Please Come and Vote!

Before the 23rd February

  • If you would like to come and vote, but cannot get to the Community Centre under your own steam, please let us know asap and we’ll try and arrange help for you to attend.
  • If you are bringing younger children, you may wish to book them in to the free creche (for both applicants and voters). Please get in touch to book them in, in advance (places limited – first come, first served).

Email Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk for either / both of the above

On the day

We suggest that you come early, if you can – doors open at 12 – don’t leave it to the last minute, because

  • it may get busy at Registration, and at the ballot boxes
  • you will want plenty time to chat to project groups on their ‘stalls’
  • there will be lovely free food on offer, but it may start to run out….
  • your kids may want to get glitter tattoos or face-painting done
  • under 8s may need help with the new ‘Kids Vote’ (for the ‘Best Stall’)…

Stead’s Place – planning decision

Last week, Edinburgh Council refused planning permission for the ‘Stead’s Place’ development. A letter confirming that decision is below.

The council’s reasons for the refusal were:

  1. The proposal is contrary to Local Development Plan Policy Env5 in respect of Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings and the non-statutory guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
  2. The proposal is contrary to Historic Environment Policy Statement 2016 as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.

This does not mean this is over: the developer may appeal the council’s decision. (Just now we have no information on whether an appeal will be made – watch this space!) Continue reading

Know an older person who would appreciate a weekly home cooked meal?

(adapted from an email from Meal Makers)

Know an older person who would appreciate a weekly home cooked meal and some company?

If you know an elderly person (55+ years) who could benefit from a home cooked meal and some company once a week then please complete this short referral form. If you would prefer to refer on the phone please call us on 0800 783 7770.

Press here to refer someone now.

We’re particularly looking for Diners in the following areas:

EH1/3 Postcode University of Edinburgh
EH6 Postcode Leith
EH7/8 Postcode Calton Hill
EH9 Postcode Meadows
EH11 Postcode Merchiston

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the meal share work?
    • Our Cooks would arrange a date and time with the Diner to arrange their weekly meal share. Then they would plate up an extra portion of the meal they’re making that night and deliver it to the Diner to share.
  • What happens if I refer someone and you don’t have a Cook in the area?
    • We would contact you and notify you of this and add the Diner to a Waiting List . Once a suitable Cook becomes available we’ll contact them and arrange their first meal share.
  • Is there a fee for the service?
    • We charge a £5 per year membership fee which allows an unlimited amount of meal shares.
  • Can I refer someone over the phone?
    • Yes. Please call 0800 783 7770 (9am – 4:30pm, Mon – Fri)

Thank you for your support
The Meal Makers Team
0800 783 7770
www.mealmakers.org.uk

Friends of Pilrig Park speaks out against ‘Ladyboys in the park’

Nick Gardner, chair of Friends of Pilrig Park, expressed concerns over the popular Ladyboys of Bangkok show taking up residence in August, after Greens councillor Susan Rae spoke out last week.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/pilrig-community-group-blast-plan-for-ladyboys-of-bangkok-in-edinburgh-park-1-4863239

This follows on from Councillor Susan Rae‘s criticisms, also reported in the Edinburgh Evening News.