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Portobello Community Council

Should Porty Beach have dog free zones? Have your say!

In response to concerns raised by the public, Portobello Community Council is seeking the community's views on proposals to create some dog free zones on the beach during the summer months. These would be designed to allow residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy parts of the beach without the presence of dogs, particularly to allow free access for children, the elderly and others who can be unsettled by the presence of dogs.

The beach zones would operate May to September between the hours of 10am and 6 pm. They would be self-enforcing and will not be subject to formal policing. Visitors to the beach will be encouraged rather than coerced into observing the zones.

Have your say

Notice of Committee Meeting

The Consultation and Engagement Committee are meeting on Thursday the 24th of April at Portobello Library from 8 - 9.30 pm. All welcome.


317th Meeting

The 317th meeting of Portobello Community Council was held on Monday, 31st March, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.


Meeting papers

Have your say on proposed school holiday changes

The City of Edinburgh Council Education Department is proposing to make a number of changes to city school holidays for the school years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18. Please use the form to have your say on the proposals.

School Holiday Changes - Have your say

Crossing changes

The City of Edinburgh Council Roads Department has been testing some changes to the sequence of traffic lights and the pedestrian crossings at the Portobello High Street/Bath Street/Brighton Place junction. If you have any feedback on the changes you can send it directly to Senior Professional Officer Traffic Signals Ronnie Swain on ronnie.swain@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Pride of Edinburgh Award nominations open

The Edinburgh News Pride of Edinburgh Awards recognise the role of people in the community who go the extra mile to make Edinburgh a great place. Perhaps you know someone who has displayed remarkable courage, a gutsy neighbour who has improved your area, a tireless charity fund-raiser or campaigner, a young sibling who has battled an illness, a dedicated careworker, or member of the emergency services who have gone beyond the call of duty to help others?

More info on the Pride of Edinburgh Awards

BBC wants Porty home swap family

BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in Portobello and who would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series. It could be anything from a charming cottage, a period house, to a modern apartment.

For more info, contact Kieran.mccarthy@bbc.co.uk with your contact details

More info on Home Swap Holidays

Funding success for community groups

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

Tackling community safety issues

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

Sport and Physical Activity funding

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

How would you spend £1m to re-shape Porty High St?

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?

More Info

220-house development gets planning green light

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 Edinburgh Trust

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.

More Info

Hotspot Help

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


£1.9m business centre funding boost

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)

PHS planning refresh approved

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

Minutes Available

The draft minutes of the 316th Meeting of Portobello Community Council are now available.

Draft Minutes

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Your views needed

The current crop of local, city-wide and national consultations include the following:-

Antisocial Behaviour Policy (DRAFT) - Have your say!

City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on a draft Antisocial Behaviour Policy which has been developed to help inform tenants of the City of Edinburgh Council, their household members and their visitors, of the Council’s objectives and approach to tackling ASB.

Read the Antisocial Behaviour Draft Policy

To have your say on the policy, please complete the survey:- ASB Draft Policy Survey

Deadline: 14 April

Removal of Disabled Parking Bays - Have your say!

Parks Manifesto - Have your say!

Have your say on proposed Joppa crossing


The latest reports to be received include:-

Environment Report

Police Report

East Neighbourhood Partnership

Portobello Community Council liaises regularly with the East Neighbourhood Partnership which is empowered by the city council to work to improve local services and the quality of life.

The partnership is responsible for developing a Local Community Plan which sets out the priorities for the area as identified by local residents.

- More info on the East Neighbourhood Partnership

East Edinburgh Community Map

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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