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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Edinburgh World Heritage Newsletter

Edinburgh World Heritage have circulated the latest edition of their newsletter. 

Details of the topics that it covers are available on their website and include:

* Scotland Street Tunnel wall comes tumbling down 
* Twelve Monuments Project Update

* Extra stars for the Nelson Monument
* EWH Energy Efficiency Officer appointed

* World Monuments Fund visits Edinburgh

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Inside Letting - link with landlords - Winter '10 edition

Issue 22 of Inside Letting - Edinburgh's link with landlords - has been circulated.

Among other items this edition carries an item which confirms that the whole of Edinburgh is a Smoke Control Area and that tenants should be aware that burning wood in an open fire may result in a fine of £1000.

Draft for consultation: Antisocial Behaviour Strategy (2010-13)

A draft 3-year Antisocial Behaviour Strategy (2010-13) for Edinburgh is now available for public consultation.  This has been jointly prepared by the City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Borders Police.  Comments are welcome; please respond to by 9 March 2010.

A paper copy is available from the MSCC secretary.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Earth Hour 2010 – Edinburgh – 27 March

On Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm, individuals, communities and businesses around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in support of WWF’s Earth Hour.

Edinburgh is again supporting this year’s event by switching off the lights at the City Chambers, Waverley Court, the Scott Monument, Princess Street Garden monuments including Edinburgh Castle Rock, the Burns Monument, City Arts Centre and Calton Hill.  In 2009 other landmarks joined in too, with Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, St John’s Church and the Caledonian and Scotsman hotels all flicking the switches to dim the lights.  

WWF are encouraging people & organisations to take part in this event.  If you would like to take part or are interested in finding out more, please contact Kirstie Shirra, Earth Hour Co-ordinator for WWF.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Sick Kids is 150

The Evening News today has a piece about the 150th anniversary of the Sick Kids Hospital including a little history and some details on the new hospital due to open in 2013 at Little France.

Many of the details are those which Colin Briggs (Service Manager for Children's Services in NHS Lothian) gave us in his presentation to the MSCC meeting on Wed 10 Feb.

Cameron Rose has also posted a short note of some of the key points from Colin's talk.

Grange Association AGM: 7pm on We 24 Feb at Marchmont St Giles

The Grange Association will hold their Annual General Meeting (followed by a talk:“A Capital Story: Edinburgh’s history in a nutshell” by Dr Graeme Cruickshank on Wednesday 24 February at 7.00pm at Marchmont St Giles Church Hall, Kilgraston Road. 

Both Grange Association members and visitors are welcome.  

Please note that a MSCC Community Engagement event is on the same evening at that time in the German Speaking Church on Chalmers Crescent.

Proposed changes to controlled parking: views now sought

As reported a month ago on this blog City of Edinburgh Council are proposing to alter the regulations governing controlled parking zones (CPZ) in the city. [TRO/09/76]

Detailed information about the draft order, plans and relevant documentation can be found here. 

Most properties in the Marchmont and Sciennes area should now have received a letter about this through their door.  

MSCC discussed this at our meeting on 10 Feb 10 and now propose to object to the proposals for Fingal Place and Sylvan Place.  Other responses to the proposals are invited by 2 Mar 2010, to  

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Agenda: meeting of Community Council on We 10 Feb 2010 at 7:30pm

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on We 10 Feb 2010 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.

Hearing loop available.

Tea/ Coffee will be available beforehand


1. Welcome and introductions
       a. The ‘Sick Kids’ Hospital - Presentation

2. Minutes of the previous meeting
       Approval of minutes from December 9th

3. Matters Arising:
     a. Dec 9th:
          i.  Nomination of Pat Masters as Community Councillor
          ii. Tina Cumming proposed as MSCC Rep on Edinburgh Association of Community Council
     b. January email

4. Police Report

5. Sub Group reports:
6. External Meetings
7. Community Group Event 24th February

8. Any other business

9. Date of next meeting March 10th

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Volunteers sought for The Risk Factory interactive safety centre

The Risk Factory is Scotland’s only interactive safety centre, teaching children important safety messages in a fun way. Volunteers are vital to the delivery of the programme and help make our centre a roaring success.  Volunteers are trained on every scenario and given advice on how to deliver the safety messages as efficiently as possible as if the children were in a real life situation. The training includes regular talks from experts; “shadowing” following an experienced volunteer round to see ‘volunteering in action’; and one to one training and support from our volunteer co-ordinator.

Over the last three years the centre has gone from strength to strength, creating a great environment for children to learn about dangers they may face in the real world.  Recently the volunteers completed a questionnaire and when asked what they found most rewarding about volunteering, they answered seeing the children’s reaction, enjoyment, enthusiasm and participation in each scenario. If you would like to find out more and have a few hours spare either daytime or evenings, please contact Angela Hall.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Scottish Government Community Empowerment Newsletter

The first issue of a new community empowerment newsletter is now available from the Scottish Government website.  As well as updating readers on the progress of the Community Empowerment Action Plan, and detailing training and upcoming events, the newsletter includes inspiring examples of how communities across Scotland have become empowered, from Orkney through South Lanarkshire to Dumfries and Galloway. 

The newsletter will be issued on-line on a quarterly basis, to help inspire, encourage and support community empowerment across Scotland.

For more details please contact

Monday, 1 February 2010