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Saturday, 14 May 2022

MSCC - May DRAFT Agenda

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

Meeting on Wed 25th May, 2022 at 7:30pm

To be held at St Catherine’s Argyle Church Hall

 

 

 

 

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 27th April 2022, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6           Publicity/ new ideas

7              Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)

10           Grange Cemetery

               

Items for information

12           Treasurer's report

13         Meetings attended

14         AOB

             

             Date of next meeting and AGM : Wednesday 22nd June 2022             

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

 

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

MSCC March Minutes

 

mscc_logo_crop.jpgMarchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 23rd March 2022, 7.30pm by Zoom.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Rhianna Robinson (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Alison Service (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Cllr Ian Perry, Tim Pogson (Potential Council Candidate), Michael Shields, Alistair Philp (Resident), Bob Gates  (local resident)

 

Apologies:  Cllr Melanie Main, Susie Agnew (MSCC)

 

Matters Arising:

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

No Police Report provided.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:

 

Mike:

 

Mike provided an update regarding the temporary toilets that are to be installed in the Meadows, similar to last year given their success. He attended a meeting regarding this as it is approaching the time of year they are due to be installed, however there has been no set date agreed as to when they will be installed as they are currently being procured. Mike also met onsite with Underbelly as these temporary toilet facilities will have to be shared with Underbelly for a period in late July/August. As the same utilities are to be used, agreement was sought on this with Mike reporting he is confident that this can be done. Moving forward, he plans to meet with both the Council plumber and Underbelly to agree the site and provision of water, sewage, and other utilities. This is progressing but there is still no set date as of yet, however he acknowledges good progress has been made thus far.

 

Secondly, Mike referenced the Jawbones and the ongoing discussions regarding what will replace them, if anything, as has been discussed in previous MSCC meetings. It is now clear that nothing will be installed on the Meadows in the immediate future. He therefore explained that he will arrange for the temporary Heras fencing to be removed and this will also enhance the look of the area.

 

Alistair queried the provision and source of water that was available in the Meadows for watering the new trees put in by FOMBL. Mike acknowledged that this has been an issue as it can be difficult to gain access to the water source on the meadows. There is a hydrant onsite, however there would need to be someone there to supervise as the hydrant would need to be uncovered and properly recovered given the health and safety concern that this would pose. Moving forward, it has been stated that access to the hydrant would need to be prearranged as someone needs to be in place for safety etc to ensure no injuries are caused. Mike stated that water has been accessed from the Pavilion by the Meadows’ Tree Planting Group before. Alison queried whether Mike had liaised with the Tree Planting Group on this to which he said he has not.

 

Anne queried whether Mike and his team would be able to provide additional flowers in the tubs at Marchmont Crescent when the ones that are currently there need replaced. More plants will be required further into the Spring. Mike asked a reminder nearer the time her to send. Anne also asking about new edges along Lovers Loan which look bare and has suggested planting her own wildflower seeds to brighten up the area, to which Mike approved. Anne queried about a tree stump in Sciennes Road, which was left from a tree cut down some time ago which looks unsightly. She was wondering if it were possible for plants to be put round this to smarten it up. Mike has acknowledged her concern however noted that tree stump stuff is not their top priority, and they are focusing on shrubs and pruning given the restricted number of staff. Mike has helpfully suggested that he can get branches picked up if anyone is willing to do the cutting back themselves.

 

FOMBL

 

Report has been circulated.

 

Alison stated that there has not been a meeting this month. FOMBL has received a £5000 grant from the Council, but she is unsure what it is for and will provide an update at the next meeting.

 

There was an email regarding the Perspex on notice board on Middle Meadow Walk, as the Perspex needs to be replaced. Mike reported that his Park Rangers have measured this noticeboard and are waiting to receive a quote from a business on Easter Road who will provide the replacement, however he is waiting until his new budget to move forward with this. It is expected to cost around £100 and FOMBL will provide Mike with this money to purchase the Perspex, then the Park Rangers will fit this to the noticeboard.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Ian Perry:

 

Cllr Perry has acknowledged that given this is the period running up to the election, some of the usual council activity is currently suspended. He has provided an update that a budget was agreed which will take the form of a standstill budget, which means that there will be no service cuts next year. This year, the Scottish Government provided extra money in the budget within the last two weeks of the financial year. Normally this is a small amount, however this year it constituted £9 million. Given the two-week period to spend the budget, there was not a consultation period as this had to be agreed in a short timeframe. Brian has not yet received anything from council of how this money was spent but Cllr Perry has stated he will ensure this be sent out to provide insight as to how this additional money was distributed and spent. However, it is important to note that this cannot be changed.

 

Cllr Perry provided an update regarding COVID-19 given that the most recent strain of the virus is very infectious, with infection rates going up, but not so much hospitalisation and deaths. The council’s work force has been affected with schools being particularly hard hit. Dumfries and Galloway have had to close some schools due to staff shortage. However, Edinburgh Council have central staff and other staff who can be moved into schools so it is hopeful that school closures can be prevented or be minimal. To date, only Portobello High School has had to close on one afternoon, however if this keeps increasing some schools may have to be closed and go back to blended learning. Cllr Perry is hoping to avoid closures like in the Highlands; however, it is noted that rural councils suffer from staff shortages to a larger degree.

 

There were no questions for Cllr Perry. MSCC is thanking him for his time and attendance of various MSCC meetings and wishes him a happy retirement.

 

Publicity/new ideas

 

Kayleigh has noted that there has not been any drastic change on the social media. She uploaded a post which was acknowledged by MSCC members about how to report overflowing bins on council website, which took some time to prepare but was quite popular. She will continue to develop a similar ‘how-to’ post for other things that are able to be reported to the council. Kayleigh has proposed creating another useful post given the seasons are changing with BBQ spots on meadows with a map as this would be useful for students etc.

 

Kayleigh reported on her idea for a general website which would provide basic information on what MSCC do, how to get in contact with us and what we can do to help. The idea is that the website would serve as a first port of call and first point of contact. It is felt this would be a useful tool for those who do not have social media and useful as it would come up in a Google search. There is an online forum which can be linked to the website. The proposal is that the rest of the social media such as Facebook would be kept more updated with day-to-day information and the website to be used as a starter. Kayleigh would like to add a team section as it makes MSCC seem more approachable. The cost of this would be £8.50 per month (this would be reduced to £6.50 if a subscription was purchased) but Kayleigh has proposed an idea to seek sponsorship from local business.

 

Alison supported this proposal and thinks that it would be useful for parent associations of Sciennes and James Gillespie’s as they can link with us if they have queries and if there are any child safety concerns in our area. Kayleigh has created a forum for schools, but she needs to check if its working and how to navigate it and she will send Alison a draft email to copy and paste to provide information to parents and the schools on this.

 

Anne queried how to access this forum, which can be done online. She also stated that she was impressed by Morningside’s Community Council’s website and feels this could be similarly helpful to us.

 

Kayleigh will proceed with the creation of the website and report back when further progress has been made. Her help is greatly appreciated.

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site Redevelopment

 

No mention of any further developments.

 

Anne stated that she was hoping for an update but was unfortunately not provided with one in time for this meeting. She has however noticed a new noticeboard that is facing Sciennes Road however acknowledged it was extremely small and difficult to read and will communicate this to them in the hope for an improvement.

 

Alistair queried whether part of the site in the end got sold and what changes that is likely to bring. Anne replied that she has not heard anything further on this matter and the last information she was provided with was that there were two interested parties, but no further information has been provided since. Cllr Perry stated that if anything wanted to be changed then they would need to bring it to the planning committee, and this would need to be consulted which acts as a safeguard. Brian stated that he saw an email stating that it was nearly sold to a developer which is not unusual as the landowner gets planning permission to know what the value of the land. If they want to change any of the planning or design then it gets brought back to Planning at that stage.

 

Kayleigh raised concerns regarding the signs saying school safety zone, no construction traffic as there was construction traffic (a large lorry carrying rubble) between 2.40pm and 3.30pm. This is obviously concerning given the abundance of small children and the children’s safety should be priority. Anne is going to pass this on as a concern in the hope this will be addressed immediately.

 

Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

 

Nothing to update, with Nigel receiving confirmation there is currently no further progress.

 

Planning (Applications & Consultations)

 

No further updates as MSCC can only discuss what has been reported as a concern.

 

Grange Cemetery

 

Monthly Report has been circulated.

 

Nigel:

 

Discussion of the report which acknowledged the leaflets and work continued to be done to restore the monuments. Another 7 headstones have been committed to be restored, with another £4,600 supporting this. In addition to what is outlined in the report, Nigel thanked Kayleigh, who set up the initial meeting with Andrew Purves. This has proved a very beneficial connection, not just financial support but the history and knowledge that can be provided by that firm which has been around for many decades.

 

Update on Sewer Flooding Project

 

Anne stated that she forwarded an email which came in a few days ago about changes to the sewer flooding. Nigel confirmed that this email was from the Scottish Water representatives recording what was discussed in the minutes of the previous MSCC meeting. The works are not yet approved but waiting assessment, which may not occur during elections which may delay the work. Tim queried with Cllr Perry as to whether the development subgroups going ahead as they are not political. Cllr Perry confirmed such groups are Quasi-Judicial as they are not political as such but will confirm whether they are still in operation.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £1608.11.

 

The outgoings this month were on the Minute Secretary and purchasing of noticeboard magnets.

 

Meetings attended

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

Kayleigh informed Alison that there was graffiti on an MSCC noticeboard and that some of the traders were upset about posters being put up on windows and safety signs. Alison has since cleaned the graffiti and taken down a number of these posters however the residue of the glue used to put them up is still remaining. Alistair queried what the posters were advertising, and it was confirmed that they were for an environmental march in a few days’ time. Kayleigh spoke to the hairdresser on Marchmont Crescent who first notified MSCC of this issue. They had been in touch with the environmental group who claim the posters were not put up by them but likely taken from their flyering event at Summerhall and put up by people in support of the cause. They have apologised for any damage or disruption caused as this was not their act or intention.

 

Tim raised that this issue, in more general terms, has bothered him in the past with posters from the likes of the Meadows Funfair. He questioned whether it may be more appropriate for the bodies who approve such events (The Police/Council) to withdraw permission if defacing of property and local areas occurs. Cllr Perry stated that it is a more complex issue legally, as the event will say we gave this to a company/group of individuals and told them not to do it illegally. If this is desired to be prevented then the Scottish Government would have to pass a motion to ban this as the current issue lies with who is liable.  

 

Nigel pointed out that the next meeting should be held on Wednesday 27th April, not Wednesday 20th April.

 

Alison provided an update regarding the Christmas Tree Event. She stated that all schools are happy to participate as groups such as the JG senior choir, A capella choir, JB Brass Ensemble and the Pipers have started to meet and practise again. She will liaise with the schools after the summer holidays to confirm this in more detail. The Church Hall has been booked for 3rd December 2022 so the Christmas event will definitely be going ahead this year.

 

There was discussion as to whether the next meeting should be held on Zoom or in person. Brian has suggested at least one more meeting to be held on Zoom given the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that Cllr Perry detailed.

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 7.30 – to be held on zoom.

 

 

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

MSCC - Draft Agenda for April 2022

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

Zoom Meeting on Wed 27th April, 2022 at 7:30pm

For Zoom details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 23rd March 2022, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

              Meadows safety issues

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6           Publicity/ new ideas

               Invitation to new Publicity assistant as an Associate member, Liane Phillips

 7             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)

10           Grange Cemetery

               

Items for information

12           Treasurer's report

13         Meetings attended

14         AOB

             

             Date of next meeting: Wednesday 25th May 2022 (Zoom or in person to be decided)           

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

 

Zoom Details:

Brian Gilmore is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: MSCC - April

Time: Apr 27, 2022 07:00 PM London

 

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Sunday, 17 April 2022

MSCC February 2022 Minutes

 

mscc_logo_crop.jpgMarchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 23rd February, 7.30pm by Zoom.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Rhianna Robinson (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Alison Service (MSCC), Cllr Alison Dickie, Kayleigh Gordon (MSCC), Alastair Philip (Resident), Ben Parker (Prospective Green Candidate - Morningside), Michael Shields, Stephen Fox

 

Apologies:  Anthony Holmes, Tim Pogson

 

Matters Arising:

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

No police report.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:

 

Mike:

 

He emailed Scottish Natural Heritage with no response. Discussion of the Jawbones which are too fragile to stand outside in elements and would have to go to a suitable indoor space. To put in its place there was discussion of the creation of bronze replica – need clarity on payment.  The Council’s Culture and Communities Committee had met on 1 February 2022 and noted:

The casting of a bronze replica… would cost about £120,000 for which there is insufficient funding. Officers will progress discussions with stakeholder and potential funders on the proposed approach and will report back to Committee on the outcome of these discussions in due course."

 

With regard to events, applications getting a bit more normal. These include the Meadows Marathon which is quite popular. In April there is a one-day Highland games event, which is expected to be fairly small. The Meadows Funfair will start at the end of May until mid-June. There has also been an application for a Jubilee March in June, coordinated with Orange Lodge for Queen’s Jubilee.

 

Anne received an email regarding the temporary toilets as they were installed last summer and extremely useful – this is still uncertainty as they require additional funding and at present the discussion is still ongoing.

 

FOMBL

 

Report has been circulated.

 

Alison: Jawbones replica discussed at meeting but no mention about funding. The issue of temporary toilets in the Meadows was also raised in order to ensure they are in place by early April. Apparently everything is ready to go but there’s no word on the funding. Alison Service has asked various Councillors to help ensure this funding is agreed.

 

FOMBL plan to hold monthly Online zoom talks from September;

Volunteers have recently planted 10 new trees.

New playground equipment for the Links expected soon.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Alison Dickie:

 

Building on the discussion of temporary toilets in the Meadows, they have raised the importance and is hopeful that this funding will come. Cllr Dickie also met with Sciennes Primary parents and spoke of submitting a motion with regard to the playground, road etc and ask for a briefing or a report for short-term and long-term progress. Parents are concerned about cars and safety issues, one of actions agreed is to narrow and physically prevent motor vehicles using the route intended for cycles. Signage is to be installed to identify it is a cycle path and play area. Cllr Dickie is currently waiting on a report and briefing.

 

An update has been provided on the reopening of Newington Library, which is set to return to normal in around 5-6 weeks.

 

Susie has queried as to when the Warrender Pool is going to reopen – Cllr Dickie is going to query this and confirm

 

Susie also raised the issue of the new layout junction at Lauder Road and Grange Road and a concern of the issue for cyclists going north, some of whom ignore the new cycle path and carry straight on across the junction as before, without using the new signalled crossing. There was mixed discussion on this issue with the recognition that the crossing of Grange Road at the Tantallon Place / Cumin Place junction has yet to be installed, as it has been redesigned to accommodate comments made in the recent consultation acknowledging that there were some objections. Susie argues there is a feeling that the consultations produce no results such as Sunday parking. Her view is that is more dangerous for cyclists to cross Grange Road at Lauder Road …..now than previously because car drivers are not expecting cyclists in the middle of Lauder Road. It was concluded this was an issue to agree to disagree about as Nigel explained that there was consultation regarding this since 2016 and MSCC supported the proposals at the time.  He challenged the assertion that the new layout is more dangerous than the previous unsigned and uncontrolled crossing.  

 

Alastair queried the city wide Air B’n’B timescale, with Cllr Dickie confirming that the planning committee approved proposals going to Scottish government. Cllr Dickie going to clarify with convening officers and get back to him

 

 

 

Publicity  

 

Kayleigh has adjusted the media that was made for Marchmont at Christmas for the new MSCC social media. It has attracted 103 followers on Instagram which is significant progress.

 

There was a proposal for a new MSCC logo, to add a splash of colour to attract more interest. A note was made to be careful with colours and political connotation. Kayleigh will publicise the Radio 4 – Any Questions event. There will be a monthly local business shout out. The possibility for professional photos of Marchmont/Sciennes was raised with a quote still to be received.

 

New proposals for social media content include a feature on the different churches in the area and potentially an interview/consultation with Sciennes Primary.

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site Redevelopment

 

Report circulated.

 

Would need to consult before posting on social media. Cllr Dickie going to clarify the signage and road closures given the confusing wording from Downing about changes to the road signage.

 

Separately, there are currently 3-way traffic lights in place at the south end of Argyle Place to facilitate repairs to the gas main in Roseneath Street. Kayleigh reported that workers at the site reported that the repairs relate to 5 minor and 1 major leak.

 

Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

 

Nothing to update, with Nigel receiving confirmation there is currently no further progress.

 

Planning applications

 

Marchmont St Giles – changing antenna, four of which will now be external. Susie raised questions about this and the disruption it may cause in terms of appearance and the clock. However, it is likely this may be necessary for 5G. More detailed images are available online as to what this is expected to look like.

 

Grange Cemetery

 

Monthly Report has been circulated.

 

Nigel:

Bulbs appearing, but not a lot of change to report otherwise. Quote from stonemason for next 7 monuments. Kayleigh provided the link with William Purves.

 

 

 

 

Update on Sewer Flooding project

 

Nigel: Gone to awaiting decision.  , The contractor working for Scottish Water appears to have responded to concerns raised by the initial application and has made changes including:

·         The kiosks will now be only 1.8m high, not the 3m originally proposed;

·         The kiosks will be on Warrender Park Terrace, alongside other existing utility cabinets, rather than on the footpaths across Bruntsfield Links;

·         The proposed ‘grasscrete’ access road from Leamington Walk will no longer be installed; rather a dedicated tanker parking bay will be provided on Warrender Park Terrace, with a permanent pipe connection to the new sewer tank.

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £1654.11.

 

Meetings attended

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

Discussion of the Christmas Event 2022, with Alison questioning whether choir and band would be available. Potential suggestion that it should be held at the German church or go ahead. Plenty of time to plan and will re-evaluate closer to the time.

 

With regard to the Whitehouse and Grange Bowling Club, Stephen Fox was present. He detailed the tree planting ceremony which recently occurred to commemorate the club’s 150th anniversary. He stated their desire to increase engagement with local community and securing of sponsorship from local businesses (shirts from Farmers Autocare etc to commemorate their 150th anniversary). Club numbers are dwindling and they plan to campaign this year to increase membership and would like promotion to help with this. They will have a Summer Fair on 28th May and various matches and have kindly offered MSCC use of their facilities.

 

A new restaurant on Argyle Place suffered from graffiti. Alison raised the idea that we could potentially offer use of a graffiti removal kit to businesses and residents.

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 23rd March 2022 at 7.30 – Planned to be held on Zoom.