A number of community groups in Portobello have been awarded money from the Portobello & Craigmillar Community Grants Fund.
The first was to St Philip’s Church on behalf of Dementia Friendly Portobello for £250 to provide leaflets as part of a campaign to make Portobello a Dementia Friendly community. The second was to Portobello Community Centre for £600 to run English as a Second Language classes in Portobello Library and an inter-cultural friendship event in the Wash House to welcome Roma families to the Portobello community.
An award of £552 has also been made to Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club for a new skiff.
More on the Community Grants Fund
The 316th meeting of Portobello Community Council was held
on Monday, 24th February, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185
Portobello High Street.
Papers for 316th Meeting (Consolidated)
Browse Meeting Papers
Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. The 317th Meeting will take place on Monday, 31st March.
The East Neighbourhood Partnership's Community Safety Sub-Group can help tackle issues with anti-social behaviour, dog fouling, petty crime, noise nuisance, fly tipping and grafitti. They have produced a leaflet containing more information and who to contact if you feel there is a problem.
Community Safety Leaflet
The East Neighbourhood Roads Team would like your views on plans for a new Pedestrian Crossing outside St Philip's Church, Joppa. Click the link to see the plans and send your feedback.
Abercorn Terrace Pedestrian Crossing - Have your say
Grants up to £3,000 are available through the City of Edinburgh Council's Activcity Funding Programme for events that promote physical activity and sport within the city.
The Activcity programme is designed to work alongside local sports clubs, governing bodies, community organisations and voluntary groups to fund and develop physical activity and sport events.
More info on Activcity
The UK Government has launched a competition to encourage the use of technology to tackle the challenges facing our high streets. Tech companies and digital agencies can work with local communities to apply for 100% funding of, ultimately, up to £1.2m.
Do you know any firms which could help shape Porty High Street?
The application for planning permission by EDI and Barrett Homes for a residential development of 220 units comprising houses, cottages and flats and two commercial units (13/03181/FUL) at Newcraighall North was granted by the Development Management Sub-Committee at their meeting on 15 January.
The People's Postcode Trust has announced that its small grants programme is to reopen for grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 6 months in the areas of poverty prevention, advancement of health, community development, public sports, human rights and environmental protection.
The new application window will run from 7th January 2014 to 22nd February 2014.
City of Edinburgh Council provides cash support for carers so they can have a break. This one off payment of £250 is for unpaid carers to spend on themselves to maintain their health and wellbeing or for a short break from caring.
Funding is limited and the deadline for applications is 28 February 2014.
The Edinburgh Trust was established in 2011 to provide dedicated support to Edinburgh residents who are in financial need. They can apply for a range of help measures, including the provision of a small regular payment; support for children – for example school uniforms, books or IT support or sign-posting to other charities.
Community groups looking to run projects designed to help residents save energy can call on Changeworks for guidance on applying for funding and even get help with carrying out some of the work.
According to Sitar Ramsay, Community Engagement Officer at Home Energy Scotland: "If a community group has a project idea to engage with householders on behaviour change or to increase take-up of insulation and renewable technologies, and would find it useful to have support from Changeworks as outlined in [Climate Challenge Fund] Ideas Bank, the group can apply to Climate Challenge Fund to fund this, and the money would be paid to the group with Changeworks acting as a contractor. It’s a way for community groups to ‘buy in’ expertise whilst maintaining control of the overall project."
More on the Climate Challenge Fund
Castlebrae Business Centre has been awarded £1.9m by the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund to improve the business centre facilities, increase the number of business it can support and, ultimately, provide an economic boost for the area.
Run by Cre8te Opportunities, Castlebrae Business Centre helps fledgling businesses get started, provides facilities like office space and meeting rooms, as well as co-ordinate initiatives like the Digital Skills Academy.
More Info (Cre8te Newsletter)
MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have given their approval for the Portobello Park Private Bill to proceed as a private bill.
The move follows the Preliminary Stage Debate - the first cross-party debate on the terms of the Bill by MSPs in the Parliament Chamber.
Planning Application 13/03200/FUL - Renewal of consent for the erection of the new Portobello High School and associated ancillary buildings, site works, car parking, landscaping, pitches and floodlighting at 1 Milton Road Edinburgh EH15 3BY was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council's Development Management Sub-Committee on Wednesday, 4 December.
PCC presentation to the committee
Webcast of proceedings
If you are a struggling to pay your rent or simply need some advice on whether you may be entitled to welfare benefits or financial assistance through discretionary housing payments (DHP) Come along to the East Neighbourhood Centre every Wednesday between 5pm-7.30pm.
More info on evening sessions
The Scottish Community Development Centre has announced an 18-month programme to provide direct consultancy support to community organisations and demonstrate the need for community-led approaches in regeneration.
Community groups looking for help will be able to apply for up to five days direct consultancy as well as range of other support measures.
The current crop of local, city-wide and national consultations include the following:-
City of Edinburgh Council proposes to make an order under the Traffic Regulations Act 1984 As Amended to introduce/correct disabled parking places on Oxgangs Road North, Ferniehill Road and Hazelbank Terrace and to remove the bays on Adelphi Place, Balcarres St, Boswall Terrace, Chesser Grove, East Trinity Road, Granton Road, Greenbank Cres, Mentone Terrace, Milton road East, Muirhouse Park, Prestonfield Terrace, Ravenswood Avenue, Saughton Park, St Clair Terrace, Stanley Street, The Green, Whitson Grove.
To have your say on these proposals, please write to Traffic Orders (TrafficOrders@edinburgh.gov.uk) quoting Ref: TRO/13/33C
The deadline for responses is 21 March, 2014.
TRO/13/33C (This order)
More details on Traffic Orders
A map of community resources in the east of Edinburgh, including resources for children and famillies; housing and welfare; learning, training and employment:-
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