Friday, 21 November 2014

Careers fair coverage

Here is the (advance) coverage in today's Evening News of the Prestonfieeld Primary Careers fair this morning - which I attended.  I was very glad to see there was a reasonably broad range of businesses and services represented at this World at Work week..

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Queen's Hall and banners

The Planning Department have instructed the Queen's Hall management to take down their 'temporary' banners. You can read about it here.

As I understand it the current situation is that permanent posters/adverts need permission.  Temporary banners do not.  But how long does it take for a banner to be in place to become 'permanent'?  Now that is a matter of judgement,

If you read the comments on the article you will see the commenting people of Edinburgh (so far) feel the Queen's Hall  should be left alone.  I have some sympathy with them.


A couple of days ago I drew attention to media speculation that the recently convicted culprit for the World's End murders might have been responsible for another death in the Dumbiedykes.  Apparently Angus Sinclair had lived in the area around the time of the murder of Helen Kane, a crime which remains unsolved.

On the stairs in the City Chambers the other day I happened across the City Archivist carrying a very large book.  Curious, I asked him about it and he reported it was the Edinburgh voters roll for 1970.

I later visited his office (the archives are open to the public) and a quick search revealed the information shown below.

Yes, there is Angus Sinclair at no 10 Hill Place on the 1970 voters roll along with 17 other people on the register.

It will be interesting to hear from anyone who resided in the stair and who remembers him.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Find him

Police have this evening released this e-fit of the suspect for the serious sexual assault in the Middle Meadow Walk area last Saturday.  More details in the Police press release here.

Previous post here.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Did World's End murderer kill in the Dumbiedykes?

Angus Sinclair lived in Hill Place off Nicolson Street around 1970.  Last week Sinclair was convicted of the 1997 World's End murders when two young women left the High Street pub and were later found dead in East Lothian.

Seven years earlier 25year old mother of four Helen Kane was found dead on a Dumbiedykes building site.  This report speculates on whether Sinclair was the culprit for this, as yet, unsolved murder.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Prestonfield Primary Careers Fair

Starting early for young people, Prestonfield Primary will be holding a careers fair on Friday morning (21st November).

 Local businesses Toyota, Prestonfield House Hotel, Sainsbury’s, Edinburgh University, City of Edinburgh Council and the Living Memory Association are sending representatives to talk to pupils about jobs in their organisations.  Local members of the community: artists, authors, doctors, police officers, nurses, lawyers, mathematicians, scientists, beauty therapists, electricians and sports coaches are also sharing their work experiences with children.   

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Focus on the culprit

An assault this morning in the Meadows.  Here is the police press release:
The incident happened sometime between 6.50am and 7.10am today (Saturday) in the Meadows.
A 19-year-old woman had been out with friends in the Cowgate and Niddry Street area and was returning home when she made her way through Middle Meadow Walk.
As she reached Jawbone Walk, a male approached the victim from behind and knocked her to the ground before subjecting her to the attack.
The male then made off from the area before a member of the public came to the woman's aid.
Officers are now conducting various local enquiries to trace the suspect and anyone who can assist in identifying him is asked to come forward.
He is described only as being white and wearing dark clothing and a dark coloured hat.
Detective Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell said: "This has been a horrific attack on a young woman and she is understandably extremely distressed at this time.
"Specially trained officers are currently working alongside our relevant partner agencies to offer the victim all the necessary support and assistance she requires.
"This incident took place in an area that is often busy with joggers, dog walkers and other members of the public, regardless of the time of night and I would urge anyone who was in the Meadows on Saturday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious to contact police immediately.
"We will have high-visibility police patrols deployed within the Meadows for the time being to offer reassurance to the public and to engage with anyone who may have information relevant to his enquiry.
"If you believe you can be of assistance to our investigation please approach one of these officers or call us on 101. Alternatively, you can make an anonymous report via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The focus needs to be on detaining the culprit rather than, as so often happens in these cases, on how dangerous it is to walk in the Meadows.  It is not generally a dangerous place and the unfortunate effect of an event like this is to create unreasonable fear.  Another effect of crime.

Student accommodation in the Southside

Many local residents will know there are quite a few upcoming applications for managed student accommodation in the Southside area.  Some local residents are concerned that the transient nature of a community dominated by students may lack stablility and bring particular pressures on longer term residents.

Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and managed student residences are subject to regulation from 1) the Regulatory process and from 2) the Planning process.

  1. On Monday the Regulatory Committee will consider a report which addresses the issue from the Regulatory process perspective.  You can see the report here.  In addition, I note there is some coverage in the local media, for example, here.
  2. The Planning Committee are reviewing the local policy in relation to student accommodation.  The guidance that there should not be a concentration above 30% in particular defined areas has come in for scrutiny.   A report will go to the next planning committee meeting (4th December) and any recommendations for a change in planning policy will be likely to be issued for public consultation.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Argyle Place sewer works next week

Here is the notice:
The City of Edinburgh Council hereby give notice under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, that for the reason set out in Section 14(1)(a) of that Act
and to facilitate the safe execution of sewer repair works being undertaken by EEG, the following restrictions shall apply:


Waiting, Loading and Unloading

Argyle Place Both sides, from its junction with Roseneath Street northwards to a
point outside 11 Argyle Place
Wednesday 19 Nov 2014 to Sunday 23 Nov 2014
Emergency vehicular access and pedestrian flow shall be maintained.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Edinburgh's budget

An online budget tool is available for  input of views on the budget for 2015/16 and onwards. 

So if you are fed up with pavement potholes or think less should be spent on refuse collection or building 'affordable' housing this is the opportunity for your views to be taken into account.

Although of necessity this is a blunt tool to create your preferred budget, it is a means of getting your views over.

I recommend you give it a go and get your views into the system.  The budget tool is here with the background details here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hospitable Prestonfield

The Prestonfield Hotel has won the 'Most Hospitable Hotel' award for central and southeast Scotland.  It heads for the Scottish final in March.

The regional awards were presented in the Royal College of Surgeons earlier this month.

Details here.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Road repairs at bus stops

Potholes at bus-stops are a constant problem. They are particularly so at stops near the centre of the city when the buses are often full and the G forces as they brake gouge out the tarmac.

This one in St Patrick Street is due for repair (weather permitting) later this week.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Tesla spotting in Blackford

I note some of the motoring press this week are covering the Tesla S 85 which has been purchased by a local resident in Blackford.

For those who are not petrolheads (quite the wrong word in this context), the car in question is one of perhaps 250** UK purchases of this cutting edge electric car.  The Scotsman motoring section tells me this one cost £90,000 and was imported direct from the USA.  A bit of googling suggest that it would be the US taxpayer who paid the several tens of thousands of subsidy which goes towards each car. Phew.

If you are looking out for it, the Blackford one is pearl white.

 **6.11.14 Amended number after the owner corrected my original figure

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Craigmillar Park Association

I omitted to flag up on this blog the AGM this evening of the Craigmillar Park Association.

So here instead is a link to their website and a reminder for all in the Craigmillar Park area of the good work they do.


STV People's Millions could come to Canongate Youth

Not millions but £38,000.  Canongate Youth is a longstanding charity working with young people in the Southside area and beyond.  From their website:
"Canongate Youth are through to the public vote of the People's Millions and really need your support.  We plan to develop the Old School Cafe, a social enterprise run by unemployed young people for the community.  We will provide a welcoming cafe and help young people find and keep jobs.
Please vote for us on 25th November.  The phone number needed to vote will be released that day by STV and will be on our website."