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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Crags Sports Centre to become a basketball centre

The Crags Sports Centre is set to become a basketball hub under new plans put forward by a consortium led by a local sports club.

Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball Club joined forces with national governing body basketballscotland to submit a bid for the Council-owned Bowmont Place facility.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Evaluation of A City for All Ages: Edinburgh’s Plan for Older People

A City for All Ages is about improving opportunities and services for older people in Edinburgh, removing discrimination and challenging attitudes about older people. A City for All Ages has been implemented through Edinburgh's Plan for Older People and the action plans covering the years from 2000 to 2010.

In 2010 the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations' Council (EVOC) was commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council to produce an evaluation report of A City for All Ages. 

A report to the Council's Policy and Strategy Committee on the 17 May 2011 describes the findings from this evaluation. The Committee noted the evaluation and significant achievements from the programme and agreed proposals to continue its key assets and to integrate A City for All Ages into existing structures and action planning. A further progress report will be submitted to the Council in 2012.

Road Casualty Statistics 2010

Scotland's Chief Statistician published Key 2010 Reported Road Casualty Statistics on 20 June. 

This bulletin presents provisional statistics of road injury accidents and casualties reported to the police.  

More details and context are available in the Scottish Government press release.

Your views on sustainable Edinburgh?

Sustainable Edinburgh 2020 outlines the City of Edinburgh Council's vision for a sustainable city and a framework for working towards this. 
The Council would now like to hear your views on what needs to happen and how we can best work together to achieve this vision. 
Please share your ideas and suggestions using the Sustainable Edinburgh 2020 questionnaire. Alternatively you can email

NHS Lothian: Health link newsletter - Summer 2011 edition

The Summer 2010 edition of NHS Lothian's Health Link newspaper has now been published.   It contains stories on: the Small Steps, Big Difference healthy eating campaign, addiction help, the new sexual health centre, organ donation campaign and how not to get food poisoning from your barbecue.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Edinburgh Canal Strategy - Consultation

Since its re-birth as part of the Millennium Link Project, the Union Canal has come a long way from a derelict backwater to one of Edinburgh's most important assets.
The Union Canal is now enjoyed on a daily basis by people for a variety of uses such as boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing.  The Canal is also a focus for new development, particularly at Fountainbridge, for new moorings, marinas and canal-focused community activities. However, as the Canal is developed, its special environment must also be protected with its benefits shared by the wider community.
To ensure that this happens The City of Edinburgh Council and British Waterways Scotland have prepared a draft Edinburgh Canal Strategy for the Union Canal within the Edinburgh area.
View are now sought on the draft strategy and in particular:
  • Whether you agree/disagree with the proposed 'Hub Strategy'. Are the hubs in the right place, do they have the right objectives to ensure they are developed as successful and sustainable places?
  • If you any ideas on how to improve the use of the canal as an asset of the city?
  • What are your views on increasing the use of the water space along the canal through increased moorings (of all types including residential) and recreational activities?
  • What are your thoughts on the canal side development proposals identified within the draft strategy?
  • Do you think the key problem access points along the canal are identified?
  • has anything been missed? Or, mistakenly included
In order to consider the above questions a period of public consultation is proposed. Responses to this document should be returned to the Council by Friday 19th August 2011 and should be sent to Kate Hopper.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Jawbone Arch Appeal open now

Donations are now being accepted towards the £60 thousand required to conserve and restore the historic whalebone arch on Jawbone Walk on the Meadows.  Essential work is required to stabilise and protect the bones and replace the concrete bases.

The whalebones forming the arch were originally part of the stand belonging to the Shetland and Fair Isle Knitters at the International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art, which took place on the Meadows in 1886 (125 years ago). After the exhibition they were given to the Town Council and moved to the west Meadows gateway where they now stand.

Donations can be made:
Facebook group has also been established.

New Sexual Health Centre at Chalmers Street now open for business

NHS Lothian’s new Chalmers Sexual Health Centre opened its doors on Tuesday this week.  The centre has been designed to provide a purpose built ‘one-stop-shop’ for sexual health services.  The Family Planning & Well Women service previously based at Dean Terrace and the Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) department at Lauristion Building have been combined to provide the services in the new centre.

The Edinburgh Family Planning Trust has played a key role in the creation of the Chalmers Sexual Health Centre.  A stained glass window entitled 'The Family', has been installed in the new building in recognition of the Trust’s contribution to improving the sexual health of the people of Edinburgh and Lothian since it was established, almost 80 years ago.  Designed by Scottish artist, Pinkie Maclure, the window reflects the diversity of people who use the Chalmers Sexual Health Centre.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Agenda (and papers) for meeting of Community Council on We 8 June at 19:30

Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council will meet next Wednesday at 7:30pm (in the large Hall at St Catherine’s Argyle Church).  

The main business will be a 2nd Public Meeting to discuss the Plans for the rebuilding of James Gillespie’s High School, Primary School and Nursery.

The ordinary meeting of MSCC will follow at 9.00 PM


1  Minutes of the meeting held on May 11th

2 Matters Arising:
Jawbone: (Cllr. Cameron Rose)
Garden Competition (T. Cumming)
Autumn meetings: speakers

3 Treasurer’s Report (A.Service)

4 Police Report

5 Subgroups:
Neighbour Notification

Roads and Traffic
20 mph limit

Capital Roads Programme

6 External meetings
SCNP (Alastair)
Safer neighbourhood Team
Old People’s day of action
Housing Strategy
EACC (Tina)
MABLAG (Alison)

7  Announcements:
Stuart Munro
Civic Forum 14th June
Public Information Portal
Leader’s Report
Update name and address list