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Friday, 20 December 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council 
wish you a joyous festive season

Thursday, 19 December 2013

note revised start of 6:15pm - Important date for your diary: 14 Jan 2013 MSCC/ local traders social evening

At their November meeting MSCC agreed to hold an event in January to which we would invite as many local retailers as possible to meet with us and, hopefully, develop closer relations.  That event has now been fixed for 


There will be drinks and light refreshments.  

We need as many Community Councillors, City Councillors and MSPs  as possible to make this event a success. So please put it in your diary and join the party.  

RSVP please to Sarah Sandow or telephone 229 9950

* note revised start time of 6:15pm

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Changes to bin days over the festive season from Wednesday 25 December 2013 to Tuesday 7 January 2014

Please note that special arrangements are in place for collection of refuse and recycling over Christmas and the New Year. 

Green, brown and food waste bins and red and blue box collections
Bins will not be collected on 25 December and 1 January but will instead be picked up on Saturday 28 December and Saturday 4 January respectively.

If the Council don’t pick up the bin on the day listed above, they are asking residents to leave it out until we collect it.

Please note that unlike previous years collections that fall on Boxing Day 26 December and Thursday 2 January will happen as normal. Residents should ensure that their bins are out by 6am on the collection day.

Christmas tree recycling
Christmas trees can be recycled at any of the three Community Recycling Centres, which will be open throughout the festive period (except for 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 January)

The Council will also be providing a kerbside Christmas Tree recycling collectionIf residents have a brown bin or live in a brown bin area, they are being asked to place their tree at the kerbside, next to the brown bin, by 6am on the next garden waste day.

To enable trees to be recycled residents are reminded to:
·         Remove all decorations from the Christmas tree
·         If the tree is 6ft tall or more, please cut it in half
·         Do not place trees in plastic bags, as this means we cannot recycle it
·         Remove any tree stands

Trees will also be collected from communal bin areas during January. Residents can go to for more details.

2014 collection calendars
There are no changes to collection days for 2014. Residents can download their collection calendars at or call 0131 529 3030 for a copy.

Special uplifts
There will be no special uplift service between Tuesday 24 December and 7 January. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 7 January.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Have your say: Edinburgh Policing Plan 2014-17

Police Scotland are currently undertaking a program of public consultation in order to inform the creation of their next Edinburgh Policing Plan for 2014-17. 

This program has included face-to-face street surveys, local community engagement sessions, a bespoke online business survey and now a general online survey

This general online survey is aimed at the general public and will remain open until Tuesday 24th December. 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Are you a service user or carer with lived experience?

The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership is seeking people to provide either a service user perspective or a carer perspective to the Partnership.

The Partnership is comprised of the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council, (EVOC) who are committed to the vision of ‘working together for a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh’.

The Members’ key tasks will be to attend Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership meetings and ensure that the Partnership is provided with a service user and a carer perspective on agenda items. 

The members will ensure oversight and scrutiny of decisions and policies made by the Partnership.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.

For further information, please contact Rachel Howe.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council Christmas Tree Lighting Sat 7th Dec at 4pm (note revised time)

The Marchmont & Sciennes Community Christmas tree will be lit next Saturday (7 Nov) at 4pm.  

Special Guest Ron Butlin, the Makar of Edinburgh  (poet laureate) will preside.

Join with James Gillespies High School Brass Ensemble and the JG Primary School Choir to sing traditional carols.

Where: Marchmont Crescent meets Warrender Park Road

Take part in the Local Shops’ T O M B O L A
Buy something and enter each shop’s Lucky Dip From 1pm to 5.30pm on Sat 7th December only.  Participating shops (in order from lower Argyle Place to top of Marchmont Road): Meadowlark Café, The New Leaf, Bodywell, Marchmont Hardware, Ishii Hair, Bohemia, Doodles, Pastures Café, March Hair, Marchmont Gallery, Marchmont Pharmacy (closes 3.30pm)Save the Date, Cork & Cask, Right Pharmacy (round corner in Grange Road)

For more information see 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 27 Nov at 19:30

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its November meeting on 27 November 2013 at 7:30pm, in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our third meeting of 13/14.  Further meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May and June 2014.

All who live and work in the area are most welcome!


 1            Sederunt and apologies
 2            Minutes of last meeting, 23 October 2013
 3               Matters arising from the minutes 
·            Marchmont Crescent Noticeboard (repairs)
·            Zebra Crossing on Marchmont Road
·            Jawbones refurbishment
·            Involving local traders
4            Police Report

Items for discussion
 5             Thanks to retiring Community Councillors
 6              Vacant Chair
 7              Community Council Scheme (previously circulated)
 8             Christmas Tree Lighting
9            Treasurer’s Report  & Proposals for how to spend accumulated money

Items mainly for information
10              Planning matters
·            Royal Edinburgh Hospital
·            Local Development Plan
·            SESplan Strategic Development Authority Draft Housing Land Supplementary Guidance
11              Neighbourhood Partnership meeting
12             AOCB
           -   Meadows & Bruntsfield Links Advisory Group
13            Date of next meeting: 22 January 2014

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The New Leaf Co-op member vacancy

The New Leaf Co-op (TNLC) is currently hiring for a new Co-operative Member. The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 27th. The successful candidate will join the co-op and take on their share of the wide variety of tasks that work at TNLC entails. Like other members, they will work on the shop floor and pack-down bulk foods as well as be responsible for managerial and business development roles. Training will be provided for the new member on all shop admin systems. 

The position is for 15-25 shop floor hours per week (plus 2 out of every 5 Saturdays), and additional hours for business development and administration. You must also be available Monday mornings for our weekly co-op meeting. The start date will be January, but this could be negotiated. 

For more information go to:

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Have you discovered Your

Your Edinburgh is Edinburgh Libraries’ community information website. Did you know that you can search to find information about community groups, clubs, societies and activities in your area? It even lists the full Get Up and Go programme (Edinburgh’s activities programme for over 50s). The website is easy to search by keyword or by area making it the place to find out what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

It’s also free to join! If you belong to a club, society of local group simply register online and add your own entry in minutes and help us grow coverage in your area. An entry can help your organisation reach a bigger audience, gain new members and promote your activities. Simply go to, register online and add your free entry.

Contact for more details.

Edinburgh Local Development Plan (LDP): Development Plan Scheme October 2013

The City of Edinburgh Council have published a booklet about the Development Plan Scheme which gives a rolling update on the timetable for the Local Development Plan (LDP).

This replaces the previous Development Plan Scheme which was published in March 2013.  Since then, the Council has published the Proposed LDP and held a period for representations.  Those representations are available to view online at the above web address. A summary of representations is also available. 

The new Development Plan Scheme explains changes to the LDP timetable. These mean there will be a revised LDP in June 2014.  Another Development Plan Scheme setting out details of how and when to make representations on the revised LDP will be published closer to the time. The current Development Plan Scheme also refers to consultation on housing land requirements at the Strategic Development Plan level which will take place over November and December 2013

The Council are carrying out a short feedback survey.  Your responses will help improve how the council prepare LDPs in future.  The results of an earlier survey, on the Main Issues Report, are also available online.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

City of Edinburgh Council Polling Place Review Consultation (till 22 Nov 13)

City of Edinburgh Council have a duty to review polling districts, places and stations in Edinburgh every five years.  

They have recently reviewed polling stations to ensure that:
  • they are as easy to use and reach for as many people as possible, including those with a disability
  • they follow the guidance from the Electoral Commission.
The Council has made some changes and you can a view a list of the proposed polling places, or it can be inspected at the City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh.
You can find further information which may help you comment on the review, for example maps of the wards showing the proposed polling places and estimates of changing populations.
If you have any comments about the proposed changes, please complete this online form between 1 and 22 November 2013.  If you suggest any changes to the proposed polling places, you must outline the benefits to the electors who would be affected.  Please also tell us how people with disabilities would be able to use and get into the building.
The Council will make a  final decision on future polling places on 12 December 2013, and the results will be published online and at the City Chambers.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

New city wide litter campaign, ‘Clean Up Edinburgh’, launches on 28 October

What’s happening?
A new city wide litter campaign, ‘Clean Up Edinburgh’, will be launched on 28 October.

The  campaign starts with a day of action on 29 November, bringing together communities, businesses and individuals across Edinburgh for  clean-up events across the city.

Why do we need the campaign?
A Keep Scotland Beautiful survey showed that more than half of the Scottish population has dropped litter, and almost half do it regularly. This is a problem for all of us, caused by most of us. That is why Keep Scotland Beautiful has launched the Clean Up Scotland campaign to tackle these issues nationwide, and we are proud to be supporting this.

Edinburgh is a beautiful, vibrant city but litter can be a blight on our landscape. Litter can have a huge impact on quality of life, our environment and costs us millions to clean up. We want to encourage staff, residents, schools, communities, business and visitors, to all play a part and pledge to tack action on litter and be proud of the city we live in.

In a nationwide poll by Zero Waste Scotland, 44% of the Scottish population believes that a major education and awareness drive is the best way to tackle our litter problem, with only 10% opting for investing more in clearing it up. We therefore hope this year long programme of engagement and awareness raising activity can help us to start changing people’s attitudes towards littering.

How can you get involved?
We have a number of ways that you and your community can get involved from small individual actions to holding your own community clean up. Find out more below:

Join a clean-up

Join one of our clean-ups on 29 November, happening across the city. You can find out where and when these will be held by visiting

Or why not encourage your community to organise their own clean-up? We can provide advice on locations, health and safety and promotion. We can also provide some equipment if necessary. Let us know if you do have any events planned and we can help promote it.

Public Meeting on Royal Edinburgh Hospital Development Plans - 5 Nov at 19:30 (plans available for perusal from 18:30)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Nominations are now open for the Edinburgh Award 2013

This is your chance to help the City recognise someone whose work has enhanced Edinburgh's reputation both at home and abroad. Nominate someone you think deserves the Edinburgh Award by filling in the online nomination form.

The Edinburgh Award was established in 2007 and is now a prestigious annual award to honour an outstanding individual who has made a positive impact on the city and gained national and international recognition for Edinburgh. Criteria for nomination are that the individual:
  • was born in Edinburgh or has lived in the City for the past 12 months;
  • has not previously been awarded The Freedom of the City;
  • is not a previous winner of The Edinburgh Award;
  • is not a serving politician.
The winner is presented with an engraved Loving Cup at a ceremony hosted by the Lord Provost and has their hand prints reproduced on a flagstone in the City Chambers Quadrangle.  
Previous recipients of the Edinburgh Award are:
  • Ian Rankin OBE [Presented 2007]
  • JK Rowling OBE [Presented 2008]
  • Sir Chris Hoy MBE [Presented 2009]
  • George Kerr CBE [Presented 2011]
  • Professor Peter Higgs [Presented 2012]
  • Dame Elizabeth Blackadder [Presented 2013]

The recipient of the 2013 Award will be honoured at a ceremony at the beginning of 2014.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Agenda for Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council Meeting - 7:30pm on We 23 October 2013

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its October meeting on 23 October 2013 at 7:30pm, in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our second meeting of 13/14.  Further meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of November 2013 and January, February, March, April, May and June 2014.

All who live and work in the area are most welcome!

 1            Sederunt and apologies
 2               Minutes of last meeting, 25 Sep 2013 (draft until approved)
 3               Matters arising from the minutes 
·            Planning objection – W Pk Cres
·            Marchmont Crescent Noticeboard (repairs)
·            Garden Competition
·            Plant pots on Meadow Place
·            Zebra Crossing on Marchmont Road
·            Jawbones refurbishment
·            HMOs
 4            Police Report

Items for discussion
 5             Induction of new Community Councillors
 6              Vacant Chair
 7              Events on the Meadows
 8             ChristmasTree Lighting

Items mainly for information
            Planning matters
·            Cycle Parking Trial
·             Sainsbury’s in Marchmont
10              Treasurer’sReport
11               AOCB

12             Date of next meeting: 27th November 2013

Natural Neighbourhoods in Edinburgh: what's your patch?

Do you live in Edinburgh? If someone asks you which part you come from, what would you tell them? 

Abbeyhill or Alnwickhill, Brunstane or Bruntsfield, Craigmillar or Craiglockhart? 

That's the question that’s being asked a by new Council project, which is looking at the idea of natural neighbourhoods in Edinburgh. 

The Council are hoping to capture the information through a short online survey. They’ll use this information to create a new set of natural neighbourhood boundaries which will improve the Council’s understanding of customers, their measurement of outcomes and enable closer working with partners.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Don't miss out on your chance to vote in the Independence (or not) referendum and the European election

Marchmont & Sciennes residents, including sixteen and seventeen year olds are encouraged to register ready for the independence (or not) referendum next year.

Lothian residents will shortly receive their annual electoral registration form through the post and are being encouraged to complete and return it promptly so they can have their say at next year's polls.

In 2014 Electors will be able to cast their vote at the European election in May and at the independence referendum in September.  Anyone who is aged 16 or over on 18 September 2014 will be able to vote in the referendum, so every house is also being sent a 'young voters' form to register their details. People completing the registration forms are being urged to make sure the details of any soon-to-be 16 or 17 year olds in their household are included.

People who don't receive their forms should contact the electoral registration office on 0131 344 2500.

Electoral Registration Officer Joan Hewton said: "People are talking about the referendum with family and friends, but the only way to have your say is to vote on 18 September 2014, so make sure you're registered to vote. Registering is quick and simple. All you have to do is update and return the registration forms with details of everyone who lives in your household and is eligible to vote; and remember to include anyone who will turn 16 by 18th September 2014. It’s straightforward, any young person who is 15 and will be 16 by the 18th September 2014 should add their details to the young person’s form and anyone 16 or over should add their details to the main household canvass form."

Active Communities funding programme is open in South Edinburgh

 ‘Active Communities’ in Edinburgh and the Lothians is a funding programme which may be of interest to groups and charities in South Edinburgh. People's Health Trust are offering grants of between £5,000-£50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The programme closes for applications on Wednesday 16 October 2013 at 12pm.

Applying is easy via an online form, and there is detailed guidance to support applicants through each step.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Speak up Speak out: don't let abuse or neglect go unreported

Edinburgh residents are being asked to Speak up Speak out about harm. The campaign is reaching out to anyone being harmed to come forward for help or for others to report concerns about someone they know.

Abuse could be physical, psychological or be in the form of neglect. It could be domestic abuse or families suffering through someone’s drug or alcohol problems. It can happen regardless of age, gender or the colour of their skin. It can happen anywhere and be caused by friends, relatives, colleagues or strangers. By encouraging people to be open about their concerns and talk to care professionals, it is hoped that more adults and children can be protected from harm.

The campaign aims to ease fears that involving the authorities will make things worse. The worst of these fears are of splitting up families or prosecution. That may happen in the most severe of cases but in most cases the Council and the many organisations it works with will ease the situation by providing practical support.

You can pick a leaflet up from community venues, voluntary organisations, doctor and dentist surgeries and in hospitals.  You can also find out more at

If you are being harmed or if you think you know someone who is, speak up:

Social Care Direct
0131 200 2324

Police Scotland
101 or in an emergency call 999

New edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch available

The new edition of Edinburgh Economy Watch, compiled by the City of Edinburgh Council 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.  From this month, you can download the data in the publication at the same link.

Scottish Water: Be Prepared For Winter

Scottish Water launched its winter campaign earlier this week to encourage customers in communities across Scotland to follow their winter code - protect your pipes - be prepared and heat, insulate and protect your home. 

They are also urging holiday home owners, businesses, agents and landlords to take steps to heat, insulate and protect properties and any vacant commercial properties. 

For more details (including winter information, films, and advice) visit their Winter Website.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens

The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens have now been running for just over two years. 

Located within the grounds at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Morningside, the gardens offer fantastic opportunities to grow your own food, build community, and keep active. 

There are often events, workshops, and courses available - see their website to find out more. You don't need to be an expert gardener. Enthusiastic and interested amateurs are most welcome.

Friday, 27 September 2013

New development with Sainsbury's planning applications for Marchmont

According to a letter to Ian Murray MP, linked from the Myhood EH9 website, comments on the applications are again being accepted until 18 October. 

This is because the original council advertising of the applications had only part of the proposed site address (although the full address was on the documents available).