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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

National Planning Framework

The second National Planning Framework (NPF2) was published on June 25 2009 and is a key part of the modernised Planning System in Scotland, guiding long term development to 2030.

You can contact the National Planning Framework Team at or on 08457 741 741 or 0131 244 7610.

The ethics of ‘personalised’ healthcare in a consumer age

And now for something completely different...

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is holding a public consultation on the ethical issues raised by online healthcare, telemedicine and commercial medical profiling technologies such as DNA testing and body imaging. This consultation closes on 21st July 2009

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Comments requested on Meadows & Bruntsfield Links Manifesto by 26 Jun

City of Edinburgh Council is currently reviewing arrangements for event management and as part of this process the production of an Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto is underway. The intention is that this document will provide a wide framework for the management of events in all of the city’s parks and greenspaces and will help secure a balance between the use of these sites for events whilst sustaining a high quality environment.

Specific concerns have been raised about the condition of the Meadows over several years due to the number of events held on the site and the Policy & Strategy Committee 12 May 2009 requested that a priority case study of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links be drafted.

The aim of the
Meadows & Bruntsfield Links Manifesto is to establish a set of requirements unique to The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links which are intended to provide a framework on which a balanced and sustainable events programme can be achieved, whilst ensuring the quality of the land is maintained to the highest standard possible. It uses eight key principles, the first five determine whether an event will be given permission, the following three are aimed at the successful management of an agreed event.

In order to present the results of this consultation at the next meeting of the Policy & Strategy Committee comments (to are requested by 26 June 2009. If you do respond to this call for comments can you copy to

Invitation to Open Space Audit event on Th 25 Jun at 18:30

City of Edinburgh Council is currently consulting on an open space audit, which forms the first stage of preparing an open space strategy. This is the most comprehensive look at open spaces in the city in over 40 years.

They are holding a public workshop at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, on Thursday 25 June, 6:30 - 8:00pm to check the accuracy of the draft audit and find out what people think about the provision of open space, its quality, and possible ideas for enhancing or changing open space in the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership area or farther afield.

The strategy will set standards of open space provision across the city and inform future planning decisions affecting open space. It will also help set priorities for changing and enhancing open space over the next five years to ensure these standards are met. There will be further consultation on the next stage of the project - the draft strategy and action plans - earlier next year but in the meantime they are keen to hear our views.

To assist planning for the event please contact if you wish to attend.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Enquire: independent advice on additional support for learning

Enquire (the Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for learning) have asked us to publicise their services.

Any child who needs more or different support to what is normally provided in schools or pre-schools is said to have ‘additional support needs’ and require additional support for learning.

Enquire offer advice and information by way of a telephone helpline and through written responses to email and enquiries via their website. They also provide training and outreach, and produce a range of free publications.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust - Spring newsletter

A paper copy of the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust Spring Newsletter - Greenspace Matters - has just arrived through the secretary's letterbox. If you would like to see it please contact him. An electronic copy may appear later at their website.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Neighbourhood Partnership: Events Calendar

An online calendar for events, activities, meetings and consultations taking place in Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnerships is now available. From the search on this page you can scroll through dates week by week, or select specific dates and find out what is on in all or any one of the Partnerships.

If you have events that you'd like added please contact

Friday, 5 June 2009

Thursday, 4 June 2009

AGM for Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

The AGM of the Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links will take place at the croquet club, by Leven Terrace, on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm. Come and be introduced to the game of croquet, and then help decide who should be running the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links. 

[update: poster in display case at Meadows confirms time as 7:30pm]

A G E N D A for AGM of the Community Council on We 10 June (at 7pm)

The AGM of the Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will take place on Wed 10 Jun 09 at 7pm in St Catherine Argyle Church Hall.

It will be followed immediately by the scheduled regular meeting.

(for agm)

  1. Minutes of the last AGM and matters arising.
  2. Chairperson’s Report.
  3. Deputy chairperson’s Report on HMO’s.
  4. Neighbourhood Partnership Rep’s Report and blogmeister/secretary.
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. A.O.C.B.
  7. Next AGM - Wednesday 9 June 2010.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A G E N D A for meeting of the Community Council on We 10 June (at 7pm)

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on WEDNESDAY 10 June 2009 at 7.00pm in St Catherine’s Argyle Church Community Hall, Grange Road

The AGM will start at 7:00pm (AGM Agenda; AGM minutes
and the regular meeting will start at 7:30pm

A G E N D A   
(for regular meeting)
  1. Sederunt and Apologies.
  2. Minutes of Meeting (.doc) held 13 May 2009
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Police Report
  5. Presentation of the Student/Permanent Resident survey by Thomas Graham, Edinburgh University Student Assoc.
  6. Edinburgh Open Space Strategy (see blog)
  7. South east Scotland strategic development plan (see blog)
  8. Community Council nominations/elections (see blog)
  9. Reports of meetings
  10. Any other business
  11. Date of next meeting: Wednesday 9 September 2009
watch the blog: and HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!