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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

South Central Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting - 8 Nov 10 at 7pm

The South Central Neighbourhood Partnership will meet in public on Monday 8 November 2010 at 7pm (till 9pm) in the Business Centre, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh. 

For more information please contact: 
Donald Burgess (Partnership Development Officer). The MSCC rep on the neighbourhood partnership is Alastair Philp.

Papers will shortly be available
· Click on "go to committee search"
· Pick "South Central Neighbourhood Partnership" as committee name and "8 November 2010" as date.
· Click "search"

Consultation on a Edinburgh Canal Strategy: comments invited by 17 Dec

update: image (c)
Since its re-birth as part of the Millennium Link Project, the Union Canal has come a long way from a derelict backwater to one of Edinburgh 's most important assets.  The Union Canal is now enjoyed on a daily basis by people for a variety of uses such as boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing.  The Canal is also a focus for new development, particularly at Fountainbridge, for new moorings, marinas and canal-focused community activities. However, as the Canal is developed, its special environment must also be protected with its benefits shared by the wider community.  To ensure that this happens The City of Edinburgh Council and British Waterways Scotland are preparing a Strategy for the Union Canal within the Edinburgh area.  

An Edinburgh Canal Strategy Consultation Document has now been approved by the City of edinburgh Council Planning Committee for consultation purposes. A supporting planning committee report is also available.  The consultation will run from Monday 11th October - Friday 17th December 2010.
A number of public workshops will be held during the consultation period including:
  • Monday 22 November - Polwarth Parish Church - 6pm
  • Wednesday 24 November - Tollcross Community Centre - 6pm
  • Saturday 20 November - Reunion Canal Boat - Edinburgh Quay from 10am - 12pm,  Harrison Park from 12.30 - 2.30pm. Feel free to take the trip down the canal between 12 and 12.30 or at 2.30pm
If you wish to be involved with the consultation contact Kate Hopper for more details.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Quality bike corridor

A consultation on a quality bike corridor proposal from the city centre to Newington to Kings Buildings and the Royal Infirmary is about to start.  Leaflets about the scheme will be distributed along the corridor in the first 2 weeks of November. There will be a public exhibition of the plans at Newington library from 15-29 November and they will also be available on the Council website (link from 

Council officers involved with the design of the scheme will be at public drop-in sessions at St.Catherine's Argyle Church Hall on the 1st and 2nd of December (5-8pm) to discuss the scheme in detail. The leaflets will include a small feedback form - additional comments can be sent to a Freepost address or emailed to

Redevelopment of James Gillespie's High School

 A consultation report on proposals for the decant of James Gillespie's High School will be presented to the City of Edinburgh Council's  Education Committee on 9th November.  

To enable the secondary school works to go ahead the existing primary school nursery and gym hall will be relocated, by building new structures.  Further details will be shared with parents of primary school children shortly.

Architects (jmarchitects) are now working on initial designs for the new secondary buildings. These design concepts are drawing on the existing educational design brief.  They will be shared with the school and community before long.  A further pre-planning consultation is expected to start in early 2011.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Survey on residential bike storage

(c) Flickruser cirrus29.rm 2008
Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, is currently running a project on tackling residential bike storage. They have been awarded a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund to develop information and guidance materials for use by individuals, stairs, developers, councils and others who are looking for the best way to accommodate bikes for every-day use. They hope this will be a starting point to stimulating actual practical storage improvements, to reduce stair problems and to help people to use bikes for their routine local journeys. 

Last month, Spokes ran a short online survey which generated some very useful responses on this subject, but most of the respondents were existing cyclists. They are now very keen to hear from NON-cyclists / very infrequent cyclists, particularly if you are annoyed by parked bikes and/or if you would consider cycling, or cycling a bit more, if it was easier to do so.

Please complete their short online questionnaire (just 9 questions, and the chance to win a set of Spokes maps to help get you cycling more). For any problems, queries or follow-up comments, please email

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Agenda: meeting of Community Council on We 13 Oct 2010 at 7:30pm


The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on October 13th at 7.30pm in St Catherine’s Argyle Church Community Hall, Grange Road

At 7.30pm

Living together in Marchmont and Sciennes: A meeting to explore the issues, anxieties and pleasures of 'tenement life'

* JENNIFER JONES, Edinburgh City Licensing Department
* DEREK BROWN, Homeworks
* RICHARD PONTET, Edinburgh Stair Partnership
This part of the meeting will be chaired by Cllr Ian Perry.

Normal Business from 8.30
1. Draft minutes of the meeting of 8 September and matters arising

2. Police Report : questions

3. Sub Groups
    a. Planning Group (Sarah Sandow)
    b. HMOs Group (Ann Laird)
    c. Parking Group (Susie Agnew)
    d. Christmas Lights and Carol Event (Melanie Main) 

4. External Meeting

5. Any other business
 -- Proposal for mobile phone mast at Whitehouse Loan/ Thirlestane Road

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

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Date for your diary: Christmas tree lighting 4:30pm on 4 Dec 2010

The Marchmont & Sciennes Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be on Sa 4 Dec this year. 4:30pm at the tree (outside Scotmid at Warrender Park Road and Marchmont Crescent) and then afterwards at the German-speaking church on Chalmers Crescent.

Autumn Eco Festival - Sa 9 October at 11-3 at South Morningside Primary School