COMMUNITY CENTRE UNDER THREAT

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

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.

Regards

Gordon Robertson
Director of Communications

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.

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.

Community Planning for People & Planet: Help set the environmental priorities for Edinburgh

Transition Edinburgh, Nourish and the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership invite you to Wester Hailes Education Centre on Wednesday 15 February to discuss: “Community Planning for People & Planet: Help set the environmental priorities for four Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plans 2017-22.”

Topics discussed on the night will include:

  • Local Economic Resilience and Jobs
  • Food and Growing Local
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Transport and Air Pollution
  • Open Spaces and Green Spaces.

Event Details:

Time: 6–8pm

Date: Wednesday 15 February

Venue: Wester Hailes Education Centre, 5 Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh EH14 2SU

Register: EventBrite Transition Edinburgh

 

DRAFT AGENDA:
5.30pm Registration / refreshments / meet people
6.00pm Welcome with first keynote contributions
6.20pm Paired discussion about the issues raised
6.30pm More short contributions leading to questions
6.45pm Space for exploring topics / refreshments
7.00pm Table conversations leading to ideas for action
7.45pm Coming together to share the ideas generated
8.00pm Close

 

Additional Information

Local and citywide community groups and projects seeking to make improvements to our local environment are invited. Week-long exhibitions will be held at the same venue. They will open opportunity for contributors to input on local environmental priorities in next 5-10 years – all in the context of the emerging 2050 Edinburgh City Vision.

Issues from these events will be passed to project teams for each Locality Improvement Plan – due out by October 2017.

More information about the four Edinburgh Localities and Locality working can be found at www.edinburghcompact.org.uk/localities/ or email korstiaan.allan@edinburgh.gov.uk for a briefing.

Register to attend the event at Eventbrite 

or via email korstiaan.allan@edinburgh.gov.uk

 
Useful links:

www.transitionedinburgh.org.uk

www.edinburghcompact.org.uk/localities/

 

Your services are changing – play your part

Originally posted on the Neighbourhood Partnership Website

Please give us your views on what your priorities are for where you live and how we should change Council services.

The Council has agreed draft spending and saving plans for the next three years.  Based on this we now need to make decisions on how to change services.

Like other cities, Edinburgh is changing:

  • our population is growing and changing
  • demand for our services is increasing all the time
  • local government budget cuts are continuing
  • technology is improving

So we need to change how we deliver our services.  We have already made some changes. We’re making better use of technology and working closer with our communities and partners, but we need to do more.

Edinburgh residents have already given us valuable feedback on what’s important to them through our budget consultation and through ongoing involvement with local Neighbourhood Partnerships. You told us to protect education, care for older people, culture, and services for vulnerable children and adults. These continue to be our priorities.  You also have told us you want to be involved in reshaping your services.

It’s easy for you to get involved by filling in the online survey, or joining in the conversation 

South West Health Matters – £5,000 funding available to local groups

This news story originated on the South West Neighbourhood Partnership website.

Over December 2016 people in South West Edinburgh will be given the opportunity to vote on what community health projects they would like funded in the area.

Before the vote, we’re looking to encourage as many community groups and third sector organisations as possible to apply, we’re open for applications between now and the end of October so if you’re interested download an application form or get in touch for more information.

Projects will be for no more than £5,000 and must demonstrate how they meet the health needs of the community.

Voting will open online on Monday 28th November, and launched at a health promotion event at St Martin’s Resource Centre in Dalry on 30th November. After that voting will be available in libraries, community centres and online. Results will be reported online, by email and by posters after the 21st December.

You can keep up to date with future Grant a Grand developments by following the @Southwest_team Twitter and watching out for #SWHealthMatters.

You can download your application form at the South West Partnership Website.