Thursday, 19 October 2017

Local meeting about Sick Kids

It was announced a few weeks back that the sale of the Sick Kids site had gone ahead and that the Downing Group were the successful bidders.  Details of the announcement from NHS Lothian can be found here.

The bid by the Marchmont & Sciennes Development Trust (MSDT) under the Community Right to Buy Scheme was not accepted within the timeline by the Scottish Government - see here for the details from the MSDT.

The sale (preferred bidder) is to the Downing Group - and they were represented at the September meeting of the Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council (next meeting on Wednesday 25th October).  Details about the Downing Group can be found on their website here.

The Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust are holding a public meeting about their bid and discussing where to go next with the community ownership context.  The meeting is in St Catherine's Argyle Church at 7pm next Tuesday.  Details on the MSDT website here.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Another arrest - Rankeillor St assault

A man has been arrested following an indecent assault in Rankeillor Street on 1st October.  He was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.   Brief details here.

Murder in Dumbiedykes

A 52 year old woman was found dead in a house in Dumbiedykes Road on Saturday and a male has now been  arrested and charged with murder in connection with the incident.  More information in the police media release here.  Police would like to hear from anyone with additional information about the incident.

(NB With the change in boundaries earlier this year Dumbiedykes is no longer within the Southside Newington ward.)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Planning in the Grange

Planning permission has been granted for the laying of  weed suppressant matting - alias fake grass - in a largish garden in the Grange.  Rather, to be precise, a certificate of lawful development had been issued by the appeal body meaning that (at least in this case) planning permission is not required.

The issue has been subject of a lengthy process over three years with three appeals. You can find the full appeal case here.  In summary, the case turned on whether laying the fake grass amounted to 'development'.  The Reporter considered it did not - but see the full report for the details and considerations.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Christmas tree lighting

I note the list for Christmas tree lighting throughout the city is now out.

In the Southside/Newington ward that means there are two locations with trees being decorated:

  1. St Patrick Square - 2 trees - lighting ceremony 6pm 5th December
  2. Prestonfield - 1 tree - lighting ceremony to be arranged.
Yes, yes, I know it is far too early to mention Christmas but I'm putting this up for those associated with Grange/Prestonfield Community Council or the Southside Association  who make local arrangements for these event.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

New street name

The development on the St Margaret's Playing Fields just off East Suffolk Road needs to be named.

The current proposal is Pavilion Crescent.

Let me know any views.

The development site was historically the playing field for St Margaret's Girls school. A listed sporting pavilion is located on-site, to be relocated to the south of the new development. which was originally built in 1895 as part of a 9-hole golf course.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Astley Ainslie site tours

Next Saturday tours of the Astley Ainslie site are being arranged by The Grange Association in advance of the anticipated sale of the site by NHS Lothian.

The details can be found on the website of the Grange Association.  Tours are every half hour between 10am and 4pm.  Just turn up.

There is a further day of tours on October 8th.

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