Welcome to Craigmillar Park Association
The area of the South Edinburgh map below outlined in black is the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area and is the same as that covered by the Craigmillar Park Association. With the help of the residents we monitor planning applications and help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. We support the community in a variety of ways, go to our About Us page for full information. Click on map to view full size.
Nature Strips Project: Report April 2017
On 21st March Ian Morrison, Head of City of Edinburgh Council Forestry Department, visited the area to look at the trees in the five nature strips. Wilma Elton, Christine Simpson and Louise Baker accompanied him to explain what volunteers had been doing and take notes on his comments. Key points:
• He expressed admiration for the trees in our area as they not only absorb carbon dioxide but also improve the quality of life and health.
• The Council’s policy is to allow trees to grow to their full, potential height. When height is cropped or branches pruned, this increases the potential for disease to destroy the trees.
• The Council is responsible for trees and costs for any damage caused by falling branches etc would be met by the Council.
• Residents who are volunteering to work in the strips are not permitted to cut down or prune any mature trees, nor are they allowed to bring in outside contractors to carry out work in the strips.
• However, they may move self-seeded sapling sycamore, ash or elm to a more favourable spot in the nature strips and they are permitted to prune or remove laurel, where this is crowding out native trees (more beneficial from a bio-diversity point of view). Box and other bushes may be pruned where they are becoming leggy. Chain saws may not be used by residents in the nature strips.
• Ian promised that trees in the strips already identified as being diseased will be removed very soon (the elm in Granby Road has now been removed) and he will personally conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection of trees in all the strips as soon as possible.
• He was delighted that residents were taking a keen interest in the appearance of the strips and doing so from a conservation and bio-diversity point of view. He stressed the importance of short/mid and long-term planning and suggested ways to obtain young trees from the Woodland Trust. He also expressed a wish that not only smaller varieties should be planted (rowan, hawthorn etc) but also taller species to replace older trees as they die off.
Other news from the Nature Strips
• Mike Shields has advised that, as his teams are so busy during the summer months, residents should not request that vegetation be picked up from the roadside until further notice. In any case, this is good time for a halt in invasive work in the strips, as many birds and small mammals will be seeking nesting materials and shelters for the breeding season.
• Louise Baker has prepared a detailed report on nature strip 4 (Suffolk Road south side). Anyone wishing to see this, please let me know.
• Since the fencing was removed from strip 5 (Gilmour Road south between Wilton and Lygon Roads) there has been general approval, no increase in littering or dog-fouling and a great improvement in access to allow planting of more ground cover.
• More volunteers are needed to plant ground cover perennials at the corner of Gilmour and Lygon. Please contact : email@example.com
In November 2016 the CPA commissioned a Nature Strip Biodiversity Report from Sarah Sigsworth to guide volunteers interested in contributing to the conservation of the nature strips. We thank Sarah for the excellent report received in January 2017. To read in full CLICK HERE.
In summary Sarah recommended that:
In the short term the aim should be to reduce the dominance of laurel and to improve native species diversity and gradation of vegetation from ground flora through to the shrub layer and tree canopy.
In the longer term the aim should be to plan for the regeneration of tree species through planting of (or maintenance of existing) saplings to replace mature trees when they reach the end of their life span.
You can read our Autumn 2016 Newsletter by clicking HERE
Liberton High School Adult Education Programme
Click HERE to view the new 2017 programme for Liberton High School.
“Places, people and planning” – A consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system
On 10th January the Scottish Government published this consultation paper setting out key components of a new Planning Bill to be brought forward in year 2 of the present Parliamentary Session. The proposed changes to the planning system are derived from the Review Panel Report published last year and the subsequent working parties established to consider various aspects of the planning system and possible reforms. The consultation runs until 4th April 2017. In the meantime the Participation Statement. which sets out how to get involved in the consultation, is available at https://beta.gov.scot/publications/planning-review-participation-statement and the consultation paper is at https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00512753.pdf.
Reviewing the Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.
The Management Plan identifies what is significant about the World Heritage Site, recognises challenges and threats, and sets out policies to preserve and enhance the Site. This new survey gives everyone the chance to let us know how well you think the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh work as a place to live, work and visit. Click HERE to visit website and read the feedback.
Survey into range expansion of an Allium paradoxum population in Craigmillar Park.
Ealier this year we were asked for help from University of Edinburgh students who were doing a survey of invasive plants in our area. We thank Shona Irvine for sending the report. Read an abstract of the Report:
Allium paradoxum is an invasive plant originally from Central Asia and introduced into the UK in 1823. An invasive plant is a plant species that causes problems for an area (economic or otherwise). A. paradoxum. is considered invasive as it outcompetes native plants and forms monocultures in woodlands and near waterways. We investigated whether a specific A. paradoxum monoculture in Craigmillar Park is spreading and any management strategies that could be used to counter this. We mapped the density of an A. paradoxum population and found that the density was lower around its edges and thus it’s spreading. More…
Royal Blind School Building
CALA Homes is now in negotiation to buy the Royal Blind School Site. They have a proposal for 56 residential dwellings including 16 apartments in the listed building. Once a planning application has been lodged they anticipate a twelve month process, including a twelve week Public Consultation Period, to procure Detailed Planning Consent.
Kings Building Redevelopment
Edinburgh University: King’s Buildings Campus – School of Biological Sciences
Application 16/02873/FUL – Proposed extension and redevelopment of Darwin Building & other works.
This application, which was supported by the community council, was approved on 7th November 2016. The site covers the southern part of the King’s Buildings Campus bounded to the north by Max Born Crescent. It is not in a conservation area, but is bounded to the west and south by scheduled Open Space and Green Belt and to the east across Mayfield Road by the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area. This substantial project is the first step in the programme of major investment by the University at this Campus as described in the talk at our last AGM.
Re-opening the South Suburban Railway for Passenger Traffic
Because of the proximity of the old Newington station this has come up for discussion in recent committee meetings. A debate at the Scottish Parliament was held on Wednesday 3 February 2016 and our advisor and GPCC chairman Tony Harris attended in the public gallery. Here is his report. The Debate was initiated by Jim Eadie MSP (Edinburgh Southern – SNP) READ MORE
Composting by Frances Lindsay
Here is the talk by Frances Linsay given at last years AGM.
Frances Lindsay first got interested in composting about ten years ago after seeing an advert by the Council for volunteers to train as Master Composters. The main purpose of this scheme was to encourage people to compost their kitchen and garden waste instead of filling their dustbins with it. At that time (2004) about one third of an average dustbin’s contents was biodegradable material. So she trained as a Master Composter and to spread the composting message gave talks to community groups, engaged members of the public at events, handed out leaflets and visited householders who requested help with composting problems. Since that time the brown bin garden rubbish collection has been extended across the city and now that the food waste caddy collection has also been introduced, the Edinburgh Master Composter project has ended. Read the PDF.
Grange/Prestonfield Community Council
The Grange/Prestonfield community council (website) consists of elected local residents who represent the local community (and its views) to the outside (and in particular to the City Council). The relevant City Councillors, MPs and MSPs are ex-officio members of the community council. Further local organization representatives and individuals with a particular interest can be co-opted on to the community council. From now on we are adding their ratified minutes on our website.The public is welcome to attend meetings. November ’15 – January ’16 – February 16 – March 16 – May 2016 – June 2016 – October 2016. – November 2016. – February 2017 – March 2017
The Community Council is a member of the Cockburn Association (For everyone who loves Edinburgh) Here is a link to their latest NEWSLETTER.
Proposed Edinburgh Local Development Plan (LDP2) – Latest News
After five years in the making this was adopted at the full City Council meeting on 24th November 2016, replacing the 2010 plan. In 2017 work starts on preparing the next development plan.
Strategic Development Plan (SDP)
This SDP covers the SESplan area from the Borders to part of Fife, including Edinburgh. The members of SESplan are City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, West Lothian Council, Fife Council and Scottish BordersCouncil. The SDP sets the strategy for Local Development Plans (see above) and the new plan SESplan2 is to replace in 2018 the 2013 SDP SESplan covering a 20 year period. The public consultation on SESplan2 ran until November 2016 and representations made are currently being considered.
Reform of the Scottish Planning System
During this year a Panel appointed by the Scottish Government reported and recommendations have been taken forward by working parties with a view to the production of a White Paper setting out proposed legislative changes. This will then be the opportunity for people to have their say.
Friends of Newington Cemetery
Grange/Prestonfield Community Council has set up an Interest Group of local volunteers, Friends of Newington Cemetery. Their long term vision is to restore Newington Cemetery to its former glory, by helping to clear overgrown areas and restore gravestones, and by liaising with the community and the families of those buried there. New members are always welcome, both to attend meetings and help at working parties that are held on a Monday between 10am and noon. Go to their Website for contact information. Recently received from GPCC – Community Nature Trail.
Craigmillar Park Bowling Club
Situated in our Conservation Area, Craigmillar Park Bowling Club extends a warm welcome to new members in all age categories, previous experience of bowling is not necessary. Trained coaches are on hand to provide assistance, and all equipment (shoes, bowls) can be provided by the Club. For full information go to www.cpbc.org.uk: Secretary: Frances Lindsay 0131 6676862
One of the foremost names in Scottish tennis, Waverley Lawn Tennis Club was formed in 1885 on its present secluded, yet accessible site in our Conservation Area. The club is very active and welcomes new members. Their facilities include –
- 4 artificial grass tennis courts, all floodlit
- 1 mini-tennis court
- 2 traditional plaster-walled squash courts, with viewing gallery
Click HERE to view their website for full information about joining and other facilities on offer.
Craigmillar Park Golf Club
If you would like to play a golf course that is close to the centre of Edinburgh yet within the Green belt; with fantastic views down the coast of East Lothian and across the Firth to Fife; where you won’t hear the intrusive sounds of traffic and are likely to spot deer, then look no further than Craigmillar Park Golf Club. Visit our Website for details.
Craigmillar Conservation Area Listed Buildings
Our secretary has put together a comprehensive list of all the important buildings in our area.
MAYFIELD ROAD AND WEST MAYFIELD, MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH, INCLUDING CHURCH HALL, GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS (Ref: 27119) – Category B building listed on 14/12/1970. Hippolyte J Blanc, 1876 1879 with later spire 1894 and 20th century extensions. Cruciform-plan, French Gothic church; 4 stage square plan tower with octagonal spire to NE, dominant nave with low side aisles, M gabled transepts, clerestory, polygonal apse and church hall adjoining to S.