Join your Community Council!

Owing to a number of people moving away, the Hutchison Chesser Community Council is now seeking new members.

Are you interested in your local community and the issues that impact it?
Would you like to make a difference?
Would you like to hold our Council to account and get things done?
If yes, join us!

If you’re interested in joining the Community Council please contact our Chairperson: Harry Sutherland 

  • You must live within the Hutchison Chesser Community Council Area
  • You must be able to attend one meeting a month


The Hutchison Chesser Community Centre, which is situated in the grounds of St Cuthbert’s School, is in need of extensive repairs in order to continue to provide a venue for local groups.

The Centre is currently under-used and needs an injection of interest, support and funding in order to continue.

The situation was discussed at an extra meeting on 15 January 2018 and the Community Centre Committee will be meeting soon to discuss options for the Centre’s future.  Cllrs Gavin Corbett, Andrew Johnston and David Key have offered support but have advised that we would need to demonstrate how we can increase usage of the Centre, in order to attract the necessary funding from the Council.

The outcome of their discussions will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Hutchison Chesser Community Council, which will be held on the 12 February 2018 at 7.30 pm in St Cuthbert’s School.

 In the meantime, Cllr Gavin Corbett is undertaking the following fact-finding exercise on our behalf:

  1. Contacting the Consultation Hub staff at the Council for advice on getting community feedback on the centre
  2. Contacting North Merchiston Club staff to ask if Hutchison-Chesser Centre committee can visit to see the set up there, and what it takes to manage it.
  3. Contacting the council surveyor to request a copy of the inventory of repair/condition issues

In order to try to attract the funding for the repairs and maintenance of the Centre, we need local people to show their support by contacting us with their views and their ideas of how to make the Centre a viable venue for local groups.

We would like to invite anyone from the community who is interested in helping to save the Centre to attend the next meeting on 12 February, to email or write to us*, or speak to our Chair, Harry Sutherland as soon as soon as possible.

*Send written correspondence C/O Gavin Corbett: The City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ

Join Clean, Green Hutchison

Earlier this year Gavin Corbett suggested launching a ‘Clean, Green Hutchison’ campaign and it received a lot of positive response from local residents and businesses alike.

We’d like to set up a meeting with anyone interested to explain a bit more about what the campaign might do, and how people might want to get involved.

We encourage anyone interested to get in touch – no commitment necessary at this stage! – and we’ll get a meeting date sorted.

This is a really exciting new opportunity in our great community!

2nd Update on the Edinburgh Airspace Change Proposal

From Edinburgh Airport 


Whilst we continue to work with NATS and the CAA to clarify the points raised, we have now published our Rationale Document explaining what we have proposed and why.  

Our Airspace Change Proposal responds directly to what we learned during the two periods of consultation and the many voices that participated have influenced our thinking and indeed the choices we have had to make. It is no exaggeration to say that our submission is a collective work. We have actively listened and have been grateful for the levels of engagement we’ve received. Every submission has been read, assessed and considered as part of our proposal design.

Throughout the programme our task has been to make a case – a case based on balancing our communities’ requirements, our operational requirements and the requirements of our regulator. I hope that you recognise our striving for balance and that the consultations undertaken have formed a critical part of our thinking. 

Based on feedback received during consultation we have also commissioned an Environmental Assessment which addresses environmental issues such as noise and air quality as well as a tranquillity and visual intrusion study, a health impact assessment and an equalities impact assessment.

 You can read more about our proposal and our Environmental Assessment on our website    


I hope that you find these reports useful and would like to thank you again for your engagement with our programme to date.   


Gordon Robertson

Director of Communications



Update on the CAA’s Review of Edinburgh Airport’s Airspace

Press Release from Edinburgh Airport for communities impacted by Edinburgh Airport: 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has temporarily halted its review of Edinburgh Airport’s airspace change proposal which will cause a pause in the process we are following.

The CAA has sought clarification relating to technicalities in our proposed design and the co-ordination of air traffic control on a local and national level. This co-ordination, which sees NATS dealing with airspace changes from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports as well as ourselves has meant that the initial timescales we asked for from them are now no longer achievable.

In terms of the design, we have worked hard to put forward proposals that responded to our consultations and minimised our impact on surrounding communities.

It is robust and tested, however, in trying to minimise the impact on Cramond we have asked for a new design.  It is clear we have more work to do to convince the CAA that this is the right design and that it works for the airport and Cramond.

This is a hugely important decision for the CAA and we welcome its challenge.  It is incumbent on all agencies involved to make sure the right decision is made for Scotland and we believe that if it takes longer than first anticipated, then it is worth it.

We are working hard with the regulator and NATS to answer the further questions asked, provide further clarity and ensure that the analysis and assessment of our proposals restarts as soon as possible.

We are confident that we can keep to our overall project plan and have our changes in place by Spring 2019.  We’ll continue to work to that goal.

In the meantime, we will issue the document explaining what we proposed and why, and hold the range of stakeholder meetings planned to accompany it.


Gordon Robertson
Director of Communications

Objection to Pentland House planning application

At our meeting on Monday 11th September, a large number of residents attended to voice their concern and objection to the Pentland House planning application. The application requests a change of use from office building to student housing.

As a statutory body the Community Council can lodge a response on behalf of the community.

Following our monthly meeting the Community Council took the decision to formally object to the application on behalf of the local community. The objection is noted below.




At a meeting of the Hutchison Chesser Community Council it was decided to submit an objection to the proposed development of Pentland House into 337 student flats for the following reasons: –


  1. At the HCCC meeting on 11 September a number of residents attended who were very concerned about the change in use and its impact in the area.  However, it was also emphasised that many of the local residents are very elderly, without online access, and who found it difficult to get information about the proposal or to submit their views.
  2. Residents fear the impact on residential amenity given the close proximity of a young and short term population with a settled population of families with children and older people: impacts include noise in the neighbourhood, especially late at night.
  3. Residents are concerned about traffic impact and impact on adjacent on-street parking, given that only limited parking is provided on-site
  4. The proposal is contrary to the council’s student guidance (2016) which seeks to ensure that developments of this scale are mixed-use


It is the wish of HCCC that this objection is lodged and is taken into serious account in coming to a recommendation and in the committee deliberations


Yours sincerely


Hutchison Chesser Community Council


First Autumn Meeting: Monday 11 September

The first Community Council meeting of the autumn will be Monday 11 September, at 7.30pm. All very welcome.

Pentland House

We’ve had a lot of feedback from the local community surrounding the Pentland House renovation. We’ve applied to extend the deadline for objections until 14 September to allow us to gather feedback from the community at this meeting. We’re awaiting confirmation that this request has been approved.

We’d encourage as many local residents as possible to attend this meeting.

Change of Venue 

Please note, we’ll be meeting inside St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, and not in the Porta-Kabin in the playground.

Public Consultation – Pentland House Development

There will be a public consultation held on Tuesday 27 June, from 3pm – 7pm, regarding the proposed redevelopment of Pentland House.

Edinburgh Napier University would like to turn the building into student accommodation and landscape the surrounding area. This is the first public consultation before a formal planning application is made.

Agents will be available from 3pm – 7pm with plans and drawings.

Local attendance is encouraged.


Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Venue: Unit 4, Edinburgh West Retail Park (the empty unit), Chesser Avenue.


More information can be found on the council website. 


Location map

Exterior of Pentland House, Robb’s Loan

Question the candidates standing for election – Election Hustings 19 April

Join us on Wednesday 19 April at 7pm in the Church Hall of St Cuthbert’s RC Church (Hutchison Crossway), for an Election Hustings.

All of the candidates standing for election have been invited to attend. This is your opportunity to ask them direct questions.

Election Hustings are open to every resident of Ward 9. We look forward to welcoming you all.

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