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Maureen Child Update 20 August 2021

Posted on: August 20th, 2021

Dear All


The Holyrood Park Low Road and Innocent Cycle Path remain closed because of unstable rock at Samson’s Ribs.  This is being assessed by Historic Environment Scotland’s geotechnical engineers. Loose sections were taken down earlier this year but there was another rockfall. HES and Council officers rely on their expertise.  There is a risk of injury from rocks falling from the crags above and we don’t yet know how long it will take to make the rock face safe again.  The low road and path are a route many of us use and we all want open again ASAP.


I am very sad indeed that Transport for Edinburgh’s ‘Just Eat’ bike hire scheme is coming to an end.  The Council will be looking into what we can do to replace it. Story reported here: https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/edinburgh-just-eat-bikes-scheme-21348621


Art Walk Porty’s next Reading Towards Walking event is next Tuesday 24 August from the Art Walk Hub, 189 Portobello High Street. Join them from 6.45pm. This session is introduced by Gerry O’Brien and will reflect on Karen Rourke’s book “Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers”. Full details are at the A&E website:

www.artandecology.earth/reading-towards-action. The Art Walk Assemble exciting whole programme is here: https://www.artwalkporty.co.uk


Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so Lothian Health are urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated. People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at Tumbles/Power League car park, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello EH15 1DR from Friday 20 August to Sunday 29 August 9.30am to 5pm and at Craigmillar Medical Practice, 106 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4DT, from Monday 23 August to Saturday 28 August, 10.00am to 5.30pm and Sunday 29 August, 9.30am to 5pm


What a fantastic Craigmillar and Niddrie Community Festival we had last weekend! Thanks to everyone who kindly contributed time, support, passion, energy, creativity and donations to make it such a stunning success. Will Golding at Community Connecting is gathering feedback to share and celebrate what was achieved, and to help for future festivals and funding to support these. If you were there at any of the events, please do take 5 mins to complete this short online survey and share with others too. If you fill it in you have two chances to win a £25 voucher. Click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWBBPaS3DqciJlo4h9Goz70-7mYuULzAkbAiQOaRLVhVZ00Q/viewform. If you have any photos, recordings or film footage to share please send to: craigmillarfest@gmail.com. They will all be shared in a final film about the festival and in a gallery on the festival website  https://www.craigmillarfestival.org/


Craigmillar Now’s first exhibition, ‘Daily Myths’ by Nihad Al Turk, is featured in the Edinburgh Art Festival programme.

https://www.edinburghartfestival.com/the-festival/learning-engagement/community-spotlight/daily-myths-at-craigmillar-now. We are open Mondays and Tuesdays 10am – 4pm or by appointment until the end of September.


Have a lovely weekend!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

Office: 0131 529 3268

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