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Maureen Child Update 2 February 2018

Dear All

On the Powerleague Westbank site, all the due diligence is complete on the bids. Portobello Community Council and Portobello Amenity Society representatives had a key role in scoring the bids through their Participation Requests, as intended by the Community Empowerment Act.  The recommendation to the Council’s Finance and Resources Committee on 27 March will be to appoint Cala Homes as the preferred bidder of the site. Cala are well aware of the consultation that will be required as part of a place making process.  They are also aware of the Making Places process that Action Porty is putting in place, funded by a Scottish Government grant. There is an open drop-in Design Weekend, to which all are invited, in Portobello Town Hall on Saturday 3 March at 10am – 5.30pm and  Sunday 4 March at 10am – 1pm.  Much more background on the Action Westbank Facebook page, which is well worth a ‘like’.

All the community groups that put in valid applications for the small grant pot You Decide! will get their funding and there is just over £1500 still available for more applications. The Portobello /Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership decided on the grants at our meeting on Wednesday evening.  Details in the grants and other matters here:

The architect who is hoping to convert St James’s Church building in Rosefield Place into housing is holding a public consultation drop-in event in the church from Monday 12 February 5pm–7.30pm . This will give local residents the opportunity to comment informally on their plans before they are submitted.

Portobello Market is back tomorrow, Saturday 3 February. Gates open in Brighton Park at 9.30am and it runs until 1.30pm. BG Cycles are on site again to give the bike a winter check. Check out the website for a list of all the traders planning to be there:

The Rotary Club of Portobello Young Musician of the Year Competition 2018 will take place in Holy Rood on Thurs 8 February at 4.30pm. Porty Rotary welcome all parents, carers, friends and family to come and support the young people.  Admission free, refreshments from 3.45pm.

Detailed planning consent for a new £45 million sports centre on the existing site of the famous venue, built for Edinburgh’s hosting of the 1970 Commonwealth Games, will be considered by Councillors alongside a masterplan application to develop surplus land adjacent to the new stadium. The two planning applications for the Meadowbank Stadium site have ben published.  More here:

Following the closure of Meadowbank, Edinburgh Leisure (EL) have relocated all clubs as best they can. The majority of 3G pitches are in the school estate and as EL manage community access to these facilities this made it easier. Once finished, the new Meadowbank will have two 3G pitches instead of just the one in the old Meadowbank. It will also have new and improved indoor sport facilities. Two 3G pitches will be delivered at Hunter’s Hall Park and the new Castlebrae Community High School we are planning for Craigmillar, will have indoor and outdoor sport facilities for the local community to use too.

People occasionally ask about me about the planning position on protecting trees and I see the ones outside Meadowbank are getting love and affection and are being yarn bombed a with bedecked Save Our Trees posters. The Council’s planning service is responsible for controlling works to protected, private trees. Works to unprotected private trees are not controlled by the Council. Council-owned trees are the responsibility of Parks & Greenspace division. Private trees over a defined size receive blanket protection in conservation areas (TCOs) while Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) protect specific trees or groups of trees anywhere in the city. There are currently just over 170 TPOs in the Council’s area. Web link to how the system works: The statutory processes differ for TCOs and TPOs but neither includes provision for neighbour notification, a public consultation period or a mechanism for third parties to submit objections or representations.

Being a new parent can be an isolating time, so getting out of the house and making new friends is a good thing to do, but can it can be daunting.  Where to start?  Families Edinburgh have produced a quick guide for parents and carers about clubs, classes and groups focused on babies and toddlers:

That’s all for this week folks.  Maybe see you at Portobello Market tomorrow?

Kind regards


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