This blog is where you will find community council information, including meeting times, minutes and agenda. Do please comment on postings.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council Christmas Tree Lighting Sat 7th Dec at 4pm (note revised time)

The Marchmont & Sciennes Community Christmas tree will be lit next Saturday (7 Nov) at 4pm.  

Special Guest Ron Butlin, the Makar of Edinburgh  (poet laureate) will preside.

Join with James Gillespies High School Brass Ensemble and the JG Primary School Choir to sing traditional carols.

Where: Marchmont Crescent meets Warrender Park Road

Take part in the Local Shops’ T O M B O L A
Buy something and enter each shop’s Lucky Dip From 1pm to 5.30pm on Sat 7th December only.  Participating shops (in order from lower Argyle Place to top of Marchmont Road): Meadowlark Café, The New Leaf, Bodywell, Marchmont Hardware, Ishii Hair, Bohemia, Doodles, Pastures Café, March Hair, Marchmont Gallery, Marchmont Pharmacy (closes 3.30pm)Save the Date, Cork & Cask, Right Pharmacy (round corner in Grange Road)

For more information see 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 27 Nov at 19:30

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its November meeting on 27 November 2013 at 7:30pm, in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our third meeting of 13/14.  Further meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of January, February, March, April, May and June 2014.

All who live and work in the area are most welcome!


 1            Sederunt and apologies
 2            Minutes of last meeting, 23 October 2013
 3               Matters arising from the minutes 
·            Marchmont Crescent Noticeboard (repairs)
·            Zebra Crossing on Marchmont Road
·            Jawbones refurbishment
·            Involving local traders
4            Police Report

Items for discussion
 5             Thanks to retiring Community Councillors
 6              Vacant Chair
 7              Community Council Scheme (previously circulated)
 8             Christmas Tree Lighting
9            Treasurer’s Report  & Proposals for how to spend accumulated money

Items mainly for information
10              Planning matters
·            Royal Edinburgh Hospital
·            Local Development Plan
·            SESplan Strategic Development Authority Draft Housing Land Supplementary Guidance
11              Neighbourhood Partnership meeting
12             AOCB
           -   Meadows & Bruntsfield Links Advisory Group
13            Date of next meeting: 22 January 2014

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The New Leaf Co-op member vacancy

The New Leaf Co-op (TNLC) is currently hiring for a new Co-operative Member. The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 27th. The successful candidate will join the co-op and take on their share of the wide variety of tasks that work at TNLC entails. Like other members, they will work on the shop floor and pack-down bulk foods as well as be responsible for managerial and business development roles. Training will be provided for the new member on all shop admin systems. 

The position is for 15-25 shop floor hours per week (plus 2 out of every 5 Saturdays), and additional hours for business development and administration. You must also be available Monday mornings for our weekly co-op meeting. The start date will be January, but this could be negotiated. 

For more information go to:

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Have you discovered Your

Your Edinburgh is Edinburgh Libraries’ community information website. Did you know that you can search to find information about community groups, clubs, societies and activities in your area? It even lists the full Get Up and Go programme (Edinburgh’s activities programme for over 50s). The website is easy to search by keyword or by area making it the place to find out what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

It’s also free to join! If you belong to a club, society of local group simply register online and add your own entry in minutes and help us grow coverage in your area. An entry can help your organisation reach a bigger audience, gain new members and promote your activities. Simply go to, register online and add your free entry.

Contact for more details.

Edinburgh Local Development Plan (LDP): Development Plan Scheme October 2013

The City of Edinburgh Council have published a booklet about the Development Plan Scheme which gives a rolling update on the timetable for the Local Development Plan (LDP).

This replaces the previous Development Plan Scheme which was published in March 2013.  Since then, the Council has published the Proposed LDP and held a period for representations.  Those representations are available to view online at the above web address. A summary of representations is also available. 

The new Development Plan Scheme explains changes to the LDP timetable. These mean there will be a revised LDP in June 2014.  Another Development Plan Scheme setting out details of how and when to make representations on the revised LDP will be published closer to the time. The current Development Plan Scheme also refers to consultation on housing land requirements at the Strategic Development Plan level which will take place over November and December 2013

The Council are carrying out a short feedback survey.  Your responses will help improve how the council prepare LDPs in future.  The results of an earlier survey, on the Main Issues Report, are also available online.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

City of Edinburgh Council Polling Place Review Consultation (till 22 Nov 13)

City of Edinburgh Council have a duty to review polling districts, places and stations in Edinburgh every five years.  

They have recently reviewed polling stations to ensure that:
  • they are as easy to use and reach for as many people as possible, including those with a disability
  • they follow the guidance from the Electoral Commission.
The Council has made some changes and you can a view a list of the proposed polling places, or it can be inspected at the City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh.
You can find further information which may help you comment on the review, for example maps of the wards showing the proposed polling places and estimates of changing populations.
If you have any comments about the proposed changes, please complete this online form between 1 and 22 November 2013.  If you suggest any changes to the proposed polling places, you must outline the benefits to the electors who would be affected.  Please also tell us how people with disabilities would be able to use and get into the building.
The Council will make a  final decision on future polling places on 12 December 2013, and the results will be published online and at the City Chambers.