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Maureen Child Update 5 May 2014

Dear All

To make sure you have a say in the up-coming European Elections on 22 May you must ensure you are registered to vote by the deadline, TODAY. You can fill out an application form on the Lothian Valuation Joint Board website, or telephone the Lothian Valuation Joint Board 0131 344 2500. Those wishing to vote by post must register by 5pm on Wednesday, 7 May. The registration would also – of course – allow you to vote in the Referendum on 18 September.

The Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership is consulting on the priorities for its next Local Community Plan – and we would be grateful if you took a few minutes to compete this short survey online (you can leave any question blank if you want to) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PCLCP2014 Details of all the meeting times, places and activities are at: www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/portobello-and-craigmillar Meetings are held in public and anyone can attend to obeserve or take part.

Portobello Heritage Trust invite you to a community event to celebrate the completion of the rebuild of the 1909 pottery kiln in Bridge Street. The event takes place from 2pm on Saturday, 10 May. There will be music and stalls, with the chance for children to make their own brick. If you haven’t yet seen the outstanding brickwork of the kiln, please make this your opportunity to view it. Please feel free to bring along any colleagues, family or friends you think may be interested. More about the Trust at: www.portobelloheritagetrust.co.uk

We just tested our fire alarm this weekend, as we should do every week. Not sure it’s in the right place though as the toast got burnt the very next day, and there was not a peep. Home fire safety free phone number is 0800 0731 999 or visits can be booked online at www.firescotland.gov.uk

The Council has prepared new guidance for street design which focuses on creating better places for people. Consultation will run until 30 June 2014. The Council would like your views on the draft Edinburgh Street Design Guidance and the design of streets in the city. You can read the document and complete the on-line survey on the Council’s web site http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/streetdesign Alternatively you can e-mail us with your comments directly at streetdesign@edinburgh.gov.uk You can follow progress on the consultation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/planningedin

Towerbank 130th Anniversary Celebrations will now be in the week 26 May – 30 May with the Open Day on Tues 27 May. As I said in my last update, the school community are still looking for memorabilia of our old school days.

Portobello Timebank is growing and has received applications from almost 30 members of the community. More details at: Find us on Facebook or phone 07968 090 530

You can keep up to speed on the Portobello Park Private Bill in the Scottish Parliament by clicking on : www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/63954.aspx

The police are targeting Doorstep Crime at the moment with an awareness raising campaign: edinburgh.stv.tv/98476

To report dog fouling, fly-tipping or other local environmental issues the contact is: eastenvironment@edinburgh.gov.uk
Or phone 0131 529 3298.

Great news last month that Craigmillar Community Arts have been awarded over £200,000 by The Big Lottery towards the refurbishment of their Arts Centre in a former church Newcraighall Road. This will allow them to make improvements to the heating, ventilation, storage and access as well as the building fabric. The works include putting in a mezzanine floor, improved access to the basement storage area, a new stage and kitchen facilities.

Some great cycle acrobatic tricks were on display at Castleview Primary School as part of the national ‘Give Me Cycle Space’ campaign. As well as impressing the children with their impressive back flips and bunny hops, the team was also running Dr Bike maintenance sessions and planning cycle routes to school. As with many schools, it would be better and safer if fewer children were dropped off by car and if the parents would park more responsibly when they do so. This has been identified as a problem by parents at St John’s, Towerbank, Brunstane and now Castleview Primary Schools.

Police have let me know about three local crime incidents over the weekend. In two of them, people have been identified, arrested and charged. But at the time of writing, the vandal who broke wing mirrors around 3am on Sunday in South Morton Street, apparently after a night out drinking, is still to be identified. Police are hopeful of getting something for the bus CCTV, but of anyone else has information, please do phone the neighbourhood police on 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Have a good week!

Maureen