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Maureen Child Update 4 November 2013


Dear All

The Portobello Community Council inaugural meeting is tonight. One of the tasks will be to choose 7 form the 8 nominated community interest groups to serve on the PCC. If you are reading this before 7pm, here is still a small window of opportunity can have your say by voting for up to 7 groups at this site before tonight’s meeting. Click on

All primary schools across Edinburgh are opening their doors tomorrow as part of a campaign to get parents to send their children to their local catchment school. The aim of Primary Schools Open Day on Tuesday (5 November) is for parents with pre-school age children to have a look around and learn more about their local school. A concerted campaign by the Council resulted in the lowest ever number of parents making out of catchment requests last year as more families sent their child to their local school. Parents should be aware as birth rates continue to rise there is less space in schools which means fewer placing requests will be granted. By choosing the local school, parents are supporting their local community. Any parents with children under primary school age are welcome to attend and parents who may be thinking of moving into an area may also find it useful. Further information on catchment schools and the Open Day, including times for the different schools, can be found on the Council’s website In Portobello, Towerbank Primary School’s open days is a bit later – on 20 November.

The Council has a statutory duty to review all our polling districts, polling places and stations every five years. The Council have reviewed polling stations and are proposing some changes to ensure that they are all fairly easy to use and reach and as per guidance from the Electoral Commission. The Council are seeking feedback on their proposals between now and 22 November 2013. Full details of the proposals, including maps and a feedback form is available at or I can get you a hard copy.

Carriageway reconstruction works will on Niddrie Mains Road, from Niddrie Farm Grove to Craigmillar Castle Avenue. This work is part of the £68 million investment in Edinburgh’s roads and pavements between 2010-13. The Council spends nearly £67,000 every day improving the city’s roads and pavements and invested £130 million between 2004 and April 2010. The Contractor, Tarmac National Contracting Limited, will make every effort to minimise disruption, however some will be unavoidable during the works. Should problems arise related to the construction works the Contractor should be contacted on 01698 575 600 (ask for Contracting, Edinburgh Maintenance). It’s likely to take a week to complete. At the west end of Magdalene Drive resurfacing works begin 4 November for 5 days. A small section of Peffermill Road at the bus stop was done last year by Tarmac. The larger section will be carried out by Edinburgh Road Services over 5 days from 10 November. Road Services are extending the resurfacing of the east-bound carriageway that was carried out earlier in the year.

The Council launched a major new initiative to combat litter and it would be good to get local people fully involved. On average, over 120 bagfuls of litter is carelessly dropped by people every day in Edinburgh and 45 tonnes of litter is collected each day at a cost of daily cost of £4,500. Supported by Keep Scotland Beautiful, all of us can play our part in changing behaviour and attitudes to dropping litter and keep our streets clean. First of all, we want as many signatures as possible on the pledge to either bin or recycle litter. People can sign up here. There are also mass community clean-ups taking place at various hot spots across the city, on the same day, November 29. Find out where you can join in at, or get advice and support such as litter picking equipment for organising further clean-ups on the same day. The campaign is all about local people deciding to do something about the litter, dog dirt and other mess that blights our neighbourhoods and landscape. Portobello/Craigmillar residents can do their bit too. Some of us already do!

Edina Hibs are starting to train football juniors at Sandy’s Community Centre on Craigmillar Castleview Avenue on Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm starting next week. The sessions are 6-7pm for 6 year olds, and 7-8pm for 7 year olds.

The Friends of Seaview Charitable Trust are busy raising funds for a sensory garden at Seaview Children’s Unit for children with disabilities, which was at Seaview Crescent and is now in a new fantastic new purpose-built facility at Bingham Avenue. They are holding a Stella & Dot jewellery sale ay the Dalriada, 77 Promenade on Saturday 16 November from 2pm to 5pm. The website shows kind of jewellery on offer:
Wine, tea coffee also available. John Lewis store are also supporting the Seaview sensory garden. If you are in the cafe upstairs, please get some green tokens and put them in the Community Box by the entrance to the cafe.

The organisers said that a couple of people at the Portobello Market last Saturday seemed under the impression I had said that this was the last one before Christmas. I was given the words ‘penultimate’ and that means ‘second to last’. So there WILL be a Portobello Market on the first Saturday, 7 December. I trust the heavens will not open again that day as they did on Saturday.

Lastly, a reminder that local community organisation Portobello Open Door (POD) is showing Local Hero (PG) this Saturday, 9 November at the Wash House Community Centre, 3 Adelphi Grove. starting at 7pm. Tickets for the film are available now from Popeye’s Sandwich Bar Portobello High Street. £5 and £3 (concessions). They are also available online, see POD website for details ( or at the door. A kiosk service will serve sweets, juice, tea & coffee but you are very welcome to bring your own food/drink if you wish. I can send you a poster with details.

Best wishes


Portobello Online