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Friday, 1 December 2017

Sick Kids Exhibition #1

The first Exhibition is now online!

Last Tuesday, over 200 people attended the first exhibition of Downing Group's plans for the Sick Children's hospital site. If you didn't manage to make it, it's not too late, the plans are available here (click this link).

It is important that the developers receive as many of our responses as possible. So if you didn't make it to the exhibition or still haven't completed one of their forms, please could you fill in the attached evaluation form and send it to in the next week. All our responses will be summarised by Holder Planning, as part of the official planning process.

Representatives of our community will meet with Downing Group, their architects and Holder Planning later this month. At this meeting, we will ensure that your opinions are properly considered.

For this meeting, the Community Council will be creating a detailed response to the exhibition, so feel free to email me with any points you think we should include.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Status of the Bid by MSDT for the Sick Kids site

Just an update for agenda item 7 (sick kids) (MSCC Meeting): 

Tonight I submitted two CRtB (Community Right to Buy)
applications for buildings and land within the RHSC, owing to the legal
complications/ technicalities that came to light during review of the
initial community right to buy application in March. So, we¹re hoping that
the Community Land Team will review these new documents (crtb forms plus
17 annexes) over the next few days, and once again press pause on the sale
of the site. If anyone can help expedite that process, we¹d be very
grateful. For now, I¹ll update Douglas as soon as we receive feedback from
the government.

On behalf of Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust I¹d like to say that
we really appreciate all the help and support from you and your colleagues
at MSCC, in addition to the continued support from our excellent
Councillors, MPs and MSPs ‹ a huge effort to ensure that community
interests are represented during a very busy period for all. Really nice
to see us come together on issues that can be challenging and sometimes
divisive. Onwards!

All very best wishes and see you soon,


Sunday, 25 June 2017

The next Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council meeting is on Wed 28th June.

All are welcome. 

Here is the agenda.

Marchmont & Sciennes
Community Council

Meeting on Wed 28 June 2017 at 7:30pm
St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls, Beaufort Road


 1             Sederunt and apologies
 2             Draft Minutes of last meeting, 24 May 2017, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
·         Update on 19 Palmerston Rd.
 3             Police Report
 4             Meadows & Bruntsfield Links
·         Jawbones update (Mike Shields to provide)
 5             City Councillor report on topical local issues
 6             Election of Secretary (repeat)

Items for discussion
 7             Royal Hospital for Sick Children Redevelopment, including Community Right to Buy Process:
                                Current Position
 8             Astley Ainslie Hospital Redevelopment: update
 9             Planning (Applications & consultations)
·         Thirlstane Lane Planning Application
·         Any others
10           Neighbourhood Partnership position

Items for information
11           Treasurer's report
12           Meetings attended
13           AOCB
14           Date of next meeting (and AGM): 27 September 2017

All who live or work locally are welcome to attend.
MSCC is online at:

Tuesday, 30 May 2017



A community group’s bid to buy a historic Scottish hospital has been delayed by red tape.
The Scottish Government was considering an application by residents living next to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh to be given first refusal to buy the site under new urban ‘community right to buy’ laws.
But the process has stalled after complex land ownership issues around the 122-year-old hospital revealed that although the four-acre facility is being marketed as one site, it is owned by two separate legal entities.
This means the Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust (MSDT) has had to drop its single application to be given first refusal on the site and will now submit two separate bids to Scottish ministers to try and gain control of the iconic hospital.
The two landowners at the Sick Kids are NHS Lothian and its charitable trust, the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
MSDT has today asked both the health board and foundation to release all of the tittle deeds it holds for the land and buildings in order to get beyond this impasse.
However, this latest development effectively means that a suspension of the sale process - ordered while the Scottish Government considered the original right to buy application - has now been lifted and health chiefs can resume talks with short-listed private developers.
Affordable co-operative housing, healthcare and nursery facilities, space for social enterprises and a multi-purpose community hall are among the ideas for the Sick Kids already suggested by MSDT – the community body representing local residents.
A MSDT spokesman said: “This complication is disappointing but not unexpected given it is a complex site and it is a bid that really tests the new legislation.
“We are now focused on definitively determining who owns which parts of the site and submitting the two applications that could ultimately see the community take control of the Sick Kids site when the NHS moves out. 
“We have asked the health board and the foundation for help with this task as they hold the relevant title deeds, a move which will benefit all parties as it would speed up the process and get us all closer to a decision on whether MSDT should get first refusal on the site."
“This site remains a dream opportunity to bring this historic hospital under community control.”

Registered in Scotland SC558295

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Final version of Summary of Collective Views of the Community (on RHSC) published by MSCC

NHS Lothian have confirmed that the closing date for interested developers’ offers for the current RHSC site will be 9 February 2017.

Therefore MSCC have been asked to share a set of views from the community by mid-January.

After considering comments on a draft 'Summary of Collective Views of the Community', and discussing the document at a meeting, on 5 Jan, with NHS Lothian, we have produced a final version .

This final version of collective community views produced by MSCC will be added to the final 'position statement', being completed by GVA in mid January for NHS Lothian (and available to developers).

The collective views will also be sent with the final NHS/GVA 'position statement' to interested developers.

If you'd like to stay informed please join our dedicated mailing list by e-mailing or keep an eye on the MSCC Infoblog or on the MSCC Facebook page, or follow @marchsciennesCC on Twitter.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Draft Summary of Collective Views (on RHSC) published by MSCC

NHS Lothian have confirmed that the closing date for interested developers’ offers will be 9 February 2017.

Therefore MSCC have been asked to share a set of views from the community by mid-January.

In response to a 'position statement' (including community views expressed at a public meeting; see previous post), MSCC have produced a draft 'summary of collective views'; 6 page PDF).   

MSCC will meet with NHS Lothian on Th 5 January to present this draft document and discuss next steps.

The collective MSCC views will be added to the final 'position statement', being completed by GVA in mid January for NHS Lothian (and available to developers).  

The MSCC views will also be sent with the final NHS/GVA 'position statement' to interested developers. 

Please comment below if there is anything you think we have missed from the draft 'summary of collective views'.  Or e-mail 

If you'd like to stay informed please join our dedicated mailing list by e-mailing or keep an eye on the MSCC Infoblog or on the MSCC Facebook page, or follow @marchsciennesCC on Twitter.

[updated on 4 Jan to include screen shot of document cover and add detail on closing date from previous blog post]

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

We wish you a Merry Christmas. And a Happy New Year!

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council wish all in our community a Merry Christmas.

Best wishes for health & happiness in 2017!

Update and review of previous 9 months for the community policing team

Inspector Graeme Nisbet has shared this with us (including contact details for local community police officers):

"This year has been one of challenge and change, along with the fluctuations in crime in the area the community team along with the division have responded to major operations and events however our continuation on and commitment to local policing remains strong.  
Officers have been tasked with responding to the complaints from communities and increased their ability to respond quickly and attend specific locations where we have had reported concerns.  W have worked closely with our partners and officers have worked with other agencies in the area and we maintain very good links with a number of local groups and I have no doubt this will continue in to 2017.

On this note I would like to thank all of my partners, community groups and stakeholders for all of the help, support and assistance this year as tackling community issues is one which needs a shared approach and it is one which has worked and will continue to work very well in the south area.

You will know that I am committed to local officers supporting and being visible in the community and I have made sure officers have attended as many community meetings and events as possible and I will do everything possible to have this continue.
With regard to crime, this year we have seen a significant fall in house breaking crimes with an average 30% reduction although vehicle crime is on the slight increase and is the focus of continued police activity.

Anti social behaviour, particularly with the use of motorcycles was a problem in the open green spaces and park areas during the summer and autumn and we saw issues not only in the south but across the city with the north area suffering. Locally we had put together a local operation which sits under a citywide operation and this will be put in place early next year to prevent an escalation, although the winter nights have seen it, not surprisingly, tail off.

Other forms of anti social behaviour mainly, youth calls, have been tackled and a number of individuals are now subject to various forms of intervention and ongoing work to disrupt their behaviour and we will continue to concentrate on those responsible.

Violent crime remains a priority under operation Austinberg and we continue to work in the known hot spot areas where we conduct weekly patrols, overall violent crime in the area has fallen which is a positive. I also recently attended a domestic abuse forum in Southouse where I did a presentation along with other speakers, this was very well attended by a broad spectrum of public and professionals and domestic abuse remains as a divisional priority.
Road Safety, will continue as a focus for my team, we have been supporting the school streets initiative and also the introduction and roll out of the 20mph zones in Edinburgh. Speeding in general will be monitored and enforced where we have concerns and vulnerable premises. Recently we worked with partners to increase the safety and visibility of cyclists and will continue this through the winter.

A number of warrants over the last 9 months were applied for allowing us to tackle drugs and search for stolen property at a number of addresses in the area, I plan to keep this going as tackling drugs is a focus for not only my community team but by the division and we often have specialist officers in plain clothes deployed in the area. We make sure we collaborate with one another and share information to maximise opportunities but the information from the community has been excellent allowing us to obtain warrants and carry out enforcement.

We now have a dedicated sergeant for each area:

PS David Cuthbert, based at St. Leonards is now in charge of the Southside/ Newington & Meadows/ Morningside wards
PS Mark Innes, based at Howdenhall is in charge of the Liberton/ Gilmerton ward

The community officers can be contacted on  
I can also confirm our current ward officers areSouthside/ Newington Ward
PC Chris Harris & PC Neil Mackay
Meadows/ Morningside
PC Jennifer Mackenzie &  PC Stuart Fraser.
Liberton/ Gilmerton Ward
PC Rebecca Wilson & PC Craig Cairns

The Police Scotland Survey is live and we are committed to getting the opinion of residents and local businesses on local Policing priorities. Since April 2016 we have been asking individuals to complete an online survey that would influence local Policing plans. This is an ongoing project however the most recent results will shape Edinburgh's Policing priorities for 2017.

Please take two minutes to confirm the top priorities that have been highlighted by others in Edinburgh represent YOUR VIEWS too.
We want to hear from you. To take part copy and paste this link

Please pass this information on to anyone else you think might be interested in taking part, but don't forget to do it now as this mini-survey closes at the end of December.
This coming festive season, is as always a busy time for the police and we have a number of operations and events to oversee and of course like many of our colleagues in the emergency services, officers will be on duty through the festive period, which is a typically a demanding period for us all.

May I wish you all the very best for the festive period and I look forward to working with in 2017.
Graeme Nisbet"