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

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

South Central Neighbourhood Partnership: Older People's day of action

The South Central Neighbourhood Partnership is holding its first ever themed Partnership event at King's Hall, 41A South Clerk Street on Th 16 Jun 2011 from 1 to 4pm.   The focus of this event will be Older People, their Carers, and their issues.   Please come and tell us what you feel would help improve your quality of life.   There will be a number of a specialists present who can offer advice on housing adaptations, benefits, debt management, the environment, re-cycling and a variety of other subjects.  

Take part in planned activities which include Art, Music and Dancing; Seated exercise, indoor curling, walking and/or have a basic health check ie blood pressure, weight and relaxation.

The Kings Hall is on a well served bus route and is situated between Rankeillor Street and East Preston Street – opposite the Queens Hall!  

There is disabled access to the venue.

If you require further information, please contact:

Madelaine Traynor:     Tel:  0131-529 5114    Email:
Margaret Campbell:    Tel:  0131-529 7182    Email: 

Revised plans for new Gillespie's schools

At the next meeting of the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council (7:30pm on We 8 Jun at St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls) revised plans will be presented by the James Gillespie's High School Rebuild project.

This is the second of two meetings hosted by the community council about proposals for the much-needed rebuilding of the High School, extension of the Primary School and relocation of the Nursery School.  It is in addition to a public meeting at the high school on 21 June, a meeting of the primary school parents forum on 13 June and exhibitions at Newington Library and the Eric Lidell Centre (see the project website for more details). Slides from the residents workshop earlier in May are also now available.

The meeting next week (8 June) will be a further opportunity for members of the community to hear feedback, analysis and the refinements to the proposal from the architects and the project manager before the planning application is finalised and submitted.

Project staff will be available to take questions before the meeting. All opinions welcome.

Friday, 20 May 2011

New Public Information Notices website is a website dedicated to publishing all Public Information Notices from across Scotland in one single location.  

These are the planning, licensing and roads notices that appear in local newspapers and on Council websites.  

Councils are responsible for uploading the notices to tellmescotland.  

Sad news at Marchmont Hardware

Stuart Munro of Marchmont Hardware has been serving Marchmont shoppers for nearly 25 years. 

Unfortunately he is now seriously ill.  He had surgery recently and is still in the Royal Infirmary.  

Leanne is looking after the shop and she says he's unlikely to be back till next year. She's got a card for people to sign in the shop.  

Thursday, 12 May 2011

MSCC Front Gardens and Containers Annual Awards 2011

With the recent sunshine and warmer temperatures, gardens have burst into life; time to remind you about the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council Tenement Front Gardens and Containers Competition!

Any garden and/or container clearly visible from the pavement will be considered. The walkabout judging will take place in late June and early July, and there is no need to enter the competition: as long as your garden or container can be seen, it will be eligible for consideration for an award.

The categories are:
  1. Front gardens (East, South, West-facing)
  2. North-facing front gardens
  3. Hanging baskets, window boxes, and containers 
  4. Wildlife-friendly gardens
  5. New/improved gardens
  6. Other commended gardens
There will be awards in each category and an overall winner who will be awarded the Smalley QuaichAll of the award winners will be presented with their certificates and a small prize at the Church of the German-speaking Congregation in Chalmers Crescent on Saturday 1st October at 4pm. All welcome - we hope to see you there!

Happy gardening!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Graeme Cruickshank to speak on Jawbones on Meadows at MSCC meeting on Wednesday

Immediately following the AGM (7:00-7:30pm) this Wednesday (11 May), and before the business of the regular meetingGraeme Cruickshank will briefly speak on the Jawbones on the Meadows, placed there at the time of the International Exhibition of Edinburgh 125 years ago.  

This is connected with the public appeal recently-announced by Cllr Cameron Rose (featured today in the Evening News) aimed at raising money to conserve and restore the historic jawbone arch.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Agenda for regular monthly meeting of Community Council on We 11 May at 19:30

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Wed 11th May at 7.30pm in St Catherine’s Argyle Church Community Hall, Grange Road.  
This will follow immediately after the AGM (which starts at 7pm)  

  1. Minutes of the meeting of 9th April  and matters arising
  2. Treasurers Report
  3. Police Report :  oral report and questions
  4.   Sub Groups
    1. Planning Group  (meeting report circulated)
    2. HMOs Group  (Ann Laird: Report)
    3. Roads and Traffic Group
  5. External Meetings
  6. Events
    1. Garden Competition
    2. Christmas Event
  7. Any other business  - can be taken on the night

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Annual General Meeting of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

The AGM of the community council will take place at 7pm on Wed 11 May at St Catherine's Argyle Church in Grange Road. 

All who live or work or are active in the area are welcome.
Hearing loop available – please request in advance


1.      Minutes of the AGM of June 2010
2.      Chairperson’s Annual Report
4.      Financial report
5.      Co-option of members
6.      Demit of current office bearers and election of office bearers:
       a.   Chair
       b.   Vice-Chair
       c.    Secretary
       d.   Treasurer

7.    Date of next AGM:  Wednesday 9th May 2012