Friends of Pilrig park: survey and news

CEC survey about relaxed grass cutting

The local parks team want help making the right decisions about the amount of the park that is given over to more wild-looking grass with wildflower areas, and where to place it.

Please take a look at the survey (Word document) and forward on your answers and any thoughts to

Any changes would be started in the winter, so that we would see the effects next summer. Continue reading

Edinburgh Partnership Review and Consultation of Governance and Community Planning Arrangements

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The Edinburgh Partnership is carrying out a consultation on improving community planning governance arrangements in the city following a period of review.The consultation is asking your views on:

  • How communities and community groups can more effectively influence decisions about their communities.
  • How the governance arrangements can be improved to:
    • make it clear how decisions are made, and who is making them, by improving the groups and structures involved
    • make partnership working stronger
    • make better connections between the different levels of the partnership working in the city.

The consultation is now open and can be accessed using the following link: Consultation link.

You can also take part in this consultation by using the attached word document. It comes with supporting documentation and an equalities monitoring form. The completed word document should be emailed to or returned by post to:

Community Strategies Unit
The City of Edinburgh Council
Business Centre 2/1
Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh, EH4 7BG.

The consultation closes on Sunday 9th September 2018.

If you need further information or support to participate in this consultation please contact us at

Proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill

(adapted from an email from Ciaran McDonald)

As you may have seen in the press this week, Andy Wightman MSP has proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill regarding second homes and short-term lets.

If passed, these proposals amend section 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 so that second homes and short-term lets (amendments 44 and 45, respectively) will require full planning consent. Further information about these amendments can be found in the attached briefing paper (PDF).

Andy welcomes your views and opinions on this and requests that you send your thoughts to him by 31 August 2018 via email ( or in writing to the address below.

Ciaran McDonald
Researcher to Andy Wightman MSP
MG.20 | The Scottish Parliament | Edinburgh | EH99 1SP
T: 0131 348 6368

August Licensing Board List – Leith Central Community Council

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

LCCC has been made aware of the following licensing applications. The deadline for comments to the licensing board is 9 August.

The Edinburgh Masonic Club Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
3 Shrubhill Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4RB Club premises, located on ground and upper floor, of a development on Shrubhill Walk, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
The Hibernian Football Club Limited Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
26 Albion Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5PZ To add off sales to the premises, to add bar meals as an activity, to clarify that some activities may take place outwith core hours and to substitute a new Designated Premises Manager.
Hillside Bowling Club Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
9a Brunton Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5EG To amend the on and off sale hours of the premises, to add seasonal variations to the premises, to add activites, to amend Children and Young persons access to the premises, to provide that activities may take place outwith core hours during the seasonal variations, to delete conditions 3 and 4 of the Premises Licence and to add a Designated Premises Manager to the premises.

North Edinburgh Path Improvements – Telford Path (Construction Works Notification)

(adapted from an email from AECOM sent on 23 July and forwarded to LCCC’s web-weaver on 29 July)

As part of the drainage and surfacing improvements on the Telford Path, at Easter Drylaw Drive, a path closure and diversion will be in place commencing 23rd July for 2 weeks.  Please see below the proposed diversion route which will be in place for certain activities during this time.

Click the images to see the full-size PDFs.
overview diversion route

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Healthy ageing research study

(adapted from an email from Heriot-Watt University)

link to PDF about the healthy ageing research

Click the graphic to see the full PDF

Are you aged 65 or over? Do you want to take up a new activity?

As we get older, some of us might experience changes in our thinking or memory skills. Research has suggested that taking up a new activity, especially one we’ve never done before, might help maintain our thinking skills.

We are a research team at Heriot-Watt University exploring how taking up a new activity might benefit our thinking skills and wellbeing. We are looking for people aged 65 and over in Edinburgh and the Lothians to take part.

If you or someone you know might be interested, or you would like some more information, please contact us on 0131 451 8009 or We’ll give you full details about the study and answer any questions you might have. A Facebook post about the study can also be found at

You can also find some more information about the research at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Outdoor Advertising consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council is reviewing its planning guidance on outdoor advertising (the adverts you see on the side of the road or on the pavement). Stakeholders and members of the public are being asked for their views to help to inform new guidance.

The consultation, which will run until 14 September, is asking people what types of outdoor advertising are acceptable, where it is suitable, as well as what they think about more adverts changing to become digital.

Views gathered after the consultation will help to inform the new planning guidance which will go to a future Planning Committee for approval. When approved it will be used to assess new outdoor advertising applications going forward.

Your comments would be much appreciated: please click here for the survey.

If you have any further comments or would like to discuss the issues in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Anna Grant | Senior Planner | Place Directorate | City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court – Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3521 | e-mail: |