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  • Portobello
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Maureen Child Update 30 November 2018

Posted on: November 30th, 2018

Dear All


Brighton Place should re-open to vehicles this weekend, in good time Portobello’s Christmas event on 6 December and – we hope – in time for Saturday’s Portobello Market in Brighton Park.  All bus routes will then return to normal until the roadworks re-start week beginning 7 January. The ‘Pop in to Porty’ Shop Local campaign continues. Click here for updates: https://bit.ly/2zoOoPJ


So, the first phase of Brighton Place carriageway reconstruction is completed and the contractors have the measure of the whole task. The contractor, MacKenzie Construction, say the heavy rain on Thursday might have delayed the solidifying of the jointing material, which normally takes 24 hours to set. If the test of a small sample of the grout is OK at 3pm today, Brighton Place will re-open to buses and general traffic tomorrow. But if the test sample fails, the re-opening will be delayed until Sunday 2 December.


Are you worried about someone on the streets of Edinburgh? Let the Streetwork team know by calling freephone on 0808 178 2323 or email streetteam@streetwork.org.uk.  The Streetwork team are out every morning, afternoon and night helping people who are rough sleeping to stay warm and safe.


Friends of Figgate Park have published the 2019 edition of their beautiful calendar with wonderful wildlife photos by Anthony Robson. They will be on sale at Portobello Market 10am-2pm and at the Porty Parkrun 9am-11am but you can still get a copy from Mousehole Deli, Cove, the Physiotherapy Place, Your PC Repair, and Party Planet! It’s a snip at just £8.  I got mine! All proceeds go towards park improvements.


Do keep on letting me know about any glitches with the waste and recycling collections in your street! The signs are that the new service is settling down after all the seismic changes, but I might very well be wrong about that!


Craigmillar Edible Estates have a ‘Cook, Eat & Meet’ community meal on  Saturday 1 December at the Whitehouse (70 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4BG) 12noon -3pm, inviting the community to cook and bake together, get together and share skills.They are really keen to establish a volunteer team to deliver hot meals to those residents who, for whatever reason, cannot make the cooking session. They would like to know of any clients in the area that would benefit from a hot meal. Any help spreading the word would be greatly appreciated! Contact Tilia Mehrabi Community Engagement & Food Officer. e: tilia@edibleestates.co.uk w: www.edibleestates.co.uk 


Craigmillar Edible Estates Craigmillar Edible Estates is a project of the Community Alliance Trust and Edible Estates.  It promotes a community food growing model which is a tool for urban regeneration and resilience which is particularly relevant in social housing estates with spare greenspace capacity. They establish community gardens, and encourage households to have a closer involvement in the design, planning and use of their local greenspace. Click this link to view Edible Estates Video > 


Date for your diary: Tribe Porty’s Christmas Makers Market is next week, Saturday 8 December 1pm to 5 pm. Twenty-five creative and local makers are exhibiting in their new downstairs space at 17 Windsor Place, with music, festive drinks and more.


Fun Fiddle’s Winter Ceilidh is coming up this Sunday 2 December, doors open 3pm at The Wash House, 3 Adelphi Grove. Come and dance to Porty’s largest fiddlin’ ceilidh band , aged 6 – 76! Tickets from The Cake and Candy Tea Room £8/£6 concessions; £25 family ticket (2 adults and 2 concessions) Kids under 5 FREE.


If it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas this weekend, you might like to take some time out for calm contemplation and listen to some truly fabulous choral music in the superb Robin Chapel for their Advent Service this Sunday at 4pm.  All are welcome.  More here: http://robinchapel.org.uk/


Finally, I thoroughly recommend you ready the Castlebrae Community High School latest newsletter form cover to cover to find out about all the great work this amazing local school do, especially the exciting plans for their new building and the piece on their own skiff-building project in partnership with our equally fabulous Portobello rowing community.  I do love this place!



Best wishes for a great weekend, whatever you’re doing!




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