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February 2017


AGENDA of public meeting on 21 February 2017 at Merchiston Tennis and Bowling Club
  • CC: Community Council
  • CEC: City of Edinburgh Council
  • EACC: Edinburgh Association of Community Councils
  • FOMBL: Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links
  • MABLAG: Meadows and Bruntsfield Links Advisory Group
  • MCC: Merchiston Community Council
  • SCNP: South Central Neighbourhood Partnership

1. Chairman’s welcome and report

2. Present (provisional)


  • Robin Morris (Chairman)
  • James Geekie (Secretary)
  • Ian Doig (Treasurer)
  • Frances Hawarden (Finance Officer)
  • Michael Billinghurst
  • Daniel Cairns
  • Ian Clement
  • Guillaume Evrard
  • Ashley Graczyk
  • Hugh Halcrow
  • Vivien Kitteringham
  • Ewan Klein
  • Bridget Stevens
  • Ted Tate

Elected representatives

  • Andrew Burns, Cll
  • Gavin Corbett, Cllr
  • David Key, Cllr
  • Ian Murray MP

Police officers

  • PC             (Oxgangs; South West)
  • PC Jennifer MacKenzie (St Leonards; South), community officer
  • PC             (St Leonards; South)



  • Tom Graveson (Vice-chairman)
  • Joan Houston

3. Police Reports

Merchiston area (Edinburgh South West)

Merchiston area (Edinburgh South)



6. Minutes of the last meeting on 17 January 2017 and matters arising not on the agenda

7. Regular reports – Neighbourhood Partnerships

South West Neighbourhood Partnership (SWNP)

See report by Tom Graveson in item 15 further below: 31 January 2017.

South Central Neighbourhood Partnership (SCNP)

The next board meeting for the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership will take place on  Monday 13 March 2017 in the City Chambers, commencing 6.00 pm.

8. Regular reports – Planning

9. Regular reports – Licensing

10. Regular reports – Health

11. Regular reports – Treasurer

12. Councillors – in advance and/or present

13. Points raised by residents and members of the public

14. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 21 March 2017, 7pm

15. Papers

31 January 2017

South West Neighbourhood Partnership (SWNP) board meeting

Report by Tom Graveson

The Convenor opened the meeting by welcoming Andy Shanks, Health & Social Care

“Health Matters” initiative

Distributing £40k to health related projects, it was regarded as a success. There were 18 applications and, after scrutiny, all were accepted for inclusion in the voting process and of those, 10 were awarded funding (the benefits to the community of those chosen will be discussed at the June meeting).

15 facilities were used as polling stations (including libraries and schools). There were some problems, the main one being that on-line voting didn’t materialise. Whilst this was described as a technical fault, it was related to data security and possible problems with Data Protection. This has wider ramifications as other participatory budgeting schemes use/will use the same system. An extra polling station was added to compensate.

The level of participation was on a par with other such initiatives – 545 voters chose three projects each giving a higher total of votes. As part of the review process participation will be compared city-wide. The Scottish Government supports such participatory schemes – £20k was given in support of this scheme.

The Convenor stressed the need to engage with younger people; it was pointed out that the 11 – 17 age group was well represented in the voter mix.

Regeneration projects in the SWNP

In North Sighthill there will be a mix of flats and houses, initially 184 for affordable renting and 132 for sale, plus flexible retail space; all dwellings will be built in similar style. Construction is expected to start within two months with rental properties ready in two years and properties for sale in two to three years.

The homes in the three small sites programme in the SWNP will be for social and mid-priced rental:

  • Calder Gdns 26+11
  • Dumbryden (all flats) 30+19
  • Hailesland Place 21+11

The Calder Gardens site is almost at the point of starting and on the Dumbryden site provision has been made for the future building of a care home.

At St Stephens Court the internal fabric of the building will be altered to provide 29 one-bedroom flats for health and social care with a view to relieving bed-blocking. The design will allow for other uses should this need disappear. A spring 2017 start is anticipated.

Locality improvement plan

The top priorities in the five work streams will be targeted Locality-wide with phase 2 looking at engagement with small areas, including discussions with communities in those small areas. The priorities in other Localities are similar.

Police and Fire Service

Police and Fire Service reports were noted with no comment or discussion.


It was noted that the SW Community Grant Fund still had £12k to disburse. There was no doubt that this would be done with “time-bound” projects considered first, funding projects which support community targets.

The Convenor closed the meeting, pointing out that it was the last meeting before the elections.

All the papers relating to this meeting are available in the City of Edinburgh Council’s Committee Library.