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Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Agenda for November 2021

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

Zoom Meeting on Wed 24th November 2021 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, 27th October 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Ongoing issues

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6           Progress on appointment of Publicity member

 7             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment               

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Edinburgh City Plan 2030

10           Grange Cemetery

                                * See Attached Report

11.       Rev Stuart Irvin leaving St Catherine’s Argyle

               

Items for information

11           Treasurer's report

12           Meetings attended

13           AOCB

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 26th January 2022 (Zoom or in person to be decided)           

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

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Topic: MSCC - November - Part 1

Time: Nov 24, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Thursday, 28 October 2021

MSCC Minutes for September 2021

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 22nd September 2021, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Rhianna Robinson (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Alison Service (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Cllr Melanie Main, Alastair Philp (Resident), Christopher Cowdy (Resident)

 

Apologies:  Cllr Dickie, Cllr Ross.

 

Matters Arising:

 

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

 

Police Report:

 

Has been circulated.

 

Points of note include continuation of regular vehicle and foot patrols around the area and the operation of number of speed checks locally including Grange Drive and Melville Road.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:.

 

Provision of New Water Tank

 

Discussion of the new water tank to be installed in Bruntsfield Links, with work to begin in January/February 2022. Scottish Water have planned to install this new tank to combat the terrible issues with water overflow in the sewage system which has been noted to be particularly bad on Marchmont Road and Marchmont Place. The sewer system will run the length of Marchmont Crescent and feed into the new tank which is deemed a sensible solution to the ongoing problem. Three main issues with the project were discussed. Firstly, the ‘Motor Control Centre’ (MCC) will sit above ground in a kiosk which is 6m x 3m and concern was raised over its visibility as its location was suggested at the top of the hill. The issue of the visual profile of this has been acknowledged by Scottish Water who will re-evaluate. Secondly, the issue of preserving the Wildflower Meadow was raised with the hope that Scottish Water’s laydown areas can work around this to prevent minimal damage. Thirdly, residents of Marchmont Crescent have expressed concern regarding parking, which will have to be reviewed by Edinburgh Council. The bus route ‘41’ will also be diverted during the course of this work.

 

Edinburgh World Heritage Trust Board

 

Alison expressed concern regarding the expensive and appearance but is liaising with them.

 

Playground

 

A donation of £4000 was made by Forbes Nursery. Planning permission is still required.

 

The Meadows Cricket Pavilion

 

Considerable work required to prevent leaking and damage. There is discussion of a community asset transfer to become a community hub. Edinburgh Council have expressed interest in this which is promising but subject to ongoing discussions.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Main:

 

Short-term lets: ongoing issue raised in Marchmont.

 

Waste: concern raised regarding the collection of rubbish and recycling and the ongoing presence of overflowing bins. Discussion concluded that there may be a rise in this due to the student population returning to the area. However, a concern of a potential missed route near the Sick Kids Hospital demolition site was raised which Cllr Main will investigate.

 

Council Meeting: Upcoming meeting on 23rd September to discuss care home provision and provision of intermediate care homes which would be facilitated with IGB, not The Council. Impactful due to the substantial elderly population in the area. The outcome of this meeting will affect many residents.

 

Electrical car charging points: Query of how this will be adopted and accessible for tenements. Cllr Main to forward additional information to Nigel and Alistair regarding location and dates for charging points.

 

Continuation of AGM – Election of Chair and Secretary

 

Chair: Brian was nominated and has accepted.

 

Secretary: Anne was nominated and has accepted. Alison to provide additional support to Anne during her role.

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site Redevelopment

 

Anne detailed a group of residents to liaising with Downing Group to form one point of contact, of which she is lead. Downing Group has been responsive to all issues. At present, demolition has been halted to clear all demolishment scraps, a lot of which is being recycled. The rest of the property has been on for sale since late June/early July with the stipulation of following current plans.

 

Cllr Rose in contact with Downing Group. Cllr Rose has received correspondence from Steve Burges who is attempting to gain further clarification regarding the selling process and future plans for the site. The deadline of sale is 13th October 2021, indicating they may have a buyer in mind.

 

Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

 

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

 

 

Planning applications

 

Nigel:

 

The Bruntsfield Links sewer tank is the main topic of interest, as discussed above. The Grange Association Website has details of all proposed planning applications in the area.

 

Alison:

 

Café Artista: There is a lack of planning permission, however work has started to build a staff room in the back garden of the café. Concern was raised by a neighbour as it is very close to their boundary. Held that this work should be halted instantly, with the importance of work being stopped before construction commences. An enforcement request needs to be raised with The Council. Cllr Main will email David Givan regarding these issues, copying Alison in as a matter of urgency.

 

Grange Cemetery

 

Nigel: Paper has been circulated. The key things to note are that the open day is this weekend (Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September). Always looking for volunteers for Friends of the Cemetery which can be contacted via cemetery@grangeassociation.com.  

 

A tree trail laid out with a few dozen trees with descriptions. Wall graves walk and walk around notable burials. Upcoming projects include standing up fallen gravestones, which the Grange Associations have partially funded. This work will be carried out imminently.  

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £1774.11. Alison has also calculated a forward financial projection until year end in April 2022.

 

Meetings attended.

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

Noticeboard Keys: Anne has received keys back from Adam and plans to make new notices, advertising upcoming meetings and points of interest.

 

Planters:  The Council Nursery will provide plants when required for free going forward.

 

Future Meeting Location: The church hall would be available for the next meeting if desired. Nigel raised the potential of a ‘hybrid’ style where a live stream could be set up to offer both virtual and in person attendance. Decision held to remain online for the present, but this is to be reviewed again in January 2022.

 

Resignation: Shane Voss has resigned.

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 27th October at 7.30 – Planned to be held on Zoom via two 45-minute links.

  

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Draft Agenda for October 2021 Meeting

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

Zoom Meeting on Wed 27th October 2021 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, 22 September 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Ongoing issues

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6           Co-option of social media Publicity officer

 7             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

                                – Any planning changes since the last meeting?

 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Any others

10           Grange Cemetery

                                * See Attached Report

               

Items for information

11           Treasurer's report

12           Meetings attended

13           AOCB

Date of next meeting: 27th October 2021            Please note this meeting will be held on Zoom

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

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Monday, 27 September 2021

MSCC June Minutes

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 23rd June 2021, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Alison Service (MSCC), Vineet Lal, Adam Stewart (MSCC), Cllr Cameron Rose, Shane Voss (MSCC), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Cllr Ian Perry, Cllr Mandy Watt.

 

Apologies:  Anthony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Assoc).  

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minutes from May’s meeting have been circulated, followed by Adam’s amended version of the minutes. After some discussion, it is agreed that Adam’s amended minutes would be accepted. The minutes were approved by Nigel and seconded by Alison.

 

Police Report:

None.

 

Special Item: Saroj Lal’s Life and Legacy in South Edinburgh

 

Vineet Lal gave a brief presentation about his mother, Saroj Lal, who was a teacher and community organiser local to Hatton Place.

Born in British India in 1937, Saroj Lal moved to Scotland in the late 1960s when her husband accepted a position at Napier University. She studied primary teaching and taught at South Morningside Primary School from 1970 to 1973. Afterwards, she spent time at the YWCA as a volunteer and a community worker. Among her many achievements in supporting ethnic minorities and people from marginalised communities, she helped to establish the Hindu Temple in St Andrew Place, founded the first ethnic library at McDonald Road, and as director of Lothian Racial Equality Council helped to bring in significant reforms in the policing and prison systems regarding race and ethnic minorities.

Her name has been put forward as an option for the new school being built on Canaan Lane.

Pupils of the four catchment area schools will choose the new name out of three options including Saroj Lal Primary School.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links

 

FOMBL report has been circulated. Toilets on the Meadows were installed last week and are operating as of today. Congratulations to FOMBL and colleagues in Edinburgh Council for the great progress made on the Meadows.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Watt:

 

Spaces for People continues to cause considerable excitement in the community, with a lot of interest and concern from residents regarding Whitehouse Loan.


The Sciennes Primary closure is the only school road closure being kept. Apart from the other school road closures, most closures are being retained in this area. Spaces For People is going to the full council tomorrow and is expected to be a significant debate.  

 

Construction of new Canaan Lane Primary School is now ongoing, and plans are for it to open in August 2022 for Primary 1 pupils.

 

Cllr Rose:

A local issue is mixed-use parking for residents and pay-and-display users. In the last month or so changes have been implemented in an attempt to get better use of parking spaces.

 

Cllr Rose has been in touch with Downing regarding the mortuary chapel in the Sick Kids site. There are ongoing discussions with interested groups, with people particularly interested in the Phoebe Traquair murals. There have been attempts to get more meaningful discussions underway.

 

AGM

 

A1

The notes of last year’s AGM were approved Alison, seconded by Nigel.

 

A2 Matters Arising

None.

 

A3 Chair’s report

Brian:

It has been a difficult year, and the virtual meetings have been an unsatisfactory method of meeting. In light of this, however, we have made some interesting developments. Thanks in particular to Alison for her work as Treasurer, thanks to Nigel for keeping our meetings straight, and thanks to the other MSCC members for their participation.

Brian notes that the council has been strained for the last two years without having a proper secretary. Given the issues raised about the effectiveness of the MSCC at the previous meeting, Brian has serious concerns that the actions of the community council are not viable and as a result will not stand for re-election as Chair this year. 

 

A4 Secretary’s Report

None

 

A5 Annual Report and presentation of audited accounts

Alison:

Alison has circulated the accounts and P&L for this year, at the end of the year we have approximately £1000 in the bank. Everything has been audited and signed off, thanks to auditor Jim Orr.

This year the financial situation has been very different due to the pandemic, and apart from the minute secretary and insurance, there have been very few expenses. This means that there is quite a bit of money that might be used for small projects in our area.

Nigel notes that a balance sheet was not circulated.

Action: Alison will circulate the balance sheet.

 

A6 Co-option of members

None

 

A7 Election of officers

Nominations for chair: None.

Nominations for secretary: None.

Nominations for treasurer: Alison nominated by Anne and seconded by Brian. Alison accepts.

 

A8

The date of the next AGM will be next year in May or June.

 

A9

Dates of ordinary meeting as proposed: 4th Wednesday of each month, except July, August and December.

 

A10

 

No other AGM business.

 

Sick Kids site update

 

The report from Douglas has been circulated.

 

A group of people who live on Sylvan Place and who will be affected by the demolition works have established a link with Downing with Anne as their representative.

Action: Anne will put together a short report which Brian will circulate.

 

Astley Ainslie.

Nothing to report.

 

Planning applications

4B Palmerston Rd – change of use of part of property to become short-term lets.

 

Nigel notes that the Grange Association’s feedback on this planning application was that the planning permission for change of use should be limited by the earlier of change of ownership of the property or 10 years. The application was withdrawn.

 

Susie, who is the owner of the property and who made the planning application, says that the application was withdrawn as they were warned it would be rejected. The council make no distinction between the use of short-term lets for holiday lets and short term lets for ‘corporate tenants’ (which is what the property would be used for in this case as the property is very much part of her residence. Susie wanted to rent to tenants for a minimum one month and maximum six months).

 

Cllr Watt: The rejection of this planning application was not unique to this particular property but is part of a wider council policy to not distinguish between short term lets for Airbnb’s and corporate short term lets. The issue is that properties that should be homes for people are being turned into commercial businesses, contributing to the greater housing shortage in Edinburgh. There are a huge number of properties being operated as short term lets without proper planning permission and safety considerations, and Cllr Watt encourages us to report them if we come across them. This council policy comes from feedback from Edinburgh residents who wanted long-term residents in their communities, according to their response to a public consultation.  

 

Grange Cemetery

Report has been circulated.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Monthly report has been circulated. The bank balance is currently £942.28.

 

Meetings attended.

None.

 

AOCB

 

Anne: There is a planter at the top of Marchmont Crescent outside Café Artista which needs refurbishment and replanting. Dorothy Ryle used to look after it some years ago. Mike Shields might be willing to empty it and put in new compost, and a local florist or MSCC could sponsor it to put in new flowers and to tend to it.

Anne has been in touch with Sheila from Sheila’s fishmongers who is excited about the idea, and Mike Shields has offered to remove it if no one will tend to it as it is an eyesore.

 

Action: Anne will get back in touch with Sheila and will report back.

 

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30.