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Maureen Child Update 06 April 2018

Dear All

Coffee mornings are like buses in a traffic-congested city;  nothing doing, then they all come along at the same time. Two coffee mornings this Saturday! The Portobello Timebank one in the Baptist Church Hall I told you about last week. The Guild at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church, Brunstane Road North are also hosting a Coffee Morning on Saturday 7 April to raise funds to support Guild projects in the wider world. Costing just £2 for coffee and cake there will be home baking and preserves on sale, and a tombola. Everyone is warmly welcomed!  Such is our craving for coffee, cake and good company, some of us might manage both…..

Also this Saturday, the return of Portobello,Market, last months having been aisle of the bad weather.  Click here for full details:

A Spiritual Fair is taking place in Caffe Nero, Fort Kinnaird on Sunday 8 April 5-7pm. ‘Spirit Rhythms’ is run by local church charity Wellsprings Community: live music and free stalls open to all.

The Craigmillar Book Group is on the first Wednesday of every month.  Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided. Pick up the next month’s title at the Library.  For more information, ask a member of staff or contact the book group on: or phone 0131 529 5597

Neighbours who go that extra mile have been formally thanked at the Council’s second Good Neighbour Awards for their inspirational commitment to making the lives of their neighbours better. I think the shy fourth award winner, not photographed in the press release, is someone I know in Portobello/Craigmillar Ward. The Jeanette Harkins I know is not one to step willingly into the limelight, and she is a very worthy winner for all that.

People are often super-quick to criticise Council performance, but consistently fail to take time to understand the real challenges we face together.  The independent report “Local government in Scotland: Challenges and performance 2018” has been published on Audit Scotland’s website this week. To read more about it and download a copy, follow the link below:  Finding savings is now “increasingly critical” for all Councils dealing with ongoing reductions in funding and Edinburgh Council is no exception. Scottish Councils are balancing a real terms funding cut of 9.6 per cent over the last eight years with increasing demand, particularly from a growing older population.

Further to last week’s Update, the eagle eyed noticed I gave no actual date or contact details for the Age-Friendly Knowledge Cafe. Duh! Everyone in Craigmillar and Niddrie aged over 60, or working with this age group, is invited for a free lunch on 26 April at 12 noon in The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road. To book a place, contact Meiko at  07974881186 or e-mail

Surfers Against Sewage spring clean is next Tuesday 10 April from 11am-12:30pm, starting outside Portobello Swim Centre. Litter pickers and gloves supplied, so come along and maybe bring a bag for your pickings.  Of you want to organise a community litter pick yourselves, in your own neighbourhood, the Council will led a hand :

Another date for your diary: Portobello Heritage Trust’s AGM is in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street, on Monday, 16 April 2018. The AGM starts at 7.30 pm and then there’s an illustrated talk by Gavin Willshaw titled “Portobello: People and Places Wikipedia Editathon”.  All welcome.

I mentioned last week Drake Music’s 20th Anniversary Concert coming up.  Very well worth listening to Peter Sparke’s  account of the fabulous work Drake Music Scotland do and it’s impact in this interview:

At a recent Edinburgh Living Landscapes partnership meeting at the Botanic Gardens, I met Charlotte Johnson who is working on this fabulous project which should be of particular interest to us who live in Portobello, Joppa and Eastfield and all along the Edinburgh coastline to Cramond.   More here:  Find out how to get involved. Details from Charlotte, email

The structural damage to the beach access ramp next to the Figgate Burn outlet will be repaired by a Contractor working for the Council’s flood prevention section.  The work is scheduled for w/c Monday 16 April. They will work mostly in the morning when the tides is low. They will try to minimise inconvenience to residents and Prom users throughout the course of the works.

It’s really good to hear that the police and Council are working so effectively together to tackle the scourge of motor cycle crime and anti-social behaviour which is such a priority for our area. More here:

Congratulations to Portobello’s Bath Street Collective Custom Build – John Kinsley Architects who have been shortlisted for an award. Fingers crossed they win!  More here:

A massive congratulations to Reverend Liz Henderson who, with Jessie Douglas, confounded the wonderful Richmond’s Hope children’s bereavement charity based in Craigmillar.  Liz has been appointed a Chaplain to the Queen.  Whole story here:

Local resident, Malcolm Scullion is a huge inspiration for those of us that value the great work the Thistle Foundation do, particularly working with those living with long term health conditions. A volunteer for quiet a while, Malcolm actually started paid work with the charity this week, continuing to promote an organisation that helped him find what truly matters to him. Thanks to Thistle, Malcolm is no longer defined by what is the matter with him.  As the Thistle says, ‘Life is for Living’ whatever Health challenge you might have. Find out more from Malcolm’s story: And please do help Thistle in their fundraising campaign to provide the funds so others, like Malcolm, can benefit.

Best wishes



Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | The City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481 |  Twitter @MaureenChild1 | Facebook Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar

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Maureen Child Update 30 March 2018

Dear All

Spring is on its way which means a community work day in the Community Orchard opposite Brunstane Station tomorrow, Saturday 31 March, 10.00 am till 2.00pm. Come along and enjoy the space, and bring your gardening gloves if you want to help. The orchard group will be checking and tidying around the trees, ready for the new growing season. Come and find out about it anyway and have a tea, coffee or juice –  and delicious plum brownies.

Many thanks to the 232 people, so far, who have replied to my request to ‘opt in’ to continue getting these Update emails.  Thanks especially to you very lovely people who have said such positive things about my efforts!  That sure has motivated me to come into the City Chambers on a public holiday to compile and send out this week’s Update! (-;

The task of plugging names, one by one, into a new opting-in Update email list, and several hours of busy meetings this week, means I am a bit behind on my replies to emails asking me to do something, answer a question, or update on something else.  I do mean to get back to you ASAP, and if you’re really fed up waiting for a reply – do please prompt me again!

We Councillors had a hugely encouraging response to our call to our Magdalene Matters workshop on Wednesday evening when three of our Team Portobello/Craigmillar Councillors, Police Scotland, Neighbourhood Alliance, Craigmillar Community Council, Portobello Timebank and NE Locality Council officers came together to share what is good about the area, what could be better, and what positive stuff we can do together to solve the problems we identified  Sandra MacAskill did a super job facilitating the workshops.  She now has the job of collating it all and writing it up into an action plan. It was really great that we had such a  good Magdalene neighbourhood turnout, including one resident who had been there since the estate was built in the 1950s and someone who had only just moved in last week.

An event I told you about last week, has been postponed from 2 April when the libraries are actually closed for Easter Monday. It’s a  free Storytelling Event at Craigmillar Library, now on Saturday 21 April, for children aged 3-8 years and their families to enjoy stories and rhymes with storytellers Mary Sutherland and Anna Schaffner. For more information, contact: Birgit Harris – or Mhairi McNeill –

A new event is coming up Celebrating Scots Language on a Braw Bricht Efternin – Wednesday 18 April, 11am – 1 pm at Craigmillar Library. Come and join this morning of hearing Scots language. The Thistle Scribblers will be reading poetry and more from their exciting range of writing. Bring a poem or a short piece of writing along, or a book of your favourite Scots writer and join in. It’s a free event. For more information email: Or phone 0131 661 6834

On 5 May The Queen’s Hall is hosting the 20th anniversary concert of Drake Music, based in Artspace Craigmillar, which nurtures the marvellous talents of musicians with disabilities.  In April, the Queen’s Hall are installing the first permanent stage-level lift in Scotland for musicians who are wheelchair users, funded by a generous benefactor.  Find out more here:

Scottish Seniors Computer Clubs is a federation run by volunteers to assist over 50′s with their devices. The group meets at Craigmillar Library every Thursday morning between 10am-12noon. If you would like to learn how to get the most from your computer device or find out what you can do with an iPad/tablet or smartphone do come along and join one of the sessions.  For more information about Craigmillar Computer Club, contact Peter Cleat on 0771 470 6307 or just call in.

The Portobello and Craigmillar ‘You Decide’ participatory budget was not competitive for 2017/18.  Applicants who applied, and met the criteria, got their funding.  The Neighbourhood Partnership are going to review You Decide for 2018/19 and we would be grateful for your thoughts and comments. Please see the Survey Monkey link below.  The closing date is Monday 16 April at 5pm. Hard copies of the feedback form can be sent to Cath Tansey, Ailish Haughney or Scott Neill, City of Edinburgh Council, East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh EH16 4DS, on the same deadline. Click here:

How do we make ours a more age-friendly community?  Everyone in Craigmillar and Niddrie aged over 60, or working with this age group, in any capacity, is invited for a free lunch at 12 noon in The White House, 70 Niddrie Mains Road.  We’ll work in groups and identify what we might do together to do to make Craigmillar now an even finer place to be.  They are calling it an Age-Friendly Knowledge Cafe.  Not such a snappy title, but it should be fun and lunch at the White House Café will certainly be good.

The Equalities and Rights Network are conducting a survey on community transport: click here and fill in.

Portobello Timebank Spring Coffee Morning is at the Baptist Church Hall on Portobello High Street (look for the balloons and bunting!) on Saturday 7 April, 10am -12noon, serving tea, fresh coffee, delicious cake. Jams and preserves and chutney for sale too. There will be a truly huge seed swap/ exchange/ giveaway and free garden tool sharpening. It’s a lovely place to pop in on Saturday mornings. Meet your friends there!

In the spring of 2016, Portobello Timebank identified the Brunstane Burn as a local amenity they could help to look after.  With the active support of the Council, who provide the equipment and remove the collected rubbish, dozens of Timebankers have spent many a Saturday afternoon cleaning up litter, abandoned trolleys and general fly-tipping; everything from mattresses to wheelchairs. This year, they’ve progressed to a more preventative approach.  They conducted a survey to quantify the scale of the problem.  As a result, two new bins were put in the Magdalene Glen in time for the Spring clean-up last week and we Councillors and MP co-signed a letter to Asda and The Range, basically asking them to clean up their act. These documents can be downloaded from the Activities 2018 page on Portobello Timebank’s website.

Happy Easter!


Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | The City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481 |  Twitter @MaureenChild1 | Facebook Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar

Maureen Child Update 23 March 2018

Dear All

Thank you for the very kind and positive responses to last week’s Update. Over 80 people who have already opted in over last week to continue receiving my regular email after the new Data Protection regulations come into force in two months time.  If you want to, you still have until 26 May 2018 to opt in. But the sooner you do get back to me, the easier it will be for me to manage making up the new list. I manage the email list myself, in person, and don’t share it with anyone.  If you like my Facebook page, the problem is solved for you, as I cut and paste Update into the Page just after sending out the email. More on GDPR here:

The wonderful Portobello Timebank have asked me to give a mention for two of their upcoming events. The first one is tomorrow’s Magdalene Glen Spring Clean-up, meeting 1.30pm- 3.30pm at the Asda footbridge.  All welcome.  More here:

The next event is their Spring Coffee Morning on 7 April, 10am-12 noon in Portobello Baptist Church Hall.  More here:

Last week, the Council officially appointed me Vice Convener of the Planning Committee, although I was playing that role unofficially since June last year. That’s in addition to my being voted in Convener of the North East Locality Committee last month.  It was very remiss of me not to have already sent you a link to the inaugural meeting of the NE Locality Committee.  Make of it what you will!  This is very much work in progress. Currently, the Locality Committees consist entirely of Elected Members of the City of Edinburgh, aka Councillors.  Hmmm…. What could possibly go wrong? This is representative democracy meets participatory democracy and it’ll take a while to bed in. Link to the archive footage of our first meeting is here:

The next one is On Thursday 26 April at 5pm in the Dean of Guild Court Room at the City Chambers and will again be live-streamed and recorded for repeated viewing.

One of these NE Locality Committee meetings, we hope to be able to showcase the work that we four Team Portobello/Craigmillar Councillors are doing together, with a range of Locality partners, and as many local residents as we can collectively muster, in the Magdalene area of our Ward. We have a workshop planned for Wednesday next week, facilitated by Sandra MacAskill.

On the Development Management statutory planning front this week there were two applications granted of local significance: Item 4.3 on the agenda was Application for Planning Permission 17/05217/FUL At St John’s RC Primary School, Hamilton Terrace, Edinburgh New park amenity green space on the site of the former Portobello High School. Work will include the demolition of the existing St John’s RC Primary School currently on the site. This will be constructed as part of the contract for the new School, which is progressing well.

Item 4.5 was the Application for Planning Permission 17/05986/FUL At South East Wedge Development Site, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh The project is the development of an area of existing open space with an active travel route from Little France Drive in the north to the Wisp in the south. It also connects Phase 1 of the project heading west and linking in with the ERI. This is a fantastic increasingly accessible area of green space in Little France Park, leading up to the hospital and Bioquarter.  It is great to see so many young people involved in planting the trees, thanks to Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust and local schools.  If I get this done in time, I will be joining in too today, meeting outside Castlebrae Community High School.

The OneCity Trust’s main grant programme is now open for applications from small registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city on equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;


For further information and to request an application form, please see, or alternatively, please telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or   The deadline for applications is 20 April 2018.

Struggling to find Easter holiday childcare?  Don’t want the kids to be bored? Want them to learn some exciting new skills, be inspired, meet new people and have loads of fun? Book them into the Easter Theatre Design Camp for kids aged 9-15 years. Spaces limited.

Come along to a Free Storytelling Event at Craigmillar Library! On 2 April, children aged 3-8 years and their families can enjoy stories and rhymes with storytellers Mary Sutherland and Anna Schaffner. For more information, contact: Birgit Harris – or Mhairi McNeill –

Royal Voluntary Society are holding a Welcome Event at the Cake and Candy Tearoom at 127 Portobello High Street on Monday 26 March, 10am -12noon, with free tea/coffee and biscuits.  Do find out about volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service and how they can help you set up new groups for older people in Portobello, like the Portobello Craft and Chat Group, starting in April.  For more information, please contact Denise Young at or call 07787 272 860.

The fantastic Sing in the City are starting a daytime choir in Portobello on Thursday mornings.  You would be welcome to go along, join in and treat yourself.  No auditions, no stress, just singing for fun. Sign up for a free try out at It’s a great way to meet people and it feels so good to sing, whatever you think you sound like.

There’s a free children’s and families’ screening at Craigmillar Library on Friday 13 March at 2:30pm. The film is a classic tale of a boy and his giant peach.  Now what could that be, I wonder? No need to book, so just turn up! Again, anyone under 8 will need supervision from a guardian aged 12 or over.

The Craigmillar Library Book Group is a friendly and informal group, meeting once a month to discuss the book handed out the previous month. The meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided. It’s a really enjoyable and relaxed reading group where everyone can give their opinion, likes and dislikes about what they’ve read. The current book choice can be picked up at Craigmillar Library. For more information ask a member of staff or contact: or phone 0131 529 5597

Do you have a few hours a week to spare to help get people with disabilities onto the beach? The new SCIO need volunteers to hire out their fantastic beach wheelchairs from their container near Tumbles. No experience is needed and full training is given. There is no requirement to assist on the beach. Find out more:

Artists, Creatives, Designer-makers wanted! Applications are open for the Maker’s Art Market for this year’s Art Walk, 7-9 September at the Dalriada. Apply by 15 April at

The 356th meeting of Portobello Community Council will be held on Monday 26 March 2018 at 7:30pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. Agenda and more information on their website here:

Portobello High School’s S6 and the Parent Council is  holding a Fashion Show Fundraiser on Tuesday 27 March from 6.30pm in the school. Prom dress and vintage wear sale too!  The tickets are £5 (£3 for under 18s) and can be bought at the door on the night or at the school before Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome and it is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!

On Wednesday 11 April at 11am, the amazing Puppet Animation Scotland is coming to Craigmillar Library for a show “The Wonderful World of Lapin” –

It’s for ages 3-8, and it’s free! However places are limited so please book your free tickets on our Eventbrite page: We’d love to see you there! Don’t forget, anyone under 8 requires supervision from a guardian aged 12 or over.


Have a wonderful weekend!



Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | The City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481 |  Twitter @MaureenChild1 | Facebook Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar

Maureen Child Update 15 March 2018

Dear All

Try not to miss the Talent Show at Portobello High School tomorrow, Friday 16 March at 6:30pm, in aid of Teenage Cancer Tickets £5 for adults 16+ and  £2.50 for under 16s and over 60s. Tickets will be sold at the door.  All welcome!

This probability this won’t be for you, personally, but if you know anyone new to the internet or finding it hard to get to grips with their computing device, there are 5 weekly sessions starting next month in Portobello Library from Tuesday April 1, 2pm-4pm. Those running the sessions ask participants to bring along their device and get 1:1 support from IT volunteers over the five weekly sessions. Places are limited, so do speak to a member of library staff to book a place.

St. Patricks Day Pageant at Dalriada is on Sunday 18 March, starting 3pm. All welcome.

My fellow Councillor Mary Campbell and I had fun learning new tasks in skiff-building at Castlebrae Community High School last Friday.  That’s the same kind of coastal rowing boat you see off Portobello beach.  Mary is now a dab hand operating a plane (not of the winged variety) and I know loads more about the science and technology of mixing epoxy glue.  Thanks to CCHS pupils Brandon and Peter for their brilliant tutoring. We are so looking forward to seeing their boat develop further and eventually get launched and go Forth at Portobello beach!

Out of 12,000 students across the UK, our own Castlebrae Community High School have had another success in the national UK Final in London of the Springboard FutureChef Competition.  This organisation and their competition inspire 12-16 year olds to explore food and cooking as a life skill.  My very warm congratulations to this year’s runner up Woytek Czyzewski.  Big thanks to the first class learning and teaching of Castlebrae Community High School and mentor John McMahon of Prestonfield House Hotel.

Craigmillar Community Science Festival is taking place again on Friday 23 March 12 noon to 2.30pm at The White House 70 Niddrie Mains Road.  Free lunch and fun activities.  All are welcome. The Festival stars will be Castlebrae and Castleview pupils, teaching us what they have discovered.  The event is in partnership with the Ogden Trust, UK Regenerative Medicine Platform and The University of Edinburgh.  More sector-leading stuff from Castlebrae Community High School.

The very welcome Portobello Reporter is coming through letterboxes this week and is now up on the internet too.  The lead story is about the Westbank site and is only a little out of date as it hits the streets. The local Councillors persuaded Council officers and leasing Councillors to defer the report beyond the March to the June Finance and Resources Committee, in line with what Action Porty intended to ask.  This will give us further time to flesh out the ideas nearly 600 of us came up with that Making Places weekend and involve more local people, and professionals in proper consideration of those proposals.

Our fab community newspaper also needs updating in so far as the delayed Transport and Environmental Committee met last Friday afternoon. One of the items was the vexed question of Setted Streets, like Brighton Place.  Some of the substantive Members of the Committee had other engagements, so Councillor Kate Campbell and I substituted for colleagues.  I have surveyed my inbox, the social media comments and ‘likes’ and direct messages and can confirm that, in all the sound and fury of the local debate, around 70% are in support of the decision we made, unanimously, to reinstate the setts.  This will be the first end-to-end reconstruction of Brighton Place in the last 45 years at least.  The final setted street design will be consulted upon with the four Local Councillors.  We will all continue to take a keen interest in this issue which has been so very controversial.

Here’s the link to the online Portobello Reporter:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means that soon all recipients of my regular email Update to actively opt in to receiving my email updates.  When GDPR comes into effect, I will no longer rely on you opting out, as the email footer below asks you to do.  So I need to compile a new list of people, who actively ask to get my updates, before 25 May 2018. It would be helpful if you confirmed now if you still wish to remain on the list?  Thanks! More on GDPR here:

More fun in store for our kids and grandkids:  this Easter, the brand new Weehailes Playpark will be opening on Friday 30 March! Themed around the history of Newhailes estate, it is designed to inspire children’s imagination as they climb, crawl, slide, balance and explore! Free entry for National Trust for Scotland  (NTS) Members.

Bring the whole family together this Easter and treat your loved ones to the magic of Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts! Get ready for a long weekend of fun and discovery as you spot the first signs of spring and experience nature bursting into life at the special places the National Trust for Scotland looks after. Become a nature detective to follow Bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious chocolate treat. Dates: Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April Time: 11.00 – 16.00 Price: £3 per huntParking: £3 per vehicle. NTS Members free parking. Tickets can be purchased on the day – cash advised. Please note: Newhailes advise that warm clothing, waterproofs and wellies are essential as this event will take place outdoors in all weather.

That’s all for now!

Best wishes


Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | The City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481 |  Twitter @MaureenChild1 | Facebook Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar

Maureen Child Update 9 March 2018

Dear All

Well that was the week that was!  I didn’t defy a meteorological Red Alert or trudge through the snow and the ice and the driving wind to get in to the City Chambers and send out an Update last week.  And I am not sorry!  More on weather and its effects later.

It was super busy at the Action Porty drop-in event event at Portobello Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday Action Porty run by their Action Westbank sub group. Local people and users of the existing facilities were invited to input their views, especially on the Saturday, and respond to three different community-generated designs, to be presented on the Sunday.  Altogether 385 people on the Saturday and 177 people on the Sunday – not including design teams and volunteers –  all worked hard to shape a shared community vision for the Wesbank/ Pitz site. We want to turn a threat into an opportunity. More information here:

Community Link Worker, Mark Ralton is based at Niddrie Medical Practice and provides a safe space to talk about the issues that stop people living well and he has the time to explore the kinds of changes and support people might need to improve their health and well-being.   You can give Mark a phone direct on 07880 474 686.  More about his role here:

We have quite a few fabulous community food gardens across Portobello/Craigmillar Ward. They might want to open up to show the wider public what they do, as part of the Power of Food Festival in June 2018.  If you are part of a group and are interested in opening up, please do register ASAP and no later than 31 March.  More here:

If you missed the archaeological open day at Fishwives Causeway in the old Baileyfield depot site, do see the coverage in the Edinburgh Evening News.  Lots of interest in our industrial past.

And what about that dose of weather last week! This is an amazing time lapse film of 48 hours of the skies over Craigmillar Castle as the weather changed during the storm. Wow!

What was happening, how and why?  This explains the science:

Portobello kids, big and small, had fantastic fun the the snow, this beings rare event and, for some, their first chance since 2010.  Quite right that all the schools were closed, but surely not on safety grounds alone! Lots of good learning opportunities for families and friends playing in the snow! More on how we coped here:

And just this weekend, in one day, seven crews (1×3.5t vehicle + 2 staff) refilling grit bins and in one day last week filled over 325 bins and used 26 tonnes of salt.  With just over 3000 bins to get round it does take a few days to check them all.  If any are missed, do let us know!  If you need a grit bin, new or an established one re-filled, click here and make it happen:

The big Brighton Place Setts decision is this afternoon.  The Transport and Environmental Committee was cancelled last Thursday because of the weather conditions, of course. This is the report with the recommendation to replace the setts on Brighton Place.

Portobello might be famous for the Brighton Place Setts controversy (among others) but here’s some more fun facts about Porty:

Would you like to learn how to get more out of your laptop or tablet? Then sign up for free Get Online Course in one of the Council’s libraries. Complete beginners welcome! To enrol, call tutor Kenny Sharkey on 07809 320432.  More here:

Porty Podcast has been in abeyance, as the brilliant podcaster David Calder recovers from prostate cancer and the effects of his treatment.  His podcast about it is here: Well worth a listen!  It’s a hot topic right now in the mainstream media too.

The investigation into antisocial behaviour on Saturday 13 January 2018 involving motorbikes has borne fruit. Police Scotland have now enforced 8 evidential warrants at various addresses across the city and recovered evidence at most of these houses. 16 individuals have been arrested and charged with a variety of offences; 69 charges in total. Of those arrested, 5 individuals have been released on special bail conditions not to be on motor bikes. 12 Antisocial Behaviour Order notices have been issued to those involved, in particular at the Jack Kane Centre. The following links contain a short video montage of the Operation:

Police Scotland  are sending a clear message that antisocial behaviour linked to motorbikes will not be tolerated.

Like the Friends of Figgate Park, the Friends of Porty Prom want to make a difference. We are a group of locals aiming to change our prom for the better. We need your thoughts and ideas on what the prom needs! Maybe more toilets or a climbing wall, outdoor showers or improved access for all? Come and let us know at our public meeting. This will be held on Saturday 10 March, 1-3pm, at St John’s Church Hall off Brighton Place.

You can find our Facebook event here –

Response to concerns about the construction of the new Treverlen Park once the new Duddingston Primary School is finished.  See here: at

Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes at Craigmillar Library are every Tuesday, 11am -12 noon. These are free, fun filled times of stories, songs and rhymes for parents/carers and children aged birth to 4 years. Older siblings are also welcome to come along. If you would like more information about Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes, do contact Michelle or Kara on 0131 621-2621.

Portobello and Joppa Parish Church Drama Group is putting on a show next week. ‘Call Me Madam’, the musical with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, is set in the 1950s and tells the story of the relationship between the mighty USA and tiny, impoverished Lichtenburg. Personal relationships become interesting too.  For tickets, contact Anne McKerchar on 669 3123

Wednesday March 14 to Saturday March 17 at 7.30pm.  Tickets – Adults £10 and children £5.

Edinburgh Tool Library is at Craigmillar Library every Tuesday afternoon. Edinburgh Tool Library works exactly like a library, but with tools instead of books. So whether you need a hammer, a spanner, a drill or a sander you can borrow them. Do drop in on Tuesdays between 1pm and 3:30pm to find out more or become a member!  Portobello is on Mondays 4.30pm to 7pm. They are looking for volunteers, so if you live in Portobello, think about it.  Find out more ere:

Have a great weekend!


Councillor Maureen Child | Labour Elected Member | Portobello/Craigmillar (Ward 17) | The City of Edinburgh Council | City Chambers | High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1YJ | Tel 0131 529 3268 | Mobile 07718 666 481 |  Twitter @MaureenChild1 | Facebook Maureen Child for Portobello/Craigmillar