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Maureen Child Update 24 October 2014

Dear All

Catching up after a brilliant holiday break….

A final plug for this event I am involved in tomorrow: Living with Dementia in Portobello – Let’s talk about it! Saturday 25 October, 2 pm – 5 pm The Wash House Community Centre, Adelphi Grove, Portobello. All welcome. Please do join us to start the conversation over tea and cakes, about how we can work together to improve understanding, reduce stigma and explore what Portobello can do to help people with dementia live well in the community. The afternoon includes:

• Quiz: myths and facts about dementia.
• Talks by James McKillop and Agnes Houston, international speakers
• with dementia.
• Local carer’s experience.
• Launch: ‘How you can help’ leaflet.
• Having your say– exploring ideas for action.
• Art exhibition and film
• Information.

No tickets needed. Organised by the Dementia Friendly Portobello Steering Group. Contact: Teresa Straczynski, Dementia Adviser, Alzheimer Scotland at 0131 662 1204 or email tstracznski@alzscot.org

Portobello Library will close for repairs from Monday 27 October to Thursday 30 October. Essential floor replacement works to be undertaken as a result of sustained damage to the floor. There will be a member of staff in the building during this closure period to assist with any enquiries from customers. Library books can be returned to any library across the city or renewed via our website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/libraries or by phoning your local library. Piershill (0131 529 5685) and Craigmillar (0131 529 5597) libraries will be happy to welcome any customers there for the duration of the closure. The library will reopen on Friday 31October. This will obviously affect my surgeries – below. I would be happy to arrange another convenient time and place in Portobello for anyone who wants to see me during that time. Just phone 0131 529 3268 or 07718 666 481 to make an appointment.

Portobello High School Council’s fundraising committee want me to plug a couple of things. The committee hold events to raise money to buy resources which teachers and pupils know will make learning and teaching at Portobello High School even better. They’ve managed to fund all sorts of things – from sports strips and equipment to make learning science and languages more engaging to dolls that help young people understand what it’s like to look after a baby 24 hours a day! But there’s still a long list of requests and only a few opportunities for you to contribute so please make time for this and come along. A couple of events, one tomorrow:

Crafts & Car Boot Sale  Clear out & Craft for Christmas, make some money (for you and PHS) and have a laugh!

Set up your stall at the PHS Car Boot Sale
Saturday 25th October 2014 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pitch £10, email ewood@qmu.ac.uk to book yours now.

We’d like to create a carnival atmosphere so buskers are welcome and we’ll be selling hot drinks and pastries …

Advertise your wares on the Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/events/1479186525679940/

Join in and support your school !

All funds raised will directly benefit the school. Teachers and pupils identify the items that will most improve their lives at PHS so your support really will make a difference!

SOUNDS & TASTE OF BOLLYWOOD
Live band & Indian meal

Fresh from the Edinburgh Mela, Swaryatra will perform enchanting Bollywood numbers with a touch of Indian classical music and popular dance styles from India. Come and find out more about this thrilling genre, enjoy the excitement of Bollywood and see if you can guess the western origins of some of the Bollywood hits !

Saturday 1st November 2014
7.30-10.00 (doors open from 7)

The Wash House
Adelphi Grove, EH15 1AP
£15
Licensed Bar & Raffle

Tickets from Popeye’s, Friday Street and Cashbrokers on Portobello High St or
Say about how tables will be reserved.

All profits to Project Trust to fund Lilidh’s year in Malawi https://www.facebook.com/LilidhsyearinMalawi

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=LilidhsyearinMalawi

To keep up-to-date with fundraising activities ‘like’ our PHS Fundraising FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/PHS-Fundraising/161119547255992

A lot of people are struggling to cope with the continued closure of Duddingston Road West at the rail bridge while contractors Network Rail are completing the renewal of the bridge. Through the local office and directly I am putting pressure on them to finish this work ASAP, and to provide better signage. Meanwhile businesses in Holyrood Business Centre are struggling to cope, like Holyrood Architectural Salvage. Owner Ken Fowler told me: “We are continually challenged with road closures and generally just accept it as our fate but we are tiring of it and could use some local support. It was the gas board last time that shut it for months. We regularly have it closed due to walks, marathons etc and although we support all charities and necessary work, we can’t continue ignoring things Meanwhile, could you let everyone on your database know that Holyrood Architectural Salvage is open for business as usual and giving 10% off to all those who support us during this road closure. They just need to visit our website and sign up for the 10% discount voucher: www.holyroodsalvage.com “. Happy to do so!

The next Portobello Market is on Saturday 1 November. It was a wet one last month so fingers crossed for good weather and an opportunity to sit out for a while, watch the fun and blether. The Caleerie Buskers will be on site with their own special range of music, plus Karen McGeary will return with her face painting. The majority of the traders will be showing their Christmas stock so it’s a fantastic opportunity to get ahead and buy or order some of your goodies. The regular traders will be there: garden furniture, oils, organic fruit & veg and meats, fresh bread and coffee, cooking sauces, treats for your canine pals, chillies, jams & chutneys, cheeses, artisan crafts, plants and kitchen herbs. we’ll also have a new trader with artisan chocolates. See a full list of traders on the website. The Market opens at 9.30 am and runs through to 1.30pm in Brighton Park. See you there.

Consultation is set to get under way in 11 school communities across Edinburgh over the coming months as part of a new pilot ‘school streets’ initiative. A total of 31 schools wanted to take part in the pilot, which is designed to improve the environment around schools and encourage safer and healthier ways for pupils to travel to and from school. The city’s Local Transport Strategy 2014-19 contains a commitment to pilot school streets at up to five schools. However, given the volume of interest from schools across the city, a list of ten pilot schemes covering 11 schools was drawn up, following an exhaustive selection process. This list will go before members of the Transport and Environment Committee for approval at their meeting next Tuesday 28 October, with a view to beginning consultation in the first tranche of schools next month. The pilot schemes will prohibit traffic on streets outside or around school entrances at specific times of day. Doing this creates a safer, more pleasant environment which promotes travel to school by walking and cycling. Further benefits for the whole community around the school, including residents and local businesses, would include reduced congestion and decreased levels of air and noise pollution. The first schools for the pilot scheme consultation include Duddingston Primary School and St John’s RC Primary School, which are almost adjacent. Consultation for schools in the second phase is likely in early 2015 and will include Towerbank Primary School. If the Committee agrees to proceed with the pilot, following consultation, Phase 1 could be implemented in August/September 2015 and Phase 2 in December 2015. This timetable is provisional, however, as changes may result from any objections received during the required Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process.

Have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

Maureen Child Update 1 October 2014

Dear All

The consultation information for the new St John’s RC Primary School is now live on the Council’s website and can be downloaded at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/stjohnsprimaryconsultation Hard copies of the consultation paper can be collected from St John’s RC Primary School or can be sent by post if requested through calling (0131) 469 3136. Reference copies are also available in Portobello, Piershill and Craigmillar Libraries and in local nurseries. As mentioned below a public meeting will be held as part of the consultation process. Anyone with an interest in the proposal is welcome to come along to the meeting, to be held in: St John’s RC Primary School on Tuesday 28 October 2014 (7pm – 8.30pm) Council staff will attend the meeting to provide more information and to take questions. Anyone attending should call (0131) 469 3136 no later than 20 October if they have any requests for translation services or childcare to be provided at the meeting. The Council would like to hear from as many people as possible. Views on the proposals including any concerns or suggestions for improvement, to arrive no later than Friday 14 November 2014, can be e-mailed to newschoolbuildings@edinburgh.gov.uk or posted to the address below.

Portobello Timebank is up and running.
Please click on this link for their newsletter.
In this newsletter you’ll find
– Your chance to attend a chutney masterclass, October 12th
– Your invite to the website and member orientation, November 13th
– What we’ve been up to
– Inspiring Timebank news in the press
– Swap feedback

Brighton Place
We are about to go into another Budget round and consultation and I am hopeful that we will be able to identify funds to invest in rebuilding the carriageway of Brighton Place properly. It looks like it may take a total of £1.5 million to complete the full length and breadth of Brighton Place with setts, as they are now. There has been some discussion locally about whether or not the whole surface should be paved in setts, in keeping with its status as a Conservation Area and what the phasing that the work might entail. I have had a bit of discussion with Councillor Lesley Hinds as Convener of the Transport Committee and requested that we have a presentation, possibly to Portobello Community Council, to facilitate a wider discussion of the possible design options. We also need to know what the work will entail for disruption, timescales and diversions.

Portobello High School Parent Council have sent this for wider circulation:

CRAFTS & CAR BOOT SALE

Clear out & Craft for Christmas, make some money (for you and PHS) and have a laugh!

Set up your stall at the PHS Car Boot Sale
Saturday 25th Oct 10am – 12pm
Tables £10, email ewood@qmu.ac.uk to book yours now.

We’d like to create a carnival atmosphere so buskers are welcome and we’ll be selling hot drinks and pastries …

Advertise your wares on the Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/events/1479186525679940/

Join in and support your school !

All funds raised will directly benefit the school. Teachers and pupils identify the items that will most improve their lives at PHS so your support really will make a difference!

To Keep up-to-date with fundraising activities ‘like’ our PHS Fundraising FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/PHS-Fundraising/161119547255992

We hold events to raise money to buy resources which teachers and pupils know will make learning and teaching at PHS even better. We’ve managed to fund all sorts of things – from sports strips and equipment to make learning science and languages more engaging to dolls that help young people understand what it’s like to look after a baby 24 hours a day! But there’s still a long list of requests and only a few opportunities for you to contribute so please make time for this and come along.

A reminder that this weekend is Portobello Book Festival (Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October). All events are free but ticketed and you can pick up a brochure and tickets at Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue , EH15 1AU. Venues are Portobello Old Parish Church Hall, Bellfield Street and Dalriada, 77 Promenade. The Festival is form 3-5 October More on their website www.portobellobookfestival.blogspot.com Some venues are already full, although if you go along to the venue on the day, there may be some returns

Also Portobello Market 9.30am to 1.30pm in Brighton Park Saturday 4th October. Autumn is upon us and the vibrant colours it brings are bringing a smile to everyone’s life. Sounds a lot like Portobello Market!. Come along for a bit of shopping for things you can’t get anywhere else in Porty. Buy a snack and sit at the tables watching the world go by and listening to the live music by the Caleerie Buskers. Take a wander and buy something from the wide variety of traders offering everything from handmade soaps to organic cheese; plants to garden furniture and wood crafts; organic mutton to condiments & oils; organic fruit & veg, fresh bread, homemade jams and coffee to handmade sweets and textiles to African vegetarian cuisine! Wow, that’s a big choice! Check out the website for further details of all the stallholders. See you there, Brighton Park, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Saturday 4th October.

Best wishes

Maureen

Maureen Child Report September 2014

Portobello High School New Build
Work on our new school begins on 6 October with survey works and the erection of site hoarding, earth and ground works start a week later. Initially contractors will enter from Hope Lane until the Milton Road entrance is established in about three weeks. They expect to have the steel frame up in December. The project is due to be completed in May 2016 and open for the August 2016 session. Nearby residents, and other parties with a keen interest were invited to meet the architects and the Balfour Beatty construction team last week at Portobello High School’s library. Balfour Beatty will work with the local roads team to ensure the impact of construction traffic on its surroundings is minimised.

St John’s Primary School and New Park Consultation
Now that the site for Portobello High School is settled, the consultation on a new or refurbished and extended St John’s RC Primary School can go ahead. Three options are being consulted upon:

Option 1 – Refurbishment and partial new build on the existing site
Option 2 – New build on the existing site
Option 3 – New build on the adjacent Portobello High School site

The remaining site will become an extension to Figgate Burn Park and return to recreational green space, once the needs of St John’s are satisfied. The shape and facilities for that are yet to be discussed, determined and taken forward with the Neighbourhood Partnership for Craigentinny/Duddingston, the Ward in which the current school sits.

Electric Bungalow‘s New Project
It was a huge blow that the community garden, taking shape at the vacant site in Bath Street, was bulldozed with no real prior notice by (we understand) the previous owner. The site is now the subject of a planning application by a new owner. The community group, neighbours and members PEDAL Portobello Transition Town had their hopes dashed there, but were looking around for a new space to take over for a community growing project. They have set their sights on a verge south of Towerbank Primary School at Wilson’s Park. I have put the group in touch with the estates team at the Council who will be able to arrange a lease. I understand the Towerbank school community are keen to work with them.

Community Asset Transfer
This kind of local experience helped inform a discussion we had at the Council’s Communities and Neighbourhood Committee with the Council’s head of corporate property Peter Watton and Nicky Donald, of the community ownership support service in Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS). The Council is developing a policy, in advance of the enactment of the Community Empowerment Bill but hopefully in line with the emerging legislation due to become law in the Spring. The Council has already done some of this locally, for example for Jessfield Bowling Club, Joppa Tennis Courts, Portobello Toddlers Hut and the Community Orchard at Brunstane.

Portobello Book Festival This Weekend
Now in its 6th year, Portobello Book Festival takes place this weekend, 3rd to 5th October. All events are free but ticketed. Some events are already full, but it might be possible to pick up a return on the day. Programmes and tickets are available at Portobello Library.

30 Years Community Partnership with Portobello
Last weekend, I felt privileged to be invited to help celebrate a wonderful 30 years of St John’s RC congregation’s friendship with the village of Legho in Tanzania. This relationship has developed hugely over the years and now extends to all the local primary and secondary schools which have links with partners in Tanzania. Visa delays meant we didn’t have our four expected Tanzanian visitors with us on the Friday evening. But they will be with us soon, sharing their experiences with staff and pupils, communities and friends in Portobello and East Edinburgh for a few weeks.

Doors Open Day – St Marks Episcopal Church
It was good to explore a bit more of St Marks’s Episcopal Church and see what plans they have and progress they’ve made in the grounds and building by some intrepid volunteers and congregation members, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The building is becoming quite a hub for local activity and groups offering things like French classes and pilates on week days, and well as being a place of worship in a Sunday. It is a huge challenge, for the community and small congregation, to retain and improve this lovely historic building, grounds and surrounding walls and gravestones. But they seem to be making headway.

Portobello Village Show
The annual Porty Village Show was a huge success once again with hundreds of families flocking to enjoy the fun at Rosefield Park. The sun shone again and lots of people bought books to support Portobello Book Festival, signed up to get regular information from Portobello Community Council and bought form the stalls, like Castlebrae Community High School’s social enterprise Reds Cafe whose lovely baking and preserves were snapped up quickly. It must take a huge amount of careful voluntary organisation to put the show together each year and our local arts charity Portobello Open Door (POD) are owed a big vote of thanks from all of us.

Participatory Budgeting for Community Grants Fund
All twelve local neighbourhoods have a budget to make small one-off discretionary grants to local groups to help with local projects. Portobello and Craigmillar groups have benefited over the years, with support from both Community Councils and Portobello Amenity Society. Up until now, the decisions have been taken throughout the year by the Board of the local Neighbourhood Partnership. For this coming year starting in March 2015, we have agreed to try a participatory budgeting process following the example of Leith Decides and Canny wi Cash which have involved more and more people in helping decide which projects should get funding. The benefits of this process go far beyond the division of the money available, but also help people develop their ideas and find opportunities to build their capacity and network, find further funds and encourage more and more volunteering.

Brighton Park Market To Go Electric
The monthly local Portobello Market comes around again next Saturday 4 October at Brighton Park 9.30am – 1.30pm. Organiser Graham Kitchener has been trying for some time now to get an electricity supply to support events like this. Our local Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership have agreed to grant the money, the Council have found a way to do it, and we are hoping the supply will be put in place by December.

Maureen Child Update 26 September 2014

Dear All

This weekend, Doors Open Day is unlocking some of the city’s best hidden gems. Five of them are local to Portobello or Craigmillar – Ramp House, St Mark’s Church, The White House, Wauchope Mausoleum and Robin Chapel. Programme here: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/area_programmes.aspx?Page=12&areaid=16

The 6th Portobello Book Festival is nearly upon us – next weekend. All events are free but ticketed and you can pick up a brochure and tickets at Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue , EH15 1AU. Venues are Portobello Old Parish Church Hall, Bellfield Street and Dalriada, 77 Promenade. The Festival is form 3-5 October More on their website www.portobellobookfestival.blogspot.com Some venues are already full, although if you go along to the venue on the day, there may be some returns.

Community Connecting is an innovative service across Edinburgh which directly helps isolated older people get involved in activities in their local communities and take up hobbies both old and new. It has a huge positive impact on their quality of life. All it takes is a couple of hours of your time a week. Find out more:  http://www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/volunteer/community_connecting

As probably already know, the Council has its Second Proposed Edinburgh Local Development Plan (LDP) out for public consultation. As part of this, a current housing proposal is to take a large area of land, immediately south of the Brunstane Burn and north of Newcraighall, between Brunstane House and Newhailes House, out of the Green Belt. Without the Green Belt designation, it is far more likely that any planning application to build houses on this land would be successful. The Brunstane site, which would possibly accommodate around 1330 housing units, would be accessed from the north by a new road off Milton Road East, beside the cemetery, with new bridges built over the Brunstane Burn and the main East Coast railway line. Residents groups have got together to coordinate objections to the removal of Green Belt designation, which currently is a strong protection against development, while Community Council representatives from both Portobello and Craigmillar are consulting with local residents in order to represent their views.  Portobello Amenity Society, for one, believe it is vital to protect this part of the Green Belt to avoid coalescence between Edinburgh and Musselburgh. They also believe that the settings of both Brunstane House and Newhailes House – highly important A listed country houses of great architectural and historical importance – would be severely compromised if this proposal goes ahead. We have made similar arguments in resisting current Green Belt development proposals at Edmonstone which provides a similarly effective boundary with Danderhall in Midlothian. This Brunstane proposal will also have a huge impact on the road network in Milton Road East and Newcraighall as well as implications for local schools and public transport. A packed public meeting, attended by at least 200 people, was ably chaired by my colleague Councillor David Walker, at the Kings Manor Hotel, on 25 September, to discuss this proposal. Further information about this proposal and about the Second Proposed LDP, can be found at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan. Copies of the plan can also be seen in Portobello or Craigmillar Libraries. Comments on the proposals have to be lodged by 3rd October at 5pm on special forms which can be downloaded from the above website or obtained by contacting localdevelopmentplan@edinburgh.gov.uk or by phoning 0131 529 4692. Please note that individually composed letters, rather than petitions or signed forms with the same wording, are very much more powerful. And you must use the right forms.

Portobello/Craigmillar Ward has an established Neighbourhood Partnership. Ours is chaired by Councillor Mike Bridgman. Edinburgh’s Neighbourhood Partnerships bring together the community, police, health, fire and rescue, voluntary sector and local Councillors, supported by officers from the Council. Each of Edinburgh’s 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships has a three year local community plan, which identifies local priorities informed by communities. The priorities in the plans cover a range of themes including health, transport, environment, community safety, children and older people. Working with communities and partners, Neighbourhood Partnerships aim to tackle these issues and make neighbourhoods a better place to live. The new local community plans 2014-17 will be published in October. Copies will be available local libraries, neighbourhood offices, at Neighbourhood Partnership events or online at www.edinburghnp.org.uk For more details of activity across the city, see the Neighbourhood Partnership newsletter by clicking on: bit.ly/1ni8bko

There was a meeting in Portobello Town Hall on 10 September, and drop in sessions elsewhere n the city, and there is still time and opportunity to have your say on 20mph zones for Edinburgh. On line go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/20mph and complete the online form or email with questions or comments to: 20mph@edinburgh.gov.uk All comments must be received by 17 October 2014. There are leaflets in all libraries right now with more information too.

Autumn is upon us and the vibrant colours it brings are bringing a smile to everyone’s life. Sounds a lot like Portobello Market! The next market is on Saturday 4th October, next weekend. Come along for a bit of shopping for things you can’t get anywhere else in Porty. Buy a snack and sit at the tables watching the world go by and listening to the live music by the Caleerie Buskers. Take a wander and buy something from the wide variety of traders offering everything from handmade soaps to organic cheese; plants to garden furniture and wood crafts; organic mutton to condiments & oils; organic fruit & veg, fresh bread, homemade jams and coffee to handmade sweets and textiles to African vegetarian cuisine! Wow, that’s a big choice! Check out the website for further details of all the stallholders. See you there, Brighton Park, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Saturday 4th October.

Last update I asked about problems with water pressure and several people in Portobello, mostly people in tenements, got back to me to say they had. I have compiled a list of properties with problems and batted that over to Scottish Water. Some people told me they had problems but this was now resolved, others were still affected. The number to call to make a complaint to Scottish Water is 0845601 8855, email customer.services@scottishwater.co.uk and their website is www.scottishwater.co.uk

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen

Maureen Child Update 6 September 2014

Dear All

Several people have pointed out I omitted to give a further plug for Portobello Village Show tomorrow Sunday 7 September 2-5pm in Rosefield Park. Baking, brewing, music, competitions, stalls, tea and beer tents, live music, Tug of War, dog parade, duck racing and much, much more. Come along for a fun-filled afternoon for all the family.

Please also find a briefing note attached about the temporary closure of Duddingston Road West north of Peffer Place from Thursday 11 September (next week) for several weeks to allow Network Rail to increase the height of the railway bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists will still get access. All vehicular traffic, including public transport, will be diverted via Milton Road, Duddingston Park South and Niddrie Mains Road.  A free shuttle bus will operate between North Cairntow and Duddingston Park South from 7am to 7pm daily.

About 250 horses are due to take part in Riding the Marches of Edinburgh form Todhills to the Mercat Cross. They will be riding through Craigmillar Castle Road towards Holyrood Park about 1pm.

I was at the launch of the Portobello Book Festival last night and the programme looks great again in its 6th year.  All events are free but ticketed and you can pick up a brochure and tickets at Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue , EH15 1AU form Monday 8 September. Venues are Portobello Old Parish Church Hall, Bellfield Street and Dalriada, 77 Promenade.  The Festival is form 3-5th October.  More on their website at www.portobellobookfestival.blogspot.com

Community Connecting is an innovative service that’s being delivered across Edinburgh and directly helps isolated older people get involved in activities in their local communities and take up hobbies both old and new. It has a huge positive impact on their quality of life. All it takes is a couple of hours of your time a week. Find out more:
http://www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/volunteer/community_connecting

Water Pressure Problems? One resident has written to me saying:

In the last 2-3 weeks I have noticed a significant drop in water pressure. I called Scottish Water and was told that a number of people had called them from our area for the same reason. Apparently, they have been conducting ‘pressure management’. The usual reason is to avoid leaks – not uncommon where there is a combination of old pipes and high pressure. They are legally obliged to provide water at a pressure of only 1 bar. This is the pressure in the mains pipe in the street but by the time the water gets to a top floor flat in a 4 storey tenement, I would imagine that the pressure would be pitifully low. I share with only two others and there have been times when the pressure has been really terrible. I have an engineer coming out on Monday to measure the pressure in the street mains outside my property, but I have been led to expect that if the water meets the 1 bar requirement then that will be the end of it. Perhaps you could put some feelers out to see how widespread this issue is – if enough people feel strongly enough about it maybe there might be some way to put pressure on Scottish Water to address whatever the underlying problem is so that the water pressure can be increased.

I saw on Facebook that there had been some problems in the Brightons area. Anywhere else?

Craigmillar Community Council meets next Tuesday at 7pm at the Hays Community Business Centre, Hay Avenue. Members of the public are very welcome to come along. One of the topics for discussion will no doubt be the Local Development Plan (LDP2) proposals for Brunstane and it was good to see people talking about this and gathering signatures at the Portobello Market this morning and promoting a Public Meeting scheduled for 25 September at 7pm in the Kings Manor Hotel, 100 Milton Road East. Residents Groups at Brunstane and Coillesdene are working with groups in Portobello and Newcraighall to make their views known as groups. It is equally important to make individual representations in writing using the form provided by 5.00pm on Friday 3 October 2014. Representations can be submitted electronically to localdevelopmentplan@edinburgh.gov.uk or by post to Local Development Plan Team, City of Edinburgh Council, Business Centre G.3, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

Finally, for now – Edinburgh’s Social Enterprise Network is organising Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Festival next Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 September in St Andrew Square Garden from 12 noon to 6pm on Friday and 11am to 6.30pm on Saturday. The event is called Social in the Square. There will be gift, market stalls, a food tent. Cooking demos form celebrity chefs, fun activities for kids and grown-ups. This coincides with our social enterprise campaign called Buy The Good Stuff. Social enterprises plough profits back into the community. More at www.buythegoodstuff.co.uk

I hope to see some of you at the Portobello Village Fair tomorrow.

Best wishes

Maureen

Duddingston Road West closure