Friday, 22 September 2017

This weekend is Doors Open weekend

Here is a list of some of the buildings open in the Southside & Newington area.  All are open to the public during the times specified in the brochure - which contains the full list for Edinburgh and East Lothian.

1.  Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill
2.  Royal College of Nursing, 42 South Oswald Road
3.  St Peter's Episcopal Church, Lutton Place
4.  Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent
5.  Newington Cemetery, Dalkeith Road
6.  Priestfield Tennis and Sports Association, 2-4 Kirkhill Road
7.  Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street
8.  McEwan Hall, Teviot Place
9.  Teviot Row House, Bristo Square
10. Anatomical Museum, Medical School, Teviot Place
11. Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square
12. Chapel of St Alfred the Great, George Square Lane
13. Edinburgh University Main Library, George Square

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

End of Sick Kids community buy-out

After a series of bureaucratic delays  in the community buy-out process, it appears NHS Lothian has now sold the Sick Kids site - concluding missives on 5th September.

A deal has been reached with the Downing Group.

The view from the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Trust can be found here

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Riding the Marches in Edinburgh

Commemorating the return into Edinburgh of the remnant from the catastrophic defeat at Flodden in 1513, the Riding of the Marches takes place next week-end.

Around 250 horses will parade through Edinburgh focusing on the Royal Mile and the Mercat Cross.

More details of the history as well as the timings can be found here.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

University in free speech row

I note The Times (£) the Mail and the Sun all have articles today on an Edinburgh University investigation of a student who ridiculed ISIS.  The University are apparently investigating the student as potentially having committed a 'hate crime'.  Details at the links above.


Local Opportunities for Older People is a charity in south Edinburgh providing help and advice for older people - especially those who want to get out and about.  If you know someone who might benefit from knowing more about the range of facilities and opportunities, you can contact LOOPs here.

And there is a talk (free tea/coffee available) at Ferns Kitchen, Balfour House, tomorrow  between 1:30 and 2:30pm.  Just call in.  Ferns Kitchen is open for low cost meals for older people.  See here for more information.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Short term lets - such as Airbnb

Some have asked me if Edinburgh Council is proposing any changes with respect to the licensing of short term lets.  Here is the position.

In March this year the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee considered a report on 'Short Stay Commercial Visitor Accommodation'.

The Committee agreed to call on the Scottish Government to increase the powers of local authorities to manage these, by introducing a licensing system or strengthening planning restrictions.  The report includes the data currently available to the Council.

The Minister for Local Government and Housing has responded to the Council's request by noting that the Expert Working Group on the Collaborative Economy is considering short term lets as part of its remit.  That group is due to make its recommendations to Scottish Ministers by the end of 2017.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Cycle fest in Edinburgh this week-end

The grand Depart of the Tour of Britain takes place in the Royal Mile this Sunday.  There is also a closing of roads (part of the Tour route) to enable a City Ride for all cyclists in central Edinburgh.

More details about the events can be found at this link but more details information can be found through the links at my post last week.

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