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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Agenda for Community Council Meeting - 7:30pm on We 27 Mar

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will meet on: 

27 Mar 2013 at 7.30 PM 

at St Catherine's Argyle Church Halls, Beaufort Road

Note: This meeting will be chaired by ANNE LAIRD


1Sederunt and apologies: Alastair Philp, Sarah Sandow

3 Matters arising from the minutes, not otherwise listed, including
            Further developments at James Gillespie’s Schools (complaints and staff absence) - (updated report available by emailing )
            Meeting between Alastair Philp, Tully Treslove, John Beatty, Melanie Jackson and    Paul Godzik.  Powerpoint slides from Lindsay Glasgow
            My Place Awards. HMO report.

4 Unfinished business from 27th February
            Capital Roads Programme .  Meeting on April 11th.  Alastair will represent the Community Council.  Anne Laird will attend on behalf of the Environment and Town Centre Group
            Argyle Place, to note completion of works
            Ladyboys of Bangkok and the Meadows  (Cllr Main to report)

5 Police Report

6 Treasurer’s Report (Alison Service)

8 MABLAG meeting 25th March  (Alison Service)

9  Royal Mail Sorting Office. 
            Jim Eadie MSP has circulated residents of EH9 for their views on the proposed removal to Old Dalkeith Road.  Views have been universally negative, and he has indicated his opposition to Royal Mail.

10 Planning News  (Alison Service)
            LDP, discussed in Council on 19th March.  Comments required by May

11 TIE and the removal of Gulls’ nests. 

12  Roseneath Street (from Sarah Sandow)

13 Appointment of Returning Officer for CC Elections 2013.


15 DONM April 24th 2013

Planning Guidance: listed buildings and conservation areas

Following a consultation last year the City of Edinburgh Council have now issued consolidated guidelines on listed buildings and conservation areas:

* Guidance for householders
* Listed buildings and Conservation Areas
* Guidance for businesses

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

City of Edinburgh Council rolling out a food waste recycling service

Coming soon
From the end of March 2013, the City of Edinburgh Council is expanding the food waste recycling service to a further 35,000 flats and tenements across the city. This means that the vast majority of city households will have access to this recycling service.

The changes will help increase recycling rates in Edinburgh. Recycling is easy, protects our environment by sending less waste to landfill, and saves energy, time and money which we can reinvest into local services.  We all need to work together to meet national recycling targets. In Edinburgh we’re aiming for a 50 percent recycling rate by 2015.

Why is it important to recycle your food waste?
The Scottish Government requires us to provide a food waste collection service by 2013, as by 2020 it will be illegal to send this type of waste to landfill.  And by using the new service you will help make a difference to our environment, as we can use the recycled food waste for fertiliser for farms and energy.

Where can I find out more?
The City of Edinburgh Council will be happy to answer any further questions that you may have.  You can contact the council on 0131 529 3030, email or visit

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Future management and ownership of Easter Craiglockhart Hill Local Nature Reserve

City of Edinburgh Council is seeking views from local people about the future management and ownership of Easter Craiglockhart Hill Local Nature Reserve and the adjacent lands of Easter Craiglockhart Hill.

The Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is in joint ownership between the City of Edinburgh Council and Craighouse Partnership, which has taken over ownership and management from Edinburgh Napier University. Current management of the LNR is through a management plan and management agreement. Responsibility for the management of Council land lies with its Parks & Greenspace Service.

Due in part to the proposed development of the Craighouse Campus by the Craighouse Partnership, an opportunity has arisen to potentially transfer ownership and management of their woodland and open space to the Council or appropriate community body. This would create a single woodland and open space, increasing the size of the area of public land to approximately 16.7 hectares.

You can give your views by completing an online survey at or by e-mailing marking Easter Craiglockhart Hill Consultation in the subject heading. Any comments should be submitted no later than Sunday 31st March 2013.

A further consultation event has been arranged for the evening of Thursday, 21st March at 7.00 pm.  The event will take place in Morningside United Church Hall, 15 Chamberlain Road, EH10 6JF and all are welcome.

Frequently asked questions can be downloaded from either the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership website or the City of Edinburgh Council website

Sunday, 10 March 2013

It's a wrap for RBS at WPK

After 130 years RBS branch in Marchmont has closed. Just rediscovered this leaflet from 5 years ago to commemorate their 125 year anniversary.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Have your say on Neighbourhood Partnerships

As part of the Council governance review, it was agreed to retain Neighbourhood Partnerships as Advisory Committees of the Council, but to undertake a review to strengthen and develop their role in delivering better outcomes for communities. 

The scope of the review, as reported to the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee on Tuesday, 19 February includes work to: 
  • develop and strengthen current practice 
  • enhance community participation 
  • strengthen the strategic influence of NPs 

To ensure all stakeholders/partners have an opportunity to inform the future development of NPs in the city, a survey questionnaire has been issued

This survey is also available in hard copy. If you would like a paper copy of the survey please contact

The survey will close on Tuesday 2 April 2013.