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Maureen Child Update 13 September 2019

Posted on: September 13th, 2019

Dear All


There is a lot of excitement and eager anticipation at Castlebrae Community High School about the progress on their new building next to the Council’s local office in Niddrie Mains Road.  Sign up to find out more about all the sector-leading learning and teaching which this new building is designed around.  The whole school community has been deeply involved in its design. See here: https://castlebraechs.wordpress.com/community-news/


Last week, I was encouraging you to get involved with your local Community Council in the run up to the CC Elections this Autumn.  Find out more about it here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20017/our_main_offices/571/find_your_locality_ward_and_community_council and encourage friends and family to seriously think about standing, or nominating and seconding you!


To move any school from one site to another always requires a legal process.  It happened for Portobello and Craigmillar Community High Schools. That statutory consultation on a proposal to relocate a bigger new-build Newcraighall Primary School to the New Brunstane development site.  It runs until 5pm on Monday 7 October.  Towards the end of August, a letter was sent to all current parents and carers of pupils at Newcraighall Primary School, providing them with details of the consultation and a link to the consultation paper. There was a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday at the school, which included representatives of community groups including nurseries, playgroups and Craigmillar Community Council.  See the proposal here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cf/newcraighallschool/ and do feel free to respond.


Portobello Community Council is consulting on a licence application at Straiton Place.  Link here: http://www.portobellocc.org/pccpn/2019/09/09/straiton-place-park-ice-cream-van-licence-consultation/


Community Growing in Craigmillar is doing some great work. The Food and Blether group is every fortnight an next Tuesday, two of the group will be cooking some typical Syrian treats. They are also putting together an Edible Stories recipe book. Any recipes from people living and working in Craigmillar would be very welcome. Contact local artist Morvern Odling at craigmillarfoodbook@gmail.com. For more information about Their activities, do contact Karin Chipulina Craigmillar Community Grows, Community Development Worker, C/O The Thistle Foundation,13 Queens Walk,EH16 4EA. Tel: 07824838364.


The Council regularly consults on a number of things through their Consultation Hub.  This one is about secure cycle parking sites.  Click here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/c233daa8/. There are links in there to other consultations on which your views would be welcome.


Portobello Heritage Trust, working with Lost Edinburgh, currently have exhibition of previously unseen photographs titled Portobello in the 1950s and 60s Images from the John Brodie Collection donated to Lost Edinburgh. It is up now in Portobello Library until 11 October. Tell everyone you know about it and do write your own stories and comments and memories in the visitors book. The Trust’s annual lecture will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 14 October in Bellfield. The speaker is Jill Turnbull who is an expert on glass making and will tell us about glass making in Portobello.  While you are there, don’t forget to get tickets for Portobello Book Festival!  https://portobellobookfestival.wordpress.com/


A few Portobello people told me they had been wakened up in the middle of the night on 10 September (about 4am) by a loud noise.  This is what it was: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/this-is-why-military-helicopters-have-been-spotted-in-the-sky-over-edinburgh-in-recent-weeks-1-5001865


The fabulous Porty ArtWalk 2019 continues this weekend.  Here is David Calder’s Podcast about it:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/71622/1661431-138-art-walk-porty-2019?fbclid=IwAR0AnLMngvBblvyUJvAQaerykSsXAdgtMJ-3_Yv7XiPd2KRSLGOP7TTR5BY


This week, David is promoting our Community Council Elections through his weekly Podcast.  He is a Star!


That’s all for now.  Do let me know if you want ‘updated’ on anything else. 


Best wishes for a good 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