Who’s for Bowls at Brunstane?
The Bowling Club is tucked away off Brunstane Road, next to the railway line. The club got a grant to support and publicise their summer Open Day, where anybody can learn to play bowls. The Open Day is on Sunday 8 June 1pm to 4pm. Bowls Scotland qualified coaches will teach everyone the basics of bowls within an hour and all the equipment is freely provided. All you will need is to go along, wearing comfortable clothes and you can have a go.
More Dementia Friendly Portobello Progress
The group of volunteers who are steering this initiative have identified various things which could contribute to making Portobello dementia friendly, including:
· Different forms of publicity & awareness-raising
· Specific resources to help engage with schools and churches
· Event(s) during Dementia Awareness Week in June
· Arranging for the Alzheimer Scotland information bus to visit Portobello
· Focusing on creative activities such as film, singing and art therapy
· Contacting Portobello Older People’s Project
· Engaging with local businesses, churches & organisations to help them become more dementia aware and commit to becoming dementia friendly.
Please contact Andrew Senew to get involved, phone Home Instead on 0131 300 0598.
Portobello Park Private Bill
The bid to remove the final obstacle to building a new Portobello High School on Portobello Park while retaining its Common Good status is making progress through the democratic processes of the Scottish Parliament. The Bill Committee met again on 23 April and spent four hours listening to more evidence from Objectors and the Bill’s Promoters, the City of Edinburgh Council. At its next meeting, on 7 May, the Committee expects to consider its decisions on objections to the bill and the key issues for a draft Consideration Stage report.
Brownfield Housing Consents Given
There are long-term threats to Green Belt land for housing an expanding Edinburgh population, in the East at Newcraighall and Brunstane. But mean time, well over 90% of the housing is on brown field land. New housing has been given consent at the Clockwork industrial land, alongside the railway line off Duddingston Park South and also at Blackchapel Close, beside the public path from Fort Kinnaird to Asda. It was recently announced that the former Scottish Power site at Baileyfield has been acquired by house builder Crudens in partnership with supermarket Aldi. Whatever application comes forward will have to conform to the Masterplan for that area to be recommended for planning consent. All those new developments include 25% share of affordable housing, in accordance with Council policy. Housing at Greendykes, for Manor Estates and the Council’s own 21st Century Homes development is ready for letting. East Edinburgh’s population is growing! A recent look at the numbers in the electoral register show that, in less than five years, the adult population has already increased by over 5000.
Towerbank Primary School Growing
As a consequence of the rise in population, our schools are thriving. There may not be much new family housing in Portobello, but when smaller properties do come available, they tend to be filled by local people giving up their family homes. This has not been captured in the statistics as it’s hard to do. But perhaps it helps explain a bit of why Towerbank catchment area is bursting at the seams and the school will be taking in four P1s in August.
Help Celebrate Towerbank Primary School’s 130th Anniversary
Towerbank parents are looking for ex-pupils who may have artwork, photographs or any other mementos of Towerbank they would be happy to lend to the school for an exhibition of Towerbank-related memorabilia. The exhibition will be open to the community on a special ‘Open Day’ which will take place during the week of 6-9 May. If you think you can help, please do contact the organisers. You can email the Towerbank Parent Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can leave information and contact details at the Library and the school will get in touch Or you can call the school directly on 0131 669 1551.
Magdalene Glen Trees
Some areas of Millennium woodland where poplar and willow were planted 14 years ago are being cut down as the roots are invading the main sewer that runs that way. SEPA and Scottish Water have investigated and the Council’s parks department must do this work to avoid a fine and any future problems in the decades to come, the area will be replanted with meadow grasses and maybe bulbs and shrubs, none of which will cause the same problems in the longer term. The Glen has been designated as one of our local parks and the intention is to continue to improve the area for recreation in consultation with local people of all ages.
Sandy’s Garden Project
Sandy’s Community Centre in Castleview Castle Avenue is soon to add a garden to it’s new ramp and path at the front, with the help of a local volunteers and Bridgend Growing Communities. Among other local groups, the Centre is the base for the wonderful family-friendly Craigmillar Boxing Club, which is going from strength to strength. It is also where I have a Ward ‘surgery’ most Monday evenings at 5.30pm. Even if nobody comes with a problem for me to solve, there’s always a friendly welcome and often a cup of tea.
How to Stop Dog Fouling?
Not a nice subject, but a few irresponsible dog walkers give all the rest a bad reputation. Once a space gets fouled all the dogs in the district will want to add their own mark if they possibly can, that being the way territorial marking works for our canine friends. The Council’s degradable stencilled marks do work in convincing dog walkers their neglect of duty is noticed. Several local areas have been given some attention recently by environmental wardens. The Council has worn out the stencil but is getting more. A Bath Street resident has suggested that if each of us with a main door property took a bucket of water with a splash of disinfectant and swept our patch of street, when or if the pavement is fouled, that would deter the rest of the dog ‘pack’ very effectively. Please do phone the environmental warden team or email them with any information about sightings of culprit dog-walkers or particularly badly affected areas which need cleaned up.
Jack Kane Centre and Hunters Hall Park
There are proposals with options coming forward for the development of a ‘cycling hub’ at Hunters Hall Park based in the Jack Kane Sports Centre and Community Wing. No decisions have been made about the extent of this or even whether it would go there, but some cash has been identified and plans worked up. A future Chris Hoy or Bradley Wiggins might originate in Craigmillar. Who knows? More on this next month.