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

Monday, 27 April 2015

Vacancies on Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council has a few vacancies for those who would like to be co-opted.  


Community Councils are voluntary, statutory bodies made up of local residents. We exist to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the Marchmont & Sciennes community’s views to public bodies at every level, especially with the City of Edinburgh Council.




  • Issues we cover include:
  • Planning
  • Roads
  • Schools
  • Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs)
  • Refuse/Recycling/Street cleaning
  • Licensing
  • Parks and Green Space
  • Anti-social behaviour

  • If you think you might be interested please get in touch (with no commitment!) with the secretary using the e-mail or telephone contact details in the right hand column of this infoblog.

    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    Domestic Security Event: 7-9pm at Mayfield Salisbury Church

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    A Domestic Security Event is being run by PoliceScotland and City of Edinburgh Council Community Safety on 29 April (7-9pm at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 1 Mayfield Road Edinburgh).

    The event aims to offer constructive advice regarding both personal safety and protection of your property. There will be presentations from the organisers and a chance to ask questions.

    Thursday, 23 April 2015

    Don't forget to vote in the UK Parliamentary General Election on 7 May 2015


    The number of people registered and voting in the Scottish Independence Referendum was at a record level. Many people, including lots of older people, voted for the first time.  It would be great if people don’t just vote once in their lifetime but instead turn out every time to have their say on important matters.

    Info from the council on how to find out where, when and how to vote
    Your poll card tells you where your polling place is. Check that you’re going to the right place as it might have changed since the last time you voted.  You don’t need to bring your poll card with you to vote but it does help to make the voting process faster.

    If you have a postal vote, follow the instructions carefully – your signature and date of birth on the statement are both needed.  A common reason for postal votes being rejected is the signature or date of birth not matching – make sure yours do. Please return your postal vote as soon as possible.

    Whether you are voting in person or by post, make sure you vote with a single X. Please don’t write any other comments on the paper as then it might not be clear how you are voting.

    Polling Places will be open from 7am until 10pm. Don’t leave it too late to cast your vote.

    Monday, 20 April 2015

    Your views wanted on public toilet closures (by 25 May 2015)

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    The City of Edinburgh Council recently took a step back from reducing the public conveniences budget by £600,000 which would have meant that the majority of Edinburgh’s public toilets would need to be closed.

    However, the Council still needs to make a £300,000 saving in 2015/16 following a budget decision made in 2011. This means that around ten toilets will need to be closed.

    Please complete the Council’s online survey about public toilets and provide your thoughts on how closure of certain public toilets might affect you and your local community; or the people to whom you provide services. This survey went live on Monday 13 April for a period of six weeks.

    Friday, 10 April 2015

    Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 22 Apr 2015 at 7:30pm

    Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its April meeting on We 22 Apr 2015, at 7:30pm.  

    The meeting will take place in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

    This will be our seventh meeting of 14/15.  We will continue our regular practice of meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month until Jun 2015, and then take a break till Sep 2015.

    All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 

     1            Sederunt and apologies
     2            Draft Minutes of last meeting, 25 Mar 2015 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
    ·      Food recycling bins
    ·      Hope terrace (parking in front gardens)
    ·      Plans for Royal Hospital for Sick Children site
    ·      Lovers Loan wall
    ·      MSCC publicity on advertising drums

     3             Police Report
    ·      Road Safety at JGPS

     4            Update on Meadows & Bruntsfield Links from Mike Shields 

    Items for discussion
     5            New planning applications
     6            Advertising vacancies on MSCC  
     7            Revised planning brief for Astley Ainslie prior to redevelopment

    Items mainly for information
     9            Treasurer’s report
    10            Gravestones in Grange Cemetery
    11            Reports of meetings
    12            Traders’ Evening

    13            AOCB

    14            Date of next meeting: 27 May 2015

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Newington Library has re-opened

    Following the completion of essential building works, Newington Library has re-opened.   

    Improvements include the installation of a new heating system, new lighting and ventilation, and redecoration.  

    Staff are looking forward to welcoming both regular users and new customers to the reinvigorated library.

    Opening Hours

    Monday:         10 am – 8 pm
    Tuesday:         10 am – 8 pm
    Wednesday:   10 am – 8 pm
    Thursday:        10 am – 5 pm
    Friday:             10 am -  5 pm
    Saturday:        10 am – 5 pm

    Monday, 6 April 2015

    Aged over 50? Looking for inspiration? A new hobby/interest? Spring Fling 2015 (11 Apr) might be for you



    SPRING FLING 2015!

    Saturday 11 April 11.00am – 4.00pm | Eric Liddell Centre, Holy Corner

    Aged over 50?  Looking for inspiration? A new hobby/interest? Want to get involved be activated, feel motivated?


     CafĂ© | Admission Free | Stalls | giveaways | tasters & demonstrations

     South Edinburgh Arts Fair Association | seafa@hotmail.co.uk | southedinburghartsfair.org