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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Road Improvement work on A720 going west from Sheriffhall Roundabout 7-11 Oct

A programme of works to improve the road surface on the westbound A720 from Sheriffhall Roundabout will take place overnight between Wednesday 7th October and Sunday 11th October 2015.

These works will require a closure of the westbound carriageway from 8pm to 6am on Wednesday and Thursday, 8pm Friday to 8am Saturday and 8pm Saturday to 9am Sunday when the work will be completed.

While these closures are in force a signed diversion will be in place, with westbound traffic being directed via the A7 and A772 re-joining the A720 at the Gilmerton junction.

Around 22,000 vehicles use this busy section of the A720 each day, and this investment with a value of approximately £190,000 will ensure that this busy section of Scotland’s trunk road network continues to operate safely and reliably for years to come.

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting
To report a problem on the network please visit:

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Parking in Edinburgh - Consultation running till 31 October

A consultation is underway on parking in EdinburghThe draft parking action plan  sets out a range of actions and was approved by the Transport and Environment Committee on 25 August. 

The main actions include:

·         The extension of parking controls to cover weekends/Sundays and into the evening
·         The roll out of shared use parking places
·         The introduction of visitor permits in the city centre

The City of Edinburgh Council want to know what you think about the parking proposals to ensure the Council makes the right decisions about parking in Edinburgh.  Once you’ve read the proposals, please fill in the questionnaire.

Drop in Events
Community - Monday 28 September from 2 – 5 pm, in the City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh
Business - Monday 5 October from 11.30 – 2.30 pm in the Consort Suite, Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Further information and a full list of  local drop in sessions and engagement events is  available on the Council’s Consultation Hub at 

The consultation is open and you can feed back until 31 October. 

Comment on Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Draft Strategic Plan (& consultation event 8 Oct)

The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership are keen to hear from you on their first draft strategic plan, which sets out the priorities they propose to pursue in order to achieve the shared vision for a caring, healthier and safer Edinburgh.  Responses are requested until 31 Oct 2015. 

The financial environment continues to be challenging for local authorities and health boards. However a great opportunity now exists to plan and deliver joined up services with citizens and communities.   

The South Central and Liberton Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnerships have organised a consultation event on Th 8 Oct between 2pm and 4pm in the Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road (Holy Corner).  This event is designed to give those of you with a greater interest, the opportunity to discuss the plan in more depth.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 23 Sep 2015 at 7:30pm
Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its monthly regular meeting on We 23 Sep 2015. 

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 tenth meeting of 14/15.  The next meeting after this one will be 28 October 2015.
All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 
 1                  Sederunt and apologies
 2                     Draft Minutes of last meeting, 24 June 2015 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
       ·       Advertising vacancies on MSCC
       ·       Redevelopment of Royal Hospital for Sick Children site
       ·       Lovers Loan wall
       ·       MSCC publicity on advertising drums
       ·       JGPS parking (police update)
       ·       E-copy of Meadows rental tender agreement

 3                   Police Report
 4                  Update on Meadows & Bruntsfield Links from Mike Shields 

Items for discussion
 5                  New planning applications
 6                  Edinburgh Planning Concordat
 7                  Christmas Tree Light Ceremony 2015
 8                  Cooperation among community councils (organised by Tollcross)
 9                  £50k ward allocation for road / footway projects
10                  Events in Edinburgh's Public Parks - Review 2014/15
11                  Community Council Development and Support Programme
12                  SESplan - Main Issues Report Consultation
13                   Consultation on revised Developer Contributions and Affordable Housing Guidance
14                  Replacement bus shelters, particularly one at top of Marchmont Road

Items mainly for information
15                  Treasurer’s report
16                  Reports of meetings
     ·       Edinburgh Association of Community Councils
     ·       South Central Neighbourhood Partnership
     ·       Civic Forum
     ·       MABLAG
17                  Traders’ Evening
18                  Statutory Consultation - Options to Address 1ry School Capacity & Accommodation Pressures in South Edin
19                  Reviews of Electoral Arrangements - Public Consultation

20                  AOCB

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

South Edinburgh Community Safety drop in events at local libraries
The South Edinburgh Community Safety Team, in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service has arranged a number of community drop in events in local libraries.

The events are an opportunity to meet local community officers to seek advice, guidance or support in relation to crime & anti social behaviour and fire safety.

Events will be held as follows:

Newington Library

Th 15 Oct     2-4pm
Mo 16 Nov  4-6pm

Morningside Library

We 2 Sep     10:30-12:30
Th 1 Oct       2-4pm
Mo 2 Nov    4-6pm

For further information please contact Michael Traill Community Safety Officer.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Statutory Consultation - Options to Address Primary School Capacity and Accommodation Pressures in South Edinburgh

A statutory consultation on Options to Address Primary School Capacity and Accommodation Pressures in South Edinburgh started on 24 August 2015 and will run until Tuesday 6 October 2015.

The options proposed in the statutory consultation have direct implications for James Gillespie’s, South Morningside, Bruntsfield and Tollcross Primary Schools. All of these primary schools align to either Boroughmuir High School or James Gillespie’s High School; however, the secondary catchment areas will not be affected by any of the options. The proposals will also have indirect implications for St Peter’s RC Primary School.

Further information including the full statutory consultation paper, background papers and an online questionnaire are available at Copies of the statutory consultation paper are available for inspection at the Council Offices at Waverley Court, at Morningside, Newington and Fountainbridge Libraries and at the schools affected by the proposals.

Four public meetings will be held in respect of the proposals at the venues, dates and times listed below: 

South Morningside Primary School
Thursday,  3 September 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm
James Gillespie’s Primary School
Tuesday,   8 September 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Bruntsfield Primary School
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm
St Peter’s RC Primary School
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm

During the consultation period, any views on this proposal should be sent to   

Following the conclusion of the public consultation period a report on the Outcomes of the Consultation will be presented to the Council in February 2016 and the report will be made publicly available three weeks before the Council meeting. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

SESplan consultation: Jobs, Homes and Investment: Where, Why and How?

The impact population, household and economic growth will have on our countryside, infrastructure and communities is explored in the SESplan Main Issues Report (or more simply in the Easy Read Guide).  

With the second largest population growth in Scotland predicted by 2037 (220,000 more people and 25% more homes) there will be significant implications for wherever this new development is accommodated in the South East Scotland region. 

SESplan launched the public consultation on the Main Issues Report on the 21 July 2015.  

The consultation aims to get as many people as possible interested in the future of the region and commenting on the issues.  The Main Issues Report asks key questions, the answers to which will shape the way our region looks, feels and functions for decades to come. The Main Issues Report represents your chance to influence the second strategic plan for the region.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Southside Community Council: nominations sought!

People who are committed to improving their neighbourhood, and who want to make a difference in the Southside, are being sought to be part of the local community council.

Nominations are now open for places on Southside Community Council.

The city’s Community Councils are key to the work of the Council and other partners, are represented on each of the 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships and work with these partners to convey the views of local people, and to influence improvements to service delivery in their area.

At least six members of the public are now being sought to restart Southside Community Council, which previously ran until 2011.

Anyone aged 16 or over and on the electoral role can join by filling out a nomination form by 7 September. Contact your returning officer for a nomination form, visit the Council website or call 0131 529 3402 for more details of how to apply.

Councillor Maureen Child, Convener of the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “Community Councils give people the opportunity to work with the Council and other partner organisations for the benefit of their local area.

“I would encourage anyone interested in joining the Southside Community Council to come forward for this exciting opportunity and chance to collaborate with fellow community members and partners, to make a real difference in their neighbourhood.”

Should you need any further information, please contact:

  • Councillor Jim Orr, Returning Officer, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ, 0131 529 4018
  • Donald Burgess, Partnership Development Officer, The Drumbrae Library Hub, 81 Drum Brae Drive, Edinburgh, EH4 7FE | Tel 0131 529 3402
If there are more candidates than places on the community council, an election will be held on 28 September 2015.