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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Thursday 27th OCTOBER 2016 at 7.30pm
The AGM will be held in Craigmillar Park Church Hall. The meeting welcomes all residents, and is open to members and non – members. There will be the usual Association business followed by a talk on the development of the Kings Building campus by Anna Stamp (Head of Capital Projects, Edinburgh University). Do come and join us.
Eileen Francis, CPA Chair, writes:
The Craigmillar Park Association is more than a residents’ association. It was set up in the 1990s to include everyone attached to the local area through residency, work or leisure who cares about its character and conservation. We sit along side other local associations such as the Grange Association and Blacket Association on the Grange and Prestonfield Community Council to represent our particular views on planning, transport and conservation issues. We think it important for our neighbourhood to cooperate with others so that our voice is heard by Edinburgh City Council.
In 2015-16 we have valued the support of individuals and groups in putting forward the case which challenges building proposals in the conservation area. We have had discussions about the care and maintenance of the nature strips and about the new parking zones. We have responded to a consultation about the ecology of the local area and answered questions of individual concern.
We encourage everyone to join us. We are always looking for ways to be more effective so if you would like to join the committee or to offer help to the association please get in touch.
Miller Homes – East Suffolk Road, Edinburgh site investigation works.
Click HERE to read a letter from David Morgan (Land Director, Miller Homes) updating on site investigation works on the former St Margaret’s Playing Fields on land north east of 10 East Suffolk Road.
Mix and Mingle, Information Day, Saturday 8th October.
South Central Neighbourhood Partnership Active Living Action Group is hosting its second Information Day which will provide the opportunity for local people to find out what activities are available to them both locally and across the city. The event is aimed at people aged 50+ but everyone is welcome. View the POSTER for all the info.
Survey launched to gather information about the benefits of Edinburgh’s greenspaces.
Forest Research have launched a short interactive mapping survey to collect information on where people go to see and enjoy nature in Edinburgh. Read the attached PDF, it has links to completing the survey, it runs until October 31st.
Edinburgh Council Leaders Report.
Read September’s report from Cllr Andrew Burns. CLICK to read 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 give your views.
Save our Field – Rejected Application Appealed – Reporters Decision.
“The Reporter, Mrs Lorna McCallum, has issued a Notice of Intention to the effect that she is minded to allow the appeal and grant planning permission, subject to the conditions listed, following the signing and registering or recording of a planning obligation under Section 75 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, or some suitable alternative arrangement, covering a financial contribution towards the upgrading of play facilities at an alternative local site and arrangements for the maintenance of the remaining open space and the pavilion.
The Reporter is therefore deferring determination of the appeal for a period of 12 weeks (until mid-July) to enable planning obligation to be completed and registered or recorded. If this has not been done by the end of the 12 week period she will consider whether planning permission should be refused or granted without a planning obligation.
It is disappointing that the concerns raised in the CPA’s submission to the Appeal, particularly the continued designation of the playing field as Open Space, received so little weight in the decision; but our concern now is to ensure that the remaining 42% of the site remains publically accessible open space.” Here’s a LINK to the full Notice of Intention.
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
An update has appeared in Local News from Councillor Cameron Rose that was delivered to houses in the area. ” Many residents will be interested to know what is happening with the former Royal Blind School Building at Craigmillar Park. Royal Blind are currently in negotiation with a preferred bidder to complete the sale of the premises. Cameron understands that it is likely to be converted into residential dwellings subject to planning permission. ” Updates on his Blog.
Kings Building Redevelopment
The following letter has been received from Dr Anne Payne, Director of Professional Services, School of Biological Sciences, the University of Edinburgh, forwarded by the Secretary of the Grange and Prestonfield Community Council, informing us about the re-development of the Darwin Building.
Dear Neighbour, you may already be aware that the University of Edinburgh is undertaking a substantial refurbishment project for the Darwin Building and adjacent parts of the King’s Buildings campus. This project, called ‘Building a New Biology’, will support education, research and development in the life sciences. The development will provide improved study and research facilities, including a new café which we plan to open to local residents and visitors as well as staff and students. This a significant and important investment for the University and, as head of the School of Biological Sciences, it is a project close to my heart. I enclose a leaflet providing some information about the aims of the project and I am writing to you now to explain the planned progress of the project over the coming months, MORE
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 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. November ’15 – January ’16 – February 16 – March 16 – May 2016 – June 2016 – next meeting 21 September.
PROPOSED EDINBURGH LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (LDP2) – LATEST NEWS
This is the latest from the Appeals Directorate website about progress on drafting the report on the formal examination of LDP2:-.
“Case Update 01 February 2016 – In our last update the reporters identified some potential for over-run beyond the end of February target date. Whilst good progress has been made over the last month there are still remaining matters to be addressed prior to the final process of checking and editing. Following further assessment of the remaining work an estimated over-run of approximately one month is now anticipated. This will be confirmed at the end of this month and further updates will be provided if circumstances should change in the meantime.”
Here is a LINK to Edinburgh’s Consultation hub where you can post comments on developments in Central/South Edinburgh.
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. Next date Monday 19 September at 10 am. Go to their Website for contact information.
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.