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Maureen Child Update 4 February 2016

Dear All

Youth Vision do many good things to help young folk that drop out of school to get a new direction at their bothy in the Pentlands and they are having a fundraising ceilidh at The Beach Lane Social Club in Porty, TONight Friday 5 February (probably too late by the time you read this!).  All the details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/464503777083332/  More about Youth Vision here: http://www.youthvision.uk/content/our-supporters

Portobello Market is back again this Saturday at Brighton Park 9.30am to 1.30pm.  More here: http://www.pedal-porty.org.uk/food/portobello-market/

Also on tomorrow – tea, coffee and bacon rolls, books, gifts, crafts and tombola at St Mark’s Episcopal Church Portobello High Street at 11am Saturday 6 February. All are welcome!

I’m looking forward to going to Leith Decides! this Saturday 6 February from 12.30 to 3pm at Leith Community Education Centre when they will be deciding on 36 projects seeking a share of £22,000 of funding available from their neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Fund.  Last year, four projects were successful in sharing the pot and lots of people took part and shared what they were doing locally. I’m hoping to learn lessons for the second year of our You Decide! PB process planned for Portobello/Craigmillar in May this year.  More here:  bit.ly/1PU9cCV

Following a couple of months of extensive consultation with lots of people of all ages across East Edinburgh by Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), there are now three proposed plans for Edinburgh’s newest park to be built on the site of the current Portobello High School and St John’s Primary School, when the new schools are finished. There are also two names to choose from.  Have your say:  http://newparkforeh15.com/the-poll/  The information is available in Portobello, Craigmillar and Piershill Libraries with the opportunity to have your say there too.  https://mobile.twitter.com/EH15_NewPark/status/695210762550296577  I can email you copies of the concept drawings, but they amount to 8MB.

Here’s Big Lottery’s top dos and don’ts for applying their Communities and Families Fund closes 29 February: http://bigblogscotland.org.uk/2016/01/29/our-tips-as-communities-and-families-fund-deadline-approaches/

Books for Babies are delighted to announce that Eric Brennan will be their Storyteller in Residence for 2016 at Craigmillar Library https://www.facebook.com/craigmillarbooksforbabies/posts/997263510320425

This year – 2016 -is The Year of the Dad.  Fantastic initiative and about time we appreciated the role all our Dads play in our lives!  Find out about the difference that dads can make: http://www.yearofthedad.org/

Date for your diary: Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) are offering opportunities tree planting at Craigmillar behind Neighbourhood Office/Library, Niddrie Mains Road on Thursday 18 February,11am – 1pm. There will be soup and cake to keep the volunteers going. All are welcome, although children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult . Please do dress for the weather. Gloves and tools provided. For further details and contacts here: https://www.facebook.com/edinburgh.south.eh17/posts/951042414980530#!/192106231309/photos/a.209078936309.132031.192106231309/10153917275766310/?type=3&theater

Citizens Advice Edinburgh offer welfare rights advice to patients at seven GP Surgeries across Edinburgh.  One is at Craigmillar Medical Centre. Info here: citizensadviceedinburgh.org.uk/gp-surgeries/

Recognise anyone in this old Portobello Festival photo?  https://mobile.twitter.com/74frankfurt/status/693088300270239744/photo/1

Last week I attended this Cyrenians Breakfast.  Have a look at what happened here, including the video on their work: http://cyrenians.scot/2970-2/  Lots of food for thought!

Thanks to my Portobello Rotary sources for a report back on this year’s Young Musician heats at Portobello High School last week.  Results:  A.  Most promising Hannah Low (Adams Family) B. Singing 1st Kieran Brown (Empty Chairs, Empty Tables).; 2nd Reuban Woolard. C. Instrumental  1st Daniel Torbett Schofield.  Piano. 2nd Adam Wells.  Trumpet. The Area Final is on 10th February at Heriot Watt University 7pm.  Audience members welcome! More here: http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=559627&ClubID=73

Community Renewal are currently having local 1:1 conversations with the residents of Magdalene and Bingham.   As part of a funding bid placed with the People’s Health Trust, Community Renewal are finding out what people like and don’t like about their communities and how they might make things better. It’s early days, but Community Renewal staff – Sheila McWhirter & Archie Lowe – will be working in both neighbourhoods to talk and listen to local residents who have ideas on improving the quality of lives of people who live there. At the end of those conversations, Community Renewal will write-up a report for the People’s Health Trust, highlighting what the people have said is needed and the project ideas that have come out of listening and talking to people who live there. http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/30/new-funding-conversations-for-magdalene-bingham/

During the February school holidays (February 15 -19) Smart Play Network are running a play ranger week across Edinburgh with other partners in Magdalene and Bingham.  Edinburgh Play Ranger Week will run four simultaneous events across the city to promote the services and the benefits of outdoor free play.  This is the first time there has been a Play Ranger Week and they are really keen make this a success – with your help!  Smart Play Network is based at 16 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7BT Tel: 0131 554 2620. Visit the website! http://www.smartplaynetwork.org

 Grants between £8,000 and £12,000 are available to improve neighbourhoods. The next funding round for community greenspace projects opens in April. This grant programme is managed by Groundwork, working in Scotland with Greenspace Scotland, and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of the government carrier bag ’tax’. Got a great idea for a community greenspace? You can also nominate projects. More here: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme

The Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects. We have been pretty successful in getting funding for this area over the years – in Portobello, Niddrie/Craigmillar and Magdalene. Grants up to £150k per project is available via Climate Challenge Fund for community climate action. The CCF was allocated another £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17. Expressions of interest are required by 5 February  and a completed application by 19 February. More here: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund

Edinburgh Playing Out – Public Meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9 February at City Chambers, 253 High St Edinburgh  EH1 1YJ A small group of enthusiastic people have organised this free public meeting to publicise Playing Out and the Playing Out weekend we are organising on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April. Playing Out is a way of reclaiming our city streets for children to play safely and for all age groups to come out of their houses and speak to their neighbours. It involves closing streets on a regular basis (this is flexible, but could be one afternoon a month) and allowing children, under the supervision of their parents, to play outdoors. Unstructured outdoor play with all age groups is important for children’s development. Streets which already organise playing out see an increased sense of community and responsibility  Residents’ cars, delivery vehicles etc are still allowed access, it is just through traffic which is prevented from using the road.

If you would like to hear how to organise a Playing Out street over the weekend of 9/10 April.

There were concerns from local people about new LED street lighting not being bright enough.  I can report that during week commencing the 18 January the LED street lighting output levels were upgraded in both Mountcastle Drive North and  Mountcastle Drive South at the request of local residents there.

I have chased up information about the timescale for installation bus shelters at Joppa Road and South St David Street.  The new shelter at the side of Jenners (for No 26s and 44s) is due to be installed during the current closure of South St David’s Street.  However, this depends upon the development across the street creating a space during which they will guarantee no lorry movements. This will be for negotiation between JC Decaux and the contractor for the Standard Life development across the street. The shelter at Joppa Church is not likely to happen until much later in the year, once JC Decaux have finished their current programme of city-wide works.

If you have a missed bin, please do report it online – www.edinburgh.gov.uk/recycle. or call 529 3030. And leave it out for later collection.  I have still not got an Council officer answer to the vexed question of why electrical goods get left behind in the blue box recycling collection, but I’m not giving up!

Best wishes and have a good 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 22 January 2016

Dear All

I warmly welcome the imminent return of local charity Caring in Craigmillar (CiC) to their original home in the University Settlement Building at 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace, as announced at their AGM and in their excellent 2015 Annual Report. Among other things, CiC provides day care for vulnerable people with increasingly greater needs, a vital Phonelink service for housebound elderly people and is set to expand its services even further in partnership with other care organisations in the City.  And the wider Craigmillar community will be able to share the space, once again, in a fair and properly managed way.  A Council officer’s report to the Councils’ Finance and Resources has twice been on their Agenda – in December 2015 and January 2016 – but the Report recommending the lease was unfortunately ‘continued’, at the very last minute, causing stress and anxiety for all at Caring in Craigmillar and those who depend upon those vital services.  CiC must quit their current premises by 31st March 2016 and need to have Care Commission approval of improvements to their new premises before the move can take place. I am assured that the formal decision to let the ground floor of 63 Niddrie Mains Terrace to Caring in Craigmillar will be taken at the next F&R Committee on 2nd February. Not a minute too soon!

A new initiative is starting in Portobello Library next week. Sporting Memories Network run reminiscence groups based on sport in many parts of central Scotland, attempting to alleviate dementia, depression and loneliness in communities. Their latest group meets this Monday January 25 in Portobello Library from 2pm until 4pm. Everybody of retirement age are welcome and attendance is free. More here:  http://sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/

Brunstane Primary School are asking everybody what experiences they think children should have before they leave primary school  Everyone can take part.  They are conducting a survey surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3CK3ZHD called the Brunstane Bucket List. Please use the link to respond.

It’s Saturday 14  May for You Decide! event, not the 12 May as I mistakenly typed last week!  But that allows me to say how delighted I was to be copied in to the Portobello Toddlers Hut report on how they spent the money the community awarded them through You Decide! last year, complete with lovely photographs.  Everybody get thinking caps on for this year! A little money can help people make a big difference.  Wondering what this is all about?   Link to the PB Network website – http://pbnetwork.org.uk/  Scottish Government website for PB – http://www.communityscot.org.uk/features/participatory-budgeting/

Portobello Community Council meets again on Monday evening – 25 January – in Portobello Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Everybody is welcome.

The final decision on Brighton Place resurfacing is for black-top asphalt not setts. There was no ‘U-turn’.  It was for Councillors on the Transport and Environment Committee to decide and they came under a great deal of pressure before Committee – including a front page in the Evening News – to support a cheaper, quicker option, contrary to Council planning and transportation policy on designing streets. Portobello people may have ‘voted’ in the consultation for the cheaper option thinking that the money saved (perhaps £800,000) will be spent on Portobello streets and pavements.  I have to say, that is unlikely.  We will have to use more persuasive powers with transport officers and Councillors at and before the next Committee in March.  By the way, I am still not clear whether it is to be a skim over the top with asphalt or carriageway reconstruction that the Committee decided upon.  No doubt all will become clear in due course.

Every Sunday Bridgend Inspiring Growth (BIG)  hold open drop-ins that are open to all to attend. They are a chance to get involved with the renovation project, learn new skills, meet some wonderful people and share a delicious lunch. More here: http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/sunday-drop-in.html

John Connor and Guests are in Concert again at our very own White House Kitchen, 70 Niddrie Mains Road  on Friday 29 January 7pm.  Tickets £5.  See here: http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/15/the-white-house-presents/ I love going there for lunch or coffee and always find someone to chat to.

Here’s a lovely wee video from Edible Estates, building a growing community In Magdalene.  I visited on their open day last year and loved it: https://www.facebook.com/ediblemagdalene/posts/775671695898562  Thanks to the Community Alliance Trust (CAT) in Craigmillar who secured a £150,000 grant from Scottish Government to get it going.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Find out more form the CAB website: bit.ly/1UUve59

If you want to know what’s going on at Tribe Porty, subscribe to their newsletter: http://tribeporty.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/#sthash.fFm6Ekfc.1fHF5Gce.dpbs

There is are holding an information event about the plans for Craigmillar Town Square and public spaces on Thursday 28 January.  Details here: https://mobile.twitter.com/TheEDIGroup/status/689830673037815813/photo/1

You have a chance to win a free Ridacard giving unlimited travel for a year on Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Tram: http://edinburghtrams.com/news/WIN-a-years-Ridacard

Crowds at Portobello Outdoor Pool in 1955: Remember this?  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1039784262745923

Portobello Timebank invite members and interested parties come along, find out how to use the website, and meet Timebank members. They will show you how to log a request, post an offer, record your transactions and give feedback. This will give you the tools to start exchanging between your neighbours and get jobs done. Their meetings will usually fall on the second Thursday of the month, in the Dalriada at 7:30pm, meetings will be confirmed on the facebook site and via email to all members. All Portobello Timebank latest news here:  http://www.hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1201

Create a World Festival Society for a day! “We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.” You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17 February 2016.  To get involved, just be a little creative about an issue that you believe promotes “Caring and Sharing”. Song, dance, theatre, draw, paint, write, make, poem, photograph, lecture, walk, tour, talk, art class anyway that you feel you can be creative! See more here: http://worldcommunityartsday.com/2015/07/16/invitation-9th-world-community-arts-day/

Whatever you do, enjoy your weekend.

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 15 January 2016

Dear All

Looking for something fun to do with the kids out this weekend?  There’s a Family Ceilidh tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm-4pm Portobello Old Parish Church, Bellfield Street. All children are more than welcome!  Details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/475608802564132/  More about this kind of event here:  http://www.ceilidhkids.com/

I have attached a couple of posters of things happening locally – one about play ranger activities for kids in the February break and another about what fit-looking  people might be seen doing at 9.30am Saturday mornings on Porty Beach – and how you might join them.

Portobello resident Sarah Fairbrother has entered a short film competition to ‘capture the excitement, effort or beauty of life outdoors’. It’s called Wild Winter Swim and is 4 minutes long. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.fairbrother.94/posts/10153818677106119

Portobello made the national press in a somewhat silly piece (IMHO) about goings on at Portobello beach that most of us think as ‘Just Normal Porty’.  See here:  Art attack? Mysterious goings-on on Porty beach | News | The National

Hunter’s Hall Park Cycling Hub is progressing to the planning stage soon.  The Proposal of Application Notice (reference: 15/05530/PAN) outlined a public exhibition about the proposals is to be held on 25 and 26 January 2016 (4.30pm – to 8pm) at the East Neighbourhood Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road. Go take a look and have your say!

It was a huge success last year, so Stravaigin is having their Family Burns Night again this year on 23 January 7.00pm. – 10pm at Sandy’s aka Castleview Community Centre 76 Craigmillar Castle Avenue.  It promises to be a night of good food, music and dance. Tickets £2 per person from Sandy’s to contact us call – Graham on 0131 661 4064 or Gordon on 07718668555.  More here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2016/01/15/family-burns-night-supper-at-sandys-all-welcome/

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. Get the latest news on: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/  and – for Edinburgh, in particular – https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/What-we-do/Who-we-help/The-Edinburgh-Trust

Portobello Heritage Trust are offering an illustrated talk entitled From Steam to Diesel at 7.30pm on Thursday, 25th February in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, Portobello High Street. Authors Archie Foley and Peter E Ross will talk about their book which presents a unique photographic record of equipment, buildings and people on the railway during the decade up to 1968, when diesel power replaced steam. Taken by an as yet unidentified BR driver, the images focus on not just steam locos and diesels but also the drivers, shunters, platelayers, signalmen and cleaners who kept the system running. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.  More about Portobello Heritage Trust: www.portobelloheritagetrust.co.uk   From Steam to Diesel Buy is available for sale at Portobello Library, Rosefield Avenue and at Joppa Newsagents, Joppa Rd. pic.twitter.com/xVAZer9964

The Council has agreed to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential streets throughout the city.  Reducing traffic speeds has been proven to lower the risk and severity of accidents, which in turn it is hoped would encourage more walking and cycling, reducing congestion and pollution and improving the local environment. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/news/article/1740/map_of_new_20mph_speed_limit_streets_unveiled  Councillors also agreed a detailed implementation plan for the phased roll-out of 20mph, which addresses project delivery, awareness-raising, enforcement and monitoring of the proposed changes.

If anybody has any doubts about this being absolutely the right thing to do, read this: The day I hit a child at 20mph – and realised the speed limit must be cut | Home News | News | The Independent

Bridgend Farmhouse is having a Community Consultation Day on 31 January from 11am -3pm to be held at the Bridgend farmhouse, Old Dalkeith Road. The Consultation will cover a Bothy building project (from design to the build) – which will be undertaken by interested parties within the local community. The work is planned to take place between May and July this year. The Bridgend weekly Sunday drop-ins start back in February. All are welcome.  Find out more here: http://www.bridgendfarmhouse.org.uk/

We are currently experiencing very irritating delays in refuse collections partly due to the huge increase in recycling take-up and some teething problems in introducing the new system to some 230,000 properties. It’s not bedded in yet – but will get there. I had a list of ten local streets this week that were experiencing problems with no-pick-up for weeks or delays.  The Council waste service told Councillors they regret not to have been unable to catch up with the scheduled collections by Monday 11 January as we all had hoped. They are working very hard to resolve this and hope to return to the scheduled collection as soon as possible. The service is limited by the resources they had available due to driver working time regulations. I’ll get another update next week.  Do let me know of any problems and I’ll do my best to get them fixed, but do also report through the Council website.  See link below

Anyone remember this? It’s the County Cinema, Craigmillar: https://mobile.twitter.com/74frankfurt/status/686268988859498496/photo/1

Babies can now take part in an ‘Every Child a Library Member’ scheme, which aims to help improve literacy rates amongst children. Every new parent in Edinburgh is being given the chance to sign their baby up for library membership at the same time as they register their birth.  http://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/recommendations?platform=hootsuite It’s nice to see nationwide Scotland catching up with local grass roots library practice.  Books for Babies and Rhymetime have long been in place for many of the youngsters that stay in Portobello/Craigmillar.  Recently Peggy Hughes went on Twitter to say that she is (rightly!) proud to be on the board of Craigmillar Literacy Trust and here’s what they do: http://www.craigmillarliteracytrust.org.uk/

You might have noticed that the Portobello High Street memorial benches from outside the Town Hall and the Bank of Scotland  benches were taken to the Council’s Inverleith workshops for refurbishment back before Christmas.  We hope to have them back on site by the beginning of February.  One day it’s be warm enough to sit on them again and watch the world go by!

Lots of great news from Portobello High School via this link, not least the move to the new school and the celebration of the old one.  See here:  http://portobellohighschool.org.uk/clubs-activities/reportobello

Our Portobello/Craigmillar You Decide!  small grants process is happening again this year. Do put Saturday 12 May in your diary, 1pm-3pm for the You Decide! big event.  More details to follow.  Mean time, do prepare to come up with ideas for making your neighbourhood community better and – crucially – prepare to come along on the day to network, find out what is happening to help decide on the best ideas to take forward that need just that little bit of cash help to get going or to complement what is already being done.  More on what this kind of process is all about here:  http://www.communityscot.org.uk/features/participatory-budgeting/

 

Meantime, have a great weekend!

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 8 January 2016

Dear All

Happy New Year and all the very best for 2016! We were up in a pretty wet and remote part of Angus for New Year but it was good to see lots of people enjoyed  Portobello Looney Douk 2016, news of which I picked up on in social media when we got back:  fb.me/2C8kiEF69.  See also a video of the Porty Douk by Arran Moffat: fb.me/7GNKKT38L  The twig and stone sculptures were – apparently – the talk Portobello beach dog walkers: pic.twitter.com/oX2hNAFZAw  And there was a wonder of the natural world seen from Portobello Beach, the aurora borealis: pic.twitter.com/QBt9sSTQok

By the end of this month, a newly refurbished Castlebrae Business Centre will have over 30 fit for purpose business units and workshops for lease in the fabulous listed 1930s(?) old school building at Peffer Place. This will enable social enterprise Cre8te to further stimulate business growth and economic activity in the Portobello/Craigmillar area with further job creation and employment in the local community. Enquiries to 0131 661 8888 or info@cre8te.co.uk  More here: www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/19/cre8te-opportunities-newsletter

Wassailing in the orchard There will be a Wassail at Donkeyfield Community Orchard Saturday January 23rd 2-4pm. Wassailing is a very ancient custom . The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘waes hael’ meaning ‘good health’. January is traditionally the time for singing rowdy songs in orch­ards to cel­eb­rate the har­vest from the pre­vi­ous year and ensure a good crop in the com­ing sea­son.  Please bring ‘music’ mak­ing equip­ment (drums, whistles, pans), bread to hang on the trees, apple juice to soak the bread in.  And do wear scary clothes if you wish, just to scare away any evil spir­its that may be lurk­ing (!) Come and drink spiced apple juice and sing round the bon­fire. All welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/439706356227815/

In the run-up to Christmas, a notice went out about the intention for The EDI Group Ltd to put in a planning application for a development at Brunstane.  Click here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/17/proposal-of-application-notice-received-for-brunstane/ There are no details at all yet, besides a red line round the area on a map.  It’s  a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN), not the application itself details of which would come later. By law, there must be a programme of public consultation before the applcation is submitted. This large site is currently in the Green Belt but has been identified as a possible housing site in the Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan (LDP2) which is currently at the Scottish Government Reporter’s Inquiry stage.  The move is hardly a surprise, as developers and owners of sites are seizing their opportunities to build on their desirable green land (like Craigentinny/Telferton Allotments) arguing that Edinburgh ‘has no effective land supply’. And they have succeeded in convincing Reporters in a few cases, despite the best efforts of Council planners to ‘stick to The Plan.’  Mean time, there are at least six areas where substantial housing development is currently happening on brownfield sites in Portobello/Craigmillar and three more where planning applications are being lodged.

Fresh Start’s Community Growing Space near the Robin Chapel is winding down for winter. With the new year in mind, there will be a planning meeting held on the 18th January from 1pm-4pm in the Hays Business Centre. This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone thinking of getting involved to come along and hear more about this growing space, meet some of the existing volunteers and learn about the project. There will be plenty opportunity to discuss ideas over suitable crops to plant in both the ground beds and raised beds, and also to suggest and chat about broader ideas on how to make the community growing space work for everyone.  More here: http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/15/fresh-start-craigmillar-community-growing-space-planning-event/

And if you are interested in visiting the Robin Chapel itself, there are services there every Sunday.  January services here: robinchapel.org.uk; 4pm, all welcome.

A couple of local residents got in touch with me about the loss of trees in front of Phoenix House and there has been some chat on the Porty People Facebook page.  From the Council website I found this application: Tree Works for the following reasons(s) : The property is subject to a change of use from commercial to residential flats. The current tree cover is outgrowing its location and is unsuitable for purpose. If retained, the trees will require regular on-going pruning. There is conflict between infrastructure and tree crowns and rooting. Tree removal and replanting provides an opportunity to match tree cover to the altering site use and available space, to provide valuable long term amenity in line with the character of the area.  275 Portobello High Street Edinburgh EH15 2AQ Ref. No: 15/05320/TCO | Validated: Thu 19 Nov 2015 | Status: Raise No Objection.  A decision to grant was dated 8 December 2015.  Tree works in a Conservation Area do require planning consent. The application would have been advertised, in the normal way, but I understand that direct neighbour notification letters are not required for just tree works.  More information on the planning portal which can be accessed through the Council website on this or any other property or land you might be interested in. You can search by application number or address.  Click here to get started: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20067/planning_applications/288/view_and_comment_on_planning_applications

A new Portobello Dementia Friendly Singing Group called ‘Let’s Sing’ for people newly diagnosed with early to mid stage dementia who like singing or would like to try.  There is lots of research now demonstrating the benefits of singing for people with dementia. This is a free weekly singing session at the Brunton Theatre (Rehearsal Room), Tuesdays 11.00.00 – 12.30, starting on 19 January.  The group will be led by the very experienced Penny Stone, a professional community group singing leader at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Members are welcome to come as often as they as they like and can bring a friend/companion.  The local steering group of Dementia Friendly Portobello are keen to get the information out to any potential members among people in the earlier stages of the illness. They have a small pool of volunteers to greet folks, make tea and be enthusiastic supporters.   There is room for more volunteers with the next training session on Tuesday 12 January from 10.30 – 12.30 also at the Brunton Theatre (Rehearsal Room). Contact first for more information – Jan Killeen, Steering Group Dementia Friendly Portobello, Phone 0131 669 2888.

That’s all I have time for today, but I hope you found something of interest here.

Best wishes for a great 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 19 December 2015

Dear All

The few Syrian refugee families Edinburgh has already welcomed to Edinburgh through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme are settling in well thanks to a range of excellent public, private and voluntary sector partners. We expect to welcome more in the New Year.  One of our key partners, very aptly named The Welcoming, are helping provide language classes and pathways into making friends – helping them form the kind of informal networks we all depend upon.  The Welcoming have attracted a number of excellent new volunteers to help with their vital work, helping people settle in and make a real contribution to the life of Edinburgh.  Find out more about The Welcoming here:  http://www.thewelcoming.org/

You would be made very welcome to a Christmas Light service is taking place in ‘Wellsprings’, 71 Whitehill Street, Newcraighall EH21 8QZ at 4pm on Sunday 20th December. It will include; carol singing; a kids dance video, with a modern take on the nativity; kids Christmas crafts; candle lights; mulled wine/juice and mince pies.  The offering will be taken in aid of Syrian refugees.  More about Wellspring here:  www.wellsprings.uk.net

Or you would be equally welcome in the Robin Chapel, for a more formal and cerebral Christmas experience with amazing choral singing:  http://www.robinchapel.org.uk/

Several people from Gilberstoun have contacted me about the inconsiderate and quite dangerous way people park right next to Brunstane Station on Brunstane Road South.  They said it was an accident waiting to happen. If you do ever leave your car near the station, do make sure the sightlines are clear for all other road users, cyclists and pedestrians. I was in touch with both local police and local roads team to see what we can do about it.  I asked for cones to be put up again in the short term and more permanent measures be progressed.

I went along to a meeting of Portobello Rotary for the first time last week to hear Fiona Fitheridge speak about the Thistle in Craigmillar and all the work they do. It was the premier of a couple of short films where people talked about how the Thistle has helped them turn their lives around.  Hugely impressive!  This is only part of what Thistle do:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/17/thistle-helping-you-manage-your-health/   Portobello Rotary is small but does great work and has a big impact.  More here:  http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=110

The Council’s local park rangers team do a really great job, working alongside local communities and ‘Friends of Parks’. They have put a few illustrated highlights here in their annual report, which deserves to be much more widely distributed and celebrated.  More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/14/park-ranger-service-east-neighbourhood-newsletter-2015/

On Tuesday I was in St Francis RC Primary School in Craigmillar presenting booklets to P5 children on the work they had done to develop themselves ‘Agents for Change’ in their community.  This is a fabulous programme run by the Jack Kane Community Centre.  It really engages the interest and enthusiasm of the youngsters in learning how to be a good member of a community and get along with people. Having met the children, I am not surprised to hear the class teacher say that this happened to be most rewarding class she had ever taught – and she clearly had quite a few years of teaching experience. More here: http://jackkanecommunity.org/?s=Agents+for+change+&submit=Search

I was delighted to be asked on to this year’s judging panel for S5/6 young people at Castlebrae Community High School (CCHS) presenting on a charity of their choice that means a lot to them. Not an easy thing to do!  This was part of the Scotland-wide Young Philanthropy Initiative which gave each group a chance to win their chosen organisation £3000.  Last year, Kids in the Street (KITS) won and we heard from Kev Finlay all the prize money last year had enabled them to do.  This year, the narrow winner was The Yard, with some really fabulous runners up.  The choice was not at all easy and had to be based not on the merits of the charity, but how well the youngsters presented.  The people who run the YPI venture said to us that four of those CCHS presentations were the best they had ever seen.  Castlebrae Community High School is doing fabulous work in building the confidence of some wonderful, caring young people.  Picture here: https://mobile.twitter.com/ypi_scotland/status/677134796074713088/photo/1

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is appealing to the public to stay safe this winter by taking the necessary steps to protect their families, homes, customers and communities.  Read more here:  http://chronicleonline.net/2015/12/14/stay-safe-this-winter/

Nice photo of Craigmillar Castle, the impressive and superbly preserved, former fortified residence of Sir Simon Preston – as every child in Castleview Primary School will be able to tell you, particularly by the time they learn all to be official tour guides for their peers in P6/7. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=858618487589501

From time to time I get asked – does this development have planning consent?  Is it being built as approved?  A refreshed planning enforcement charter sets out the enforcement process and how enquiries can be made. The dedicated online form ensures the enquirer provides all the information planning officers need to allow an investigation to proceed. The online form is easy to use and can also be accessed on mobile devices. The form and charter are available at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planningenforcement This means an improved and quicker service, with fewer delays, although paper-based enquiries are still welcome.

Planning Aid Scotland is now called simply PAS – which is confusing for those of us who use that acronym locally for Portobello Amenity Society (PAS)!  PAS nationally offers free, impartial and professional planning advice to help people understand and engage with the planning system. pas.org.uk  PAS locally can and do help local people get to grips with the planning system.  I am pleased to know that both organisations are lending support to the fight to retain the allotments at Craigentinny/Telferton. I was pleased to meet up with two of the campaigners to give them some advice on how to get their message across.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) has just gone in to the planning service for the Local Development Plan proposed Brunstane site and Portobello Community Council have put details up on the their website.  More here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2015/12/17/proposal-of-application-notice-received-for-brunstane/

To get more details on this application, or any other, do go on to the Council’s website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/planning  You will get full details of how to comment or get involved with any live planning applcation or search any planning history of sites which interest you.   An application been lodged on 30 November for a cycling facility at Hunter’s Hall Park associated with the Jack Kane Centre. The reference for this one is 15/05530/PAN.

Here’s a nice picture of Portobello Hornets young rugby players in their smart new strips – thanks to sponsorship by The Espy Photo

Boating by Portobello Beach and Pier, 1885: This is the picture for July in the Lost Edinburgh Calendar for 2016. The pier: fb.me/7SADGOBih

Portobello Town Hall’s next regular Monthly Ceilidh 8 January 2016. Start the weekend in full swing, at the regular monthly Friday night ceilidh with great live music from the Canongate Cadjers, first Friday of the month. Dancing 8pm until
11pm, no need to book. Just pay for your ticket at the door.. Pay at the door £8 (£6 concessions), organised by Cadjers Music Factory. This Ceilidh Event suitable for all ages and abilities. All dances are explained – the band has a caller. Doors open 7.30pm (Dancing 8pm -11pm) No need to book, just pay at the door on the night. Under 16 ‘s Free Entry. All welcome. http://www.meetup.com/ceilidh-meetup/events/227163463/

One of my constituents pointed out how many local roofs in Craigmillar and Niddrie now have solar panels retro-fitted.  These may well be Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association properties, fitted with energy saving solar panels under a scheme to tackle fuel poverty and reduce household energy bills.  I am told that 105 properties in the EH16 postcode have benefitted from this investment.  More here:

http://www.castlerockedinvar.co.uk/about_us/company_news/technology_trial_underway_in_£7_million_project_to_tackle_fuel_poverty.aspx

And finally – I hope you like the attached photo of our up-cycled bonsai Christmas tree (attached).

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! 

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.

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