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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Agenda and other papers for meeting of South Central Neighbourhood Partnership on Mo 5 Sep 2016

The Agenda and other papers (PDF) for the meeting of the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership on Mo 5 Sep 2016 are now available.

The meeting will be held in the Business Centre at the City Chambers on the High Street at 6.00 pm.   Residents of the South Central area (that includes both Marchmont and Sciennes) are welcome to come along.

You can find out more about the SCNP on their web site.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Coming soon! Community Council elections will be held this autumn

The Community Council elections will be held this autumn.   

Nominations open on 5th September 

UPDATE: Download a nomination form (PDF) here.   

If you would like to make a difference in your community then Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council are keen to attract new members.   

Find out more about Community Councils in general by visiting this website

If you want to know more about Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council then explore this blog or contact the secretary, Alastair Philp, using the contact details to the right -->

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Dinner Down Memory Lane, in aid of Marie Curie, in Sep or Oct

Dinner Down Memory Lane launches this month and allows supporters to host a retro dinner party in aid of Marie Curie throughout September and October. 

For more information contact

Friday, 5 August 2016

event: Celebrating Diversity in Community Councils. on Th 11 Aug at 6pm

You are invited to an event: Celebrating Diversity in Community CouncilsDate & time: Thursday, 11 August 2016, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, 11 Pilton Drive North, Edinburgh EH5 1NF

The key aim of the event is to increase the representation of BME communities in community councils and  it's hosted jointly by ELREC- Diversity in Public Life project and the Granton & District Community Council.
Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) has been working on a Diversity in Public Life project since last year, aiming to increase the participation of the BME community in public life and in the democratic process. 
The project works with diverse communities and  is funded by the Scottish Government. 
Under this project, a special scheme, Public Life Champion (PLC) has been launched to provide advice, training and mentoring to BME individuals who live/work across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Community council 3-yearly elections will take place in Sept-Oct 2016. The event will provide useful information (i.e.: nomination/registration process) and practical advice for those who are interested to stand for election as a community councillor. This event will also help establish a link between community councillors and the prospective BME candidates.

If you are interested to represent the views of your local community to the local authority and other public bodies, then joining the community council would be an ideal vehicle as well as an entry point to get into public life. Please see details about: what is community council ?

The event is open to BME residents living across Edinburgh & Lothians and to community council members. Tea/Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Booking is required to give us an estimate for the catering service. Please let us know if you have any special requirements. 

To book your place online, please click here.  For more information, please contact us by email: or Tel: 0131 556 0441

Plans for redevelopment of the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children site

We are currently setting up a meeting with NHS Lothian to explore plans for redevelopment of the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children site, when the hospital moves next year to Little France.
Will post brief updates here as we have them.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Edinburgh 20mph Speed Limits - Go Live

 From Sunday 31 July, the legal speed limit in streets across much of Edinburgh’s city centre and rural west area went down to 20mph, the first phase in a planned rollout of lower speeds across the Capital.

The new speed limits are designed to increase safety for all road users in Edinburgh as well as creating a calmer, more people-friendly environment in shopping and residential streets.  A network of key arterial roads across the city will be retained at 30mph and 40mph, resulting in a modest impact on journey times overall.

A phased 20mph rollout between now and early 2018 brings to fruition many years of planning and public consultation and the network has been designed in line with robust criteria in partnership with key stakeholders such as Police Scotland and Lothian Buses.

Police Scotland will enforce the new limit, focusing on areas where particularly high levels of contraventions are recorded. Anyone caught breaching the limit risks a £100 fixed penalty and three penalty points on their licence.

Sunday’s Phase 1 ‘go live’ marked the start of sharing these benefits right across the Capital.  Further information and a detailed map of the 20mph network is available at or visit   

Timetable for implementation
Speed limit applies from
City Centre and Rural West (South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Ratho, Currie and Balerno)
31 July 2016
28 February 2017
South Central/East
28 February 2017
North West
31 July 2017
31 July 2017
31 January 2018