This blog is where you will find community council information, including meeting times, minutes and agenda. Do please comment on postings.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Public meeting on 28 November: Progress and plans for construction: James Gillespie’s High & Primary Schools

edited 1 Nov to include correct date!

Notice of Public Meeting

Progress and plans for construction:
James Gillespie’s High & Primary Schools
2013 - 2015

Members of the project team will give a presentation
and answer your questions

Wed 28 Nov 2012 at 7.30pm
St Catherine’s Church Halls, Beaufort Road.

All welcome

[The regular MSCC meeting will include this business]

Monday, 22 October 2012

Drainage ditches being dug on the Bruntsfield Links

A mini digger was at work today digging ditches on the Bruntsfield Links and filling them with gravel. 

The driver told me that these were to aid drainage down to the rock. He said the ground had been compacted due to many years of walking on the grass and this combined with the recent heavy rain and dense surface roots in the turf had led to surface pooling.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Agenda for meeting of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council on 24 Oct


Meeting 24th October 2012 at 7:30pm

St Catherine’s Church Halls, Beaufort Road.

Note: This meeting will be chaired by Alastair Philp


1 Sederunt and apologies

2 Minutes of the previous meeting, circulated and amended

3 Matters arising from the minutes

(i) Programme for this and the November meeting
(ii) Christmas tree lighting - plans and progress
(iii) C.C. elections, submission
(iv) Response to planning guidance
(v) Quality Bike Corridor
(vi) Public nuisance in streets close to the meadows
(vii) Environmental issues: rubbish collection
(viii) Students in the Community  30th October

4 Police Report

5 Innovations at Barclay Corner, FOMBL (Heather Goodare),

6 Property Conservation - presentation by Libby Strong
(Nb: This matter should be taken at 8.00PM. It may be necessary to interrupt other
business and return to it later.)

7 Treasurer’s report (AS)

8 Planning Report (if any)

9 HMO Report (AL)

10 Neighbourhood Partnership Report (if any)

Meetings to note:
(i) Environmental and Town Centre Group 29th October
(ii)Design Guidance 6th November


DONM November 28th

City of Edinburgh Council: New Petitions Committee

Members of the public and local businesses are being given a voice to influence Council decisions in the city by way of the new Petitions Committee.  The Petitions process went live on Monday 8 October 2012, and they are now accepting petitions.  Taking part in or creating a petition is one way that individuals, community groups and organisations can get involved in what the Council does. It allows people to raise issues of public concern and gives Councillors the opportunity to consider the need for change. 

There are a range of agreed criteria for a petition to satisfy prior to confirmation of validity and consideration by the committee.   Matters that can not be considered include those currently being considered by a committee,  matters in a work programme or those that relate to a council or committee decision that has been made in the previous six months.  

Petitions can be submitted online on a Petitions webpage

Paper petitions can also be used and forms can be downloaded from their webpage or collected from Council offices or local libraries.  Please direct any enquiries to

Joint Commissioning Plan for Older People 2012 -2022

NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Scottish Care and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) are consulting on a draft joint plan. The plan explains how they wish to improve services for older people over the next ten years.

You are invited to make your views known by completing an online form.

If you prefer you can download the questionnaire, available as a full colour version or text only version, and post it to:

Consultation plan older peoples services
Business Centre 1/8
The City of Edinburgh Council
Waverley Court
4 East Market Street

Views are sought by 21st December 2012.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Report from the Scottish Government Short-life Working Group on Community Councils

In December 2011, the Scottish Government established a short-life working group to consider and recommend how best to build the resilience, capacity and capability of Community Councils in the future.

The final report and recommendations, include consideration of internal operations; Community Councils’ engagement and relationships with local authorities; the wider public sector; the general public; and the communities that they strive to represent.

The Group agreed that in the spirit of partnership working and in recognition of the key role local authorities play in supporting Community Councils, its report should be presented to both the Scottish Government and COSLA to consider collectively and ultimately decide which recommendations should be taken forward. The Group also agreed that consideration of its recommendations would benefit from wider discussion and engagement with a range of stakeholders with an interest in the sector which will inform and support the future policy development of Scotland's Community Councils .