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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Minutes for the May 2021 Meeting

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 26th May 2021, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Christopher Cowdy (Member of public), Cllr Cameron Rose, Cllr Neil Ross, Tony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Association), Adam Stewart (MSCC), Alison Service (MSCC), Shane Voss (MSCC).

 

Apologies:  Susie Agnew (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Barry Mercer (Police Representative).  

 

Although Cllr. Ross joined the meeting, he had technical problems and was unable to participate.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minutes have been circulated; approved by Alison and seconded by Nigel.

 

Shane wrote to Newington Safe Routes to tell them we had given them a general vote of approval, and that they could share this on their website.

 

Police Report:

None.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:.

 

FOMBL Report:

Alison has circulated the report, which includes the following key points:

 

·         There is a new seesaw by the tennis courts on the Meadows, and a trampoline by the Links playground. FOMBL are working to establish a new playground for toddlers on the south Links area by Whitehouse Loan.

 

·         The table tennis table mentioned in the last meeting is going ahead.

 

·         The Jawbones will be erected later in the year.

 

Toilets:

Alison has been liaising with Cllr Melanie Main and the members of the public who attended the last meeting. They attended the Transport & Environment Committee Meeting where it was agreed that three units of toilets will be placed around the Meadows. These units are in the style of prefabs and can contain several toilets each. Melanie is in direct contact with the members of the public who attended the last meeting to discuss where the toilet units should be placed around the Meadows. These toilets will be for the duration of the summer.

 

As Covid-19 restrictions ease, the opening hours of the existing public toilets on the Meadows is likelyto be extended. Cllr Rose hopes that before long the existing hygiene measures in place will be alleviated.

 

 

Pavilion Community Hub: There is an opportunity to turn the Pavilion on the Meadows into a community hub. Cllr Rose interested in hearing people’s thoughts for the future of the Pavilion.

The Facebook page for the Pavilion is: https://www.facebook.com/PavilionCafeEdinburgh/

 

Underbelly Circus Planning Application:

A planning application has been submitted by Underbelly to erect a large circus tent at its usual location on the Meadows for the festival period, over a period of 33 days including set-up and take-down. This has drawn some discussion from local residents – some believe that it isn’t right for part of the community’s green space to be sacrificed to a private company, others (including FOMBL) are happy for the Underbelly Circus tent to go ahead as usual, as it generates some income which is put back into community groups like FOMBL.

Nigel believes that the reason this is drawing attention this year is because it is the first time Underbelly have submitted a planning application for the festival, following the controversy following recent recognition that the Christmas Markets in Princes St Gardens have been constructed without planning permission for many years and that large temporary structures require planning permission, even if the structure is otherwise commissioned or sanctioned by the Council.

 

As long as their planning application is only temporary for the period of the festival, MSCC is happy to support their application. However, it might help if the fact that money does return to the community is greater publicised to concerned residents.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Spaces for People:

Cllr Rose: There has been a consultation on Spaces for People which is being assessed, and a report will come back to the Transport & Environment committee on 19th June. A review of all present schemes will be undertaken then.

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site

The specified date for the handover is confirmed as the first week of June.

Planning permission was given to Downing to remove the buildings which link the mortuary chapel to the main site.

 

Astley Ainslie.

None.

 

Planning applications

 

Marchmont Road:

The premises of the former sofa shop on Marchmont Rd are now Alpine Bikes. A planning application has been submitted for new large backlit signs and totems on the front area, and the illumination of these signs may be a concern. Edinburgh Council have published full guidelines on how listed buildings should be treated, and MSCC expects that the Council will enforce their own guidance in full, with regards to this B-listed building.

Action: Alison will relay these comments to the Council.

 

Grange Cemetery

Report has been circulated.

The Grange Association will contribute £2000 to re-erect fallen monuments in the cemetery. Thanks to Alison’s advice on how to receive donations by text, that service is now available for use by the cemetery group.

Congratulations to the Grange Association and Grange Cemetery group on the success of the group so far, and the improvements made in the cemetery.

 

Stock Take

Adam: As discussed at the last meeting, it will be useful for us to think about how we, as a community council, are working, and what our priorities will be going forward. Adam believes our three primary goals should be to tap into local issues, become more proactive in actioning small deliverables for the community, and be representative of the whole community regarding local issues.

 

Social media: There is a discussion about how MSCC might use social media to engage with local residents who might not know about the community council but may still be interested in our activities. The Grange Association has had success with the forum section of their website, which has generated comments from local residents in response to the B1 controlled parking measures. Cllr Rose says that often it takes a big issue to generate interest in local community councils. Elinor recommends that the MSCC agenda is posted once a month in the Facebook groups ‘The Meadows Share’ and/or ‘The Meadows Chat’, to encourage comments from local residents on the topical issues.

 

AGM

Brian proposes that the AGM takes place in June.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £972.28.

The audit has been done by auditor Jim Orr which will be presented at AGM, as well as our forward plan for the year.

 

Meetings attended.

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

Neighbourhood Network Meetings: the email has been circulated.

 

Date of next meeting:  (AGM) Wednesday 23rd June at 7.30 – using Jitsi Meet.

 

DRAFT Agenda for 22nd September 2021

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

JITSI Meet Meeting on Wed 22nd September 2021 at 7:30pm

 

For JITSI Meet details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 23rd June 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Ongoing issues

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6             Continuation of AGM, election of Chair and Secretary

 7             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

                                – Any planning changes since the last meeting?

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Any others

10           Grange Cemetery

                                * See Attached Report

               

 

Items for information

11           Treasurer's report

12           Meetings attended

13           AOCB

 

Date of next meeting: 27th October 2021

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

 

JITSI Meet Details

 

For those of you using a PC (or similar), you can join straight from an Internet Browser. As far as I can establish, those on smart phones will need to download the app. After you have downloaded it, it is then easier to join etc.

 

This room exists from now, so you can test it out when you like and please contact me if you can’t get it working.

 

The Room link:

https://meet.jit.si/MSCCVirtualMeeting

 

The name of the ‘Room’ is MSCCVirtualMeeting  (it is CASE sensitive)

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

DRAFT Agenda for Wed 23rd June +AGM

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

Meeting on Wed 23 June 2021 at 7:30pm (including AGM)

Meeting will be held via JITSI Meet

 

For JITSI Meet details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 26th May 2021, actions and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Special item: Saroj Lal's life and legacy in South Edinburgh – intro by Vineet Lal

 5             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links:

                                Including FOMBL report

 6            City Councillor report on topical local issues

 

 

Items for AGM

 

A1          Approve Note of last year's AGM

A2        Matters arising from the AGM minutes

A3        Annual Report - Chair  (Brian Gilmore)

A4        Annual Report - Secretary  () 

A5        Annual Report and presentation of audited accounts - Treasurer (Alison Service) 

A6        Co-option of members 

A7        Election of Officers

A8        Date of next AGM 

A9        Ordinary meeting dates for 2021-2022

            Proposed: 4th Wed of each month except no meeting in July, August or December

A10      AOCB 

 

Items for discussion

 7             Sick Kids site: update

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment: update

 9             Planning applications

                                Any significant?

 

For info:

10           Treasurer's report

11           Meetings attended

 

12           AOCB

14           Date of next meeting: Wednesday 22 September 2021

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

 

JITSI Meet Details

 

For those of you using a PC (or similar), you can join straight from an Internet Browser. As far as I can establish, those on smart phones will need to download the app. After you have downloaded it, it is then easier to join etc.

 

This room exists from now, so you can test it out when you like and please contact me if you can’t get it working.

 

The Room link:

https://meet.jit.si/MSCCVirtualMeeting

 

The name of the ‘Room’ is MSCCVirtualMeeting  (it is CASE sensitive)

 

Saturday, 29 May 2021

MSCC - Minutes for April 2021

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 28th April 2021, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Clare Hewitt (Resident), Cllr Alison Dickie, Susie Agnew (MSCC), Matt Hailey (Resident) Tony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Association), Adam Stewart (MSCC), Alison Service (MSCC), Shane Voss (MSCC), Ian Murray MP, Anne Laing (MSCC), Cllr Melanie Main.

 

Apologies:  None.

 

Matters Arising:

Clare Hewitt and Matt Hailey are in attendance, representing Roseneath Place and Meadows Place, hoping to discuss measures to prevent their streets from being used as public toilets by people frequenting the Meadows.

 

Minutes have been circulated; approved by Alison and seconded by Susie.

 

Police Report:

Has been circulated.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:.

 

Provision of Toilets on the Meadows

 

Cllr Main: The Transport and Environment Committee wants to put toilets on the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links. The Council is meeting tomorrow to find money in the budget to provide these measures. The Council will have strategy for public toilets and has set up a working group to address the issue across the city. There is cross-party support for the provision of more public toilets in the Meadows, and Cllr Main anticipates that the motion for more public toilets, as well as increased provision of recycling/bins and adequate staffing to keep parks clean will be passed.

 

Public Urination

 

While the provision of public toilets on the Meadows is a positive step, there needs to be more action taken to clamp down on public urination on residential streets around the Meadows, such as Roseneath Place, Meadows Place, and Sylvan Place (among others).

 

The Council has recently agreed to purchase more portable CCTV cameras and Cllr Main has put in a request to make sure something gets put in these lanes over specific periods.

 

There have been repeat offenders publicly urinating in residential streets, and this will continue unless new public toilets are more conveniently located than the residential streets. A gate on the targeted streets might work as a temporary measure to redirect people to additional toilets on the Meadows.

 

Greater cross-departmental organisation is needed to organize the parks, between toilets, refuse and the police’s presence.

 

In order for MSCC to focus on this issue, Brian suggests that one of our members takes on a leading role in organising a pressure group to hold the council to account in addressing these issues. Alison volunteers to lead the subgroup.

 

Action: Alison will contact Clare Hewitt (clare.hewitt@yahoo.co.uk) and Matt Hailey (mh52@msn.com) in order to further organise this subgroup.

 

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Dickie:

While public urination and toilets for the Meadows have been key issues, she has also been working to address the Sciennes Primary School limited playground space, as well as other issues related to education, such as getting children back to school, and pushing for youth services to return. The road closure outside Sciennes Primary is temporary, but there is a bid for the permanent closure of the road, though this will take time.

 

Cllr Main:

James Gillespies Primary School have reported that the use of the quiet route has been really positive in terms of safety.

 

A local resident owns a police box on Whitehouse Loan and is happy for it to be used for community purposes.

 

Graffiti: The Council provides graffiti kits to local community councils (MSCC has one). If you notice graffiti, you can request a graffiti kit which can be used to remove the graffiti.

 

Libraries: It was announced this week that the first phase to reopen libraries is beginning and will move as quickly as possible into the second phase.

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site

 

Downing Group will take over from beginning of July.

 

Astley Ainslie.

 

Nothing to update since last month.

 

 

Planning applications

 

Nigel:

Just for information, in the Grange Area there has been a proposal put forward to convert a Priority Parking Area into a Controlled Parking Zone, and a leaflet has been distributed to residents in that area. This development is causing a stir amongst residents of the Grange. The consultation closes on 30th May.

 

Grange Cemetery

 

Nigel: Paper has been circulated. The key things to note are that the Grange Association has agreed to fund work restoring big monuments in the cemetery, and the Grange Cemetery now has its own email address cemetery@grangeassociation.com.  

 

Action: Alison will find out who set up the Donate-By-Text service for FOMBL and will report back to Nigel.

 

Stock Take

 

Adam: Going forward, Adam would like to see MSCC become more proactive as a council and suggests that as a group we figure out what our priorities are – what improvements we wish to see in the community, and what actions we might take to achieve these improvements. For example, Adam would like MSCC to raise our visibility in the community, and make our voice heard on developments across the city.

 

Action: Adam will write and circulate a paper detailing his proposals.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £1002.28.

 

Meetings attended.

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

Newington Safe Routes: Cameron Toll to Meadows Quiet Route

Shane: Newington Safe Routes are a pressure group set up to achieve a Cameron Toll to Meadows Quiet Route. Shane believes that MSCC should support them in this. While there are some concerns that making a quiet route will remove some of the pressure on the Council to make arterial roads safer to cycle on, in general it is a good proposal.  

Shane volunteers to act as MSCC representative when liaising with Newington Safe Routes group.

 

 

Street Furniture:

Susie: Street furniture is an issue, and the council haven’t been sufficiently addressing this.

Adam suggests that this could be an issue we as a community council work on improving in the future.

 

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 26th May at 7.30 – using Jitsi Meet.