Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Take note of suspicious bogus workman type activity

I understand from the police there have been 2 recent incidents in the Grange and Morningside areas, where elderly couples have been approached by a male in his 30s offering to fix loose roof tiles on their houses.  It is thought the male may be driving a white Transit style van.

Contact the police on 101 (or 999 if an incident is in progress)

McDonald's late opening maintained at Cameron Toll

Current opening hours at the Cameron Toll McDonald's were continued as they currently are - midnight on Mondays to Thursdays and 1am on Saturdays and Sundays.  The premises open at 5am every day.

The Regulatory Licensing Board this morning approved a continuation of the current hours for another year.

The opening of the premises last year was subject to a tussle over the opening hours - with McDinald's being cut back from 24 hour opening to the present hours.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Painting the North Bridge - correct, I said the North Bridge

Following a query from a constituent I have obtained some information which may be of interest to others.  I will give the full text below but the summary headlines are:
  • A full refurbishment. of the North Bridge is due to start in 2018
  • The structural steelwork was last fully painted in 1933
  • Localised parts of the structural steelwork appear to have been painter on occasions since then
  • The non structural facade was last painted in its distinctive colours  in 1990
The main structural steelwork on North Bridge was last fully painted in 1933 as part of a major refurbishment of the structure.  This was in response to a detailed examination of the bridge which identified corroded steelwork and a general breakdown of the original protective coating.  Main steelwork may also have been repainted in localised areas in 1949 and 1961 but the bridge records are not clear on this.
The decorative, non-structural, cast iron façade elements (i.e. those currently painted blue, grey, red, gold) were last painted in 1990 at the same time as the parapets were being replaced for safety reasons.  I understand that the reason for painting these elements at that time was both (i) in response to the condition of the paint system and the underlying cast iron and (ii) following an offer from the Scottish Development Agency to assist in funding the painting, and floodlighting, of the structure.  It is my understanding that point (ii) above led to the adoption of the current decorative paint colour scheme for aesthetic reasons, in recognition of the bridge’s prominent location.
We are currently in the pre-construction stage of a project comprising a full refurbishment of the North Bridge, which is intended to commence on site in summer 2018, lasting approximately two years.  The repainting of all structural steelwork and the decorative, non-structural, cast iron façade elements will be undertaken as part of that project.

Departing from convention, I know that North Bridge is not inn the Southside/Newington ward but I know some residents will be interested - hence the post.

Do you know this man

Police want to identify this man in  relation to an investigation into an attempt robbery in Middle Meadow Walk on Friday 21st July this year.  Incident 3780 of that date refers and anyone with information should contact police on 101.  More details in the police release here.

Police officers assaulted in Nicolson Street

On Wednesday this week officers in Nicolson Street intervened as a small group of people appeared to be involved in anti-social behaviour concerning other members of the public.  Ultimately three persons were arrested - a 16 year old male and a 56 year old woman have been charged with assaulting the 3 police officers.  A 35 year old woman has been charged with obstructing the police.

The incident was around 12:30 - 1pm on Wednesday 15th.  The police officers sustained minor injuries.

The incident is not connected with recent anti-social activity in Nicolson Square and the police are very active in the area currently.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

20 year old pleads guilty to supplying drugs after death of French student

20 year old Scott Mckerral was convicted earlier this week of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs to French student Antoine Maury last year.  In December last year I reported on the funeral of Antoine whose body had been found in Duddingston Loch earlier that month.

The mother of Antoine was in Edinburgh for the court hearing and conviction and you can find more details here, including a confrontation between her and Scott Mckerral.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Swedish 11th century runestone for George Square

A 1,000 year old Viking age runestone is to be moved to George Square next Spring.

One of only three in the UK it has lived in Princes Street Gardens, largely hidden from public view.

Details here.

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Local resident Jim Sillars in the news

Former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars lives locally.  He has been speaking out on a couple of issues recently. First, here is today...