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Maureen Child Update 8 November 2013

 

Dear All

A reminder that local Portobello Open Door is showing the film Local Hero (PG) at The Wash House community centre, 3 Adelphi Grove this Saturday evening 9 November at 7pm. Should be a fun social occasion.

Barratt Homes has submitted a revised planning application to build 220 homes and 2 commercial units on land at Newcraighall North. Portobello Community Council is asking for you to give the a steer on how they might best represent local people’s views. Click on http://www.portypeople.co.uk/NewcNorth for information and to feed back direct to them. They have a tight deadline to get a response in, so if you want to have your say at this stage, please do it as soon as you possibly can.

The last Ask Porty consultation was on which registered Local Interest Groups should be represented on Portobello Community Council. They had to choose 7 from 8 registered Groups. A summary of responses they received is online here:- http://www.askporty.co.uk/pccgroups/responses.html

Councillors work closely with the local police as partners and have been keen to stress that communication and ‘acquisitive crime’ are local priorities for us – and things have been improving on both fronts, after a dip in April with the move to centralise operations and governance with the formation of Police Scotland. Most of you may well know all this by now. Three men (two aged 17 and one aged 20) were caught red handed by officers from Operation Murgon, Edinburgh Division’s dedicated theft unit. One night last week, they were found attempting to force open a garage door in the east of Edinburgh. These men have appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with 15 separate thefts dating back 6 months. Officers from the east area have arrested and charged a 41 year old man with 15 crimes of breaking into houses and thefts from buildings in the Craigmillar, Portobello and Duddingston areas of Edinburgh after he was identified from descriptions given by the public and some great detective work. The crimes have all occurred in the last year. He will be appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later this month.

There is a virtual Neighbourhood Watch Facebook site called Watch Porty, which you might want to join, but do be cautious about what you post there as the criminals tend to use social media too and closed sites are not as secure as we might think.

The Council has launched its severe weather plans with all the information and contacts you need, including how to volunteer as a snow warden in your own neighbourhood – an initiative that we started in the Portobello community in 2010 and has gone city-wide. Click on : http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/1291/roads_and_pavements-adverse_weather_plans/361/winter_road_and_pavement_maintenance/3 We had a briefing yesterday from the team that aims to keep the schools open if and when the winter snows come, and works with the local neighbourhood teams and the snow plough drivers to do just that.

So far there have been thousands of visits to the Council’s Budget information and some very good quality responses from individuals and groups. We do want more, about a single issue or several or the proposals as a whole. We are about half way through the Budget consultation process, for our spending plans for April 2014-17 but there is a cut-off date and so it is important you get your views into us ASAP. Plenty of face-to-face meetings you can take the opportunity to attend. Plenty of conversations through social media. Please do take part sooner rather than later and certainly before the closing date – 20 December 2013.

Whatever you’re doing, do have a good weekend!

Best wishes

Maureen