Friday, 22 July 2016

3 years jail for Priestfield bogus workman culprit

Yesterday Robert Stewart was sent to prison for defrauding an 87 year old Priestfield man of almost £150,000 last year.

The 21 year old accused was sentenced to 3 years in prison yesterday at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Full story here.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Saturday closure of Teviot Place

Teviot Place between Forrest Road and Bristo Place is to be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday in order to bring in yet another crane to the area.

The closure is expected to be between 5am and 5pm - perhaps not for the full period.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Further on the Bernard Terrace Surgery - it may close next year

Yesterday I noted that the Souhside GP Surgery in Bernard Terrace is to be taken over by NHS Lothian rather than being run as an independent practice.

But there is a more significant threat.  I understand the Surgery building requires to be sold by the summer of 2017.

NHS Lothian are looking at alternatives but there appear to be limited options and it may yet be that the practice may close and patients be dispersed to other surgeries.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

GP crisis in the Southside

The Southside Surgery in Bernard Terrace is to be taken over by NHS Lothian later this year after the GP partnership has found it increasingly difficult to recruit GPs.  Perhaps best if I include extracts from the notification.

"You may be aware from the media of some of the difficulties facing General Practice which have been mounting for a number of years. Unfortunately these problems have come to a head at Southside Surgery.
Over the past two years we have found it impossible to recruit new GP partners due to the massively increased work loads and reduced practice income.  This means that instead of our previous four partners and one salaried doctor we are now left with only two partners (Drs Sanderson and Reive).  We are very fortunate to have two very good salaried doctors (Drs Corcoran and Alshaikly).  We are very grateful to them for their hard work and support.
 Unfortunately, and with great regret, however, we have reached the stage that our partnership is unsustainable and we have asked Lothian Health Board to take over running our practice.  All existing staff including all the doctors will remain in post and patients should notice little change in the service we provide.  This change will happen in November or December 2016.  We are one of several practices who are having to go down this route. . ."

Sciennes 'School Streets' report due at end of August

The trial of closing some streets around Sciennes primary school will be the subject of a report which goes to the  Council's Transport and Environment Committee on 30th August.  The streets are closed to motor traffic for a period of around half an hour at the beginning and end of the school day to prevent congestion and make it easier for children to get safely to and from school.

I don't know what the conclusions will be but the report will be available here from 24th August.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Tragic death of teacher lived locally in Newington

Recently retired Craigroyston teacher Des Rubens died tragically last week in a fall in the Swiss Alps.

He was an experienced mountaineer and had taken school trips canoeing, abseiling at Blackford Quarry and mountain climbing far and near.

More details here.

Deep sympathy to his family and friends.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Edinburgh University Principal to step down

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, has announced his resignation from September 2017.  He has been principal since 2002.

More details here.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The referendum and responding to the death of Jo Cox

Some of you will be aware that I have been active locally in the referendum debate with a few public letters, articles, talks and other things.  But the death of Jo Cox casts a shadow over campaigning.  How to respond?

Much has been and will be written and published this week-end (I don't really watch TV).  But today I came across a blog post which I share with readers of this blog in a rare departure from the local news emphasis normally maintained here.    I don't think there will be found anything  more appropriate in this weekend of collective anxiety about the result of the referendum and the pain of the Cox family.

The post, which is from The Wee Flea, is here.

Auction of the Minto Hotel next Tuesday

Well - not the hotel itself - that is already possessor of planning permission for conversion into housing.  But of the contents - the furniture and fittings.
The auction is between 11am and 4pm with viewing on Monday.  See the Evening News for more details.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

95 year old Tam Gilzean in fall

The extraordinary Tam Gilzean is in hospital after falling at home and breaking his spine.

Tam is a local resident to the ward and has featured in this blog many times before.  He's looking to get back to his fundraising work.

Best wishes Tom for a recovery.  Read here for the details.

Friday, 10 June 2016

The paraphernalia in the Meadows

The massive blowup, playpark style stuff in the Meadows is the Gung Ho Edinburgh! 5k which takes place tomorrow.  You can do it for charity and Mrs R tells me there are still spaces for the 9-10am slot and 1pm-2pm slot.  She also says it'll cost you 50 quid.  But it looks fun.

See here.

The Causey AGM later this month

The Causey Project AGM is to be held at 7pm on Monday 27th June at the Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church.
There is a talk 'Cities for People: communities, place and well-being' by Here and Now, a Landscape Architect Studio based in the Southside.  All will be made welcome.

Yesterday's post about the Causey's quarter million pound grant is here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Causey project wins £269k from government supported charity

The Causey Project has received over a quarter of a million pounds for their Project at West Crosscauseway.  The money comes from Sustrans Scotland which is a charity with substantial support from government.  You can see the Causey website here.  The Causey Development Trust has its AGM soon.  I'll look out the details and post them here for anyone who wants to go along.

Sunday Parking decision

One of the most frequent items of correspondence from constituents in the past year or so has been on Sunday parking.  Here is a comment from the Conservative Transport spokesman, Cllr Nick Cook:

Amended 9/6/16 to give a link to the article rather than replicate the full text in the post.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Council media team reporting Sunday parking decision taken

I see the Council media team are tweeting a decision has been made to impose Sunday parking controls and charging in the central area of Edinburgh between 12:30 and 6:30.  Looks like they have extended the control and charging period to half an hour before the previously discussed 1pm.