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Maureen Child Update 6 December 2013


Dear All

I have been asked by a constituent to alert you all to this: “.A very official looking email, purporting to come from Royal Mail informs recipients that a package is being held and asks them to complete and send back an attached form so that it can be released. On no account should this be done as a nasty Trojan will be created in the computer system. I received an email this morning and apparently it’s something that started in the run up to Christmas.”

Various constituents – not least Gilberstoun Residents’ Association – have requested we try and improve congestion and road safety at the junctions around and Brunstane Road South, Brunstane Road itself and Milton Road East, I have asked the Head of Transport and the Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds if the Counicl could do a study and prepare a report on this. I have also discussed the location of the Eastbound bus stop just past Brunstane Road and the traffic islands with representatives of Lothian Buses and the Council’s public transport team (again). We thought this might also be looked at as part of this review. The intention would be to see what proposals might come forward for consultation to improve matters for all road users – bus and rail passengers, walkers and cyclists included.

It’s the Portobello Christmas Market is on Saturday 7 December. They’re running a raffle for a hamper with goods donated by the traders at the market. Each ticket is £1 and can be bought from the T-P between 9.30 and 1pm, when the draw will take place. All proceeds are going to the Philippines crisis . There will be an hour of community carol singing between 10.30 and 11.30. And just for the kids, there’ll be an ongoing bauble hunt for a chocolate prize. In the T-P are 3 visiting physios offering a free taster sessions. There’s lots to see and enjoy and a variety of gifts ideas too not available anywhere else in Portobello. Your favourite traders are there too with everything from bread, cheese and oils to organic meats, vegetables, soaps and crafts. Buy something yummy and sit a while at the tables dotted around the stalls. Check out the full list of stallholders here. Brighton Park, off Brighton Place, Portobello, 9.30am to 1pm.

The Winter 2013 edition of the Portobello Reporter is now available to view online. Click on:

The stone built railway cottage at the builders yard just to the south of the railway bridge at Station Brae/Southfield Place has been demolished over last weekend. A couple of people have asked how this could happen without our knowing in advance and objecting. I checked with planning enforcement and had it confirmed that as the cottage was not listed, is not in a conservation area and was unoccupied, its demolition needs no planning permission. Hence no consultation and the deed is done.

Craigmillar Community Arts have a couple of Christmas events coming up. Saturday 7 December 2013, 1‐4pm –CCA Christmas Fair and Art Exhibition (Women’s Multi‐Arts Group). Please come along to the Arts Centre and join us for a pre‐Christmas get–together for all the family. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a craft fair, carol singing, Christmas activity table and a free hot drink for everyone. Wednesday 11 December and Friday13 December. ‘Drammie Dodgers’ Christmas Show is Beauty and the Beast this year. The show will take place at the Artspace Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door.

Are you a service user or carer with lived experience? The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking people like you to provide both a service user perspective and a carer perspective to the Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council, (EVOC) who are committed to the vision of ‘working together for a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh’. The Members’ key tasks will be to attend Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership meetings and ensure that the Partnership is provided with a service user and a carer perspective on agenda items. The members will ensure oversight and scrutiny of decisions and policies made by the Partnership. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014. For further information, please contact Rachel Howe on 0131 529 6552 or email Further information about the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is available at .

Pre-loved pop-up presents and gifts in a pre-Christmas Event. Beautiful vintage and pre-loved clothing and accessories sale on Sunday 7 December 1-6pm at The Dalriada Bar, 77 Portobello Prom Contact them at or see the new website

So far MSPS have backed the building of a new Portobello High School in Portobello Park. The Committee recommended to the Parliament that the general principles of the (Portobello Park) Bill be agreed to. Private Bills – more info I understand that the Bill is likely to be debated in the Scottish Parliament early in the New Year. Meanwhile, the Council’s development management sub-committee again unanimously approved the ‘refresh’ application which would otherwise have expired in February next year.

It was a big relief that a 17 year old man was soon arrested and charged for the fire-raising incidents in Portobello, thanks to police supported by community members, reporting what they had seen. Congratulations to all our emergency services for a very professional job. The extra police patrols continued throughout this week and the fire service and rescue is taking every opportunity to warn people about the risks leaving anything at all in common stairs that could be set alight. They have had leaflets printed and will be distributing them through doors, with the help of the concierge service. I was able to pass on our thanks for a job well done to the Edinburgh’ fire chief John Dickie when I met him on at an Edinburgh Partnership Meeting yesterday.

Best wishes and have a good weekend – and don’t forget to respond to the Council Budget consultation – links below!


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