SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY COUNCIL (SCC)
of meeting on Monday 8 Febuary 2016, at 7pm
The Gray Room, Nelson Hall, 5 Spittalfield
Philip McDowell (PMcD, chair), Deborah Charlesworth (Secretary), Svetlana
Repanova (Treasurer), David Benyon (DB), Joan Carter (JC), Kaaren Haughton
(KH), Robert Hodgart (RH), Barbara O’Loughlin (BOL), Tim Pogson (TP), Theodora
Lola-Luz (D L-L, Southside Association), David Wood (DW), Councillors Rose and
members of the public attended
for absence: Gloria
Lo, Jonny Ross-Tatam
Police Report: PC Sacha Ponniah (who also covers the Meadows and Morningside areas)
reported on a number of crimes, including a robbery in the Meadows. He also told
us that the traffic control near schools that was tested at Sciennes has now
been introduced at other schools. Police have been working with Kevin Hawes to
check stairwells for signs of drug use, and this has decreased since these patrols
Report from Councillor Rose: In addition to the written report,
Cllr. Rose told us about an informal consultation about evening parking in the
city centre. Final proposals by the Transport Committee will then be subjected
to a formal consultation. Questions were asked about street lighting, bins, and
Community benefits accompanying
the new student housing developments
1. LED lights: The council are aware of
dissatisfaction with light levels in some streets, and the newer LED lights are
brighter (or set to higher levels).
2. Bins: One can report strategic problems
to Gareth Barwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and other problems, such as bins not being
emptied on the council’s web site: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20001/bins_and_recycling/1051/missed_bin
of bin locations was requested, and Cllr. Rose will enquire about this, but a
new IT contractor is being used, making it difficult to get this information.
Trade bins are scheduled for removal by 12th
February, and the rules will be enforced after that date (see Kevin Hawes report below). Exempt bins should be labeled, and
bins should have their collection times displayed.
3. The new student housing developments have
no associated Community benefits. Residents have contacted the developers of
the Homebase site requesting replacement of trees in Lutton Place, and
improvements to the playground of Preston St. School. It is hoped that the
developers will agree to do these things on a voluntary basis. Cllr. Rose will
pass on the SCC’s concern that planning permission was given without such benefits
being included, and that such developments are not necessarily required to
include benefits in a legally binding manner.
4. Builders working times for large projects:
Cllr. Rose will pass on the SCC’s concern that the working times for the
builders were not restricted, so as to spare residents from noise nuisance
early in the mornings, or in the evenings. The SCC requested that the default
situation should require restricted working hours, similar to those in effect
in London, and that permission for work outside those hours should require
explicit special permission.
minutes of the CC meeting on 11 January
2016 were approved (after correcting misprints), with an addition to note
that RH went to the MABLAG meeting on
16th Nov. 2015 and presented a written report on that meeting at the 11 January SCC meeting.
Kevin Hawes report: Worked with the police to discourage
break-ins to cars, by checking that valuables are not left in cars, and with
the Roads team to check A-boards have permission (and, if not, to tell shop
owners to remove them). Pease also see Police and Councillor’s reports above.
If needles are found, Mr. Hawes would like to be informed (phone number: 529 5104, email: email@example.com). Community Safety (Office hours) 0131 529 5106.
Chairman’s and Secretary’s reports: In addition to the items in the
written report, PMcD told us that Rob Arthur, the head of the cinema division
of G1, who are renovating the Odeon, will visit a meeting of the SA, and we
would like him to come to an SCC meeting as well.
joint meeting of the Old Town (OTCC), Tollcross and other CCs with CEC staff (see
Chairman’s report) was welcomed. DC will respond to Barbara
Logue (OTCC) supporting
will attend the Alcohol Focus
attend the Edinburgh Association of Community Councils (EACC) meeting.
that the Community Day (May 14th) might include asking for opinions about
good places for bike storage. She
is finding out where storage is already in place and whether residents find it
helpful. TP has already heard good reports from S. Oxford St.
4. CPR training
was offered by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the British
Heart Foundation and it was agreed to accept this offer.
to planning applications for the distillery in St. Leonards (the former Engine
House), it was agreed to request some community benefit, and that SCC members
should consider possibilities for this, to be discussed at the March meeting. A possibility would be maintenance of the
adjoining bike path.
were requested for projects for “South Centra£ Decides” funding for neighbourhood improvements (deadline
March 25th). SR mentioned that Dumbiedykes residents have received
individual letters about this, and so others in present or former council owned
housing have probably also received letters. Cllr. Orr urged the CC to develop a proposal.
was agreed to apply for funding under ScotRail’s new Cultural and Arts Fund,
and to ask for funding for a music event at Preston St. school. D L-L will
discuss this with the school.
8. DC was asked to contact the mosque at
9. It was agreed to propose the Gifford
Park mural for the Scottish
Civic Trust My Place
10. The Secretary will write in the
name of the SCC. Ideas were sought for naming the path
in the Meadows running west of the tennis courts and the small playground. “Burnes
Path” has been proposed. (Burnes with an e in memory of Robert Burns father,
Treasurer’s report: The letter from Bank of Scotland to
verify our bank account has arrived and the account should shortly be opened.
Environmental report: Please see written report on the web
site. It was noted that Kathy Evans (Kathy.Evans@edinburgh.gov.uk) should be emailed about HMO notices
that should have been taken down, and A-boards, tables on pavements that do not
comply with the regulations/guidance (the information is helpful to her team).
KH and JC’s recent survey found that about half of 80 A-boards were
non-compliant, and also that about 10% of shop premises in the main road are
Planning: GL will meet Jo Scott. JC advised SCC
members to keep a lookout for large developments, even if not in the SCC’s
and DC attended a meeting to view possible logo designs for the CC. They will
be discussed at the March meeting, and/or the opinions of the wider community
will be sought via
Facebook if acceptable to the course tutor at ECA.
planned Community Day will be on May 14th,
with a table near Tesco.
Other business. The
paper on democracy by RH will be discussed in the March meeting if time permits.
Questions from the public
from a course on conservation architecture asked how the presence of students
affects the neighbourhood. As time was short, several CC members offered to
meet separately to answer their questions.
Date of next meeting: March 14th 2016