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Monday, 31 October 2011

Your thoughts requested on Edinburgh Local Development Plan: Main Issues Report

The City of Edinburgh Council is developing a local development plan for Edinburgh and has been in touch asking for our help.

 The plan will set out policies and proposals to guide development and land use. The main opportunity to get involved is in response to the Main Issues Report. This sets out options for new proposals and changes to some policies. It asks for our views on 20 questions.

Paper copies of the main Issues Report, Monitoring Statement and Environmental Report have been sent to the MSCC secreatry and I will bring them to the November meeting. In the meantime copies can be downloaded or viewed at the local development plan website, or perused at local libraries or the Planning Reception at Waverley Court.

In addition exhibitions are being put on across the city and there will be workshops to discuss specific issues.

Our comments are requested by Fr 27 Jan 2012 via an online form or e-mail to

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Edinburgh World Heritage Newsletter October 2011

Edinburgh World Heritage have published their October newsletter. 

Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity funded by charitable donations, the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland, with the role of protecting, conserving and promoting the World Heritage Site.

The newsletter contains items on (among other things): 

It's Good to Talk … about alcohol community conference We 16 Nov

The South Central Neighbourhood Partnership would like to invite you to participate in its first Community Conference at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road on Wednesday, 16th November.

The purpose of the event is explore issues of alcohol and its effects on the community of South Central; to raise awareness amongst people on the wide range of issues around alcohol; enhance knowledge and networking amongst key agencies/service delivery organisations and, principally, to identify a series of recommendations for future, achievable, action for consideration by the Neighbourhood Partnership. A programme for the morning is noted below.

EVENT PROGRAMME (subject to change) 

 11.45 am COMFORT BREAK (Coffee & Cake Provided) 
 1.00 pm FINISH

Some of the possible areas for discussion include licensing; sales of alcohol to young people; health effects on older people and women; fire/accident damage; family – effect on children and families; anti social behaviour.

 In order to organise the workshops and for catering please register your intention to participate

Friday, 14 October 2011

Well done Garden Competition winners!

Congratulations to the following winners in this year's Marchmont & Sciennes Front and Container Garden's competition. Well done everyone!  And thank you to Tina and the judges for all their hard work pounding the pavements to examine Marchmont & Sciennes' best gardens. 

The prizes were presented last Saturday by Graeme Smalley who used to run the Warrender Park Road post office. He and his wife were the kind donors of the Smalley Quaich which went to the overall winner.

1 (East-facing)Cindy Cunningham,
21 Livingstone Place
1 (East-facing)Mr G Costello
23 Livingstone Place
1 (South-facing)108 Thirlestane Road
1 (South-facing)Rosemary Robertson
145 Warrender Park Road
1 (West-facing)Hala George
36 Marchmont Crescent
2 (North-facing)Ann Dickson
18 Warrender Park Crescent
2 (North-facing)Katharine McCulloch
3A Warrender Park Crescent
Smalley Quaich winner
3 (Window boxes)Anne McCoubrey,
6 (1) Roseneath Terrace
4  (Wildlife)Barbara Smith
15 Livingstone Place
5 (Updated)

Susan Oswald
53 Warrender Park Road  
Julie Odell & Tim Day
8 Marchmont Crescent
6 (Child-friendly)Emma Tracey
1 Roseneath Street
6Melany Jackson
17 Marchmont Crescent
6 (Tall planting)Mrs Hughes
22 Roseneath Place
6 (Raised beds)Ruth Miller
13 Arden Street
6 (Topiary)49 Thirlestane Road
6Ian Thomson
38 Arden Street

City of Edinburgh Community Councils Newsletter (Oct 11)

The most recent edition of the Edinburgh Community Council Newsletter (PDF) is now available.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Public Inquiry into Edinburgh Trams Project?

Kezia Dugdale MSP has sent us a consultation document making a case for a public inquiry into the Edinburgh Trams Project

She suggests that "the more representations [she] receives, and the more suggestions are made for a Public Inquiry's terms of reference the more likely we are to get a deep and thorough inquiry which asks the right questions and demands answers".

Responses to the consultation document are requested by 29 October.  

Agenda for meeting of MSCC on We 26 Oct at 7:30pm at St Catherine's Argyle

The Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council will hold their October meeting on We 26 Oct at 7:30pm at St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls on Grange Road

All are most welcome to attend


1 Sederunt and welcome: apologies

2 ALISON JOHNSTONE MSP. Alison has written to say she will speak on her new role
and responsibilities and will ‘cover some of the areas I expect to focus on during the
years ahead including resource use, transport, land reform, food and education’.
This part of the meeting is expected to take one hour.

3 Minutes of the last meeting

4 Matters arising from the minutes not elsewhere listed
     Use of the Meadows
     Support for tree planting
     Astley Ainsley site
     Meeting with NHS Lothian
     FOI request re HMO provision
     Christmas Tree Lighting
     Quality Bike Corridor
     Membership of MSCC

[Treasurer's report for October and corrected for September]

5 Start time of meetings

6 Preparations for winter weather (CEC document refers)

7 Public Inqury re Trams; letter from Kezia Dugdale MSP

8 Reports
     Roads and Traffic

9 Neighbourhood partnership meeting
     Combination of environmental forums

10 Training and support for Community Councillors

11 Date of next meeting: 23rd November 2011

Items 2-11 are mainly for information; and it is hoped that the meeting can conclude at
9.00 PM

updated: Students in the Community Event on Tu 1 Nov 2011 at Teviot Row House

updated: on Tu 1st not 2nd Nov! 6 for 6:30 till 9pm

The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) extend an invitation to attend this year’s Students in the Community Event organised in conjunction with the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership.   Last year’s event was a big success which we hope to replicate but we can’t do it without you!

Please come along to Teviot House with your ideas for future community projects.   The Neighbourhood Partnership has ring-fenced a sum of money for this purpose – those attending on the night will decide how it should be spent

Registration is essential – please contact Sheona Lawson by Friday, 28th October

Thursday, 6 October 2011

September 2011 edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch

The September 2011 edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch, compiled by the City of Edinburgh Council's Economic Development Unit is now available.
The Edinburgh Economy Watch presents and analyses a range of economic indicators to describe the impact that current economic conditions are having on the capital and benchmark Edinburgh's economic performance against similar-sized UK cities.

As previously mentioned The City of Edinburgh Council has also recently completed a review of the economy of the City and the surrounding area, and the findings are now available.  They would welcome your thoughts on the findings and proposals for how the council should respond to the issues raised.  

Wednesday, 5 October 2011