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
JANUARY 14TH AT 6.15PM* at the GERMAN SPEAKING CHURCH, CHALMERS CRESCENT
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.
Green, brown and food waste bins and red and blue box collections
Bins will not be collected on 25 December and 1 January butwill instead be picked up on Saturday 28 December and Saturday 4 Januaryrespectively.
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 yearscollections 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 collection. If 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
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.
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.
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
Take part in the Local Shops’
T O M B O L A
Buy something and enter each shop’s Lucky DipFrom
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)
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: http://newleafcoop.co.uk/work-with-us/current-vacancies/
Your Edinburgh is Edinburgh Libraries’ community information website. Did you know that you can search www.youredinburgh.info 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 www.youredinburgh.info, register online and add your free entry. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The City of Edinburgh Council have published a booklet about theDevelopment Plan Schemewhich 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.
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.
city wide litter campaign, ‘Clean Up Edinburgh’, will be launched on 28
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?
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.
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 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 www.edinburgh.gov.uk/litter
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
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.
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.
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’ 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.
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 www.edinburgh.gov.uk/speakupspeakout
If you are being harmed or if you think you know someone who is, speak up:
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 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.
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.