Friends of Pilrig Park – Public Meeting

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

The Friends of Pilrig Park will hold a public meeting on Monday, 24th April at the McDonald Road Library from 6.00-7.30pm. Please see below the draft minutes of the last meeting. The public meetings are a great opportunity to get more involved in making improvements to the park and to put forward your thoughts and ideas. We hope you can make it along!

Click to download: DRAFT 10 10 16 FoPP Public Meeting Minute

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Consultation on Edinburgh Airport airspace change programme

(adapted from an email from Gordon Robertson, Edinburgh Airport’s director of communications)

Edinburgh Airport is currently running its second consultation on their Airspace Change Programme. If you wish to respond to the consultation, feedback can be made via their website http://www.letsgofurther.com/ or response forms can be requested and submitted by writing to Freepost LETS GO FURTHER.

They say

We’ve worked hard to create the best solution for all – one that meets our regulatory requirements, accommodates our necessary growth and minimises the impact on the people who live in our neighbouring communities. Our consultation is being run in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority’s CAP725 Airspace Change Guidance. To give you confidence, we have also commissioned a Quality Assurance of our consultation process by the Consultation Institute (consultationinstitute.org).

Since the consultation opened on 30 January we have been gathering feedback via our website and freepost address and have had over 2,000 responses. As we enter the final weeks of the consultation we are inviting all with an interest in our Airspace Change Programme and flight path options to give us their views on our proposals, whatever your views.

 

Bothwell Street fascia signs disallowed

Leith Central CC submitted an objection to a planning application for ‘two illuminated fascia signs’ on Bothwell Street. Our grounds were

  • negative light pollution on neighouring residential properties
  • wasteful energy consumption
  • safety concerns caused by reflected sunlight from large surfaces
  • setting a precedent for what would be an alien element in Edinburgh’s townscape.

We are vey pleased that Edinburgh Council has rejected this application. It seems like a small victory for local democracy.

Manifesto for walking

(adapted from an email form Living Streets Edinburgh)

With Council elections taking place on 4 May 2017, Living Streets Edinburgh is asking all political parties to include measures in their manifestos that will make walking in Edinburgh safer, easier and more enjoyable. Edinburgh is a naturally ‘walkable’ city but conditions for pedestrians are often wholly inadequate. Yet despite barriers to walking almost every one walks. We want City of Edinburgh Council to build on this and to support our aim to make Edinburgh a truly world class city for people walking.

Here are our four ‘big ideas’

  1. Transform Street Management
  2. Invest Much More in Walking
  3. Make a Comprehensive Traffic Plan for the City Centre
  4. Pedestrianise George Street

The full manifesto delivered to all councillors can be seen at http://www.livingstreetsedinburgh.org.uk/Living-Streets-Edinburgh-Manifesto.pdf

David Spaven
Convenor, Living Streets Edinburgh Group

Smart meter research: offer

(adapted from a communication from Changeworks)

University of Edinburgh research participants needed

Changeworks has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate.
The benefits include:

  • Gaining insight into your home energy use
  • Receiving a free android tablet used to display energy use information
  • Receiving tailored advice from University of Edinburgh experts
  • Hopefully saving money on gas and electricity bills

For more information visit changeworks.org.uk/projects/ideal or read this leaflet.

To get involved email your name, address, and contact details to IDEAL@changeworks.org.uk, or call 0131 539 8610.

LCCC neither recommends or discommends this offer, but does recommend considering information on potential domestic internet security issues. The Register and Wikipedia are not authoritative primary sources but the links within these articles may be worth following up.