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Current Status of Planning Lists for Juniper Green & Baberton Mains Community at 22/06/22

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1.              GRANTED PLANNING APPLICATIONS (9)

 

22/02360/TCO - 7 Juniper Park Road - T1 Silver Birch - removal of whole tree. T2 Silver Birch - complete tree removal. T3 Beech - removal of one of 3 trunks

 

22/01811/TCO - 601 Lanark Road - Fraxinus Exclesior behind boundary fence - monolith to 2 metres

 

22/01386/FUL - 208 Baberton Mains Drive - Double storey extension to existing dwelling house to create new garage, utility room + toilet on ground floor with small porch to the front + additional bedroom on first floor. New roof line to follow existing ridge height. All external finishes to roof + walls to match existing property

 

22/00825/FUL - 25 Baberton Mains Hill - Proposed rear extension

 

22/00343/FUL - 500 Lanark Road -Single-storey extension to side, demolish existing garage and external store

                

22/00344/LBC - 500 Lanark Road – Listed Building Consent as per application 22/00343/FUL

 

22/01069/FUL - 1 Woodhall Terrace - replace 3 wooden sash and case windows at the rear of the property with uPVC replacements

 

21/01983/FUL - 543A Lanark Road - construct 4 houses by Juniper Projects

 

22/02209/CLP - 16 Viewfield Road - Proposed single storey rear extension


  

2.              PLANNING APPLICATIONS MADE (2)

 

22/02806/FUL - 26 Juniper Park Road - Rear extension to existing dwelling to create enlarged kitchen / dining area, with rooftop terrace accessed from new French doors to existing bedroom – comments by 08/07/22

 

22/02298/FUL - 15 Baberton Park - Small single storey extension to rear – awaiting decision


  

3.              TREE REMOVAL (0)

 

 

4.              REFUSED  APPLICATIONS (0)

 

 

5.              CERTIFICATE OF LAWFULNESS PROPOSED (0)

 

 

6.              STILL AWAITING DECISIONS (0)


  

7.         UNDER  APPEAL  (0)

 

 

OUTWITH JG&BMCC AREA THAT IS WORTH NOTING IN OUR AREA

 

21/04443/FUL - Currie High School - Construction of a new ultra-low energy community high school, swimming pool and sports facilities plus associated landscaping and parking; demolition of existing school building – application validated 01/09/21

 

21/03334/PAN – Appeal APP 230 2351 - Land north of Newmills Road, Balerno & Currie area

Mixed use development including houses (Class 9), flats (Sui Generis) care home (Class 8), retail (Class 1), commercial (Classes 2, 3 and sui generis), business (Class 4), education and community facilities (Class 10), mobility hub, open space and landscaping, access and all associated infrastructure - Pre-application Consultation approved 25/06/21 APPEAL REJECTED

Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council Annual General Meeting and Ordinary Meeting, Wednesday 22 June 2022, 7.30pm. In-Person (and possibly Online via Zoom)

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council (JGBMCC) is holding its Annual General Meeting, followed by an Ordinary Meeting, on Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 7.30pm.  The meeting will be held physically in-person in Juniper Green Village Hall and, we hope, online via Zoom.


These meetings are open to the public.  Should you wish to attend, either physically or online, please email chair@junipergreencc.org.uk and secretary@junipergreencc.org.uk to receive joining instructions and agendas

JGBMCC Newsletter June 2022

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council June 2022 Newsletter

1.            Pentland Ukrainian Support Group

2.            Pentlands Community Space

3.            Water of Leith Walkway Upgrading Works

4.            Juniper Green Tennis Club

5.            Young Person's Free Bus Travel Scheme

6.            RBS Mobile Bank; Pop-up Post Office; Iceland

7.            Currie Beer and Curry Festival

 

 

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1.            Pentland Ukrainian Support Group

 

The Pentland Ukrainian Support Group has been set up to support Ukrainians who have been displaced and are now living in our area.  It currently supports 20 people, with three more families arriving shortly, and possibly others in future. 

 

The aim is to help our guests and their hosts in obtaining benefits, bus passes, English lessons, interpretation, and other practical matters.  Also to provide vouchers to give them some dignity in buying items of their choice such as clothes, birthday presents, etc.  The Group is also asking guests for their input into what they need to help them in this traumatic time.

 

The Group is requesting our community to donate to a fund managed by Currie Balerno Rotary Club on its behalf.  If you wish to make a bank transfer or set up a standing order, please email cbrotary.ukrainian.appeal@gmail.com for details, or else you can donate at the donation boxes: posters and leaflets are being delivered to local businesses, with collection cans soon to follow.  Alternatively you can send a cheque to Doug Marr, Treasurer, Currie Balerno Rotary, 2 The Green, Balerno, EH14 7LD. 

 

The Group is looking for regular and one-off volunteers to help with social events, English classes and fundraising. If you'd like to get involved please email pusg2022@gmail.com or message the Group via its Facebook page.

 

You can follow the Group at https://www.facebook.com/Pentlands-Ukrainian-Support-Group-107457941898024 and read more on page 22 of the June 2022 issue of C&B News http://candbnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/CB-News-477-Jun-22-Web.pdf.  Sincere thanks to CB Rotary Club for all its support.

 

 

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2.            Pentlands Community Space

 

NEARLY THERE!

 

We are delighted to announce that our new community building is now watertight and we are getting ready to get internal work planned.

We want to hear from our community to find out what you think would be useful activities to be held in it, and we will be welcoming not only views but offering an early look-around.  Please get in touch.

 

 

If you are thinking "what are we building it for?", it is to enable our community to support its most vulnerable and improve the mental and physical health of many.

 

We want to promote small group activities such as a gathering of exhausted new parents getting baby feeding support; Alzheimer’s sufferers with their carers playing dominos while listening to golden oldies; arts and crafts mindfulness sessions; bereavement support groups; toddlers’ play; yoga classes; chatting at a book group; board games evenings.  We want activities to promote fun and relaxation, to enable our community to support each other, and strengthen community connections.  But we want your ideas.

 

We want to link with existing spaces like JG Village Hall and the church halls so that the right space can be available to the community for different needs: with PCS being a more intimate, cosy room rather than a big hall.

 

We are at the stage where we want folk to get in touch with us either to give their suggested activities or to offer help.  Contact us by email info@pentlandsspace.org or via website pentlandsspace.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PentlandsCommunitySpace.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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3.            Water of Leith Walkway Upgrading Works

 

The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust is upgrading the walkway from the Union Canal to Balerno during June to August 2022.

 

The upgrade will use a recycled material called Ultitrec (not a sealed surface) that should require less maintenance and, along with drainage and other associated works, will result in a surface that will allow better access for all abilities.

 

The first section being upgraded is from the Union Canal to Colinton Tunnel, starting on 6th June for 2-3 weeks.  Unfortunately, due to the machinery being used and the need for the path surface to settle before use, this will mean a need to use alternative routes.  Maps of these will be posted online rand onsite.

 

The next phase of works will be from Colinton Tunnel to the by-pass from approx. 27th June for 2-3 weeks, and further phases of work will be timetabled.

 

It is unfortunate that this needs to be undertaken at this busy time of year.  However, for the path surface material to stabilise it needs to be laid in the warmer weather.

 

 

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4.            Juniper Green Tennis Club

 

A tennis road-trip in aid of MND Scotland is coming to Juniper Green Tennis Club on Thursday 30th June at 7:15pm. Stuart is raising funds for the charity MND Scotland by playing 40 tennis matches over 4 days at 40 different tennis clubs between East Lothian and  Orkney.

 

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an incurable, life-shortening disease which stops messages from the brain reaching the muscles - you can read the story behind the challenge on Stuart’s JustGiving page  

 

Juniper Green Tennis Club has provided a volunteer to play against Stuart and they’d be delighted to see anyone who wishes to come along.

 

Stuart would really welcome any donations to his campaign for this very worthy cause. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/Fast4Forty.  If you’d like to follow the build-up to his challenge and track his progress you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/Fast4Forty

 

Please note, in a show of community support the JG Tennis Club would like to offer displaced Ukrainian families in the area free membership of the club.  Please get in touch https://www.facebook.com/junipergreentennis

 

 

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5.            Young Person's Free Bus Travel Scheme

 

If you live in Scotland and are 5-21 years old you are eligible for a card giving you free bus travel. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don’t need a card.  If you’re aged between 16 and 21 and you already have an active NEC or Young Scot NEC issued prior to applications opening on 10 January 2022, you can download free bus travel onto your existing card using the Transport Scot Pass Collect app. This means you may not need to apply for a new card to access your free bus travel. 

 

The latest information for Edinburgh suggests only about 50% of 5 to 15 year olds have the Pass, but when the cost of living is a serious issue for many families and young people, free bus travel is a big help.

 

Hopefully applications are now easier with the launch of this website: https://freebus.scot/  and libraries can now deal with paper applications https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/public-transport/get-replace-nec/1

 

You can read more here https://www.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/young-persons-free-bus-travel-scheme/

 

 

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6.            RBS Mobile Bank; Pop-up Post Office; Iceland

 

Just a reminder that the RBS mobile bank continues to provide service at Iceland on Tuesdays from 11:45am to 12:45pm. While you’re there take advantage of Iceland offering 10% discount on Tuesdays on all products to those over 60, but take proof of age such as a bus pass or driving licence.

 

The pop-up post office also continues at the Scout Hut on Lanark Road on Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

 

 

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7.            Currie Beer and Curry Festival

 

Taking place from 6pm this Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 June, at Currie Community Centre, the last few tickets are available at £15 each https://cbdrt.com/events/beer-festival/2022/.   Volunteers are needed for Saturday night, and if you can help clear up on Sunday you are promised free tickets for next year’s festival.

Potential new JGBM business venture

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The Community Council has been approached by a family-run independent business interested in opening a retail outlet in the JGBM area.  It is looking for views on whether a pet store and groomer would be welcomed, and if there is anything that people feel is lacking in other pet shops.

  

The business has been trading online selling pet food, treats, accessories etc, for roughly a year and a half, leading to its next step in acquiring premises.

 

The pet shop would sell a variety of dog, cat, small animal, bird & fish products; from food & treats to accessories etc, and a selection of raw dog/cat food. Two rooms are mapped out for grooming.  There are also thoughts of a potential monthly farmers market,  linking in with other local/independent businesses.

 

If you have any views on such a business opening locally please email secretary@junipergreencc.org.uk

Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council April 2022 Newsletter

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1.     JGBMCC Focus Areas

2.     Dog-fouling

3.     Juniper Green Tennis Club

4.     Removal of Tree at Juniper Green Village Hall

5.     Pentlands Book Festival/ Balerno Music Festival

6.     Local Government Elections, 5 May 2022

   

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1.     JGBMCC Focus Areas

 

The Community Council previously identified a set of priority areas to work on so that we focussed our efforts on the needs of our community rather than simply reacting to external change.  WE’D STILL WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK.  

 

We have been reasonably successful in our endeavours and have seen, amongst other things, the creation of our new website, approval for (thankfully as yet unneeded) changes to reduce rat-running, and lobbying for the protection of Curriemuirend Park. 

 

As we move forward it’s important that we continue to reflect on our priorities and adapt them as our needs change.  To that end we would like your input regarding what you would like us to focus on.  Some of our ideas are below, but please feel free to come up with your own or highlight those that are closest to your heart: 

·          Improving the path across Muirwood Field linking Bloomiehall Park and Muirwood Road 

·          Improving greenspace facilities for older children 

·          Improving the provision of bins in our streets and parks 

·          Improving Lanark Road to better reflect the needs of our community 

·          Reducing flooding at the east end of Bloomiehall Park 

·          Improving facilities and greenspaces to reflect increased dog ownership 

 

Please send any feedback on these or suggestions for additions to chair@junipergreencc.org.uk and correspondence@junipergreencc.org.uk

   

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2.     Dog-fouling

 

Dog-fouling usually incites passionate discussion, where everyone is against it but somehow it still occurs – and is becoming more frequent.  Not only is it an offence but it can cause very unpleasant diseases.

 

We all wish to keep our streets clean and safe, and the Community Council encourages you to report any incidence of dog fouling, particularly if it is repeated.  You can report it at this link:

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/dogfouling

 

And if you see a full or overflowing littler bin on the street, please report it here:

https://webforms.edinburgh.gov.uk/site/portal/request/litter

        

You can read more on the subject at these links:  

https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/media/136796/dogfouling_leaflet2013_16-09.pdf

https://www.nhsborders.scot.nhs.uk/media/197779/dog-cat-infections-June-2014.pdf

 

 

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3.     Juniper Green Tennis Club

 

Everyone is invited along to the Juniper Green Tennis Club Open Day on Saturday 7th May from 13:00-17:00.  Whether you’re already a member of JGTC or considering joining, you will be most welcome.

 

JGTC is in the heart of Juniper Green Village.  It is a friendly, inclusive place, offering opportunities for play from complete beginner up.

 

Coach Kenny Petrie runs sessions for all age groups and abilities and he will be pleased to chat with you about his coaching plans for the coming season.  Kenny will also be running some fun activities for families (13:00-14:00) and for adults (14:00-15:00).  Bring your racquet (or borrow one from the Club) and come along to enjoy some fun activities with the family.

 

JGTC Committee members look forward to seeing you there and will be pleased to provide information about membership and Club activities.  You can contact them on junipergreentennis@gmail.com and keep in touch with their activities on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/junipergreentennis or website   https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/JuniperGreenTennisClub/

 

 

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4.     Removal of Tree at Juniper Green Village Hall

 

You may have noticed that the large tree outside JGVH has been removed.  We have been advised that the decision to remove the tree was taken by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), which owns the Village Hall building and surrounding land, on the basis that the tree was becoming dangerously large and was affecting the stability of the wall which was cracking under the pressure.

 

Recently the JGVH committee noticed that a chunky part of the wall had come loose.  The committee contacted CEC to look at the wall and have it repointed, which may have triggered a review the wall as a whole.

 

It is understood that the plan is to fully remove the tree, reset and stabilise the wall, and at a later date CEC has said it may replant a different tree. Otherwise the Village Hall committee is keen to plant something else there once the ground settles.

   

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5.     Pentlands Book Festival/ Balerno Music Festival

 

Very early days, but just to let you know that the PBF committee is working on PBF 2022.  Keep your eyes on C&B News and the website http://www.pentlandsbookfestival.org/ and FB page https://www.facebook.com/Pentlands-Book-Festival-903223373082029

 

Regarding Balerno Music Festival, without new committee members the Balerno Music Festival will not run in 2022.  If you can help, please get in touch at hello@balernomusicfestival.org.uk  by April 22nd to find out more.

 

 

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6.     Local Government Elections, 5 May 2022

 

Four Councillors are to be elected for our Pentland Hills ward during the election on Thursday 5 May.   If you are eligible and registered to vote you should have received, or will shortly receive, a Poll Card giving voting information including your polling station.

 

If you are not registered to vote but are eligible and wish to, your application must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, 17a South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9FL, by 12 midnight on Monday 18 April 2022. Applications can be made online via the government website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Any elector may apply for a postal or proxy vote at this election.

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Applications to amend or cancel existing proxy arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm Tuesday 19 April 2022.

Further information is available on the Edinburgh Council website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/elections-voting/local-government-elections-2022/2

 

JGBMCC Newsletter March 2022

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council March 2022 Newsletter

1.     JGBMCC Focus Areas

2.     Community for Food

3.     Local Government Elections, 5 May 2022

  

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1.     JGBMCC Focus Areas

 

The Community Council previously identified a set of priority areas to work on so that we focussed our efforts on the needs of our community rather than simply reacting to external change. 

 

We have been reasonably successful in our endeavours and have seen, amongst other things, the creation of our new website, approval for (thankfully as yet unneeded) changes to reduce rat-running, and lobbying for the protection of Curriemuirend Park. 

 

As we move forward it’s important that we continue to reflect on our priorities and adapt them as our needs change.  To that end we would like your input regarding what you would like us to focus on.  Some of our ideas are below, but please feel free to come up with your own or highlight those that are closest to your heart: 

·          Improving the path across Muirwood Field linking Bloomiehall Park and Muirwood Road 

·          Improving greenspace facilities for older children 

·          Improving the provision of bins in our streets and parks 

·          Improving Lanark Road to better reflect the needs of our community 

·          Reducing flooding at the east end of Bloomiehall Park 

·          Improving facilities and greenspaces to reflect increased dog ownership 

 

Please send any feedback on these or suggestions for additions to chair@junipergreencc.org.uk and correspondence@junipergreencc.org.uk

  

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2.     Community for Food

 

Community for Food (CFF) is a voluntary organisation supporting vulnerable families experiencing food poverty, holiday hunger, period and hygiene poverty.  Set up in March 2020 at the start of the Covid pandemic, the initial focus was emergency food parcels.  Now it is linked with local schools, focusing on families who really need help on a continuing basis. 

 

All families are referred to CFF through five local schools (Juniper Green Primary, Nether Currie Primary, Currie Primary, Currie High, Balerno High).  CFF currently supports 34 families (121 people) every week, and has supplied over 2,000 deliveries in the past year or so, providing fresh food and larder provisions, toiletries and household products.  

 

CFF is a community food service, not a food bank.  It offers families a hand up in a way that gives them dignity and choice.  Each week families request a list of goods, which CFF orders for collection or delivery.  Its tailored approach provides flexibility, and its delivery service ability means it can support families who cannot access food banks due to transport issues or ill health, and has been vital during the pandemic. 

 

CFF is dependent on in-kind support and is run entirely by volunteers.  It has partnerships with Morrisons and FareShare, which provide free and reduced-cost goods.  HeyGirls, a community interest company aimed at eradicating period poverty, provides sanitary items.  Juniper Green Village Hall provides space to pack, distribute goods and store non-perishable items, free of charge.  CFF has a small committee, a community of 29 volunteers, and 9 Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who help take delivery of produce, pack, and deliver goods to the families each week using their own vehicles. This wonderful community support means that all the money raised goes directly to supporting the families.  

 

Community for Food relies on the generosity of local volunteers and donors - without their support it could not provide its vital service. 

 

To find out what products it most needs and where you can drop off items, visit and “like”

https://www.facebook.com/communityforfood/

 

To make a financial donation, visit https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=RVLKZ5GBSJCHS

 

If you are interested in getting involved in CFF’s work, email Tiggy at communityforfood@gmail.com

 

 

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3.     Local Government Elections, 5 May 2022

 

Four Councillors are to be elected for our Pentland Hills ward during the election on Thursday 5 May.   If you are eligible and registered to vote you should have received, or will shortly receive, a Poll Card giving voting information including your polling station.

 

If you are not registered to vote but are eligible and wish to, your application must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, 17a South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9FL, by 12 midnight on Monday 18 April 2022. Applications can be made online via the government website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


Any elector may apply for a postal or proxy vote at this election.


Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.


Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.


Applications to amend or cancel existing proxy arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm Tuesday 19 April 2022.


Further information is available on the Edinburgh Council website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/elections-voting/local-government-elections-2022/2

 

We have heard as-yet-unconfirmed rumours of hustings but have no further information at present.  Keep an eye on our website https://jgbmcc.org/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/junipergreencouncil     for any updates.

Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council February 2022 Newsletter

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council February 2022 Newsletter


1.            Research on Care in Later Life

2.            20-Minute Neighbourhoods

3.            Church Reorganisation

4.            Carer Recovery Fund

5.            Fairtrade Fortnight, Monday 21st February to Sunday 6th March

 

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1.            Research on Care in Later Life

 

A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh is conducting a study about care in later life. It is interested in how individuals, families, communities, and health and social care services can manage care better in different community contexts. They want to learn from people living in different places and with different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds, to ensure that research covers the diversity of experiences of care in later life. They aim to work with individuals aged 50+ (with no upper age limit) with views on caring.

 

If you are interested in participating please email careincontext@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 651 8882

 

 

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2.            20-Minute Neighbourhoods

 

A representative of Edinburgh Council recently gave a presentation to JGBMCC and provided the below statement.  While it is still too early in the process to detail how this will affect our area, we hope the below helps understand the concept.  We will continue to work with the Council on local implementation.

 

“Cities across the world are adopting policies to promote localism as a means of tackling key strategic issues such as poverty, wellbeing, climate change and sustainability. In June 2021, The City of Edinburgh Council agreed a strategy for implementing ’20-Minute Neighbourhood’ principles across the city. 

 

The ‘20-Minute Neighbourhood’ approach is about living well locally, giving residents the ability to meet most of their daily needs from within their own community. This will mean something different to each person, but schools, parks, housing, shops, health services, cultural facilities, public transport links and workspaces are all important.

 

It means that the Council will work with public and voluntary sector partners to make sure that communities have convenient access to quality services. This might mean locating different services in the same place to create ‘community hubs’. For example, in Pennywell there is a project underway to deliver a new hub at the heart of the community - with a library, early years, arts space and other support services all in one place. The new Currie High School will have a range of facilities that will be available to the community.

 

Successful ’20-minute neighbourhoods’ are not just about what facilities and services are located there. It is also important for them to be greener, safer and attractive local places that people want to visit. A network of thriving and vibrant local centres can support local businesses.

 

People also need to be able to easily move round their local neighbourhood by walking, wheeling cycling or using public transport. A core principle of the Council’s 2030 Climate Strategy is the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods because of the effect it can have on reducing local car emissions.

 

The Council will develop its approach to implementing the ’20-Minute Neighbourhood Strategy’ throughout 2022. In a city like Edinburgh it won’t happen overnight. It will be an ongoing process of change, with comprehensive community and partner engagement key to its successful delivery. The Council has already met with JGBMCC, and will continue to liaise with communities along the Water of Leith to consider how the ’20 Minute Neighbourhood Strategy’ can be progressed in the area.”

 

 

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3.            Church Reorganisation

 

Jim Dewar, Minister of Juniper Green Parish Church, has given us the following update:

 

“The Churches of Edinburgh and West Lothian are going through a process of reorganisation of ministers. We are tasked with reducing the number of ministers in Edinburgh from 80 to 48.5 in the next 5 years. In the consultation document that was sent out before Christmas that was the only question being addressed. We recognise that this will mean changes, but we understand that this will not involve major alterations to the provision of church buildings in the city.

 

Locally, we recognise that our church buildings are huge community assets, providing worship space as well as space for many community groups to meet; we have made that argument over and over again to those who are conducting the audit of church buildings as part of this planning process. There is still more work to be done over the next few months, so watch this space.”

 

 

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4.            Carer Recovery Fund

 

VOCAL, Voice of Carers Across Lothian, has received £500,000 funding from the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council, to improve carers’ wellbeing. Carers can apply for support with fuel payments, food vouchers, or general costs associated with improving their financial situation.

 

The Carer Recovery Fund will help those in greatest need through the delivery of grants up to £500 per carer household. Carers can apply for support with fuel payments, food vouchers, or general costs associated with improving their financial situation. General grants cover wellbeing activities to reduce stress, access breaks from caring, purchase basic furniture (including white goods), support to seek employment and costs associated with caring such as training, transport or equipment.

 

Sebastian Fischer, Chief Executive at VOCAL said:

“Often as a result of the pandemic, some carers have had to reduce their hours at work, or even stop working altogether. With the recent cut to Universal Credit, increased inflation and rising fuel prices, carers are being sucked further to the edge of poverty with their financial and emotional resilience pushed to the limit.

If you’re supporting a family member, partner, relative or friend, of any age, who needs help to manage a long-term condition, disability, physical or mental health problem, or addiction, you are a carer and could be eligible to access a grant.

We would urge carers who are facing financial difficulties to get in touch with us and apply. We are also asking Edinburgh citizens to spread the word with friends and family members. We want to see as many carers as possible benefiting from this.”

 

To apply, visit the website: https://www.vocal.org.uk/carer-support/info-for-carers/practical-support/carer-recovery-fund/ 

 

 

 

 

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5.            Fairtrade Fortnight, Monday 21st February to Sunday 6th March

 

Edinburgh Fair Trade City Steering Group https://www.facebook.com/edinfairtrade has reminded us that Fairtrade Fortnight is coming up shortly.  Fairtrade Fortnight is an opportunity to stand with farmers in low-income countries affected by the climate crisis; a show of solidarity with communities on the frontline.  Together we can help farmers benefit from fairer prices and fairer trading practices, and obtain the resources they need to tackle the climate emergency.

 

The climate crisis is the biggest threat to the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers and agricultural workers in low-income countries.  Without a fairer income they are unable to invest in the mitigation and adaptation techniques needed to protect the environment and their businesses.   

 

Fairtrade communities play a key role in raising awareness of the link between trade and poverty.  Fairtrade fights the climate crisis: Fairtrade Standards encourage producers to protect the environment by improving soil, planting trees, conserving water and avoiding pesticides, while Fairtrade’s climate academies help farmers share best practices and learn the latest agricultural methods to adapt to conditions.  Engage with Fairtrade Fortnight to protect people and planet, and buy Fairtrade products to make trade fairer for those in lower-income countries. 

 

Global heating is already disastrous for the farmers and workers who grow our food – they need cash to adapt.  Poverty and environmental damage in food supply chains will not end until exploited farmers are paid fairly and can plan for the future.  Only then can they effectively fight the impacts of the climate crisis.  This matters to you as climate change threatens the survival and sustainability of supply chains behind some of the UK’s best-loved imports, such as coffee, cocoa and bananas.

 

Being a farmer shouldn’t be a route to poverty, and the Fairtrade Premium is vital to give farmers in low-income nations the tools to tackle the climate crisis.  For example, without it cocoa farmers only earn 3% of the price of a chocolate bar. 

 

Join us this Fairtrade Fortnight and act for climate justice.

Research on Care in Later Life

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A team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh is conducting a study about care in later life. It is interested in how individuals, families, communities, and health and social care services can manage care better in different community contexts. They want to learn from people living in different places and with different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds, to ensure that research covers the diversity of experiences of care in later life. They aim to work with individuals aged 50+ (with no upper age limit) with views on caring.


If you are interested in participating please email careincontext@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 651 8882


LOTHIAN BUSES SERVICE 45 RECOMMENCES 24 JANUARY 2022

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As of 24 January the service 45 returns to full service.  The timetable is available here  

LOTHIAN BUSES CITY CENTRE DIVERSIONS FROM 15 JANUARY 2022

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Due to the closure of York Place westbound and Leith Street northbound for Trams to Newhaven works, a number of services are subject to diversions across the city centre:

 

Service 44 is diverted in both directions via Princes Street, Waterloo Place, Regent Road, and Montrose Terrace.

 

Service 33 northbound is diverted via Nicolson Street, Chambers Street, George IV Bridge, The Mound, Hanover Street, George Street, Frederick Street to Princes Street.  Southbound it will follow the normal route via North Bridge and South Bridge.

 

Full details here

Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council November 2021 Newsletter

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council November 2021 Newsletter

1.     City Plan 2030

2.     Pentlands Book Festival: Last Few Tickets

3.     Active Travel Education Corridor: Research Continues

4.     PoppyScotland Appeal

 

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1.     City Plan 2030

 

Edinburgh Council has prepared a new proposed local development plan, ‘City Plan 2030’, setting out the strategy to shape development over the next 10 years and beyond.  The Plan is accompanied by:

·        Environmental Report

·        Proposed Action Programme

·        Habitats Regulations Appraisal

·        other technical and supporting background documents

 

The documents can be viewed at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030, where there are also details of online briefing sessions.  A paper copy is also available to view at libraries and the City Chambers. 

 

Representations can be made, and must be submitted in writing using the Council’s online consultation hub  www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplanhub by 5.00pm on Monday 20 December 2021. If you require any assistance in submitting a representation please contact cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk.

   

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2.     Pentlands Book Festival, 15-22 November: Last Few Tickets

 

On Tuesday 16th November at 3pm, Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of tales of murder and mystery, appears at the Corner Café to discuss his latest book, 'Case Study'.  Graeme’s first novel, ‘The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau’, earned him the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award in 2013, and his second novel ‘His Bloody Project’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. In 2017, he won Author of the Year in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards, and 'Wolverine Blues' was recently serialised on Radio 4.  One reviewer described his novels as an experiment with a genre that might be called 'false true crime'.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-afternoon-with-graeme-macrae-burnet-tickets-194982085667

 

Craig Weldon scales the heights on Thursday 18th November at 7:30pm in Porteous’s offices in Juniper Green.  Craig climbed all the Munros by the age of 23 and his book, ‘The Weekend Fix’, describes his love of hill walking and the do's and don'ts.  Like many people of his generation, Craig came of age on hills all around the British Isles: braving the high mountains of the Cuillin and the lower tops of Gloucestershire, wild Welsh farmers and even wilder midges in the Highlands.  Usually funny, sometimes dangerous, more often wet, one thing was for sure: life was never boring!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-weekend-fix-with-craig-weldon-tickets-194993870917

 

On Friday 19th November at 7:30pm, again at Porteous, Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers transform themselves into Metaphrog.  These award-winning illustrators will demonstrate how they rework traditional classics into graphic novels that provide access to literature and literacy.  Metaphrog are multiple Eisner Awards nominees, winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, Excelsior Award Junior 2018, and SICBA Outstanding Achievement 2018. Their latest graphic novels are  adaptations of ‘The Red Shoes and Other Tales’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, and ‘Bluebeard: A Feminist Fairy Tale’.    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-art-of-illustration-with-metaphrog-tickets-195000490717

 

All authors will have signed copies of their books for sale.  Tickets are also available at Currie Library.

 

 

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3.     Active Travel Education Corridor: Research Continues.

 

Five M Eng students at Heriot-Watt continue to research the issues of creating a walking/cycling route from Dean Park to WHEC taking in the primary and secondary schools in our area.  The students have spoken with our local politicians and other interested parties and are preparing their group dissertation on the engineering aspects.  Professor Guy Walker is directing the project and hopes to arrange a public meeting in the new year to communicate the students’ findings.  The route has a number of problem points that require some imaginative solutions, so it will be interesting to discover if imagination can be matched by reality.

 

The route in part is already in active use, and not just by schoolchildren.  However, there could be some exciting mini-projects for our schools that combine Safer Routes to School, the 20-minute neighbourhood scheme, and the effects of climate change, which all require elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) input.

 

A quiet route away from the busy, noisy and polluting A70 is something all our communities would welcome. so we wish the students success in their calculations.

   

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4.     PoppyScotland Appeal

 

The Community Council agreed this year to take over running this worthy cause, and poppies and cans were distributed to most of the businesses in Juniper Green - some taking part for the first time. The exercise runs up to and including 11 November and donations can be made in cash or via a QR code. 

 

Two types of poppies are now available: the conventional “green stem variety” which can be fixed with a pin, and a new type with a sticky back: very effective if the sticky surface is pressed hard against the clothing.

 

JG Primary School collection up to last Friday was an excellent £168.58, and a new can and supply of poppies had to be issued.

 

Currie Community Council, assisted by the ATC, has joined us and covered businesses in its area, including the Oriam sports centre.

 

 

Baberton Mains History

Links

Baberton Mains History Group Website:  Baberton Mains History Group website

Juniper Green 300 Website

Links

Juniper Green 300 Years: website and celebrations  

Library Hours Extended as of 25 October

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You no longer need to book your visit to browse and borrow books.  Edinburgh Libraries website


Currie and Colinton libraries both currently have the same opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 8pm

Tuesday: 10am - 2pm

Wednesday: 1pm – 8pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 2pm


Wester Hailes Library opening hours:

Monday: 1pm – 8pm

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday: 1pm – 8pm

Thursday: 10am – 5pm

Friday: 10am – 5pm

Saturday: 10am – 2pm

 

GRIT BINS: REPORT A DAMAGED OR EMPTY BIN OR REQUEST A NEW ONE

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As the weather is getting cold again, now is the time to take stock.  If you see a grit bin needing filled, or if one is missing, you can report it here https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/grit.../report-problem-grit-bin 

PROPOSED 5G MAST APPLICATION REJECTED.

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to give their views to the Council on this.  158 people did, of whom 155 objected to and 3 supported the application.  We are not against 5G masts but this was not the right place - we are happy to work with the contractor and CEC to identify an appropriate and effective location.

Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council October 2021 Newsletter

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Juniper Green and Baberton Mains Community Council October 2021 Newsletter


1.            Active Travel School Route Survey

2.            PoppyScotland Appeal

3.            Pentlands Book Festival: Plans Begin to Gel

4.            Balerno Music Festival

5.            Currie Beer & Curry Festival

6.            Edinburgh Libraries Extend Opening Hours

 

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1.            Active Travel School Route Survey

 

A group of students at Heriot-Watt University is working on a project to examine an ‘education corridor’ (see attached proposed route) – an active travel route between several local schools (Currie Community High School, Juniper Green Primary School, Dean Park Primary School, and Heriot-Watt University) to ease congestion on the A70 and to encourage more people to use active travel by providing a safe route. This route will also provide ease of access to the many facilities available at these locations.

 

Students of previous years have started work on this project, with feasibility studies being carried out on potential routes and feedback already obtained from the community via an engagement event.

 

They and we hope to get a good response to the survey and to build a good rapport with the public to work on this project together. The link to the short survey is below. Please complete by 18 October 2021.

Survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx...

 

 

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2.            PoppyScotland Appeal

 

We are operating this year’s Poppy collection for the first time in Currie and Juniper Green helped by supporters of the Pentland Community Space Project.

 

Poppy Scotland has a different area division from the CCs so we are not covering businesses in Baberton Mains. Poppies now have a sticky back and, following a trial last year, payment can be cashless at some locations. The collection period runs from 25 October to 11 November.

 

 

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3.            Pentlands Book Festival: Plans Begin to Gel

 

This year’s PBF programme has extended its range of venues to Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green.  To socially distance or not?  To mask or not?  Answers will affect audience numbers for better or worse when Book Week Scotland starts in mid-November.  Pentlands Book Festival will follow Scottish Government covid guidelines in place at the time.

 

PBF launches with the annual history walk led by Liz Beevers, a two-mile ramble starting at 1:30pm on Monday 15th November at Heriot-Watt University, introducing participants to the Gibson-Craig Baronets of Riccarton and two hundred years of the University’s history.

On Tuesday 16th November at 3pm, Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of tales of murder and mystery, will have people on the edges of their seats at Currie’s Corner Café; at the same venue the very next day, Wednesday 17th November, also at 3pm, Peter Sawkins, the Bake Off wizard, will whet appetites and weave his culinary spell.

 

You can also put in your diary our 3 evening events:

Craig Weldon, Munro bagger extraordinaire, scales the heights on Thursday 18th November at 7:30pm in Porteous’s offices in Juniper Green.

Then, on Friday 19th November at 7:30pm, Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers transform themselves magically into the fairy tale entity, Metaphrog, appearing at Porteous’s offices in Juniper Green with tales of their preparation of graphic novels for children.

Finally, global cyclist and adventurer, Mark Beaumont, takes the festival peloton on Monday 22nd November at 7:30pm to the finishing line in the appropriate venue of Currie Rugby Clubhouse, Balerno.

 

All authors will have signed copies of their books for sale, in Peter Sawkins’ case, his first book of baking recipes. Keep checking our website www.pentlandsbookfestival.org from mid-October for details of how to reach the various venues and when tickets will become available.  Look out too for our leaflets in shops and libraries.  Tickets will be available via Eventbrite and in person at Currie Library.

 

 

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4.            Balerno Music Festival

 

BMF is wrapping-up a small but perfectly-formed programme of events but a limited number of tickets are left for some.  You can view the line-up here, https://www.balernomusicfestival.org.uk/line-up/ with links embedded in each event to take you to Eventbrite for those that have tickets left. 

 

 

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5.            Currie Beer & Curry Festival

 

Takes place this Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th October.  A great event and money raised goes to local causes.   Tickets here https://www.cbdrt.com/

 

 

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6.            Edinburgh Libraries Extend Opening Hours

 

You can find the hours of opening here https://yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk/web/arena/library-reopening   You no longer need to book your visit to browse and borrow books. 

 


ACTIVE TRAVEL SCHOOL ROUTE

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A group of students at Heriot-Watt University is working on a project to examine an ‘education corridor’ (see attached proposed route) – an active travel route between several local schools (Currie Community High School, Juniper Green Primary School, Dean Park Primary School, and Heriot-Watt University) to ease congestion on the A70 and to encourage more people to use active travel by providing a safe route. This route will also provide ease of access to the many facilities available at these locations. Students of previous years have started work on this project, with feasibility studies being carried out on potential routes and feedback already obtained from the community via an engagement event. They and we hope to get a good response to the survey and to build a good rapport with the public to work on this project together. The link to the short survey is below. Please complete by 18 October 2021.

 

Survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx


45 bus service returning from 13 September

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the 45 Bus service is fully returning Monday to Friday from Monday 13 September.  Bus shelter panel timetable information is also returning.  More information is available on the Lothian Buses website Lothian Buses website

PROPOSED 5G MAST AT JG TENNIS COURTS

News

You may be aware of the proposed installation of an 18 metre high mast and 3 cabinets on the Baberton Avenue pavement outside of the tennis courts.  Some suggested wording below if you wish to object to it.

 

1.            Proximity to School and Playgroup

The proposed site is within 75m of playgroup and 150m of nursery playgroup.

 

2.            Basic errors of measurement in the application

States that Playgroup and School are approx 187m and 296m from proposed site, when they are within 75m and 150m respectively.

 

3.            Cluttering Safer Route to School

Cabinets and mast will take up a large amount of pavement, counter to Council policy of decluttering streets.  This is a key ‘safer’ route to the Nursery, Primary and High School and pavement space should be safeguarded.

 

4.            Inconsistency in logic

Alternative sites on the application were discounted due to the density of residential properties around the mast, but all have a similar density of housing as the site proposed

 

5.            Inappropriate development for a Conservation area

Juniper Green is a Conservation area reflecting the heritage of the area.  An 18 metre mast and associated cabinets is not in keeping.  Its design is not reflective of the surrounding architecture and it will tower over all properties in the village.

 

6.            Use of Huawei Equipment

The development would use a Huawei antenna.  The UK Government has passed legislation to ban the use of such Huawei kit.

 

Ron Burnett has kindly prepared illustrations that give an idea of what it would look like, and in the final picture, where it could be located to present less of an obstacle.

 

We are all for the roll-out of 5G but think an alternative location would be less of a safety hazard for young children going to and from school.

 

You can read more about the proposal by searching on 21/03525/FUL at the Council planning portal 

Edinburgh Council Planning Portal