Portobello 9-hole Golf Course is great for golfers of all ages, gender and abilities or for those simply can’t find enough time in busy lives to play 18 holes. The golf season is here again and Portobello Golf Club are looking for new members. Annual Membership is £30 for the year (excluding green fees). Club Membership provides SGU membership, qualification for national handicap certificate, regular weekend and mid-week medals, ad-hoc competitions throughout the year and access to the Intelligent Golf App. All new members will be entered into a draw and the winner will win back their £30 fee. Pick up your Annual Membership Form from Portobello Clubhouse or the Starter at Stanley Street or just print it off from the Portobello Golf Club Facebook Page. https://en-gb.facebook.com/portobellogolfclub/
There are moves afoot to ‘re-use’ all or part of the golf course for other community ‘Common Good’ recreational facilities. So if more golfers don’t use it, we may very well lose it. See past Evening News coverage of the predicament is here: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/edinburgh-leisure-under-fire-over-portobello-golf-course-plans-1-4787229
Details of a planning application nearby in a helpful post by Portobello Community Council: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2019/04/02/stanley-street-studios-plans-submitted/
Another planning application of local note is this: 19/01481/FUL | Erection of 505 residential dwellings, 350 sq m of retail, open space and associated infrastructure. | South East Wedge Development Site Old Dalkeith Road Edinburgh. As with any planning application, you can use the reference number to look up the details on the Council’s Planning portal through the website and comment of you wish: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20067/planning_applications/288/view_and_comment_on_planning_applications
Our nearest National Trust for Scotland property Newhailes House is reopening for the season in 19 April, Good Friday. More here: https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/newhailes-house-reopens-for-the-summer-season
It’s a lovely place just to walk, and it has a great adventure playground, but there is often lots more going on in Craigmillar Castle Park, thanks Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust. Like their Facebook page to find out. https://m.facebook.com/Craigmillar-Castle-Park-189368128134952/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Are you a carer or is anyone you know a carer? Care For Carers provides support groups and meetings for carers on regular basis. Check the website for more details. www.care4carers.org.uk
Look out for details of a two-day Singathon in Bellfield in early May, in aid of projects in Palestine. There will be child-friendly sessions both days.
Edinburgh Shoreline Project have plans to start up a community group in Joppa to enrich some of the local amenity grassland. Get in touch if you want to get involved! http://edinburghshoreline.org.uk/
One of the most fun Meetings we Councillors get to go to is the Jack Kane Community Centre Management Committee. Find out what they do: http://jackkanecommunity.org/marchs-marvellous-report/. The only Committee I know that so actively engages young people in the running of their Centre. Lots to learn from JKMC about how to run meetings that get through the business efficiently, and that people actually enjoy!
The Annual General Meeting of Portobello Heritage Trust is at 7.30pm on Monday 15 April in Bellfield (a week on Monday). The AGM will be followed with an illustrated talk by L. Bruce Keith titled ‘Bridgescapes’. All are welcome, admission is free and you would be welcome to join us as a PHT Member. More on the Portobello Heritage Trust website here: http://portobelloheritagetrust.co.uk/
As ever, do let me know if you want an update on any issue or have something you want me to take up!
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