bids will be sifted by Council officers, no doubt, but the final decision on the sale is a decision for Councillors to make. Any development will require Planning Committee consent, and that consent is not guaranteed either.  This is not a ‘done deal’. It has been known for Councillors to decide not to sell, although they might not quite see a way to do that – yet.  Powerleague have wanted out of their lease almost since the moment they took over from Pitz.  As a company, Powerleague are not looking to invest further in this site and are actively looking for another place to operate from, in the east of the City.  Nearby residents in the Hillcoats and Westbank Street who may have bought their houses in the 80s were told at the time that this site – too – would go for housing and Powerleague is not always the very best of neighbours.  But the then Edinburgh District Council (EDC)  bowed to community pressure in the 1980s and agreed to retain the old Portobello Open Air Pool site for sport and leisure.  They parachuted in a bowling centre (now Tumbles) whereas the community campaigned for a skateboard park.  EDC leased the rest to Pitz for 5 –a-side football on a 99 years lease which has a long way to run.  The petitioning and campaigning against the sale of the site have already started and I will support them in any way I possibly can.

There is still time and opportunity to put your cross against your best five projects that will help us tackle Islamophobia and build better community relations in our city.  The Shared Vision – Your Decision voting closes on Monday 13 February.  Please do cast your vote online here: www.scotland.police.uk/shared-vision-your-decision  or in your local Library – Portobello has a great display. More here: Vote for projects to eradicate Islamophobia – Police Scotland.

Our Council has stepped up its fight against scams by joining forces with the Friends Against Scamscampaign. The Council is the first organisation in Scotland to make the Friends Against Scams pledge to change perceptions and raise awareness of scams amongst staff and the wider community. North Edinburgh news covered the launch event here: http://nen.press/2017/02/05/joan-is-edinburghs-scambassador/

A locally grown ‘Gardeners Question Time’ date for your diary thanks to Portobello Timebank for all the keen allotment owners and gardeners among you.  Whatever your gardening challenges for 2017 may be, you’re bound to benefit from a face-to-face session with an amazing panel.  They’ve gathered together the cream of local gardening expertise, headed up by lifelong horticulturalist George Anderson of ‘Beechgrove Garden’ fame; garden designer Becca Duncan from Blossoming Gardens, Inveresk; Peter J Wright MBE, recently retired chairman of The Federation of Edinburgh and District Allotments and Garden Association;  RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Dr Stan da Prato from East Lothian Ticket price includes refreshments, free seed swap, raffle and opportunity to buy local homemade crafts, preserves and cakes. Tickets are available locally on Portobello High Street from Earthy, Porty Hardware and the Velvet Easel.  More here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gardeners-question-time-tickets-31594083755  More on Portobello Timebank

Media event held at Portobello High School to coincide with 2050 Edinburgh City Vision initial findings – pupils interviewed by Evening News and Edinburgh Reporter. The initial findings, which have been summarised into four emerging themes, reveals residents, businesses and organisations in the Capital want Edinburgh to be an ‘inspired, connected, fair and thriving city’ in 2050.  Analysis of 5,700 views submitted so far towards the ‘2050 Edinburgh City Vision’ has been published today. Please find the feedback online here. The 2050 Edinburgh City Vision campaign will continue running until summer 2017. A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to contribute so far. Please continue to promote the campaign and share your views on Edinburgh’s future at edinburgh.org/2050

The Council Budget for Edinburgh for the year 2017/18 (starting end March 2017) is now being cut not by £37.1 Million, but by £27.1 million.  That’s £10 million less of a cut than our Council was expecting a week ago from the Scottish Government financial settlement.  For one year only, the Council is able to ease a little financial pressure on education and other priority services.  But the Council fully expect further reductions in the Budget over the following three years.  There will be even more cumulative savings required; at least £97.5 Million cuts by 2020/21 to meet the increasing needs, demands and pressures of our growing city and its population.  The Council Budget Meeting is tomorrow, with all papers available here: Council 9 February 2017 – Full Meeting Papers – Version 3 and you can watch the debate live, or when it is archived, here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/webcast

 

At the same time as the Council is having to make savings or cuts next year (inevitably including education) the Scottish Government has awarded school head teachers a ring-fenced investment to help schools close the education attainment gap. This is one of our City’s key Edinburgh Partnership priorities and our joint community planning efforts are geared to ensuring all children have the very best start in life, whatever their background.  So while this small amount of money is important, and hits the headlines, it isn’t the tool we have to close that gap. The direct grant to schools is distributed according to the number of children in any particular school who claim free school meals.  Schools money for Edinburgh amounted to a total £7,472,400 and means local schools get a share of the extra cash:  Brunstane Primary School £110,400; Castleview PS £196,800; Duddingston PS £49,200; Newcraighall PS £33,600; Niddrie Mill PS  £177,600; St Francis RC PS £97,200; St John’s RC PS £55,200 ;Towerbank PS £75,600; Royal High PS £51,600; Castlebrae Community High School £33,600; Holy Rood RC High School £120,000; Portobello High School £66,000.

Consultation on Claudia Beamish MSP’s bill to end fracking finishes this month, 17 February, so if you haven’t commented yet, there is still time to do so.  Link is here: http://www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/101886.aspx  Claudia and our Elaine Murray of Portobello Community Council and the local campaign, Our Forth, gave an interviews to David Calder before and after our consultation meeting in Portobello.  Listen here:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/71622/463587-17-fracking-claudia-beamish-msp

I have just heard that the Council’s planning department have extended the deadline for comments on both the applications (Refs: 16/06447FUL and 16/06449/LBC) for 14 Bath Street, the former Georgebingo hall, the deadline for which was to be tonight.  Now you have until 17 February to have your say. Here’s how:  thegeorge.org.uk/assets/the-george—planning-comments.pdf

New lamp-post signs and 20mph road markings springing up in more parts of Portobello in preparation for them coming into legal force on 28 February. Information about the full programme is available on the Council’s website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph and www.facebook.com/edin20mph

I picked this up on how to keep children safe on line and thought it might be useful for those of us with children – and grandchildren.  http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/06/6-simple-ways-to-keep-your-kids-safe-online-6430279/#ixzz4XzsTMdEB?platform=hootsuite

I wish you a good week and an even better 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 pmin 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.

 

p.s.  Please let me know if you don’t want to receive emails like this from me and I’ll take you off my list.  Equally if you want to share it, please do.

 

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Maureen Child Update 1 February 2017

Dear All

 

Update on the Milton Road East gas replacement works  from SGN as follows:

 

“Works on the pipe replacement within this area continue to progress well. Our new main within Brunstane Road South has been laid and will be connected into our network later this week.  Works to construct our over ground bypass are still ongoing and once complete will allow efforts to focus on the removal of our existing pipework.

 

Due to the ‘as found’ location of our existing pipe along the bridge deck it has become necessary to close the south footway running from east to west. The nearest safe crossing point heading over the Milton Link will be from the north footpath. Pedestrians will be directed towards the pedestrian crossing point outside the hotel. This will be in place starting Saturday 4 February and could be in place for up to 10 days.

 

As things currently stand and if works continue to progress at the same rate we expect Milton Road East to open earlier than expected. We will notify you of this date as soon as we are in a position to do so.”

 

I am grateful that SGN responded to a request form a Gilberstoun resident and put up more signage to make extra sure people know Brunstane Road South is closed and people need to use Brunstane Drive.  Good to see the work progressing!

 

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A number of interesting reports on the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee last week 17 January Available in full here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4104/transport_and_environment_committee  Item 7.2 deals with investments in roads and footways mainly.  In addition to what is currently in the programme, local roads to get fixed are Craigmillar Castle Avenue, Westbank Street, Niddrie Mains Road, Duddingston Crescent. Harewood Drive and Hay Avenue.  The footways investment includes Milton Crescent and Milton Gardens South, Magdalene Gardens  and Avenue Craigmillar Castle Gardens and James Street.  More detail in Appendix 5.  £50,000 is coming to localities for decision making by Neighbourhood Partnership priorities.  Sums are also set aside for decisions about installing dropped kerbs, drainage repairs to failed gullies and bus stop maintenance.  That will be in addition to the local projects included in the 5 year programme already – like Brighton Place carriageway reconstruction.

 

Last Saturday, I helped launch a joint partnership initiative by Police Scotland in Edinburgh, Council and Scottish Government. This is what the corex board is all about at Portobello Town Hall and the display in Portobello Library.  The ultimate aim is to help free our city from the Islamophobiawhich threatens to divide us from each other, forgetting that we have far more in common as human beings sharing the same spaces in our community. You all get to help decide who gets a share of £40,000 by voting in the or Portobello Library or on line. You must vote for five projects (to mitigate against one organisation stacking the vote) and they are all good ideas, and the bids amount to £120,000 (!) so the choices are tough.  But you do get to know what everyone else is doing!  We had a very busy, fun networking event at the Methodist Church Hall in Nicolson Square, just to the north of the Central Mosque and lots of votes were cast and links made between projects and people.  Greta to see a local project Kids in the Street was there too doing great work in and around Craigmillar and the Alwaleed Centre who are highlighting the impact of anti-Muslim hate crime in Scotland through creative animated films.  Lots and lots more to choose your favourite five from though! Online: www.scotland.police.uk/shared-vision-your-decision  and more here: Vote for projects to eradicate Islamophobia – Police Scotland Voting closes on Monday 13 February.

 

The Community Alliance Trust in Craigmillar is involved in this great initiative with Firstport.  Funding is available to individuals who live in the Greater Craigmillar area and have an idea for a project that will benefit the people living in their community. You must spend the funding within 4 months of receiving it. They will ask you for receipts and what you have achieved with the funding. Complete the form before Wednesday 1 March 2017. Good Luck!  Link is here:

https://firstport.formstack.com/forms/applyfor500

 

Every year, our Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership decides on investment in projects to improve areas of land that are on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) i.e. upkeep paid for through tenants’ rents.  We have invested in lots of small improvements projects over the years in areas where there is, or used to be, Council housing with the public land to go with it. The year come around again and Soon we’ll be looking at what we already invested in last year and possible new projects for 2017/18.  We have scheduled bus tour on Saturday 25 February.  If you live in one of these areas, built by the Council and have any suggestions of where we should visit, or want to come on the trip, please do let me know.  There is more detail on what we have already achieved in Portobello and Craigmillar through this local group or tenants and residents; just click this link and browse:  http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar/our-sub-groups/pc-area-board/

 

Portobello Community Council carried out a consultation on how to spend £35,000 the City of Edinburgh the local parks officers have available, the money coming  to the Council as a result of compensation from the Scottish Power pylon works carried out locally.  Respondents were asked to indicate their preference for one of the following: Replacement equipment for Towerbank Playpark (known as the Fishy Park); Additional equipment including an accessible swing for wheelchair users at Straiton Place Park (known as the Pirate Park) or new equipment for an Outdoor Gym on the eastern side of Straiton Place Park. The results are here:  http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2017/01/26/results-of-portobello-playpark-cash-survey/

 

Streetlights have finally repaired at Duddingston Park and at Brunstane Gardens both of which people reported to me last week and had been out for quite a while.  Are there more that are persistent problems with refuse collection or lighting, in particular?  Do let me know and we’ll find out what the hold-up is and get them fixed ASAP.

 

Bridgend Farmhouse run two open drop-in sessions on site every week and their drop-ins start back this weekend, Sunday 6 February and then Wednesday 9 Feb, 11am -3pm.  They are open to all to attend, and include free hot drinks, and homemade soup and bread. Activities this year will include; Pizza Oven and Rocket Stove Building; Raised Bed Building; Gardening; Timber charring and cladding of the workshops; a wildlife garden; and lots more. More details here: http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/drop-in-days.html  Also Bridgend Growing Communities, next to the farmhouse, are hosting a potato day on Sunday 26 February from 11am . It’s a great day for buying all sorts of potatoes for your garden or community garden.

 

Many of our local parks have Fields in Trust status.  Find out how many and which they are by putting in the postcode here:  http://www.fieldsintrust.org/Field_Listing.aspx

 

The first Portobello Market of 2017 is this Saturday 4 February 9.30am-1.30pm in Brighton Park. Check out the website http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/traders-for-portobello-market-saturday-5-february-2017/ with a full list of over 20 traders.

 

The next Tea Dance at the Jack Kane Community Centre is on Monday 13 February. Please contact MC@jackkanecommunity.org or call 0131-657-159 for more details.  More here: http://jackkanecommunity.org/groups/older-peoples-groups/tea-dance/

 

There is a Craigmillar Community Council with 12 nominees out of a possible 16 who can serve as Individual Members. There can be 8 Registered Local Interest Group nominees over and above that.  As Returning Officer, I have written to those individuals, and another three people who did not meet the 4pm deadline for valid applications. They could be co-opted to serve as well as there is a spare 4 places for individuals to fill, but that is a decision for the new CCC to make. The new individual members are: Nicol Johnstone; Sharon Tomany; Mustafizur Rahman; Eric Carlin; Mark McArthur; Jennifer Glover; John Clark; John Harvey; Norrie Davies; Ishrat Measom; Marlena Lubniewska and James Old.  I look forward to working with them all, and any nominees from Registered Local Interest Groups that might also come forward.

 

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 pmin 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.

 

p.s.  Please let me know if you don’t want to receive emails like this from me and I’ll take you off my list.  Equally if you want to share it, please do.

 

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Maureen Child Update 25 January 2017

Dear All,

 

Nominations for the ‘renewed’ Craigmillar Community Council (CCC) are open until the absolute deadline next Monday 30 January at 4pm and I would encourage you to put your name forward, if you live in that area, if it matters to you, and if you feel you can make a positive contribution. You can be nominated by two of your neighbours or friends living locally, as long as they are registered to vote within CCC’s boundary. You might stand either as an individual or as a representative of a registered local interest group.  Nomination forms are available on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitycouncils or directly from me as the Returning Officer.  Don’t hesitate get in touch ASAP if you have any questions!

 

Meanwhile, Portobello Community Council meets next Monday 30 January in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street at 7.30pm.  The agenda includes a report from the local police and planning applications such as the George Bingo (14 Bath Street) and the Baileyfield South development (Planning application 16/05898/FUL for 483 residential units Fishwives Causeway) and various reports on local activities and public consultations in the last couple of months. All are welcome to attend.

 

Coming up TOMORROW (Thursday) is a wonderful opportunity to hear Neil Finlay MSP talking about Justice for the Miners and put questions to him.  This is an open meeting in the Jewel Miners Club at 56 Duddingston Park South, EH15 3LJ from 7pm to 9pm.  Again – all of you are very welcome to attend.

 

A reminder of the Family Festival on Saturday 28 January, 10am-12pm, in Tribe Porty Windsor Place (the yellow door beside Earthy) and the Apple Wasail is on at the Community Orchard at Brunstane Road South is also this coming Saturday 28 January, 2-4pm. Details here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/2017/01/wassail-5/ . Busy Saturday!

 

Find out more of what is going on with Porty Podcast.  There are new interviews waiting to go on line, which have been held up because of technical difficulties.  http://porty.org.uk/news/porty-podcast/  But these will soon get resolved – hopefully.  Meanwhile The Portobello Reporter will be back in March this year, which is the best news of all!

 

EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council) are working with the People’s Health Trust to help deliver project funding for community organisations, and groups across Edinburgh. The People’s Health Trust’s aim is to create a society without health inequalities, by investing in people with great ideas to create fairer places to grow, live, work and learn.  EVOC want to support a local approach to tackling certain issues that affect the wellbeing of Edinburgh’s citizens. Often it is smaller, local organisations and groups that help to provide the services and activities that make a real impact on the quality of life of an individual. It is the wish of both organisations to empower citizens, and create the space for community projects to flourish.  More here: . http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/active-communities-funding-campaign/

 

The library service has a great on-line resource to find funding. You can search through hundreds of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available on a European, national, regional and local basis. Suitable for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Click here: http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburgh4community?platform=hootsuite

 

It was great to see an excellent charitable project, born at the very grassroots in Craigmillar, now taking root elsewhere in Scotland.  Richmond’s Hope children’s charity has now opened a service in Glasgow.  Coverage here: https://stv.tv/news/features/1378934-living-with-grief-bereavement-service-for-scots-children-launched/?utm_content=buffer52a04&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer  Echoing what one of our Craigmillar residents said on Facebook:  Well done, Richmond’s Hope! You have done an amazing job, supporting so many children and young people in Craigmillar/Niddrie for years now. The area in Richmond Church is so beautiful, and now even more children are going to be helped.  Fabulous news.  More about the project and how to donate here: www.richmondshope.org.uk

 

Craigmillar Castle Park Events in January and February

‘What’s That Tree?’ Friday 27 January, 2pm to 4pm. A fun and interesting workshop, looking at how to identify trees without their leaves.

‘Teas In The Park’ Wednesday 8 February, 11am to 1pm. Shake off those winter blues with a ramble in the woods.

‘Wild Art’ Monday 13 February 1pm to 3pm. A fun family event where we get creative using natural materials and make works of art in the woods.

‘Woodland Workshop’ Friday 24  February, 2pm to 4pm. Meet like minded people and help  look after your local woodland. Tasks can range from tree pruning to footpath maintenance.

For more details on any of these events, visit www.elgt.org.uk or contact the office by email info@elgt.org.uk or phone 0131 445 4025.

 

I has bit of a pit-stop in the fabulous White House Kitchen in Craigmillar for lunch and met a few people out on their weekly group bike ride, some (I believe) from Portobello.  They were just finishing their coffee break.  I think they might have cycled up the hill from there and I later saw them cycling back down through the Magdalene Glen.  They may well have biked through the new park at Little Francewhich has been put forward as a national case study as part of the Central Scotland Green Network. They are keen to find out from people in the area what they think of the project through a public survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SBS8ZQL.  How about taking a look and filling it in?

 

From a resident in Brunstane Road on the SGN Milton Road East works and all that bother: “Thank you for the update on the road works. Despite all the disruption, we are relieved to have albeit a short period of respite from the constant flow of heavy, speeding traffic that travels back and forth on Brunstane Road. Compared to the delays, the danger, the damage to cars and the road rage, the upheaval of the recent road works are but nothing.”  When you are back driving through Brunstane Road – most of you going to and fro in the immediate local area – do be considerate of other users coming in the other direction and especially have some thought for the people who actually live there and want to go about their daily business in as much peace and calm as possible. Nobody should witness or be subjected to road rage – ever!

 

Another update on progress from Mike Hymers of SGN: “Works at this location continue to progress well. We are in the process of reinstating our recently laid pipe in Milton Road East and have now started laying new pipe within Brunstane Road South. Works at the bridge continue with the construction of the over ground bypass (temporary above ground pipe) likely to be completed later this week. This allows us to abandon the section of pipe crossing the bridge and the installation of a new large diameter pipe. The bus stop currently closed outside the college will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The nearest city bound stop in operation is outside the Kings Manor hotel. We still have a number of major operations to carry out in this area but are satisfied with the progress made so far.”

 

The Friends of Figgate Park are embarking on a new project this year to establish a Community Fruit Garden ‘Fruity Corner’ and they wanted to see if anyone would like to get onboard at this early stage to help plan its layout and development. They have already secured some funding and they also have some exciting industrial sculptural planters made from recycled bits from the Craigentinny Train Depot on their way to the proposed site.  Would you like to be part of the steering group for this new project? Please email volunteer@figgatepark.org.uk if interested or even just a bit curious!!

 

Our Portobello community police officers, PCs Matt McPherson and David Love have had to issue a warning of fines after persistent breaches of the School Streets restrictions by some parents at Towerbank Primary School. The success of scheme requires everyone to stick to the rules. We would urge everyone to be responsible and help keep children safe.  Our two community cops have also been investigating who is responsible for all the graffiti in the area, as one of their local priorities local people have set for them, and they are helping clean it up too.  Phone them on 101 if you have any information or local issues to report.

 

Another survey for you to do, now, to help set the local improvement plan priorities for all the agencies working in our local area including NHS, Police and Council.  Click here:  North East Locality Improvement Plan Survey  or on the link at the foot of this email.

 

Magdalene Glen Park improvement works will start on site on Monday 30 January and last for about 6 to 8 weeks.  There is bound to be some disruption to the path which runs from Duddingston Park South at Forth Sector to and from Brunstane and Musselburgh, but we are assured that alternative routes will be put in place.

 

There are elections coming up in early May and 16-18 year olds are now eligible to vote too.  You and yours can  apply to register to vote or to:

  • update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
  • change your voting preferences, e.g. to vote in person or by post
  • change whether you’re on the open register

It usually takes less than 5 minutes. Click here:  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Just a thought from Edmund Burke on representative democracy in these troubled times.  As true today as it ever was, I feel. But remember it was always a ‘he’ in those far-flung days of November 1774.  Burke said: “Certainly, gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. It is his duty to sacrifice his repose, his pleasures, his satisfactions, to theirs; and above all, ever, and in all cases, to prefer their interest to his own. But his unbiassed (sic) opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience, he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living. These he does not derive from your pleasure; no, nor from the law and the constitution. They are a trust from Providence, for the abuse of which he is deeply answerable. Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”  Full text here:  http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch13s7.html

 

How can I possibly follow that? (-;

 

Happy Burns Night and enjoy the rest of your week!

 

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 pmin 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.

 

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Maureen Child Update 18 January 2017

Dear All,

 

The road works on Milton Road East continue and seem to be causing delays further afield at peak times in Niddrie Mains Road and Portobello High Street.  As I said last week, I had arranged to go and look at both Milton Road East (and the Promenade) and find out more about what the challenges were from SGN’s point of view.  Last Wednesday, Mike Hymers and the senior engineer for this major SGN gas mains renewal project met me at the corner of the road and Brunstane Road South.  I was pleased they had already dealt with one constituent’s difficulty that morning and we met a couple of others who were being inconvenienced by having to walk further than they wanted to for a bus or get to the College.  I could see and hear how essential this work is and why it takes a while to complete and why one carriageway is closed with amount of big kit they need and room for manoeuvre.  There were five patches on the bridge and junction where previous gas leaks had been patched causing unplanned emergency work causing disruption to traffic on five occasions in the last couple of years.  This work will make sure that doesn’t happen again in living memory. The gas pipes are over a 100 years old, metal and clearly failing.  Mike Hymers, SGN’s operations planner, is a local man, ex-Portobello High School pupil, and still living in the area he knows very well.  If SGN could have done it differently, or faster, or with two way traffic, they would have.  Mike updated us all this week saying: Our project within Milton Road East is progressing well. Currently we have a team working at the bridge who are excavating to find our existing pipe. This section is awkward due area being heavily congested with other apparatus. We also have another resource excavating a track for our new 355mm main. Approximately 170m of this is open already with pipe work being laid today. I understand the main question everyone will have is when will the road be open to two-way traffic? The answer to that, at this moment, is we don’t know.  We still have a number of excavations to dig as well as the introduction of our over ground gas pipe which needs to be in place before we can start introducing gas into our new pipe.  As promised we will continue to send progress updates throughout this project”. 

 

The 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 from January to March. There are events and activities for everyone, such as guided walks, children’s activities, volunteer tasks and much more. All non-booking events will meet at the adventure playground. For more information, please contact: Ben McCallum, Woodland Engagement Officer Telephone: 0131 445 4025  Email: ben@elgt.org.uk: The first event is this coming Friday. Craigmillar Castle Park January A Walk In The Park on Friday 20 January 2.00pm – 4.00pm -Discover Craigmillar Castle Park on a guided walk through the woods. Please bring suitable footwear and dress for the weather. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the adventure playground in the park.  Then there is a Woodland Workshop on Tuesday 24 January 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet like minded people and help look after your local woodland. Tasks can range from tree pruning to footpath maintenance. Booking is essential For more information and to book a space again contact Ben McCallum.  Then there is ‘What’s That Tree?’ Friday 27 January 2.00pm – 4.00pm A fun and interesting workshop, looking at how to identify trees without their leaves. Please bring suitable footwear and dress for the weather. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the adventure playground in the park. More here: including the map: https://www.facebook.com/Craigmillar-Castle-Park-189368128134952/?fref=ts

 

Craigentinny & Telferton Allotments group is holding an allotment pop up cafe.  You are invited to come and enjoy food in exchange for your thoughts.  Saturday 25 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Wilson Memorial Church, 127 Moira Terrace.  Their website is:  www.ctallotments.com

 

I am currently dealing with one or two problems with failed lighting and missed bin collections.  Do let me know if you are having persistent problems, with these issues in particular, and I will try and get them properly sorted out.  Reminder: I have still to remember to report the temperamental lamp in my own street.

 

The discussion with Our Forth and Claudia Beamish MSP on her individual Members’ Bill to ban fracking (unconventional onshore oil and gas extraction) attracted around 35 people to Portobello Baptist Church Hall on Monday evening, mostly local people but one person came all the way form East Dunbartonshire.  Claudia and Eileen speaking on behalf of our own community campaign Our Forth also were interviewed by David Calder for Porty podcast.  Link is here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/71622/463587-17-fracking-claudia-beamish-msp.  We were all very keen that as many people as possible fill in the survey monkey at the end of the published Bill document to help make this Bill as robust as it possibly can be and garner as much support as we can.  The link is: http://www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/101886.aspx

 

David Calder aims to put up a new Porty Podcast on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so it’s worth listening back to the others he has already done if you missed them – all of local interest:  http://porty.org.uk/news/porty-podcast/

 

Coming up next week is an opportunity to hear from Neil Finlay MSP who will be talking about Justice for the Miners.  This is another open meeting to be held in the Jewel Miners Club at 56 Duddingston Park South, EH15 3LJ from 7pm to 9pm.

 

Last Thursday I visited Portobello High School to have a coffee and chat with the head teacher Ruth McKay.  We talked for a good hour about issues neighbours and community members have raised with me and what the school can and is doing to improve matters.  The head teacher has no jurisdiction whatsoever outside the school boundaries, but is doing her level best to help address concerns, where it is within the school’s power.  She is working in close partnership with all the other agencies and individuals who all have their own part to play.  We spent almost another hour in a fascinating conversation about her actual job – leading and managing the school to support the best possible learning and teaching at Portobello High School.

 

One of the issues we talked about was the upsetting but necessary emergency tree work at Portobello Park which had started that morning mainly at the Park Avenue side of the school, then at the Hope Lane side.  Some of you have had this information already, but the situation, as described by the Council’s overall head of parks and greenspace, David Jamieson was as follows: “Following an inspection of Portobello Park by parks staff on Wednesday a number of trees have been identified that will need to be removed on health and safety grounds. It has been agreed that all should be made safe as quickly as possible and then removed during the February school holiday to minimise disruption to learning and teaching”. They had hoped any work could be postponed until February but it became clear any delay would pose a danger of at least one tree uprooting and falling in a high wind. That tree at Hope Lane was made safe that same day by the removal of its branches and works started on Thursday morning to make the other thirteen safe. The tree work is weather dependent, so following discussions with the school, it was agreed that works should start with the trees nearest the school which were those at Park Avenue pupil entrance.  This was to ensure that if works were to go into early this week there would be no noise disruption to pupils who started their prelims on the Monday.  The intention was that – before the emergency tree works started on Thursday – letters would be hand delivered through the doors of residents to explain what is happening.  I gather that information didn’t get through before the work started, unfortunately.  The intention is to complete the tree works in the school’s February break, including the planting of new replacement trees.

 

It came too late for update last week but our North East Locality event called Community Planning for People & Planet has been moved from January (which was the date I gave you last week) to the end of the series of four events.  So it is now Wednesday 1 March 6-8pm at Craigmillar Library. Register here:  https://lip-1mar.eventbrite.co.uk

 

A Family Festival is coming up at Tribe Porty – if you are expecting or a young parent, or new in the area, Tribe Porty have a fantastic line up of local organisation that work to support you in the early years of family life! Come along and get practical advice, get inspired, meet like-minded people and see what’s on. That’s on Saturday 28 January, 10am-12pm, in Tribe Porty Windsor Place (the yellow door beside Earthy).

 

That’s all I have time for right now.  I hope you have a great weekend when it comes!

 

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 pmin 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.

 

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