Tuesday, 31 March 2015

St Patrick Square upgrade nears completion

The work on St Patrick Square is looking good.

End of era at Bristo Square

Skateboarding at Bristo Square may be about to come to an end.  The refurbishment of the nearby McEwan Hall will lead to changes which might not be conducive to skateboarding after over 21 years.

See the Evening News for more details.

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Crags - 30 days of ideas

Today is the 30th day of ideas in the initiative.  Go to the website of the Crags, a local community enterprise, to find a clutch of local ideas.  Contributions are still invited.

The Crags, situated close to St Leonard's Police Station, is a busy sports centre on the edge of Holyrood Park, offering spaces for hire, outdoor experiences, classes and camps as well as much more.  It is a joint venture of Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball Club, basketballscotland and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association.

Meadows volunteering

Here are a few photos of the volunteering work party in the Meadows on Saturday.  The event was organised by Edinburgh University student volunteers and Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links:

There was a little owl helping

Saturday, 28 March 2015

How to register to vote for May 7th

The deadline to register to vote is 20th April.

You can use the following link to 
  • register to vote
  • update your name, address and other details on the electoral register
You need to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in elections and referendums.  Registering takes around five minutes.  You will need your National Insurance Number (if you have one).  Register here.

You can also phone the local electoral registration officer to register, change details or check if you are on the register: 
0131 344 2500.  The local website with more information is here.

The closing date for new applications for postal ballots is 21st April.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Buccleuch Street student housing approved

Proposals for 138 student rooms in Buccleuch Street and Meadow Lane were approved yesterday.  The plans are to create a 5 storey tenement at 46-56 Buccleuch Street and modern lower coachhouse style buildings on the north side of Buccleuch Place.

The report approved can be found here.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Causey latest progress

The Causey Development Trust, a project to upgrade the area around The Causey and East Crosscauseway, has an exhibition tomorrow, Thursday, and again on Saturday.  It will display the latest plans and give an update on progress.  The exhibition is at the Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church.  All will be made welcome.

More details here.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tom Gilzean gets Edinburgh Award

Tom Gilzean is 94 going on 95.  He is a fundraiser extraordinaire.

He is a resident of this parish and will be presented with the award by the Lord Provost this evening.

Like the seven previous winners of the award Tom gets his handprints in stone in the courtyard of the City City Chambers.

More about the Edinburgh Award.   And the Evening News report.

18.3.15 Amended to show correct number of previous awards. and add link to media report.

On the case: Student housing IT glitch

A number of people have contacted me ragarding the web page on student housing that I linked to yesterday.  Yes thre is a problem getting the background issues paper.  I've been on to those repsonsible and hope the website will have it sorted soon.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Consultation on student housing now live

Following recent high profile applications for managed student housing in the ward, Edinburgh Council is now consulting on several related issues.  An extract from the consultations page follows.

The Council’s Student Housing Guidance is being reviewed to take on board the growth in the number of students in the city. This issues paper presents background research and asks for your views to inform the preparation of revised Student Housing Guidance for purpose-built student housing within the city.
Please note: the Council will also be consulting on the approach it takes to licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). While these are different statutory functions of the Council, and HMOs provide accommodation to a wider range of people, there is a relationship between these issues and we are keen to get your views on HMO licensing too. This consultation will be on the consultation hub in the near future.

You can find the details of the consultation here.


Monday, 9 March 2015

St Leonard's Bank man still missing

Six months after he was last seen on September 9th, Fergus McInnes is still a missing person.  He took a flight to Geneva and bought a return ticket to Matigny from there.  But he failed to turn up at the conference at the Idiap Research Institute

More details here including the following:
"Mr McInnes, who was 51 when he went missing, is a former Cambridge maths student and a research fellow at Edinburgh University’s Centre for Speech Technology Research.
Online Mr McInnes lists his interests and hobbies as croquet, organising walks over the Pentland Hills and 
further afield “changing the world”.
His past research has included human-computer interfaces, and the evaluation of automated telephone services for BT."

Saturday, 7 March 2015

30 days thirty ideas

Today there was an open day at the Braidwood Centre in Dumbiedykes and on the edge of Holyrood Park. The focus was on ideas for the improvement of the area and of the Crags Community Centre. Here are a few of the suggestions and projects at various stages planning - some of them are just ideas:

  1. Pump track at Braidwood Gate.
  2. Dumbiedykes Express - a local shop run by local people.  It is expected to be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays in one of the former shop buildings in Dumbiedykes Road.  Initiated by COMAS.
  3. On street secure bike parking.
  4. Bee keeping on the high flats.
  5. Garden upgrade.
  6. Dumbiedykes shuttle taking older people/families to the shops/doctor.  The prototype looks like a golf buggie.
  7. Youth work extension - Canongate Youth have recently been awarded a substantial grant enabling them to expand their activities.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Edinburgh University 'KB' 5 Mile Road Race

The annual KB5 road race from the King's Buildings takes place tomorrow.

Registration from 11am and the race is from 1pm and it is a 5 mile run.

Detail here.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Birlinn Ltd speaks up for Scottish publishing

Birlinn is an Edinburgh publisher based in Newington Road.  Hugh Andrew is the Managing Director and he is not impressed that Alex Salmond has gone to a London based company to publish his account of the referendum lead up.  Here is a quote from Hugh:

"What a sad comment on Nationalism that at the first sign of a large cheque our ex first minister bolts for London.  One might have thought he would have stood firm with the embattled publishing industry in his own country.
"Instead, he goes straight to Rupert Murdoch.  I am gobsmacked - it is just an old pals' act." 
Read the report in the Scotsman here

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

King's Buildings exhibition on Wednesday

Edinburgh University are inviting local and interested persons to see their proposals for development within the King's Buildings estate just off West Mains Road. The invitation is to visit their exhibition at the Swan Building, Max Born Crescent tomorrow, Wednesday 4th March between 1pm and 7pm. Here is description they have sent me:

The University of Edinburgh is planning to redevelop parts of the School of Biological Sciences’ facilities on the King’s Buildings Campus. This will involve the demolition of a number of low scale buildings, the delivery of up to 4 three storey buildings and the refurbishment and re-cladding of the Darwin Tower. Associated landscape works around the site will make this section of the campus more accessible and interconnected to the city.