Dave Macnab – Secretary of Granton & District Community Council – Resignation Statement:

I have this evening resigned as both a community councillor and Secretary of the Community Council.  I do hope to keep involved in other local activities in the future.  Good luck to whoever takes over as Secretary.

11th April – Following a well attended public meeting on 9th April – we will continue to oppose the current plans for Granton ‘Marina’ which were described as “flawed”, “horrendous” and an “outrage”.

6th February – City Council Budget proposals published.  See link below for details and our interpretation of what this means:

As you may know the council meeting to set the budget takes place on Thursday.  The coalition have now outlined their proposition that will be voted on.  Details are on the web site  – attached for information.  In short the headlines in terms of the concerns that we got from our community consultation exercise: – first the good news:

It looks like Edinburgh Leisure facilities will not close – though the language is clever “working with EL to ensure they remain open  BUT

Public toilets (outside the centre) are still under threat – working with Lothian buses to keep facilities open-thus Granton Square toilets could be saved – but be under the watch of Lothian Buses (unclear)

Sports pitch – no white lines – no mention
No Grass cutting in public areas – no mention
Granton Library hours cut  – no mention
Subsidised bus routes cut  – no mention

We will seek clarification from Forth councillors on the ‘missing data’.

7th February – Spartans V Berwick in Scottish Cup –

The gates will open at 1.00pm.  Admission is £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and Under 12’s are FREE – continuing commitment to offer affordable football for all.

The Ainslie Park arena holds 3500 people, with 500 seats in our covered stand, with 90 seats reserved for Berwick fans in the North section.

There are reserved seats in the stand for all those with a hospitality ticket or those with a ticket allowing access to the cafe/bar. These tickets have been distributed amongst Voting Members and Season ticket holders. Other supporters are advised to get to Ainslie Park early if they want to ensure they get a seat in the stand.

Toilets will be located at the North Bank and behind the Main Stand.

The external tea bar beside the changing rooms will be available from 1.45pm.

If you are arriving by car, please note that Pilton Drive will be closed between Morrisons and Ferryfield House due to roadworks.  There is a full programme of events taking place within the neighbouring Ainslie Park Leisure Centre.  Supporters are advised to park elsewhere or to travel by public transport. Entry to the Spartans car park is by pre-arranged car park passes only.

Any Berwick Rangers fans looking for a venue before the game, please contact Queensberry Bowling Club. The club is located just a few minutes walk from the Pilton Avenue entrance and have room for about 100 people. They recommend phoning ahead on 0131 552 6858 to avoid disappointment.

Members of the media will be given a pass when they enter the ground allowing access to a private room which will have wifi. Team sheets will be placed in the room when they are available.

For up to date information in the run up to the game, keep tuned to this site, our Facebook page: Spartans FC and via our Twitter feed: @spartansfc where we are using the hashtag #BeThe12thMan – can you make us ‘trend’ in Edinburgh this weekend.

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26th January – Pilton Drive – closed between Morrisons and Ferryfield House.  Diversions – attached. pilton%20drive%20Con%20001A

21st January – Check out Granton Harbour Development Plans – under ‘Planning’ tab on this website.

7 January 2015 – 20 mph roads – the campaign for Lower Granton Road has been successful.  What does not make any sense is the fact that West Harbour Road will be 30 mph till you hit Granton Square then it becomes 20 mph – also if the Harbour Development happens surely the speed limit in this area requires to be reduced given the number of houses in that area.

Granton and District Community Council submission on budget   GDCC_December_Budget_response

Edinburgh Evening News interest in Granton Harbour development – we are asked our views –


12th December – Latest edition of North Edinburgh News is out – see attached: NEN_1_DEC14_FIN_LR



9th December – Great response to our day long consultation at Royston & Wardieburn Centre regarding comments on the Edinburgh council budget crisis. More details to follow. Public meeting we attended also committed to united action against the cuts.

Tram Extension – the council papers.  The state of adult of social care.  Interesting positioning – where there is a huge budget deficit for the adult social care and the intention to seek further spending on the tram project – which itself is still under public enquiry scrutiny.

Thursday 4 December: See photographs of Granton Harbour Development – drop in – event – Go to the Planning Page of web site.
Granton & District Community Council – Massive Consultation
The volunteers of Granton and District Community Council tonight (Monday 24 November)announced a massive local consultation across their community in response to the current City Council budget plans.
Chairman Fred Marinello stated:
“Its all very well the council inviting people to go ‘on line’ and play at being a banker or financier.  Many of the people in our community can’t afford expensive technology and some – particularly the elderly don’t want to use it. That is why we are having a day long ‘drop in’ day – plus a dedicated telephone contact so that they can tell or text us what they think. This is an inclusive approach – and what we are all about”.
The volunteers are going to go door to door across the community to advertise the event and the contact details.
Community Council volunteers will be at Royston & Wardieburn Community Centre from 10am – 7pm on Tuesday 9 December.  People will be able to put their views on the budget cuts and these will be forwarded in bulk to the council. Telephone ‘hot line’ for comments 07973321970
Elected members of Granton & District Community Council

Elected members of Granton & District Community Council


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IMG_20141122_113125 IMG_20141122_113208   This is at the bottom of Granton Crescent Park. Mattress, trolly, rubbish on the pavement, cans and other rubbish scattered on the pathway leading into the park.  Is this what we can look forward to if the budget cuts happen?  Granton & District Community Council out and about.

Monday 24th November – Big Announcement at Community Council meeting at Royston & Wardieburn Centre – 7pm

Publicity on the meeting of 18 November on traffic dangers on Lower Granton Road:


Tuesday 18 November: Community Council Supporting local residents:

There was a public meeting that was called (we found out by chance and went along) for tonight for people who live on or near Lower Granton Road.  The reason for the meeting was for residents and others to put their view on the main issues – and possible solutions. There was plenty of dialogue with the main issues being – traffic volume, speed, difficulty crossing the road – including Granton Square – parking, lighting, cyclists on pavement due to the problem of cycling on the road, noise, accidents and making the area a great place to live (with a great beach in the area for example). Table groups were asked to put up their ideas on what could be done – from short term measures – introduction of 20mph to a total re-think of the road as an arterial road – to closure and one way. The council will come back directly to all those interested. We have been supporting the locals in the campaign to have the road speed limit cut to 20 mph.

It does occur to me that there requires to be a more holistic approach to traffic management in this whole area – so that anything that relieves Lower Granton Road does not move the issue elsewhere in the area

16422_781090571953753_4794181988635530610_n  Working with Pilton Community Health Project – winning ‘walk group’ of the year at Scottish Parliament on 4 November

Granton Community Council Secretary Report – Secretary Report_October 2014_Post meeting

Latest edition of the ‘electronic’ North Edinburgh News NENOctober2014

New pedestrian crossing planned for Crewe Road North – we have been after this for a while now.  See plans attached:

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Friends of the Earth Edinburgh support our 20 mph for Lower Granton Road (13th October).

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