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Monday, 17 October 2016

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 26 October 2016 at 7:30pm

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its monthly regular meeting on We 26 October 2016.  

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

The meeting will start at 7:30pm. 

This will be our second meeting of 16/17.  

The next meeting after this one will be We 23 November 2016. 

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

 1                  Sederunt and apologies
 2                     Draft Minutes of last meeting, 28 September 2016, and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
·     Pedestrian route on Beaufort Road
·     Public toilets
·     Pothole patching
·     Marchmont & Sciennes Trader’s Funds
·     Seagull nesting: options to dissuade
·     South Central Contacts

 3                  Police Report

 4                  Meadows & Bruntsfield Links:
·     Update from Mike Shields

 5                  City Council Councillor report on currently topical issues

Items for discussion
 6                  Home Energy Scotland: “Restore warmth to your historic home” – Ewan Fisher
 7                  Planning applications
 8                  Next steps with redevelopment of RHSC (Sick Kids) site
 9                  Grange Cemetery: community payback & work on gravestones
10                  “Your services are changing – play your part” consultation
11                  SESplan Proposed Strategic Development Plan Publication - 13 October to 24 November 2016

For info:
12                  Treasurer's report
13                  Astley Ainslie Hospital meeting
14                  Rising rolls at local schools
15                  Christmas Tree Lighting event
16                  Co-options
17                  Meetings attended                   -

18                  AOCB
19                  Date of next meeting: 23 November 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

City of Edinburgh Council consultation on priorities for public spending and suggestions for delivery of services

The City of Edinburgh Council are continuing to consult on our priorities for public spending, and suggest how services should be delivered:

"Your services are changing – play your part"

There’s still plenty of time to get involved and give views on what your priorities are for where you live and how they should transform Council services.  Responses are requested by 18 Nov.

Like other cities, Edinburgh is changing:

·         our population is growing and changing
·         demand for our services is increasing all the time
·         council budgets are reducing
·         technology is improving.
We need to think about the future and how we can change and improve services by making better use of technology, working with partners and involving communities.

Participants of a previous budget challenge campaign told the council that they would like to be involved in helping the Council to identify solutions for maintaining and improving the quality of services.  So please play your part if you haven’t already done so.

They’ve improved their online pages and made it easier for you to give your views.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Open morning at James Gillespie's High School on Sa 5 Nov

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James Gillespie's High School are hosting an open morning from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday 5th November.  

All are invited to tour the new campus.

SESplan Proposed Strategic Development Plan Publication - 13 October to 24 November 2016

SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for the Edinburgh and south east Scotland region has published the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. This is a key step in replacing the current Strategic Development Plan of 2013 and is the final opportunity for comments to be made. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan deals with a range of strategic planning issues including housing, transport and green infrastructure for a twenty year period beginning in 2018. Its role will be to guide Local Development Plans produced by Local Authorities in the future.

Comments, known as representations, can be made on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan for a six week period between Thursday 13 October and Thursday 24 November 2016. Representations can be submitted using SESplan’s consultation portal: In line with government guidelines, representations should set out the specific changes you think should be made to the plan along with your reason(s) for them. Representations should be limited to 2,000 words per issue, though you are welcome to submit representations on more than one issue.

SESplan will also be running a series of public events where you can find out more about the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. These will be held on the following dates:
  1. Monday 24 October, City Chambers, Dunfermline
  2. Wednesday 26 October, Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg
  3. Thursday 3 November, West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston
  4. Monday 7 November, City Chambers, Edinburgh
  5. Wednesday 9 November, The Brunton, Musselburgh
  6. Thursday 10 November, Council Headquarters, Newtown St. Boswells
Each event will be open from 3pm to 6.30pm on a drop-in basis when anyone can come along to discuss the plan without prior arrangement.

Additional copies of the Proposed Strategic Development Plan and supporting documents can be downloaded from the SESplan website.

Home Energy Scotland events: “Restore warmth to your historic home” - 8 and 16 November

Home Energy Scotland is a free advice service funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Energy Saving Trust.

They are hosting two events in November (8 November at Summerhall and 16 November at Royal Scots clubcalled “Restore warmth to your historic home”. These bring together a range of industry experts to help people keep the heat in their homes, with a focus on older building such as Georgian or Victorian properties.