Thursday, 1 October 2015

Community Council location

I should have included in my last post that the location of the first meeting of the Southside Community Council is: the Raeburn Room in Edinburgh University Old College, EH8 9LY. 

All local residents welcome.


Southside Community Council meets next week

The date for the inaugural meeting of the new Community Council for the Southside is next Thursday (8th October) at 7pm.  All local residents will be welcome.

Background details here.

Southside Community Centre event for helping older people

South Central Neighbourhood Partnership Active Living Action Group is hosting an Information Day on Saturday, 3rd October 2015; (11.00 am to 4.00 pm) in Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street.   The theme of the day is “Help Reduce Social Isolation within Older People (over 50’s)”.  We will provide the opportunity for local people to join in taster sessions and just generally find out what’s on.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Royal College of Surgeons

My last post alluded to the opening of the Royal College of Surgeons Museums this morning.

Deep in the post was the information that the Duke of Edinburgh was carrying out the opening.

At the age of 94 he had no problems with the stairs and certainly didn't skimp on his time, personally speaking to each of the one hundred or so people present.  He was sharp displayed his sense of humour in the usual manner.  Remarkable.


Nicolson Street excitement

The crowd control barriers were out yesterday outside the Festival Theatre for the UK premiere of the new Macbeth film with Michael Fassbender in attendance.  More here.

And later today the Royal College of Surgeons' Museums in Nicolson Street are due to be formally reopened after upgrade.  From the College website:

"Surgeons’ Hall Museums will be officially opened by the College’s Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, on Monday 28th September. The public will be able to visit from today, 24th September. New exhibits include a reproduction of a 17th century dissection theatre where visitors will be able to experience a dissection of a human body just as medical students did 300 years ago: unlike 300 years ago, however, the dissection will be carried out using the latest digital technology. Another exhibit is a full-scale Vitruvian man made from medical prosthetics. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at a variety of surgical techniques and learn more about surgical specialties and operations."

Friday, 25 September 2015

Remarkable project continues in Dumbiedykes

This afternoon there was a remarkable celebration in the Twenty More shop in Dumbiedykes Road.

The Twenty More project, run by Comas, a social innovation charity, will be judged by whether it can raise the income of each household in the Dumbiedykes by £20 per week.  Now there's a novel approach and they are using all sorts of means and contacts in the community and beyond.

Do read the links above.  The project was formally opened by Brian Cox the actor.
Brian with Louise who runs the project

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Open day in Priestfield

Allan Kay in the comments writes to point out that the Priestfield Tennis and Sports Association in Kirkhill Road are a late addition to this week end's Open Doors day. 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Well done to the Friends of Newington Cemetery

Local people have brought a cemetery back to life - so to speak.  (This is the one at the Cameron Toll end of Dalkeith Road - not the Preston Street one).  From yesterday's Evening News:

'There are also 143 First World War graves and a war memorial maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
And now the Friends of Newington Cemetery have produced a map which tells visitors where they can find graves of special interest.  Convenor Janet Sidaway said the group was formed two years ago with the aim of restoring the cemetery to its former glory.
She said the idea had come from Tony Harris, now chairman of the Grange/Prestonfield Community Council. Monthly working parties of up to a dozen volunteers. . .  target the northern part of the cemetery to tame the undergrowth and uncover forgotten graves. 
Read more here.

Monday, 21 September 2015

School parking controls delayed at Sciennes

The school streets project to control vehicles at Sciennes around drop off and pick up times has been postponed for a month due to technical problems.

It was due to start tomorrow but, apparently because of problems getting power to one of the signs, will now be delayed until Wednesday 21st October.

Details of the trial project here.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Doors Open Day next weekend

There are loads of places to nose around in the Southside Newington Ward during the doors open days next week-end.  The brochure can be downloaded here.


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fire in flat: Hope Park Crescent

Here is a link to a report of a fire in a flat about 11:15 this morning in Hope Park Crescent.  One person was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Prestonfield Avenue bus lane to be suspended. . .

. . . but just overnight from 7pm on Wednesday 16th through to 6:00am in Thursday 17th.  This is to facilitate the partial closure of the Cameron Toll junction for engineering works.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Welcome to Edinburgh University

Welcome to Edinburgh University to thousands of new students as Welcome Week begins.  This was the scene at Pollock Halls today as students arrived.

It may be a world top twenty university but it is still working on solving arrival traffic queues.

Contribute to the review of events in the Meadows this summer

There is a review of events in the Meadows (and other  parks) this summer.

You can contribute here.  It is easy to fill in.

For my part the Underbelly Circus Hub in the Meadows seemed to go very well - with relatively few problems.  There were many more festival/event attenders than in previous years.  And the grass is recovering well.

The fair was a bit noisy, though.

Its a surveymonkey review:

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Pedestrian Crossings on Buccleuch Street and Clerk Street

There has been some concern that we have gone for so long without these lights being in operation and the delay in getting these parets of the new cycle route (St Leonard's to the Meadows) underway.

For example, the following comment was added to my last blog entry on the subject:
"I was walking past the Buccleuch Street section this morning about 8.45 and saw a young lad, about 9, waiting to cross over towards the Meadows.

South-bound traffic was backed up stationery from big Hope Park Terrace/Melville Drive/Summerhall junction, leaving a gap at the crossing, and the lad started across, not being able to see oncoming north-bound traffic coming up from junction.

Only adults with a better view (one possibly his mum also on a bike bringing up the rear) stopped him in time before he cycled across.

There were at least a dozen or more cyclists waiting to cross -- it is already being used heavily.

We need to have those lights working as a matter of urgency. The unlighted crossing is an accident waiting to happen."
In summary the lights have not been switched on because the road road surfaces are to be reworked (including the anti-skid surfaces) and after that the appropriate road markings need to be laid down.  The road surfacing work was not carried out during August because of an embargo on roadworks imposed during the Festival period.

As you will see there is now resurfacing work under way around the Clerk Street crossing.
Both crossing are now scheduled to be operational from the week beginning Monday 21st September.

In the meantime the lights will be inspected to ensure the correct head covers and push button stickers are in place whilst the crossing is not officially in use.

I hope this information clarifies.