Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Former Royal Blind School, Craigmillar Park

The transfer of the Scottish Braille Press from its buildings, situated between the main Blind School building and the South Sub rail line, clears the way for the final stages of  negotiation between Royal Blind and the expected purchaser.

Scottish Braille Press are expected to move to Gorgie around the end of March clearing the way for the new owners to demolish the old Braille Press buildings and rebuild on that site.  However, planning permission is still to be granted for the site.

I think we can anticipate a conversion into flats for the main building by Cala Homes, with ancillary accommodation on the sites of previous buildings, such as the Braille Press building.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Mercy Corps scrutinised

The Scotsman has been digging around and has obtained information about Scottish Charities operating abroad with concerns about misconduct of employees.

Mercy Corps is an international aid organisation with its European Headquarters in Sciennes.  Much of its finance comes from UK government sources and it is partnered with Edinburgh Council as the charity of choice for response to overseas disasters.

Operating in 122 countries Mercy Corps has released the information that it investigated 11 cases of misconduct in the last year and dismissed five employees.

Comment:  Let is see if our attention will turn to the rather greater scandal of the lack of action against UN peacekeeping forces involved in sexual abuse.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Passing of Stewart Munro of Marchmont Hardware

One of the best known figures in the Marchmont/Sciennes area has been the owner of Marchmont Hardware (the shop at the Sciennes end of Warrender Park Road) for over 30 years serving the community

His funeral was earlier this week and you can find more information about Stewart here and here.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mentone Gardens disturbance

Residents and passers by may have noticed around a dozen police vehicles in and around Mentone Gardens during the morning rush hour.

It followed an disturbance which was notified to police at 5:15am this morning.  A man has been taken to hospital.  You can find some further details here.

Friday, 2 February 2018

West Crosscauseway Traffic Orders now open for comment

The Causey Project has been under way for 10 years.  The latest plans of the proposal are now on the Council website for the formal 28 day consultation period.

Comments need to be submitted by 2nd March.

Here is the link. Note there are five documents.

Have you seen Caroline's mobility trike?

Caroline is often to be seen on her mobility trike in the Nicolson Street and Clerk Street area.  Alas her trike has been stolen recently.  Anyone seen it?

It is silver with a basket basket between the two rear wheels.

Anyone with information, or if you have seen it please contact the police on 101 - or if you see someone riding it in suspicious circumstances, 999.

Amended 020118 to get the colour of Caroline's most recent trike - the one stolen - correct.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

15 year old arrested for bag theft at Cameron Toll

On Sunday 31st December - Hogmanay - there was an incident in Lady Road at 8:30 in the morning when an elderly woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of her bag.

Details of the arrest here.

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Local resident Jim Sillars in the news

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