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Maureen Child Update 2 July 2014

Dear All

I have sent you two attachments (below). One is the latest issue of Planning News – just out today – which includes a couple of sections on the Local Development Plan (LDP) with useful links. This quarterly edition is not available on the website, for some IT technical reason, so I thought it might be useful to send it to you all direct.

Councillor Ian Perry refers to the real danger to Edinburgh’s green spaces of not having a plan (LDP) and letting the Scottish Government’s Reporter decide by Appeal. A while back, the Council lost to developers in appeals relating to housing on Green Belt land at Burdiehouse and open space at Dreghorn Loan, which the Council had refused and hoped to defend. However, during the preparation of the new Draft Plan, the Council successfully defended recent appeals against the refusal of housing development on green land at Muirwood, Cockburn Crescent and Winton Loan.

People have asked to clarify the planning status of the site between Newcraighall and Queen Margaret University, called Newcraighall East. This site is not in the Edinburgh City Local Plan because that allocation was quashed by the Court of Session. It was allocated for housing in the first Proposed Local Development Plan (from March 2013) and remains in this current Proposed LDP.

The other attachment is further detail on The Wisp. I have had a few local enquiries about the closure of the northern section of The Wisp and attach more information for you about the diversions. Ten years ago, a requirement to widen The Wisp was placed as an obligation on the developer of Fort Kinnaird under the approved 2004 outline application for the redevelopment of the retail park (Ref: 04/03706/OUT). Their contractor is doing the work and paying for it. Work began on Monday to widen the road, just at the junction of the Wisp and Newcraighall Road/Niddrie Mains Road allowing more free flow of traffic. The current eastern boundary wall of the Wisp with Hunter’s Hall Park will be demolished, then rebuilt further over into the Park using the same stone, but further over. That sadly means losing a section of the woodland to create a wider carriageway and footpath. The tree work began first and I saw that was half done when I passed yesterday.

Residents have had some trouble with a missed refuse collection on Monday at Wisp Green but that was sorted yesterday and I hope the problems won’t recur.

It was good to see mention of the statue which celebrates the starting point of the Craigmillar Festival in a Local People Leading publication Helen Crummy Statue The 50th Craigmillar Festival Anniversary is this year and the Festival started off with a highly successful Fun Day last Saturday. It contuse all week with various activities, not least a Craigmillar Showcase on Saturday 5 July at The White House from 6pm to 10pm and a family BBQ at The Venchie on Monday 7 July. Craft Fair and Car Boot Sale at Craigmillar Arts Centre, 58 Newcraighall Road (0131 669 8432) Caring in Craigmillar is running the Tea Dance on Wednesday 9 July at SPACE, Niddrie Mains Terrace. A full programme and tickets for events are all available from the venues – there’s lots more. But all this fun won’t happen again without lots and lots of local volunteers playing their full part. Contact to get involved now for a successful Festival in 2015.

I have has a few complaint from residents about fast cyclists and police cars using the Promenade. I got in touch with Murray Starkey, our local Community Police Inspector. If it’s an emergency call, then a police car presence that is understandable, but otherwise the police officers have been instructed they should park up and attend on foot. They are also actively encouraged to cycle – but at a safe pace. Cycling on the Promenade is legitimate. Excessive speed is not, although enforcement is difficult. Inspector Starkey is proposing that his police officers help spread the message similar to the one used on the canal towpath in the west of Edinburgh: “SHARE THE SPACE DROP THE PACE”. Police officers are briefed on both issues and they can be expected to pass the advice to cyclists about their speed.

Delighted that the Jack Kane Community Centre management committee, in partnership with Council community learning and development staff have succeed in getting a grant of over £100,000 from the Climate Challenge Fund for a community garden growing project in part of Hunter’s Hall Park. A big ‘Well Done’ to everyone involved in putting the successful bid together and winning this substantial funding award. It means that the already excellent youth, children’s, families and community services has been recognised and will be further enhanced. See more at: Climate Challenge Fund Awards Announcement

Local film maker, Graham Kitchener’s film of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay on Portobello Promenade, featuring young local lad, Michael Gibson is available at: Graham also organises the Portobello Market in Brighton Park and a reminder the next one is on Saturday between 9.30am and 1.30pm. Take your bike along for a service as well!

More than 140,000 Edinburgh residents are set for a new recycling service, which will begin early September. Changes will make recycling easier for residents, increasing the volume, types of materials they are able to recycle and simplifying bin collections, which will be on the same day each week. The new service will be rolled out in phases, with the first stage beginning on September 1, when approximately 20,000 households will have their red and blue boxes replaced by a wheelie bin and a box. Edinburgh currently recycles almost 40% of its waste but needs to continue to improve if it is to meet a target of 70% by 2025. Not only does recycling benefit the environment but by upping rates the Council can save on the millions of pounds of tax payers money paid each year in landfill costs. Some streets in the following Portobello/Craigmillar areas will be affected by the first phase of changes: Cleikimin, Joppa and Niddrie, although not all streets will receive a new service. Those who are included will receive a letter informing them in mid July. Visit the recycling pages on the Council website for more information.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the sunshine we have been promised!

Best wishes


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