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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 24 Sep 2014 at 7:30pm (including presentation on How the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its September meeting on 24 September 2014, at 7:30pm.  

The meeting will take place in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our first meeting of 14/15.  We will resume our regular practice of meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month until June 2015 (with the exception of Dec 2014).

All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 


 1                  Sederunt and apologies
 2                  Minutes of last meeting, 25 Jun 2014 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3                   Police Report
 4                  Presentation: How the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council
                  - Stuart McLean

Items for discussion
 5                  New planning applications (?)
 6                  Sciennes Playground
 7                  Raising awareness of the Community Council
 8                  Christmas tree lighting
 9                  20mph consultation
10                  local development plan

Items mainly for information
11                  Treasurer’s report
12                  Reports of meetings (neighbourhood partnership and civic forum)
13                  NP action groups: call for representation
14                  Community engagement survey
15                  Jawbone arch appeal
16                  Pedestrian Crossing: Marchmont Road (at W Pk Rd)
17                  Links to school councils
18                  Christmas refuse collections
19                  Noticeboard
20                  AAH redevelopment

21                  AOCB
22                  Date of next meeting: 22 October 2014

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Speak up Speak out about children affected by drugs and alcohol

The misery suffered by children affected by alcohol or drugs is being spotlighted in the latest Speak up Speak out campaign. 

It’s the fifth in a series of campaigns by the City of Edinburgh Council, Police Scotland and NHS Lothian highlighting public protection issues. 

The campaign will tackle the issues and offer help, support and advice to youngsters whose lives are affected by drink and drugs:

  • by targeting pregnant women, advising them to avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs and educating on the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • by encouraging parents to act as role models and think about the effect of drinking in front of their children 
  •  offering support to children whose parents have problems with drugs or alcohol supporting parents and carers to get advice on how to talk to their children about drinking and drugs
  • signposting support services to children who are being pressured to take substances or are worried about friends
  • asking neighbours worried about a local family to speak out on a child’s behalf
  • by publishing a toolkit for professionals involved in the support of children affected by drugs and alcohol.

To coincide with FASD Awareness Day, a range of posters will be seen in venues across Edinburgh to spotlight the main issues and directing people to a variety of sources for help:


• Social Care Direct, The City of Edinburgh Council’s social work service (0131 200 2324).

• Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (0131 337 8188)

• Crew 2000 (0131 220 3404)

• ChildLine (0800 1111)

A radio advert will be aired on Forth One and Two from Tuesday 9 September and a series of child-friendly posters have been developed for primary and secondary schools.

If you’d like to hear more about the campaign or would like some campaign materials, please 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What do you think about online communications from the planning department?

The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Department are undertaking a short survey to get feedback on their online communications.  

Details of the survey can be found on the Planning Edinburgh blog.  

The survey shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.  You can also take the opportunity to sign up to our blog.  Please respond by 8 Sep.

Please feel free to share the survey.