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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Experimental Facebook discussion page

We are trying out the idea of a MSCC Facebook page to allow postings of local interest in a less controlled way than the official Community Council Blog.  Why not visit and let us know what you think about local issues and events!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Edinburgh Outlook Summer Edition 2010

A new edition of the City of Edinburgh Council produced Edinburgh Outlook newspaper is now available.

NHS Lothian: Health link newsletter - Summer 2010 edition

Ten paper copies of the summer 2010 edition of NHS Lothian's Health Link newspaper have arrived with the secretary with a request to circulate them to community councillors. Among other interesting features it contains articles on: a new unit for faster x-rays; the benefits of gardening, and on plans for a new birthing centre.  

New concept designs for the new Sick Kids are also now available.

If anyone wishes one of the paper copies please get in touch with the secretary.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Comments sought on revisions to planning guidance: accessibility, and building heights

Draft revisions have been made to two Edinburgh Planning Guidelines:

+ Accessibility in the Built Environment (changes to the Guideline are highlighted in yellow)
+ Building Heights and Roofscape 

Comments are invited on both of these by 6 August. If you have a comment on the Accessibility guideline contact and if you have a comment on the Building heights one contact

Capital City Partnership’s electronic newsletter - Social Inclusion News - Jun 10

Issue 71 (June 2010) of the The Capital City Partnership’s electronic newsletter, Social Inclusion News is now available.

The Capital City Partnership (CCP) is a key strategic partnership within Edinburgh's Community Planning Framework, leading on the delivery of the regeneration targets of the city's Single Outcome Agreement. It brings together key statutory, voluntary, community and private sector organisations to promote change and joint working for community regeneration.

The Tenement Handbook

In conversation at the Meadows Festival last week I was reminded that MSCC members might be interested in The Tenement Handbook. Updates covering recent legislation are also available.

The MSCC secretary has a copy of the book you could look at if you were interested.

[no incentive has been given to publicise this book]

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race - 26 Jun 2010

The Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race will take place at Edinburgh Quay (Lochrin Basin at the end of the Union Canal at Fountainbridge) on Sat 26 Jun. Free boat trips  and raft race heats start from 10am. Ian Rankin will perform the official opening at noon and activities will start from 12:30pm.  These are scheduled to include:
  • Canoe taster sessions and a display
  • Bands (Risa Kagona, Ceilidh and Pipes)
  • Stalls
  • Trampolines and kiddy rides
  • Model boats
If you'd like to enter the race contact Other enquiries about the festival please to The event is supported by British waterways Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Curriculum for excellent teeth - recipe book from James Gillespie's Primary

Young chefs at James Gillespie's Primary launched a recipe book today aimed at improving dental health and diet and every P6 pupil across Edinburgh and the Lothians will receive a copy. The year long project between the school, NHS Lothian and Scotmid Co-operative was hailed by City of Edinburgh Council as a perfect example of Curriculum for Excellence in action.

Pupils have been involved in the production of the Scotmid funded Healthy Smiles Cookbook at every stage of its development, from the creation of recipes through to design, sponsorship, distribution and promotion. Teachers have used the project to help pupils learn across a range of subjects including art, IT, design, maths and English.

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:
* Vote Nelson - vote in the National Lottery Awards
* Auld Reekie comes back to life - rediscover Georgian Edinburgh
* A Garden fit for a poet - cub scouts plant a garden at the Burns Monument
* Grim reminder to be restored- grant to repair a mortsafe in Greyfriars Kirkyard

Audited accounts for 2009-2010

The audited accounts for 2009-2010 for Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council are now available.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Annual General Meeting of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

The AGM of the community council will take place at 7pm at St Catherine's Argyle Church in Grange Road. It will be followed immediately by the regular June meeting.

All who live or work or are active in the area are welcome.
Hearing loop available – please request in advance

1.      Minutes of the AGM of June 2010
2.      Chairperson’s Annual Report
4.      Co-option of members
5.      Demit of current office bearers and election of office bearers:
a.   Chair
b.   Vice-Chair
c.    Secretary
d.   Treasurer

6.    Date of next AGM:  Wednesday 11th May 2011

 AGENDA for regular meeting

1.      Minutes of the meeting of 12 May and matters arising
2.      Police Report 
3.      Sub Groups
a.   Election of Subgroup chairs:
Planning, HMOs, Parking, Events, Other
b.   Planning Group (Sarah Sandow)
                                                                i.     Delivering Capital Growth Consultation
c.    HMOs Group  (Ann Laird)
d.   Parking Group  (Susie Agnew)
e.   Events: Garden Competition (Tina Cumming)
4.    External Meetings
b.   Friends of the Meadows  Meeting (Dorothy Ryle)

5.    Any other business: 
a.   licence trader on meadows

Community Beat Police Newsletters for Tollcross, Marchmont and Meadows - May 10

Yocksan Bell, the community beat officer for Tollcross, Marchmont and Meadows has circulated his newsletter for May 2010.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Delivering Capital Growth: from green belt to wedges?

A draft strategy, Delivering Capital Growth, has been published for the continued physical renewal and growth of Edinburgh. The strategy outlines the steps the City of Edinburgh Council are taking now, and those they need to take in the future, to ensure Edinburgh remains an attractive place to live, work, study and invest.

The draft strategy is out for consultation until 25 June. The Council is seeking your views on the contents of the strategy and the action plan.

One concerning suggestion is that Edinburgh's green belt may be converted into an interrupted set of green 'wedges'. We will discuss this and other aspects of the document at the MSCC AGM next week (We 9 Jun at 19:00).