Powderhall consultation

(adapted from the preamble on the CEC consultation hub)

CEC has decided to prepare a ‘place brief’ for the Powderhall area, in full consultation with local residents and stakeholders, and based on the Scottish Government placemaking policies standard. (Place briefs are non-statutory guidance that should enable a broader and more informed final design of the redevelopment.)

To take part in the consultation for the place brief, visit CEC’s consultation hub.

The place brief will consider the following opportunities for the Powderhall site;

  • Housing – provision of affordable and mixed tenure housing
  • Existing stable building – creation of a hub providing flexible workspaces and community space
  • Education –  opportunity to create a new nursery school nearby the existing on primary school
  • Green space – opportunity to enhance and improve green spaces

This programme of non-statutory consultation will continue from now through to October 2018, culminating in the preparation of a place brief that will set agreed uses and design parameters for the development. Additional statutory consultation will follow in 2019 as part of the formal planning process.

Additional Agenda Item for NTBCC August meeting

As reported recently in the Spurtle’s August edition, concerns have been voiced over the access to the Drummond Community High School playground.

“Following temporary closure of Drummond CHS’s playground in February, Spurtle has been investigating public access here. In Issue 274, we recalled the then Education Convener Cllr Ewan Aitken’s 2003 public commitment to renegotiate CEC’s contract with Amey in order to guarantee sufficient access out of school hours. In May we submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Council to establish the outcome of that renegotiation. CEC has now responded formally to say: ‘The access arrangements for Drummond High School [sic] reflect the standard hours within the PPP1 contract and there is no record of any subsequent renegotiation to change these hours after the contract was signed.’ Officials have since clarified the minimum hours during which Amey must open the playground. Term time: 7.30am–10pm (Mon–Fri), 9am–1pm (Sat). Holidays: 8am–5pm (Mon–Fri). By accident or design, the whole issue seems to have been quietly shelved. However, very few people consider that such limited hours, if they were enforced, would be enough to meet demand. “

(The Spurtle Issue 276 August 2018)

We agree that limiting access to these hours, especially during the summer holiday time (with light evenings and unseasonal (to Edinburgh) weather), appears contrary to many Edinburgh Council objectives.

We will discuss this issue at August’s NTBCC meeting – come along and let us know your view.

Consultation on Redevelopment Proposals at the former Powderhall Waste Site

As many will be aware, operations at the Powderhall Waste Transfer Station ceased at the end of 2016. In March 2017,Edinburgh Council’s Finance and Resources Committee discussed and agreed that future uses should be explored incorporating, amongst other facilities, a housing-led redevelopment.

The Council has announced a series of consultation events to allow the public, local interest groups and stakeholders to express their ideas about the area and its redevelopment. Broadly, the redevelopment proposal encompasses 3 distinct areas :

  1. The former Waste Transfer offices located in the listed building adjacent to Broughton Road (“Powderhall Stables”).
  2. The remainder of the former Waste Transfer station to the rear and the west of Powderhall Stables down to the water of Leith.
  3. The green space to the west of the path to St Marks Park (former bowling greens) – the majority currently in use as additional green space by Broughton Primary School.

‘Tell us about Powderhall’, Community events – 26th and 27th June 2018

Collective Architecture will host two community events:

     Tuesday       26th June 2018 between 2 – 6pm at McDonald Road Library (Nelson Hall) &

     Wednesday 27th June 2018 between 3 – 7pm at Broughton Primary School

These are stated as being “community events focused around a model to gather local ideas and opportunities surrounding the existing site.”

We would urge everyone with an interest in this area to go along to one or other of these consultations to hear what is being proposed and express their views.

The Council’s consultation hub https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/powderhall/  gives more background to this :

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Council Leader’s report – January 2018

(reproduced from an email from Cllr Adam McVey)

Work in progress

Last summer, we published our ‘Programme for the Capital’, setting out our commitments for the five years to 2022, with a particular focus on delivering improved services for Edinburgh’s residents and communities.

I’m pleased with the progress we have made thus far but I want to ensure that we remain a coalition of action and that our commitments remain relevant to the emerging challenges we face as a city. Continue reading

Edinburgh Art Festival: exciting FREE opportunity for educators

(adapted from an email from Kate MacKay of Alchemy Arts)

This takes place Thursday 30th July at Central Library. Places are FREE but booking is essential.

Here is an exciting FREE opportunity for educators. Alchemy Arts will be hosting a one day workshop exploring how the Edinburgh Art Festival artwork, exhibitions and events can be used to stimulate projects and workshops with young people.

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