Friday, 21 October 2016

Removal of telephone box Blackford Avenue

I have had several requests for the removal of the telephone box in Blackford Avenue on the east side just beside the railway.

It is a bit of an eyesore and is hardly ever used.  Clearly its upkeep will be losing them money.

As it happens, BT has notified Edinburgh Council of its intention to remove the box, pending consultation. That consultation period expires on 28th November.

If you have any views, do let me know and I will make sure they are part of the Council response to the consultation period.

The Bike Station fire

Somehow I omitted to report the fire last week-end which devastated the The Bike Station in Causewayside.  Normally a source of good value second hand bikes, the shop will now be closed until next year after the premises were gutted by fire in the early hours of last Monday.

More details from an interview with the Chairman of the Bike Station Board, Chris Horne, can be found here.

Here is a picture of the remarkable scene of 95 people in a queue for Bike Station bikes a few years back.  Happier days!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Drunk hit and run driver sentenced

In July 2015  a car was driven into the two cafes at the top of Marchmont Road at 3:40am on a Tuesday morning.  There was a casualty - pedestrian Adam Ridley, a student - who was carried on the bonnet of the car into the shop fronts suffering severe injuries.  These posts refer here and here.

The drunk driver was Julian Fogerty who has now been sentenced to community service and banned from driving for 27 months.   Details here.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Police news - mosque suspect arrested

Here is an update on a couple of incidents of concern.

First, The firebomb attack at the Potterrow Central Mosque.  A 28 year old man was arrested a few days after the incident and is currently remanded in custody.  (I don't seem to have posted on this update - apologies).  Details here.

Alas police are still looking for the kilted suspect for the assault in Salisbury Road.  See here for the details if you missed it.

Energy efficiency for historic homes

Advance notice herewith of a Home Energy Scotland event bringing together a range of specialists to offer help and guidance to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

The event is in Summerhall on Tuesday 8th November between 5:30 and 7:30pm.

More details and booking here.

Mis-selling in the area?

I have reports from residents in the Dumbiedykes area of a person apparently representing the company Moneyexpert Ltd which offer comparisons for the best offers for car insurance, credit cards, gas and electricity and other services.

It has been reported that the person representing this company is claiming to be working in conjunction with Edinburgh Council.

That sounds very unlikely and has been reported to the Council's Trading Standards Section.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Closure of Melville Terrace for 4 days

The Summerhall end of Melville Terrace will be closed for city fibre ducting installation from Monday 17th October to Friday 21st October.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

More councillors for Edinburgh

Edinburgh is moving from 58 councillors up to 63 as from the local elections next May.  You can access the new ward maps (and the reasons) from this page of the Boundary Commission for Scotland website.  The Boundary Commission recommendations were finally approved by the Holyrood Parliament last month, much later than had been expected.

The Southside & Newington ward has a number of changes at the edges:

  • Cameron Toll Gardens and Cameron Toll Lade are added to the ward
  • Mid Liberton, Nether Liberton and Liberton Road are also added.
  • Clinton Road along with a small area around the south end of Whitehouse Loan are added
  • Strathfillan Road and the north side of Strathearn Road are added.
  • The Dumbiedykes moves from Southside & Newington to Central ward
  • Forkenford also moves, this time to the Craigmillar/Portobello ward
All in all there is no change for the large majority of residents in the current ward.

A map of the new boundary can be downloaded here.

The increase reflects an increase in population in the city and a change in the method of allocation of numbers.  A couple of years back I made the point that there are too many layers of representatives - and the boundaries are confusing.  The referendum decision to leave the EU removes one layer of representation.

Motor bike remembrance parade

I note there is a bikers parade through the city tomorrow morning between 9 and 1pm.

It is in the name of the War Torn Troops Remembered organisation and will travel from Straiton through the ward (Liberton Brae, Mayfield Road, Causewayside, Buccleuch Street, Potterrow and to the Grassmarket.

Police escalate Salisbury Place assault investigation

There will be an increased number of police patrols in the area this the week end.  Some will be handing out appeals for information.  The assault occurred last Sunday morning around 2.50am in Salisbury Place with a described suspect running off towards Minto Street.  He was wearing a kilt and a fuller description can be found here.

Police have now issued a press release for seven people to come forward. They were walking from Clerk Street into South Clerk Street near to the suspect and only a couple of minutes before the assault.  The police press release with more details, including descriptions of the witnesses police want to trace, is here.

If you can help, contact police on 101.

Friday, 7 October 2016

BBC filming in George Square area tomorrow again

More filming for the BBC Three drama Clique is expected in the George Square area tomorrow from early till late.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Police appeal again for information after assault

Yesterday i posted on the early morning assault in Salisbury Place.  Here are extracts from a further press release from police.
"A 19-year-old woman was attacked in Salisbury Place as she was walking home at around 2:50am on Sunday 2nd October
The victim fought the suspect off. who then made off towards Minto Street and enquiries to trace this male are continuing  He is described as white early thirties 6', large build and dark hair.  He was wearing a red kilt,  calf-high boots and a dark hooded top with numbers on the front.   Following information from the public, detectives have established that the male visited the Marchmont Takeaway on Marchmont Road sometime between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday 1st October - and anyone else who believes they have information that can help identify him, is urged to come forward. 
 It has also been confirmed that the male walked from the city centre southwards along Newington Road, towards Salisbury Place.
Detective Inspector Donnie MacLeod from the Public Protection Unit at Fettes said, "Since the attack took place we have been conducting various enquiries in and around Salisbury Place to trace witnesses and to establish the movements of the suspect before and after the incident.  We are now satisfied that he was within the Marchmont area on Saturday evening before carrying out the attack, during which time he walked towards Salisbury Place from the direction of the city centre. . . anyone with further information is asked to get in touch."

Monday, 3 October 2016

19-year-old assaulted by kilted attacker in Salisbury Place

The above assault was reported shortly after 2am on Sunday morning

The description of the attacker is given as white early thirties about 6' tall, large build dark hair  He was wearing a red kilt calf high boots and a dark hooded top with numbers on the front.

If you know the person or have any information which might lead to the identification and arrest of the culprit, the Police would like to hear from you.  Dial 101 to contact the police (and 999 if urgent).

More details of the attack here

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Events and advice for older people

'Mix and Mingle' is a showcase of what's on for the over 50s.  It will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 8th October

Information and stalls will include

  • Crime prevention advice
  • Fire safety advice
  • Sing in the City
  • Edinburgh Gardens Partners
  • No Fears Bridge Club
  • Edinburgh Leisure
  • Adult Education Programme
  • LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Local People
  • Tasters sessions for Yoga. Tai Chi, Gentle Exercise
There will also be refreshments at Arthur's Cafe

All this at Southside Community Centre  117 Nicolson Street next Saturday.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Man jailed for rape and abuse offences

Stephen Charters from Galashiels was jailed at the High Court today for a seriies of historic sexual offence against children  The charges included one at the Commonwealth Pool

More details here.