• Portobello Community Council
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  • Portobello
  • EH15 1AU

Maureen Child Update 16 November 2018

Posted on: November 16th, 2018

Dear All 

Fun Fiddle’s Annual Ceilidh is coming up soon on Sunday 2 December in the Wash House, 3 Adelphi Grove and tickets are now for sale from Favers Cake and Candy Tearoom 127 Porty High Street. Also, Fun Fiddle has been asked to perform a short spot for Porty Streetfest on Thursday 6 December between 6.30 – 8.30pm, as part of the Christmas lights switch-on  and late night local shopping.  More Fun Fiddle details here:


There’s another another Craigmillar Book Festival Family Day at Craigmillar Library this Saturday 17 November fro 11am to 3pm with a Science and Magic theme.  All are very welcome.


Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership agreed to commit £25,000 towards the upgrade of the Figgate Park play area on the proviso there is matched funding from the Craigentinny/Duddingston Neighbourhood Partnership.  So, you are being asked for your views on whether or not this should happen.  Please take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JTYBK6Z


If you are an adult living in EH15, EH16 or EH17 who has an interest in music, here’s a musical opportunity for you! Drake Music are offering people in the local area the chance to learn to play an instrument, create a piece of music and write their own lyrics. You will be able to work in groups of up to 6 people with a professional musician who will help you to create your own song! If you are interested in taking part in this project, or would like to have a bit more information, please get in touch with Leigh on 07900 166 739


The Council is setting a strategic direction to manage the City’s Budget and are looking for people across all our communities to give their views. For the North East of the City the date is Wednesday 21 November, 6.30pm, Northfield & Willowbrae Community Centre. Sign up to event here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XYQRXT6


Here’s teaser for the upcoming film of the Edinburgh Shoreline Project. Excited to see and hear the whole thing!  Sound of waves and seabirds in background……sigh! https://vimeo.com/300872306. More here https://edinburghlivinglandscape.org.uk/


You don’t need me to tell you that the Council have been having ‘challenges’ with waste collection over the last month.  I live here too and feel the same pain and inconvenience. The start of the new fortnightly garden waste service, a four day shift and a new route master system have all kicked off at the same time and it will take a bit more time to bed down.  But we will get there. Give it another couple of weeks and please DO keep letting me know about your missed collections – and vent your spleen on me, if you must.


If you are a gardener and planning what to do with the garden next year, have a thought for the bees and other insect pollinators and consider taking the Pledge.  More here: https://edinburghlivinglandscape.org.uk/pollinatorpledge/


If you care deeply about the area you live in and want to be involved at the start of any process to develop it, rather than raging and campaigning against once decisions are made, you need to get more and more engaged and more proactive.  There are plenty of opportunities to help plan for what the city might be like in 2030.  The main consultation for City Plan 2030 is due to take place over 8 weeks in February and March 2019. The consultation will set out the main choices that the City and our citizens need to make as we prepare the next Plan and I am keen for as many people as possible t get involved. You can keep up to date with the project by:


·         Visiting the website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030

·         Subscribing to the Planning Edinburgh Blog

·         Following the palnners on twitter at @planningedin – join in the conversation by using the #cityplan2030 hashtag.  Or get in touch with the team at cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk


Whatever you do, have a great weekend!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

Office: 0131 529 3268

Mobile: 07718 666 481

Facebook Page: Maureen Child Standing Up for Portobello/Craigmillar

Twitter: @MaureenChild1