This blog is where you will find community council information, including meeting times, minutes and agenda. Do please comment on postings.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

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

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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.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 22 Apr 2015 at 7:30pm

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its April meeting on We 22 Apr 2015, 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 seventh 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, 25 Mar 2015 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
·      Food recycling bins
·      Hope terrace (parking in front gardens)
·      Plans for Royal Hospital for Sick Children site
·      Lovers Loan wall
·      MSCC publicity on advertising drums

 3             Police Report
·      Road Safety at JGPS

 4            Update on Meadows & Bruntsfield Links from Mike Shields 

Items for discussion
 5            New planning applications
 6            Advertising vacancies on MSCC  
 7            Revised planning brief for Astley Ainslie prior to redevelopment

Items mainly for information
 9            Treasurer’s report
10            Gravestones in Grange Cemetery
11            Reports of meetings
12            Traders’ Evening

13            AOCB

14            Date of next meeting: 27 May 2015

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Newington Library has re-opened

Following the completion of essential building works, Newington Library has re-opened.   

Improvements include the installation of a new heating system, new lighting and ventilation, and redecoration.  

Staff are looking forward to welcoming both regular users and new customers to the reinvigorated library.

Opening Hours

Monday:         10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday:         10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday:   10 am – 8 pm
Thursday:        10 am – 5 pm
Friday:             10 am -  5 pm
Saturday:        10 am – 5 pm

Monday, 6 April 2015

Aged over 50? Looking for inspiration? A new hobby/interest? Spring Fling 2015 (11 Apr) might be for you


Saturday 11 April 11.00am – 4.00pm | Eric Liddell Centre, Holy Corner

Aged over 50?  Looking for inspiration? A new hobby/interest? Want to get involved be activated, feel motivated?

 CafĂ© | Admission Free | Stalls | giveaways | tasters & demonstrations

 South Edinburgh Arts Fair Association | |

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Edinburgh Living Landscapes to include wildflower meadow on Bruntsfield Links

The Edinburgh Living Landscapes project will include a wildflower meadow between Leamington Walk and Warrender Park Terrace on Bruntsfield Links. 

The Edinburgh Living Landscape is a partnership project that will create, restore and connect green areas of the city to make attractive and biodiverse landscapes, enjoyed by residents and visitors.  

Partners include:
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 
  • GreenSurge

Grange Association Fair at Newington Library, Fountainhall Road 1.00pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 9 May

Everyone is welcome to come along to an afternoon of fun and entertainment.
Stalls, bouncy castle, music, dancing displays, cycling fun – under 12s bring your bike – and more.
Any profit will go to Newington Library for children’s craft materials and the Eric Liddell Centre.
To make the event a success help is required:
  • Could you volunteer to be a steward on the day?
  • Do you have anything you could donate for these stalls?
   Books and DVDs
      Please put any items you can donate in the box in the library vestibule when it reopens at Easter, or if you would like them collected that’s no problem.
      Grange Fair 2015 can you helpThere will also be a plant stall and donations will be welcomed nearer the time. Could you start potting up spare plants now?
      Contact Lucy Richardson, 0131 662 4992, with offers of help, or a request to collect donated items. No jumble or clothing please.
      For more information go to:-
      Supported by the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, City of Edinburgh Council.