Monday April 11 2016, at 7pm
The Gray Room, Nelson Hall, 5 Spittalfield
Philip McDowell (PMcD, chair), David Benyon (DB), Joan Carter (JC), Deborah
Charlesworth (DC, Secretary), Kaaren Haughton (KH), Robert Hodgart (RH),
Theodora Lola-Luz (D L-L, Southside Association), David Wood (DW, Causey
Development Trust), Councillor Orr, and three members of the public.
absence: Nicholas Oddy, Svetlana Repanova (SR, Treasurer)
Office Ross Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) reported that
crimes are greatly decreased across many parts of the city, and it is thought
that this is due to the decrease in sales of “legal high” drugs. The police are
continuing checks of stairs, to maintain the improvement. He explained that,
from April 6th, our area will be part of a larger area that includes
the city centre, with better coordination between the police in the two areas.
It is hoped that this will help avoid our area gaining beggars and others who
will be excluded from the central area under new arrangements to be introduced
soon. The problem of begging was discussed, and of aggressive begging, and
there was a discussion of the use of churchyards and other undisturbed areas by
drug users. The police monitor these problems, as well as the beggars, and it
appears that there is little that can be done to prevent them.
minutes of the Community Council meeting
held on March 14th 2016 were approved after minor corrections and
the addition of text provided by RH concerning the discussion of his paper.
Councillor’s report: A written report was provided.
Greyfriars Charteris Centre (Kirk O'Field): Dan Rous,
Development Manager of the Church
of Scotland Centre (email:email@example.com) outlined the plans for the renovation of the
building, including renaming the complex of buildings the after the Rev. Archibald Charteris, making it more accessible to disabled users, and
plans for its future, which will include continuing the present range of
activities, including work placements, opening a new café, and developing
involvement of Edinburgh University students in some of them, such as help with
skills needed for self-employed people developing businesses (more details were
described in a handout). There will be a launch event in June.
1. It was agreed to support, in
principle, subject to the practicalities being suitable, the proposal from Cycloc
to decorate lampposts with bicycles during
this years Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.
2. It was agreed to accept the offer from Logan
Vaughn, a volunteer for the charity Health in Mind, to come and speak to the
SCC. They run programmes to combat social isolation in older people, and other
activities, including befriending as part of a homelessness prevention
initiative. Web site: http://www.health-in-mind.org.uk.
3. Information has now been provided about
revenue from the Festival events on the Meadows (see file “Meadows Revenue”).
As pointed out by Cllr. Orr, the Council’s Transport
& Environment Committee passed a motion stating that they will
invest any additional income received into the infrastructure, features and
facilities of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links. The Secretary will write to
the committee to request that
they honour this decision and employ more park rangers to work in the park on
summer evenings, particularly to discourage people from burning the grass with
There was a discussion of the request for support Common Weal South
Lanarkshire for a campaign to encourage public authorities to invest ethically,
i.e. not in the arms trade. Some SCC members support this idea, but others were
unconvinced. It was agreed to request more detailed information.
5. It was agreed that, in response to the letter from Scott Wilkins, the Community Learning & Development
Worker at the Southside Community Centre (SSCC), that the SCC would wish to be
considered an interested party in discussing how to work together to secure the
future of the Centre, together with the Nelson Hall, and that the SCC would
like to send a representative to a future Management Committee meeting to discuss
possibilities. The secretary will reply to this letter. However, great concern
was raised about the idea of volunteers being expected to run such important community
assets without the assistance of contributions from the City of Edinburgh
Council to the major running costs. The main
argument in favour of changing the system to one run by volunteers is that they
would have access to funds that the council is barred from applying for.
However, volunteers could not be expected to undertake such major fund-raising
Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports: Written reports were provided. No money
has yet been transferred into the bank account, and the costs of the web site,
and of printing materials for the community day have so far been paid by the chair.
Communications Group: There was a discussion of the flyer to
be handed out on the day, and the poster to advertise it ahead of the day. It
was agreed that a smaller poster, that can also be used as a flyer that can be
distributed to local coffee shops, pubs etc., would be preferable to an A3
poster. SR will re-design this poster/flyer.
will ask permission to distribute postcards of the mural (with SSA and SCC
information) at E. Preston St. school.
Meetings attended: B O’L went to the NHS Scotland meeting
concerning the Review of Children's Hospital Services, and provided a written
report. The review will publish its findings in the summer, and the SCC may
then wish to respond.
Any other business: The organization of the meetings was
discussed, including whether it is necessary for the police to send someone
every month (possibly every other month would be suitable). The chair was told
that crime figures are available online, but they are not easy to find and he
will ask for help in how to see this information. The police are unwilling to
provide written reports. It was suggested that members of the public could be made more welcome,
possibly asked to introduce themselves, and perhaps to sit at the table with
the SCC members, if they wished, and to indicate whether they are attending
because of a specific agenda item, and, if so, whether it would be helpful to
deal with this earlier in the agenda,
Date of next meeting (Annual General