Welcome to Craigmillar Park Association
The area of the South Edinburgh map 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.
CALA Homes will present their modified plans of the former Royal Blind School site at a public meeting at Craigmillar Park Church Hall, 2 Craigmillar Park from 7.00 to 9.00pm on Thursday 4th April 2019.
CALA Homes submitted in December 2018 an application to Edinburgh Council to demolish all buildings on the site other than the original nineteenth century “French” style building and the gatehouse to the site.
The application to remove the unsightly buildings is to be welcomed. Concurrently, an application for planning consent to renovate the original building and renovate and extend the gatehouse, both for residential use, has been submitted .
Craigmillar Park Association has lodged objection to the use of u-PVC replacement windows in such renovation.
Also, the application included plans to erect dwellings on the site. Objections were raised by residents of Mentone Terrace among others concerning the height of buildings proposed for the northern part of the site and also the extensive use of bare brick on buildings facing Mentone Terrace. In the light of the large number of objections (including also by Grange/ Prestonfield Community Council and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland as well as CPA), CALA Homes intends resubmitting its planning application.
NEW TREE FOR THE NATURE STRIPS
On Saturday 27th October 2018, the first new tree for decades was planted in the nature strip between Wilton and Lygon Road. It’s an evergreen cotoneaster watereri which will have spring flowers and crowds of red berries much loved by birds, especially migratory redwings who arrive in our area every January. Volunteers Simon Gage, Louise Baker and Graham Miller had to use mattocks to break through the hard, root-bound soil to prepare the ground and are to be congratulated for their supreme efforts. Since then four more trees have been planted- Rowan, two kinds of hawthorn ( one with white and the other crimson spring blossom) and a cherry (autumnalis Rosea).
Thank you to all the residents in the immediate vicinity of this nature strip who donated so generously to the purchase of these trees and the huge quantity of special soil which is essential for their well-being.
There is still a lot of work to be done to fill the area where the laurels used to be and volunteers are currently planting shrubs to provide privacy and security to the garden adjacent to this part of the strip. We have put in three pyracantha, Berberis, climbing rose, ceanothus, flowering currant and viburnum fragrens.
In the other strips, winter tidying has begun and in strips 1 and 3 work is beginning to reduce the laurel. Mike Shields has given a sack of bulbs for all the strips and these will be planted soon. If you’d like to help with this, please contact me ‘Wilma Elton’ or any of the other volunteers.
Royal Blind School Building
CALA Homes have announced that they are about to submit planning applications for the above site.
Here is a LINK to view the minutes of the monthly meetings of the GPCC.
The Community Council is a member of the Cockburn Association (For everyone who loves Edinburgh) Here is a link to their latest NEWSLETTER.
South East Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plan
Click Here to view 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 final Plan is at present with the Scottish Government for decision as to implementation.
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.
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:
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 – 2 traditional plaster-walled squash courts, with viewing gallery – 1 mini-tennis court
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 Website for details.