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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Planning committee to rule on Archers Hall Application (via Cameron Rose)

As Cameron Rose's NewsBlog says: "The proposals to upgrade the Archers [link added] Hall site including the provision of 15 flats for student accommodation will be considered by the [City of Edinburgh Council] Planning Committee this Wednesday (1.4.09)".
See the NewsBlog for details and links to the relevant documents.

, 9 April @21:30 (after request): relevant docs are at

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Meadows Festival AGM: take 2 - 2 April at 7pm

Linda Hendry has sent a message to the members of Meadows Festival group on Facebook, saying "We need you to pop in to the AGM on 2nd April at the Croquet Pavilion on the Meadows if you can possibly make it after 7pm. Our last shot at an AGM did not have enough people so we need you to come for the event to go ahead. You don't have to do anything else to help if you don't want to."

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Short Life Working Group on the Meadows

The note of the meeting of the Short Life Working Group on the Meadows (sub group of the Neighbourhood Partnership) is now available at
The photo was taken today on my way to work and is looking south towards Warrender Park Terrace over the Croquet club from Melville Drive.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Southside Newington Week of Action

The Week of action has commenced.

High visibility patrols by police, Community Safety Officers and Environmental Wardens, mobile CCTV, graffiti removal and street cleaning are set to form part of a Week of Action in Newington and the Southside.

Police, fire and council officers will work with community councils to make the area "cleaner, greener and safer" during the week, beginning on March 16.

The Hub in the King's Hall on South Clerk Street will be open during the Week of Action from 10am-3pm, and everyone is welcome to come and give their views.

For more details see

Road closed (Chalmers Crescent)

As Cameron Rose (councillor for Southside/Newington) reports in his local newsblog: Chalmers Crescent will be closed this Thursday at the junction with Palmerston Road to allow a crane to work safely outside No 8. It should be a part day closure.

Friday, 13 March 2009

A new look

A new dawn for this InfoBlog; a new look: What do you think of the changes?

Consultation on Maternity Services in Lothian

NHS Lothian are consulting on proposals to augment maternity services in Lothian. They plan to build an additional midwife-led unit beside the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health at the New Royal Infirmary and improve facilities at St John's in Livingston. They also aim to: increase the number of staff in maternity services; reduce smoking and the use of alcohol and drugs in pregnancy; encourage breastfeeding; and promote home births.

Your views are invited by 30 April 2009. Contact details are included in a brief guide to the proposals (PDF) available in the strategy section of the NHS Lothian web site.

Do you or anyone you know qualify for the Scottish Government Central Heating Programme?

The Central Heating Programme is a Scottish Government funded initiative. Under the scheme, pensioners who have broken or inefficient systems could benefit from a replacement system and a more efficient system that could help cut energy bills. The Central Heating Programme provides heating, insulation measures, safety devices, energy advice and a benefit entitlement check.

The Programme is available to private-sector homeowners and the tenants of private landlords who are;

  • Aged 60yrs and over who have never had a central heating system;
  • Those who have a system which is broken beyond repair, are aged between 60 and 74yrs and are in receipt of the Guarantee Element of Pension Credit;
  • Those who have a system which is broken beyond repair and are aged 75 or over;
  • Those who have a partial or inefficient system, are aged between 60 and 79yrs and are in receipt of the Guarantee Element of Pension Credit;
  • Those who have a partial or inefficient system and are aged 80 or over.

Please be advised that other residency criteria will also apply.

The current Programme ends in March 2009. Interested parties can contact Scottish Gas on the Central Heating Programme free phone number.

0800 316 1653

Thursday, 12 March 2009

test: HMO papers online

I am trying using googledocs as a way of making key documents such as these

available to the marchmontsciennes e-mail group in a controlled way.
[Follow the link that was e-mailed to you or create a google account and e-mail
me your username.]

If you find this helpful please post a comment on this blog or e-mail

Neighbourhood Survey 2008

The results of the Edinburgh Annual Neighbourhood Survey 2008 are now available.

"Each year Services for Communities asks residents for their views on their neighbourhood; what are the best things; what needs to be improved and what they think about the services we provide. This tells us what the public thinks about things like street cleaning, road maintenance, recycling, and parks in every neighbourhood. In autumn 2008, just over 5,000 Edinburgh residents from across the city took part in the survey."

Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association event: 6 April

The Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association are holding a public meeting on 6 April at 7 to 9pm at St Peter's Church in Lutton Place. See their Facebook events page (if you are a Facebook user) for more details and/or to say you'll come.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Agenda for Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council meeting: We 11 Mar at 19:30

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The next meeting of the Community Council will be held

On WEDNESDAY 11 March 2009 at 7.30pm in

St Catherine’s Argyle Church Community Hall, Grange Road

All who live or work or are active in the area are welcome.

  1. Sederunt and Apologies.
  2. Minutes of Meeting held on 11th February 2009
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Police Report
  5. Update of Marchmont Business community
  6. Developments of the HMO situation
  7. Reports of meetings
  8. Any other business
  9. Next meeting Wednesday 8th April 2009

Wanted! Cook and Supervisor for lunch club




Must have food and hygiene certificate or willing to get it (this is very easy)

Small numbers initially (approx 12)

Simple food


Person needed to generally host the lunch club –

take money, welcome guests, supervise other helpers, etc

Ideally the same person would be able to fill both positions. There will be a remuneration.

The lunch club will meet fortnightly on Mondays at St. Catherine’s Argyle church hall, Grange Rd.

e-mail:; tel. 0131 667 4970