Friday, 20 January 2017

Police release picture of male in connection with South Clerk Street assault last November

A police media release today asks for help identify a male who may be able to help police solve a serious assault in South Clerk Street last year.

The assault took place in Clerk's Bar in South Clerk Street at 10:30pm on 18th November.  A 21 year old man received serious facial injuries.

Click here for the picture and for more information.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Firebomber of Central Mosque guilty

Thomas Conington has pleaded guilty at Glasgow High Court on Explosives Act and other charges.  He has also been found guilty of a breach of the peace at Lidl in Nicolson Street a year ago.  The main charges related to an incident at the Central Mosque in Potterrow last September 18th.

Conington, who is 28, was on bail and had also been responsible for another incident at the mosque a year previously.  He is now remanded in custody for sentence.  The incident last September caused little physical damage but there is clearly a pattern here - a previous incident at the mosque, an incident at Lidl in Nicolson Street, then the incident last September whilst he was on bail.  A substantial prison sentence is needed to protect the public.

More details can be found here.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New name for Meadows footpath?

Archers Walk has been suggested as a name for the currently unnamed path running from Middle Meadow Walk alongside the south side of the tennis courts in the Meadows.

This celebrates the Royal Company of Archers which is based a few yards northwards at Archers Hall - one of the oldest constituted bodies in Scotland.  There is a regular shoot on the Meadows.

Do let me know if you have any views on this new name.  It has been suggested by Friends of the Meadows.

Friday, 6 January 2017

What happens to the Sick Kids site?

First, the completion date of the new children's hospital at Little France has been delayed to Spring 2018.  More details here.

This week Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council have published a 'summary of collective views' which has been compiled from views expressed by local residents.  You can see other up to date information at the Community Council website.

The summary is still a draft and comments can be sent to the address shown on this page at the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council web post.

Closing date for interested developer offers to NHS Lothian is 9th February.

'Worst street' due for resurfacing next week

For some years now Whitehouse Loan must have been a contender for the most potholed street award (albeit residents elsewhere might argue for their street).

Now that Scottish Gas Networks have almost finished the renewing of gas pipes in Whitehouse Loan, and the immediate side streets, resurfacing is scheduled to begin next week on the section of Whitehouse Loan between Strathearn Road and Bruntsfield Crescent.

Now that will be weather permitting.

More details of the Scottish Gas Work and the timescale here.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Christmas tree uplifts

Alas, the information on the Council website has been muddled.  But it has been updated and the current instructions can be found on this page.

In summary, if you have a brown bin please put your tree beside your bin on the next brown bin collection date.  (I know, I know, for some of us that is not for weeks.)

If you are in a communal bin collection area there are specific dates to put out your tree.  For most of the Southside (Nicolson Street area) the collection day is tomorrow, Friday 6th January.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Park closed - Great Winter Run

Holyrood Park will be closed on Saturday for the annual Great Winter Run.  Holyrood Park Road is part closed from East Parkside to Queen's Drive.  The closure order runs from 6am to 6pm.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Parking foul up with Ringo

You may have seen the reports or even the video (below) of the issue of some parking tickets on Tuesday in Edinburgh.

The problem was that Ringo, the cashless payment system for parking spaces, was programmed to give out the wrong information saying that parking was free on Tuesday.  Indeed, it wouldn't accept payment.

But it wasn't free - Edinburgh only has four parking holidays a year - and wardens were instructed to continue issuing tickets.

Several hundred people, who had been told by Ringo that parking was free, received tickets and the video above is from one of those unhappy people (who just happens to be a Government Minister).  As the Minister says it wasn't the warden's fault - though not being able to correct the situation was unfortunate in the extreme.

So here is what has been done - along with the background.
  • I am told all Ringo users who tried to pay for a ticket have been texted by Ringo advising them of the mistake and that the ticket would not need to be paid
  • A note has been put on the Council website for anyone who tries to pay their fine, and preventing them from doing so.
  • The initial Council media response has been corrected (it didn't hit the right mark, did it - you can see how it was portrayed here)
  • There will be some interesting discussions between the Council and the two companies involved who have the contract . . . 
Ringo is the cashless payment system administered by NSL which increasing numbers of people find handy to pay for parking. The software is programmed by another company who put in the appropriate dates and any changes necessary.  The fault is that the wrong information was programmed in to the app - showing Tuesday as a parking holiday.  Of course the other problem is that when discovered, a decision was taken to continue issuing tickets and there appears to have been no escalation by the parking warden's manager.

Two charged after 3am robberies in Meadiows

Earlier this month there were several robberies within the space of a few minutes in the Jawbone Walk area of the Meadows.  The incidents occurred around 3am and three suspects were described.

Police reported the arrest last week of two suspects who have subsequently appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Details from the police here.

Witnesses needed after Minto Street collision

About 11:55am on Tuesday a collision took place on Minto Street near to Duncan Street.  A female cyclist travelling down Minto Street was in collision with a Mazda car travelling from Duncan Street into Blacket Place.

The cyclist sustained a serious injury and police are seeking witnesses.

More details here - and if you have any relevant information call 101.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day IS a parking holiday

Edinburgh has only four parking holidays

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Easter
If in doubt about whether parking controls apply see here.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Funeral service

The funeral service for Antoine Maury, took place today in Duddingston Kirk.  The sad background can be found here.

But the sad background was matched with the dignity of his family and the hope in the service.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

The Chinook helicopter circling the Southside

Some residents are wondering why there was a Chinook circling above Southside & Newington and other parts of Edinburgh last evening.

The Evening News has investigated and concluded the MOD helicopter, based at Odiham, Hampshire, was on a training exercise!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Queen's Hall Chief Executive to stand down

Adrian Harris, who has been Chief Executive of the Queen's Hall for the past 14 years is to stand down.

More details here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Clique in West Savile Road

The film crew in West Savile Road tomorrow will be filming for the BBC 'Clique' film production.  The order enables the road (or parts of it) to be closed from 6am to midnight.

More information from the link here.