Police Scotland Consultation Survey –‘Your View Counts’
To read more about this and other Consultations, follow the link HERE
The Community Council was made aware of two applications that needed to be carefully considered. Application 15/05501/FUL for change of use from Agricultural to a burial ground. The other, 15/05533/FUL is to build a small dwelling house to look over the burial ground for security purposes. The latter application has been withdrawn.
For links to Site Layouts and Planning Statements go to the Planning section.
The Community Council invited comments from the community on these applications. Tell us what you think about this. The basic issues are set out below if you care to click on the "READ MORE ... " link. The time for representations is now over but the matter is being considered at the Council's Development Management Committee on Wednesday 18th January 2017. Papers at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4103/development_management_sub-committee
Community Planning for People & Planet
Transition Edinburgh, Nourish Scotland and Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership invite YOU to participate in exhibitions and evening events which provide a great opportunity for you and your organisation to contribute to “Community Planning for People & Planet” - environmental priorities for Locality Improvement Plans 2017-22!
Outline details are in the attached updated flyer which can be shared widely. Links to the four events are below:
6-8pm Wed 15 February at Wester Hailes Education Centre for South West Locality. Register: https://lip-15feb.eventbrite.co.uk
+ Free Exhibition all week at SW: launch 10am Monday 13th Feb 17.
UNICEF Fundraising Jazz Concert 17th Feb 17
Royal Bank of Scotland Juniper Green Statement
On Friday 16 December a small group of concerned elected politicians and local community council chairmen met to discuss the threatened closure of the Juniper Green Branch of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). The group had received unsatisfactory answers to their questions from officials at RBS so would seek further clarification of issues raised by many residents in the valley communities of Balerno, Colinton, Currie and Juniper Green. The prospect of no banking in these communities would affect the elderly, vulnerable, community, business groups and those sceptical that online banking is either secure or practical for their needs. The mantra from RBS is … go to the local POs, visit our branch in Corstorphine, use our ATM at Hunter’s Tryst or be educated by our team of online experts.
2050 Edinburgh City Vision
To help build this vision for Edinburgh, tell City of Edinburgh Council about your vision for:
- Edinburgh’s people: you, your family and your community
- Edinburgh’s economy: your job, your business and your money
- Edinburgh’s environment: your home, your street and your planet
Be part of the conversation - give us your answer to three simple questions:
- What is great about Edinburgh as a city in 2016?
- What could be better?
- What should Edinburgh be like in 2050?
Get involved at edinburgh2050.dialogue-app.com.
Hold your own discussion
See more at: http://edinburgh.org/2050-edinburgh-city-vision
Firrhill takes gold and silver at Pentlands Book Festival 2016
This year’s Pentlands Book Festival aimed to attract readers and writers of all ages. Pre-schoolers were encouraged to take teddy bears for a sleepover at their local library. Primary school children along the Water of Leith took part in a “Tweet your Street” event, organised by Edinburgh’s Makar, Christine de Luca. High School students were invited to take part in the Festival’s 501 word short story competition, the topic being “The Big Mistake”.
Students aged 12 to 15 at Firrhill, Currie and Balerno High School submitted entries to the competition, which was judged by a panel consisting of two members of the organising committee and chaired by Professor Ian Campbell. The overall standard was extremely high, as represented by the third prize ultimately being tied between two young writers.
It is a pleasure to report that students from Firrhill High School took both first and second places. The runner-up was Ellie McDonald, who received a cheque for £25 and the overall winner was Katie McAdam, who won £50. The judges praised the high standard of both girls’ work, the originality of their ideas and their sophisticated use of language.
Unfortunately, Katie was not able to attend the awards ceremony at Juniper Green Parish Church on 26th November, but we were pleased that Alice Jones, the English teacher who had encouraged and co-ordinated Firrhill’s entries, was there to accept the award from Professor Campbell on Katie’s behalf. A copy of the winning entry is below – read on and enjoy it!