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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Agenda for monthly regular MSCC meeting on We 27 May 2015 at 7:30pm

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its monthly regular meeting on We 27 May 2015 immediately following the Annual General Meeting, which will start at 7:30pm.  

The meeting will take place in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road.

This will be our eighth meeting of 14/15.  We will continue our regular practice of meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month until Jun 2015, and then take a break till Sep 2015.

All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 


 1            Sederunt and apologies
 2               Draft Minutes of last meeting, 22 Apr 2015 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
·       Advertising vacancies on MSCC
·       Hope Terrace (parking in front gardens)
·       Redevelopment of Royal Hospital for Sick Children site
·       Lovers Loan wall
·       MSCC publicity on advertising drums
·       Recycling bin at Sciennes/ Tantallon
·       Revised planning brief for Astley Ainslie Hospital

 3             Police Report
·      Road Safety at JGPS

 4            Update on Meadows & Bruntsfield Links from Mike Shields 
             - Underbelly and Meadows

Items for discussion
 5            New planning applications

Items mainly for information
 6            Treasurer’s report
 7             Edinburgh Association of Community Councils
 8            Reports of meetings
·       JGPS Council
·       South Central NP Roads Capital Programme 2015/16
·       Grange Fair
 9            Traders’ Evening
10            Facebook page for Scottish Community Councillors
11            AOCB
12            Date of next meeting: 24 June 2015

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on We 27 May at 7:30pm

 Annual General Meeting

             7:30pm 27 May 2015

            St Catherine’s Argyle Church Halls


1      Sederunt and apologies

2      Minutes of the last meeting  - on 28 May 2014

3      Matters arising from the minutes

4      Annual Report - chair  (Brian Gilmore)

5      Annual Report  - Secretary  (Alastair Philp)

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

7      Co-option of members

8      Demit of Office - bearers and election of Office- bearers

9      Date of next AGM

10  Ordinary meeting dates for 2015-16

11  AOCB

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Public to be consulted on primary school pressures in south Edinburgh

A statutory consultation will begin in August 2015 to consider options to deal with primary school capacity and accommodation pressures in south Edinburgh.

The decision was agreed at a meeting of the Education, Children & Families Committee of City of Edinburgh Council on Tuesday 19 May after councillors discussed the Primary School Capacity Pressure in South Edinburgh report.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Making Edinburgh Fit For Walking

You are warmly invited to an event to help make Edinburgh fit for walking. It's on the 1st of June 2015 at the Friends meeting House, Victoria Street, Edinburgh. Doors open 17.45...
"We’re virtually all walkers – and in many ways Edinburgh is great city to walk in. But motor traffic continues to dominate the vast majority of the city’s streets, and pedestrians have languished at the bottom of transport priorities for far too long.
Living Streets' Edinburgh local group is being formally launched to make the case for the enormous economic, environmental and social benefits of prioritising walking within a high-quality public realm in the capital. Come along to hear about what Living Streets stands for, how walking fits into a civilised public realm, and about the local group's plans for an exciting late summer campaign of street audits. This is your opportunity to get involved and help us press the City of Edinburgh Council to transform its many sensible walking-related policies into practical improvements on our streets. Please join us for a discussion and debate on the way forward with the following speakers:
  • Standing Up for Walkers, David Spaven, Convener of the Living Streets Edinburgh Group
  • A Better Public Realm, Marion Williams, Director of the Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust)
  • Auditing Edinburgh’s Streets, Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland
The meeting room will be open from 17.45, with tea, coffee and biscuits available. There will be opportunities to tell us what you think about walking in Edinburgh generally and in your own locality – and to help shape our late summer campaign."
If you need any more information, please Contact David Spaven at or follow on twitter: @LivingStreetsEd)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Vacancies on Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council has a few vacancies for those who would like to be co-opted.  

Community Councils are voluntary, statutory bodies made up of local residents. We exist to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the Marchmont & Sciennes community’s views to public bodies at every level, especially with the City of Edinburgh Council.

  • Issues we cover include:
  • Planning
  • Roads
  • Schools
  • Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)
  • Refuse/Recycling/Street cleaning
  • Licensing
  • Parks and Green Space
  • Anti-social behaviour

  • If you think you might be interested please get in touch (with no commitment!) with the secretary using the e-mail or telephone contact details in the right hand column of this infoblog.

    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    Domestic Security Event: 7-9pm at Mayfield Salisbury Church

    PoliceScotland logo
    A Domestic Security Event is being run by PoliceScotland and City of Edinburgh Council Community Safety on 29 April (7-9pm at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 1 Mayfield Road Edinburgh).

    The event aims to offer constructive advice regarding both personal safety and protection of your property. There will be presentations from the organisers and a chance to ask questions.

    Thursday, 23 April 2015

    Don't forget to vote in the UK Parliamentary General Election on 7 May 2015

    The number of people registered and voting in the Scottish Independence Referendum was at a record level. Many people, including lots of older people, voted for the first time.  It would be great if people don’t just vote once in their lifetime but instead turn out every time to have their say on important matters.

    Info from the council on how to find out where, when and how to vote
    Your poll card tells you where your polling place is. Check that you’re going to the right place as it might have changed since the last time you voted.  You don’t need to bring your poll card with you to vote but it does help to make the voting process faster.

    If you have a postal vote, follow the instructions carefully – your signature and date of birth on the statement are both needed.  A common reason for postal votes being rejected is the signature or date of birth not matching – make sure yours do. Please return your postal vote as soon as possible.

    Whether you are voting in person or by post, make sure you vote with a single X. Please don’t write any other comments on the paper as then it might not be clear how you are voting.

    Polling Places will be open from 7am until 10pm. Don’t leave it too late to cast your vote.

    Monday, 20 April 2015

    Your views wanted on public toilet closures (by 25 May 2015)

    Courtesy of STV -
    The City of Edinburgh Council recently took a step back from reducing the public conveniences budget by £600,000 which would have meant that the majority of Edinburgh’s public toilets would need to be closed.

    However, the Council still needs to make a £300,000 saving in 2015/16 following a budget decision made in 2011. This means that around ten toilets will need to be closed.

    Please complete the Council’s online survey about public toilets and provide your thoughts on how closure of certain public toilets might affect you and your local community; or the people to whom you provide services. This survey went live on Monday 13 April for a period of six weeks.