Saturday, 25 July 2015

2 Arrests after robbery in Nicolson Street on Wednesday

Here is the report as the BBC have it:

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a robbery and an attempted robbery in Edinburgh.
Police have appealed for information following a raid at H & T Pawnbrokers on Nicolson Street on Wednesday.
Earlier the same day an attempted robbery was reported at the No 1 Currency store on High Street
A 20 year old man and a 22 year old woman have been charged and are expecetd to appear in Court on Monday 

Gifford Park mural under way

The Gifford Park link between Clerk Street and Buccleuch Street is being converted into a cycle route.  As part of the project, the opportunity is being taken to upgrade the relatively narrow link at the top of Gifford Park.  The bins - so unsightly and poorly maintained - are being repositioned, the kerbs have been removed and now there is a mural being produced on the walls.

Kate George (below, this morning,) also designed and implemented the successful mural in Dumbiedykes. The new cycle route should be opened (with the crossing lights working) soon and the mural will be finished next week.

The facebook page with more information can be found here.

Amended 250715 to correctly show Kate's name

Friday, 24 July 2015

Graffiti tag 'CIGS'

There are in excess of 500 examples of the CIGS graffiti throughout Edinburgh, many of them in the Southside and Newington ward

It is unsightly, costs money to remove and graffiti saps the morale of the community wherever it is.

The last part of this article in the Herald suggests the police are not investigating.  I have lodged a formal request to investigate.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Women's U19s Lacrosse World Championships

Women's Under-19s Lacrosse World Championships is coming to Edinburgh this summer. This will mean that there will be temporary cones put in place on Peffermill Road to stop vehicles waiting, loading or unloading on this part of the road. As a result of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, cones will be positioned on Peffermill Road from 3am on Thursday 23rd July until 10pm on Saturday 1st August. See the map below for details on the location of the cones.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Another local drugs hit by police

Yet another success is reported today by police.  This time it was at an address in the Dumbiedykes where yesterday morning around 8am police raided an address.  They recovered cocaine, heroin, diazepam and cannabis with a street value of £32,000.  It is not clear that anyone was arrested in the raid although police enquiries are continuing.

This follows on from a series of successful raids on houses in the Prestonfield area in the last three weeks. See here and here for more details.

I wrote on this topic in the Evening News earlier this week.  An extract:
"There are huge consequences(from illegal drugs use); disturbance to neighbours is common; fear of unwelcome people injecting or plying their trade in the stair or the street paralyses many people from going about their business; often the people involved are at the forefront of cons such as benefit fraud; costs to society mount via the NHS, housing and even street cleaning costs. The ordinary citizen pays for this in different ways.
But these raids and arrests are only part of the story in that estate. I have other reports of streets and addresses nearby where suppliers have been plying their trade unhindered and will, no doubt, continue to do so, perhaps after a short period of lying low. "

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Disabled bays planning proposals

There are proposals for changes in disabled bays across Edinburgh. Included in these proposals are plans for a new disabled bay in George Square and plans to remove two others- on Lussielaw Road and Rankin Drive.

If you'd like to have your say on these changes please follow this link.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Proposals for Car Club bays and restrictions

There are proposals to introduce Car Club bays and amend waiting and loading restrictions at West Savile Road,

Please click the link for more details.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Police Crackdown on Break-ins

Edinburgh residents will be happy to hear that there has been a drop in the cases of break-ins in Edinburgh as a result of a Police Scotland campaign. The number of break-ins had been a growing concern, but through the police operation it has been brought under control.

Read more here.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Public Toilets Closure

Following a decision to reduce the budget of the Public Conviences service,  the Council has decided to close 10 locations.
Here is the list of public toilets and the timescale for their closure:
Ardmillan - End of July
Joppa - End of July
Canaan Lane - End of July
Juniper Green - End of July
Canonmills - End of July
London Road - End of August
Currie - End of July
St John’s Road - End of August
Granton Square - End of August
Tollcross - End of August

The toilets at Hawes Pier and Middle Meadow Walk will not be closed at this time, while the options for these sites are reviewed.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Further details on police drugs raids

Regarding the earlier post about drugs raids in Prestonfield, police have now issued a media release part of which I have reproduced below:

 Three men have been arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police in Edinburgh recovered quantities of Class A and B drugs.

Officers carried out searches at two properties on Wednesday 8th July as part of ongoing enforcement activity to tackle serious organised crime.
During the activity at the addresses within the Prestonfield area, approximately 1/2 a kilo of crack cocaine; 3/4 of a kilo of heroin; 14 ounces of cannabis and around 10,000 diazepam tablets were seized along with a personal quantity of amphetamine.
The total value of the recovered drugs is around £140,000.

A 55-year-old, 30-year-old and 45-year-old will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Friday).

Police drugs raids in Prestonfield

The last few weeks has seen a lot of police activity in Prestonfield.

On Wednesday it was the turn of Clearburn Gardens when a male was taken away from a top flat and last week an address in Prestonfield Avenue was raided by police and, I understand, a significant quantity of crack cocaine seized.

Indeed, I also understand a further two addresses in the same two streets have been raided in the last few weeks.

This police activity is very welcome.  However, I am in no doubt that there are other addresses within Prestonfield showing signs of illegal drugs activity.  I hope there are more raids to come.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Safe BBQing in the Meadows

Between the months of May and August 2014, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended 57 fires in and around the meadows. The majority of these incidents involved bins and/or disposable barbecues. Here is the advice from the Fire Service.
  • Make sure your barbecue site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds.
  • All BBQ’s should be raised from grass areas to avoid burning or scolding
  • Keep a bucket of water or large bottle of water nearby, in case of emergencies.
  • Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue to a depth of about five centimetres (two inches).
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start, or revive your barbecue – use only barbecue firelighters or starter fuel on cold coals.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • Do not leave the barbecue unattended.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before trying to move it.
  • Hot ashes can melt a plastic wheelie bin and can cause a fire.
  • Avoid alcohol if you are in charge of a barbeque.
  • Use one of the two designated BBQ bins on the meadows (Middle Meadows Walk/Bruntsfield links)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Update on Strathearn Road/Marchmont Road Crash

Since my post yesterday a man has been arrested in relation to the crash, after he had first driven away from the scene.

More details here.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Hit and run Strathearn Road/Marchmont Road

A man was struck and significant damage was caused to the Empire and Toast cafes this morning.  Apparently the driver made off.

Brief details here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Canongate Youth Old School Cafe opens

Later today the Canongate Youth Cafe opens in Infirmary Street.  It gives training and experience to young entrepreneurs while providing a cafe service for you.

If I remember correctly it is open from 10-3 every Monday to Friday but you can find the precise details at the CY website (which I was having difficulty getting onto when I wrote this).

It is in Infirmary Street at the Southside Resource Centre.