Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council
Meeting of Wed 23 October 2019 at St Catherine’s Argyle Church Halls,
Present: – Cllr Cameron Rose (Chair), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Karen Neilson (Police), Anthony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Association), Anne Laing (MSCC), Brian Gilmore (MSCC), Shane Voss (MSCC), Alison Service (MSCC), Adam Stewart (MSCC), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Stuart Tooley (University of Edinburgh), Cllr Mandy Watt (Edinburgh Council for Morningside).
Apologies: – Ian Murray, Douglas Rogers.
In terms of youth issues, the policing team have been quite busy. A youth, who was already known to the police, was charged at Cameron Toll for quite a serious crime involving knives. There have also been extensive patrols of the Morningside, Meadows, Bruntsfield, Southside areas.
The police conducted road checks on Grange Rd, with a result that 3 people were charged with speeding, and 6 warnings were issued.
This week is Autumn Awareness week, during which the police raise awareness about crime prevention. An advice session was held on the Meadows, and people who came to ask questions were mainly concerned with house break-ins.
Several youths at James Gillespies High School were charged for an incident involving knives. As they were pupils, the school is also involved with tackling the issue.
The police have identified the suspect from a robbery on West Richmond street.
Adam Stewart also mentions that over the summer he noticed by the University of Edinburgh halls near Warrender Park Rd, there were bins set on fire by youths. This has been reported to police.
Report of Election:
There are eight members of Marchmont Sciennes Community Council- (Susie Agnew, Brian Gilmore, Anthony Holmes, Anne Laing, Douglas Rogers, Alison Service, Adam Stewart, and Shane Voss) and the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are to be appointed by these eight. Cllr Rose asks everyone present to briefly introduce themselves.
As MSCC is a statutory body, it operates within Scottish government legislation, and must abide by the requirements of this legislation as it proceeds.
There are grants available to the Community Council, for example one grant of 2p per person on the electoral role within the Community Council area (Alison believes this last grant amount was circa £800), plus a grant to cover the cost of hiring a venue for meetings
Banking arrangements need to be made by the Community Council, and it is the Community Council’s responsibility to organise insurance.
Community Councils are required to hold 6 meetings per year, and there needs to be an AGM held in May or June (or other times when required). The Community Council may also organise sub-groups and assign additional responsibilities to its members.
Established groups approved by Edinburgh Council may have a representative on the Community Council (for example, from the Grange Association).
The time and location of the meetings must be decided by the Community Council, and it is required that the minutes and agenda are made publicly available and a copy sent to the Council.
There is a brief discussion on whether or not MSCC would like to consider offering office-holder positions on an interim appointment, or whether they should be offered as permanent positions. It is agreed that if someone wishes to accept a position on an interim basis, they may do so on request.
Alison Service proposes Brian Gilmore, which is seconded by Anne Laing. Brian is appointed Chair.
In the absence of any immediate proposals, Brian nominates himself on an interim basis, which is seconded by Alison. Brian is appointed Secretary.
Alison nominates Susie Agnew, which is seconded by Brian. Susie is appointed Vice-Chair.
Brian nominates Alison, which is seconded by Anne. Alison is appointed Treasurer.
Cllr Rose suggests that the appointment of any other posts (for example Transport, Planning) should be held off until the next meeting.
From this point on, Brian Gilmore chairs the meeting. Brian thanks MSCC members from last 3 years for their work.
Draft Minutes from the last meeting, 25th September 2019, have been circulated. These are approved by Alison, seconded by Shane.
Brian suggests that we contact Sciennes PTA, and James Gillespies to be Community Liaisons on the Community Council.
Has been circulated. At the end of September, the balance in bank was £1077.25. Nigel points out a typo where the month mentioned in the report was August, will be amended to September for audit. Nigel approves the report subject to this amendment, which is seconded Shane.
Alison is still unable to contact the Meadows Festival Association in order to give them their cheque.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:
A report was circulated, and Alison is looking for volunteers.
The plan will be to meet at the Christmas tree and sing carols with the brass band, and then the group will move to the hall for the children and senior choirs.
Dates of meetings:
As previous, Brian suggests that there will be no meeting in December, July, and August. Otherwise, meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Anne will liaise with Alison about circulating notices and agendas around the area in her absence. Anne also asks Brian to approve the copy on a notice about leaving posters in Marchmont Hardware, which Brian approves.
There is a brief discussion about the noticeboards mentioned in the last meeting. Alison has bought new Perspex windows for the noticeboard outside Margiotta, along with a spray-on, peel-off cover. She has also found a handyman, who will give a quote for the work to be done.
Anne is looking for volunteers to look after the upkeep of planters in the area and suggests that this upkeep should be done in springtime. Mike Shields has promised to re-do the planters. Adam mentions that the Gardening Club in James Gillespie’s school may also be happy to volunteer in the Spring.
Discussion about contributing some money towards erecting a Dorothy Ryle memorial bench in the Grange Cemetery. Brian proposes a contribution £50, and Alison will contact Nigel to arrange this.
Adam reminds MSCC that there is a City Plan 2030 meeting at the Edinburgh Council on November 19th, and is attending if anyone else wishes to attend.
Date of next meeting: 27th November 2019.