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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

MSCC - Draft Agenda for April Meeting

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

JITSI Meet Meeting on Wed 28th April 2021 at 7:30pm

 

For JITSI Meet details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 24th March 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Ongoing issues

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

                                – Update?

 7             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 8             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Any others

 9             Grange Cemetery

 

Items for information

10           Treasurer's report

11           Meetings attended

12           AOCB

 

Date of next meeting: 26th May 2021

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

 

JITSI Meet Details

 

For those of you using a PC (or similar), you can join straight from an Internet Browser. As far as I can establish, those on smart phones will need to download the app. After you have downloaded it, it is then easier to join etc.

 

This room exists from now, so you can test it out when you like and please contact me if you can’t get it working.

 

The Room link:

https://meet.jit.si/MSCCVirtualMeeting

 

The name of the ‘Room’ is MSCCVirtualMeeting  (it is CASE sensi

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

DRAFT Agenda for the 24th March

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

JITSI Meet Meeting on Wed 24th March 2021 at 7:30pm

 

For JITSI Meet details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 24th February 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

                                 Proposal by Downing – Update?

 7             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 8             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Any others

 

Items for information

 9             Treasurer's report

10           Meetings attended

11           AOCB

 

Date of next meeting: 28th April 2021

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

 

JITSI Meet Details

 

For those of you using a PC (or similar), you can join straight from an Internet Browser. As far as I can establish, those on smart phones will need to download the app. After you have downloaded it, it is then easier to join etc.

 

This room exists from now, so you can test it out when you like and please contact me if you can’t get it working.

 

The Room link:

https://meet.jit.si/MSCCVirtualMeeting

 

The name of the ‘Room’ is MSCCVirtualMeeting  (it is CASE sensitive)

Friday, 26 February 2021

January 2020 Minutes

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 27th January 2021, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Cllr Neil Ross, Cllr Cameron Rose, Alison Service (MSCC), Shane Voss (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Tony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Association)

 

Apologies:  None.  

 

Matters Arising: 

 

The minutes of November 2020’s meeting have been circulated and approved by Susie, seconded by Nigel.

 

Brian drafted a response from MSCC regarding the Greenbank to Meadows Quiet Route.

 

Police Report:  Has been circulated.

Discussion on the number of cars stopped by police reported over Christmas.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links: None.

 

FOMBL Report: Alison will attend the next FOMBL meeting on Monday 30th January and will report back at the next MSCC meeting.

 

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Grit bins: Cllr Ross has largely been dealing with requests for grit bins and notes that the Council is doing their best to handle these requests as and when they come in order to be prepared for spells of bad weather.

Anne mentions that many paths have not been salted and are hazardous to walk on. Cllr Rose agrees that there is an issue with icy paths, but comments that North Meadow Walk and Middle Meadow Walk are being well-salted. Nigel mentions that on the Council website you can see which areas are priority for being salted, and you can request a grit bin at any location, and request that existing bins be refilled.

 

Spaces for People: The Transport and Environment Committee is meeting tomorrow and will review Spaces for People measures including, among other things, the Greenbank to Meadows Quiet Route. Cllr Ross reports that the timetable suggests that the Quiet Route will be implemented in the next few days.

 

Cllr Rose mentions that one proposal for a cycle route along Melville Drive appears to have been dropped (possibly permanently, though it remains on the list) as there are other alternative cycle routes available in that area.

 

Shane mentions that there is a need for a cycle route by the Meadows Croquet Club at the bottom of the Bruntsfield Links.

 

There is a discussion about the Spaces for People measures introduced on Morningside Road. Susie believes that it is unclear which areas are designated to pedestrians and which are to cyclists, and that there is potential for accidents to occur if cyclists and pedestrians are sharing the same path. Cllr Ross mentions that the measures on Morningside Road were reviewed on 17th December and will continue with no changes, stipulating that the Council are open to feedback from residents about the measures.

 

Cllr Rose mentions that The Spaces for People measures are funded by the Scottish Government, on three conditions: that they are temporary measures, to aid social distancing, and to encourage active travel.

 

Attacks on Meadows: Cllr Rose reports that there have been several attacks on women in the Meadows recently. There is a video linked in the Police Report:

https://www.scotland.police.uk/what-s-happening/news/2021/january/cctv-appeal-following-assault-meadows-area-edinburgh/#:~:text=Police%20Scotland%20has%20released%20CCTV,area%20close%20to%20Melville%20Drive,

 and it is suggested that everyone watches the video as police are currently trying to identify the person concerned.

 

Council Budget: Cllr Rose reports that the budget process is compressed this year but will be delivered by the 18th February.

There is a discussion about the renovation of the Warrender Park Baths. Cllr Ross mentions that with all Council buildings there is a property maintenance strategy. Every building which is considered Category C and D were put in the renovation program so that they can continue to function as Council buildings. The money for this was budgeted three years ago and is still there to fund the renovation.

 

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site

 

Cllr Rose: The NHS have been given a date of 22nd February at the latest for the move. Anne says they apparently have to be out by 23rd March, which gives them a month to move.

 

Astley Ainslie.

 

No updates.

 

Stakeholder Engagement Request

 

N/A.

 

Planning applications

 

A few planning applications to the Grange Association have gone through, with details available on the Grange Association website. There are no major new developments.

                       

 

Treasurer’s report

 

Monthly report and look-ahead have been circulated. The bank balance is currently £1282.28, with a couple of cheques from Christmas remaining to be presented. Internet banking is now up and running.

 

 

Forward plan

 

Virtually the same as last month, with added Christmas Tree Event costs.

Our total expenditure to March 2021 is £350.

 

 

Meetings attended.

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

None.

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 24th February at 7.30 – using Jitsi Meet.

 

Friday, 19 February 2021

Draft Agenda for Feb 24th

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

JITSI Meet Meeting on Wed 24th February 2021 at 7:30pm

 

For JITSI Meet details, see the end of the Agenda

 

A G E N D A

 

 1             Sederunt and apologies

 2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 27th January 2021, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3             Police Report

 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links

                * Including FOMBL

 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues

Items for discussion

 6             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment

                                 Proposal by Downing to change the planning agreement re the Mortuary Chapel

                                                See Grange Association webpage at:

                                                http://gaedin.co.uk/wp/forum-test?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=322

 7             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment

                                -  any updates?

 8             Planning (Applications & consultations)

·         Any others

 

Items for information

 9             Treasurer's report

10           Meetings attended

11           AOCB

 

Date of next meeting: 24th March 2021

 

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.

MSCC is online at: https://www.facebook.com/MarchmontSciennesCommunityCouncil

 

JITSI Meet Details

 

On Shane’s suggestion, I am trying a new way of connecting us.  This will avoid the necessity to set up 2 meetings.

 

This on operates in a different way (to some extent).  What it does is to set up a virtual ‘Room’, where anyone can come in and join the room. It also persists, basically, for ever.

 

For those of you using a PC (or similar), you can join straight from an Internet Browser. As far as I can establish, those on smart phones will need to download the app. After you have downloaded it, it is then easier to join etc.

 

This room exists from now, so you can test it out when you like and please contact me if you can’t get it working.

 

The Room link:

https://meet.jit.si/MSCCVirtualMeeting

 

The name of the ‘Room’ is MSCCVirtualMeeting  (it is CASE sensitive)

Thursday, 28 January 2021

MSCC Minutes for November 2020

 

Marchmont & Sciennes

Community Council

 

 

 

Minutes of Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Meeting of Wed 26th November 2020, 7.30pm by Jitsi Meet.

 

Present:  Brian Gilmore (Chair, MSCC), Elinor O’Donovan (Minute Secretary), Nigel Ayton (Grange Association), Bob Gates (member of public), Cllr Steve Burgess, Alison Service (MSCC), Susie Agnew (MSCC), Shane Voss (MSCC), Anne Laing (MSCC), Alastair Philp (member of public), Tony Holmes (Thirlestane Lane Association), Liane Phillips (Marchmont Hardware).

 

Apologies:  Adam Stewart.

 

Matters Arising: 

 

Item 7 from the minutes of October’s meeting has been amended to read: “There is a discussion about the (sometimes competing) requirements of different types of road users (Pedestrians, Cyclists, Car users)”.

 

With this amendment, the minutes were approved by Anne, seconded by Nigel.

 

Police Report:  Has been circulated.

 

One of the comments in the police report was regarding groups of young people gathering on Middle Meadow Walk on Friday and Saturday nights.

Action: The police have asked that individuals report these groups if they are seen gathering.

 

Intruder prevention strips have been recommended by the police to deter intruders from climbing over private walls.

 

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links: None.

 

FOMBL Report:

 

 There will be a meeting on Monday 30th which Alison will attend.

 

City Councillor Report on topical local issues:

 

Cllr Steve Burgess:

 

Recently, the Council has largely been concerned with keeping services running in spite of the pandemic. Cllr Burgess believes that the Council has been doing a good job so far, in particular with keeping the schools open. There have been, from time to time, incidences of staff and pupils testing positive for Covid, and some classes have had to isolate, but as of yet no schools have had to close.

 

The next challenge for the Council is the upcoming budget in February. The Council has to save approximately £47 million in the next few years.

 

A budget consultation has just opened in the form of an online survey which will be open to responses until the 10th. The survey is looking for feedback on how the Council has handled the pandemic, as well as suggestions on areas to make budget savings, and suggestions regarding the climate emergency.

 

Most of Cllr Burgess’ recent correspondence has been with parents regarding schools’ extracurricular activities. Sports and extracurriculars have been put on hold, and parents are concerned about how this will impact their children. These activities have been put on hold by the Education Committee, as their real concern at the moment is limiting contagion in schools. The priority is to keep schools open without taking any unnecessary risks.

 

There have been some negotiations regarding how and when extracurricular activities can take place. The Saturday football club at Sciennes Primary School has been put on hold, but Cllr Burgess recently took a motion to the Education Committee meeting to see if the Council will review this decision regarding extracurricular activities. The committee agreed to review this, and the Council have since clarified that they don’t have a remit in terms of regulating informal football clubs that happen on public spaces on a Saturday.

 

Community hires are still ongoing in school venues but are controlled by Edinburgh Leisure and so are under different governance than activities which happen during school hours.

 

Safe Streets Development:

Regarding the ongoing issue outside Sciennes Primary school: largely driven by the pandemic and the need for parents to drop children off at school, the decision was taken to close the road.

 

Greenbank to Meadows Quiet Route:

This temporary traffic regulation order has been suggested as the pavements on Morningside Road have been extended to allow for social distancing by pedestrians. This has caused traffic to merge into one lane which has become detrimental to cyclists. Because of this, the Quiet Route has been approved to go forward for consultation. MSCC has until the 2nd week of December to put forward its stance on the measures. As this is a limited consultation, and not fully open to the public, individuals can email their local councillors or the transport convenors with comments about the scheme.

 

Action: Individual MSCC members should send their views on the Quiet Route to Brian, who will draft a MSCC response.

 

 

Sick Kids Hospital Site

 

No updates.

 

Astley Ainslie.

 

No updates.

 

Stakeholder Engagement Request

 

No updates.

 

Planning applications

                       

There have been no contentious planning applications. 

 

Tony has been in touch with the Planning Department regarding large signs on Marchmont Road, saying that fir trees are going on sale on Thirlestane Lane in the old garage premises. Tony has asked the Planning Department to find out if there is planning permission and/or a license for the traders to operate there. The Planning Department will look into this within the next 20 days.

 

Treasurer’s report

 

Alison’s report has been circulated.

At the end of October, the balance was £1342.28, with one cheque to be presented: £30 to the Minute Secretary.

 

Forward plan

 

At the end of August, our grant came in at £887.82 for the year, as expected which is to plan until the end of March 2021. However, there will be no expenses except for membership payments and payments to the Minute Secretary.

 

Donations to causes can be decided if and when they arise.

 

In total, £284 will go out, compared to £859.67 last year.  

 

Meetings attended.

 

None.

 

AOCB

 

An email has been circulated regarding local businesses’ plans for Christmas in Marchmont.

 

Liane Phillips:

 

As the Christmas tree lighting ceremony can’t happen this year in person, a few local businesses have been discussing doing an online celebration instead. They have discussed having a virtual tree-lighting, with a trail of local businesses possibly passing an Olympics-style torch.  They plan to use social media to do a 12 Days of Christmas campaign from local businesses, wishing Marchmont locals well with a new video each day. This can also be shared on the MSCC Facebook page.

 

Liane’s daughter has been doing the hardware shop’s social media, and she is willing to take on the role of coordinating the Christmas in Marchmont social media.

 

Action: Alison and Anne will liaise with Liane about her ideas and will pass on relevant information to the MSCC.

 

Date of next meeting:  Wednesday 27th January at 7.30 – using Jitsi Meet.