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Maureen Child Update 10 September 2021

Posted on: September 10th, 2021

Dear All


This is the second weekend of the fabulous Artwalk Porty and Arthouses will be open on the Saturday 11 September 10am-6pm and then Sunday 11am-5pm. Full Arthouse programme here: https://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/2021/arthouses.html


Action Porty is undertaking a large scale, community-led conversation to help shape the future of Porty. They held an in-person open meeting at Bellfield on 24 August and are now running it online too on Tuesday 14 Sept 6.30pm-8pm. In coming through the pandemic, and facing multiplying crises, ‘Porty 2025’ asks how we can draw on the resourcefulness of the people living here so that everyone is included in a caring community now and into the future. Click here and join the ongoing conversation, if you can, on Tuesday 14 September, 6.30pm- 8pm.   https://www.facebook.com/events/s/porty-2025-online-open-meeting/4927288733967130/


There’s still time to respond to the consultation on a low emission zone for Edinburgh.  Click here to find out about it and respond by 20 September: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/pollution/low-emission-zone-scheme/1


Porty Community Energy aims to support decarbonisation in Portobello. They’ve launched a travel survey to gather information on how local people travel, what transport local businesses use and what low carbon travel options they would like to see developed locally. They’re working closely with Action Porty and Spokes Porty who have had input to shaping it.  Website: Portycommunityenergy.wordpress.com.  Closing date for the two surveys – one for residents and another for businesses – is 1 October 2021

A local GP, Dr Roland Bauman at the Niddrie Medical Practice is one of the many dozens of experienced health professionals who signed this letter to Councillors in strong support of measures to promote active travel: https://edinburghactivetravelforhealth.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/active-travel-letter-060921-3.pdf


Friends of Porty Prom are joining Keep Porty Tidy and Keep Scotland Beautiful in a Silent Disco Beach Clean. They’ll provide litter picking kit and headphones, plus excellent tunes to enjoy while litter picking. Meeting at 1pm on Sunday 12 September at the Joppa viewpoint in the east end, ending at the Boathouse at King’s Place in the west.  All welcome! Please click ‘attending’ if you’d like to come along as they only have 20 spaces. https://fb.me/e/L6NUr60S


Good to see community singing starting up again  Click here: https://www.portobellocommunitychoir.org/?fbclid=IwAR1G1tsEu7U0B_PYvTTYrcCS5gbaAGR2tG-HFeTAITgVNHWL3LmRVVEXakw


A Commonwealth Games Qualifier Beach Volleyball competition is planned for Portobello Beach between 23-26 September 2021.  Should be good to watch!

You no longer need to book to use libraries. Information on which libraries are still being used as testing centres is here: https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/web/arena


Portobello Book Festival full programme is now available here: https://portobellobookfestival.com/2021/09/07/portobello-book-festival-2021-full-programme-details/


The Portobello Central group are brilliant at keeping us up to date on all their hard work and what is involved in taking on our Town Hall.  Click here: https://www.portobellocentral.org/?fbclid=IwAR3xv34kd0snvZrBKvP2y6NDvKVGOxpWUBKnMyL5kcHrFhA7ANZhLp2rV7A


Fascinating to watch the film of the opening of the current Castlebrae Community High School building in August 1976 by the then PM, Jim Callaghan. Click here: https://youtu.be/RAf8i1KejzU


In preparation for lots of book-gifting over the coming months Craigmillar Literacy Trust have launched a new appeal on their Local Giving page. The inspiring Kara and Michelle are running a 10k around Craigmillar in November to raise funds for lots of lovely books. Their book-gifting programme was very popular over the past 18 months and the Trust are very grateful to everyone who has supported this. Information about the appeal can be found here on their Local Giving page. More on the Trust’s fab new website here: https://craigmillarliteracytrust.org.uk/


Hope you have a great weekend!




Councillor Maureen Child

Labour Councillor Portobello/Craigmillar Ward

Office: 0131 529 3268