MERCHISTON COMMUNITY COUNCILMINUTES and PAPERS of public meeting on 19 September 2017 at Merchiston Tennis and Bowling Club
- CC: Community Council
- CEC: City of Edinburgh Council
- EACC: Edinburgh Association of Community Councils
- FOMBL: Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links
- LB: CEC Licensing Board
- LF: CEC Licensing Forum
- MCC: Merchiston Community Council
- SCNP: South Central Neighbourhood Partnership
- SWNP: South West Neighbourhood Partnership
1. Chairman’s welcome and report
2. Apologies for absence
- David Key, Cllr
- Daniel Cairns
- Mairianna Clyde
- Ian Murray, MP
- Daniel Johnson MSP
- Helen Zealley
- Tom Graveson (chair)
- Jim Geekie (Secretary)
- Guillaume Evrard (Minute Secretary)
- Ian Doig
- Frances Hawarden (Treasurer)
- Ian Clement
- Hugh Halcrow
- Joan Houston
- Vivien Kitteringham
- Ewan Klein
- Robin Morris
- Bridget Stevens
- Ted Tate
- Gavin Corbett, Cllr
- Nick Cook, Cllr
3. Police reportsNobody to report.
4. Edinburgh Rugby at MyresideSee report by BMS.
5. Parking in Shandon and furtherA community group has set up a petition on CEC website. It’s been relatively successful in terms of signatures (about 330 signatures). GC: Parking is a long-standing issue in Shandon. Residents are asking for CPZ or residents parking. Want dangerous parking tackled, issue of accessibility with poorly parked cars. Residents want a consultation with CEC officers. The petition is going to go to CEC Transport committee, where the originator of the petition will be able to make a representation. Changes are technical to implement. CPZ S3 and S4 could be expanded. ID: Commuters, residents, and parents picking their kids up from school GC: Creating a CPZ push issues further down the road where there is no CPZ ETRO Polwarth Terrace: there are reservations around MCC about the nature of the ETRO, and also the notice process happened and how MCC had no opportunity to convey comments during the consultation period. MCC can have the opportunity to comment again if and when there is a TRO prepared for consultation on Polwarth Terrace. NC: the bus 35 is being replaced with a bus 300, and there is a change in pricing. NC has been in touch with Lothian Buses to enquire about the precise specifics of the changes.
6. Minutes of the last meeting on 20 June 2017, and matters arising not on the agenda
7. Regular reports
South West Neighbourhood Partnership (SWNP)It is no more. The funding panel does not operate anymore; there is still a fund available, and funding applications still being processed. IC: There are talks of additional redundancies in CEC, so the situation is getting very tricky in terms of decision-making. At the last EACC meeting, there was concern expressed that community councils are being marginalised. NC: it’s been a very long process, and things don’t seem to have progressed very far. BMS: the painstaking process in the transition from neighbourhood partnerships to localities is difficult to understand. What is the CEC localities manager doing in the process?
South Central Neighbourhood Partnership (SCNP)See report below. (GE)
PlanningOld Boroughmuir High School; Cala Homes appealed to the Scottish Government; NC submitted a further objection to the reporter New Boroughmuir; still planning to have pupils in by January 2018; there is a conversation with Fountainpark about teachers’ car parking
LicensingSee report below. (BMS)
HealthIC EACC Health and Care focus group Health and social care integration is not going smoothly; many individuals waiting for very long for community care and assistance Lengthy waiting lists for children and adult mental health NHS Lothian are hoping to close Liberton Hospital; so there is less and less acute care provision NHS Lothian annual review at Murrayfield Stadium GP crisis (for example, Bruntsfield Medical Practice closed again to new patient registrations)
TreasurerHealthy balanced with the annual grant received in August
Councillors – in advance and/or presentNC: GC: Fountainbridge Canal Initiative is meeting on 28 October, 14h, City Chambers, about the brewery site; park walks has involved a lot of residents; litter pickers along the old railway ID: litter pickers are very commendable; people shouldn’t litter in the first place, now bins in Harrison Park are completely overflowing, so there is a need for more regular collection
8. Points raised by residents and members of the publicDog fouling, always gets worse with winter coming back Holy Corner, right of way
Communication – external and internalCreate a calendar page on MCC website so that it’s easier to plan ahead for availabilities BMS: Community engagement group was convened during the previous council; there is a strong case to revive it, ID, IC, VK, JH Use the website more as a notice board 20mph now on Ashley Terrace Little Free library, in a box on a pillar, in the garden of FreshStart, on Harrison Place
Date of next meeting – Tuesday 17 October 2017
South central neighbourhood partnership meeting, 28 August 2017 (GE)Cllr Rose in the chair Dec 2016 meeting minutes: Dumbiedykes gardening grant approved
Local community plan 2014-2017, presentationAchievements :
- South central decides
- Awareness campaigns and weeks of action
- Spirit of dumbiedykes
- Community grants
South east locality improvement planAim to achieve better outcomes for greatest inequality Governance NP still operating Establishing locality committees Working group for locality already taken place, next meeting in September 2017 Discussion needed to establish remit of locality committee Complex situation, and desire to get it right with people Minutes from working groups communicated or not? No Options are very open on how governance is going to be set up Delegated competences from NP to localities is still very much unclear All in all, the governance questions are being solved too slowly, could take the whole 5-year administration
Other businessQuestion about Meadows Jawbones, no update since April 2017 Newington library ventilation noise, still an ongoing issue with local residents, CEC asset management involved
FOMBL (Friends of Meadows and Bruntsfield Links)(SO049555) (RM)
As MCC rep, honourary treasurer and Trustee/Board member attended AGM on 23/6/17 (re-elected and all five area community councillor reps elected amongst 12 trustees) and Board Meetings on 17/7/17, 14/8/17 and 18/9/17 – please see the website for info as available and notices circulated via our secretary.
CEC Licensing Forum (RM)
As MCC nominated elected South area rep apologies for meeting on 12/9/17 due to longstanding previous engagement. Bridget S attend as co-opted member with her report circulated. Thank you.
EACC (Edinburgh Association of Community Councils) (RM)
As MCC rep attended quarterly meeting on 14/9/17.
Items discussed and reported – Localities (4 – 16 out of 43 CEC Community Councils in our South West Locality), Licensing Forum, Edinburgh Partnership and economy strategy, rubbish collection (bins), payment of minute secretary (who was not a member of the community council) approved, new open Health and Social Care Action Group sub-committee started including Ian C from MCC with meeting dates to be advised, planning up-date, statement on inclusiveness and the meetings in public with further discussion topics on bins, potholes and pavements at future meetings.
Date of next meeting 14/12/17 tbc.
5 September 2017, George Watson’s College Community Liaison Group Meeting (BMS)Inaugural meeting – representatives from local community, neighbourhood churches, the school (including pupils), community councils, residents’ associations, Edinburgh Rugby etc. Agenda included: Edinburgh Rugby’s use of Myreside – general agreement that ER’s stewarding, crowd and parking control arrangements last season had gone very well; gratitude expressed to ER’s Jonny Petrie for keeping local residents in the loop. Most local residents now happy to have these matches taking place at Myreside.
- Regarding plans for upcoming season, it was regrettable that planning application for re-erection of stands, gantry and relocated TV screen not yet submitted so that retrospective permission will have to be sought.
- objections from residents of 84 Myreside Road (small block of flats adjacent to grounds).
- GWC Headmaster confirmed that this year the college will have a financial involvement.
- GWC plans to open up all of its sport facilities to community use – to be discussed at next meeting of the Liaison Group.