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20mph-creating-a-better-safer-edinburgh-the-facts-2-1Full details under the ‘Traffic and 20 mph tab.

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Meet the Police


Monday 3 March – see attachment.

Age Scotland has been contacted recently with information about events that Police Scotland are hosting across Scotland. The purpose of these events is to engage with the community to talk about contacting the Police through their call centres. They want to know what barriers there are and how we can improve things for everyone.

The main focus of the event is for people with communication needs that prevent them having equal access – for example:

  • British Sign Language users
  • people who are hard of hearing
  • people without speech or who have issues with their speech
  • people for whom English is not their first language
  • people who have a physical disability that causes issues when using the phone / email systems to contact the police
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health issues

(Please note these are only some examples)

The Edinburgh event will take place on Monday 2nd March (information attached).  Please can you circulate this invite to all your contacts / service users / staff and encourage them to attend. This is a great opportunity for them to have their say on the way they prefer to communicate with Police Scotland both in an emergency and non-emergency situation.

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Granton & District Community Council Meeting – Monday 23 February – 7pm – Royston & Wardieburn Community Centre

The next meeting of the Granton & District Community Council is on 23 February at 7pm at Royston & Wardieburn Community Centre.  Anyone can come along. This is a chance for you to get your views aired.  Hear about the Granton Harbour Development.  Hear about local police activity. Tell us what is bothering you.

Hope to see you there.

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The reality of the Council Budget – The cuts

Some the cuts that will take place.  Once we know the ‘where’ we will seek to save services in our area.  We will need to work together.

Cutting over 1200 council posts – roughly one in 20 of the 19,000-strong workforce, mostly via natural wastage•

Reductions in grants to voluntary organisations

Parking fees to rise by up to 20 per cent

Reduction of £500,000 in budget of Edinburgh Leisure for sports and leisure centres Review of library opening hours

Closure of several public toilets

An end to painting lines on sports pitches

Reducing “avoidable contact” with the public by encouraging people to go online to report potholes, complain about council tax or book school trips

Home care charges to rise from £13.50 an hour in 2014-15 to £15.50 an hour in 2015-16

Charges for council care home places to increase by eight per cent

Reduced staffing ratios in day services for people with disabilities

Review of value for money in supported bus services

Review the way taxi card is funded, with a view to introducing upfront charge of £20 to join the scheme

Care home placements for older people to reduce by ten a month to shift balance of care from residential to home-based services

Reduce the number of education welfare officers

Increase “trigger point” for reimbursing schools’ long-term absence cover from 20 to 30 days

Green spaces like parks, verges and roundabouts will be allowed to “grow wild” to save £200,000

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City Budget Proposal Out Now

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’.

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logospartansGood luck to Spartans in the Scottish Cup on Saturday – Come on Spartans!!

The gates will open at 1.00pm.  Admission is £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and Under 12’s are FREE – continuing their 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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Granton Parish Church – Podcasts

What a great idea by Granton Parish Church


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Latest from Granton Parish Church

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Burns Ceilidh – Saturday 24th – Roysto & Wardieburn Community Centre


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I noticed via a tweet from the North team – that Pilton Drive is closed for four weeks between Morrisons and Ferryfield House.  You will have to find an alternative route – which obviously will impact on smaller local roads.  No notice of this was given to the community council by the utility company involved – nor were we contacted by the council. Map of suggested diversions.


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