2009 was another extremely busy year for Merchiston Community Council. Looking back over presentations and discussions at our public meetings, I am reminded of the huge range of topics covered: improving access to the Union Canal, potholes, pavement and road repairs, the state of some walls on the canal towpath, pavement parking, overhanging trees, regulations covering Harrison Park, communal bins, traffic calming measures, irresponsible cyclists, crime prevention, graffiti, community safety, overflowing drains. The list goes on…..
Numerous planning issues were raised, the largest and most controversial of which is a proposed new development of 100 flats on Slateford Road, immediately adjacent to the Flower Colonies. This one, very unpopular with local residents, has yet to be decided by the City Council. MCC is supporting the objectors.
Applications for liquor licences are also regularly discussed, especially when they extend into the wee small hours and local residents are disturbed. MCC has been successful in having some such licences restricted to hours more appropriate for a residential area.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) also give rise to strong views. A current application for an HMO Licence relates to the proposed conversion of a former nursinghome into a budget hotel. Local residents are extremely nervous about this possibility and MCC is supporting them.
Another ongoing issue about which local residents feel strongly is the extent to which The Meadows should be used for large scale commercial events of several weeks’
duration. Residents’ concerns about this relate to damage to the turf and disturbance to people living round about.
We are often invited by the City Council and the Scottish Government to respond to public consultations. Recent topics have included Living and Dying Well, and A Plan for Edinburgh’s Public Parks. But it isn’t all about campaigning and objecting and complaining!
In December we again organised the switch-on of the Christmas lights at Holy Corner. Our Guest Celebrity was Scott Hastings and local choir Songworks entertained the crowd with Christmas songs. Local traders provided seasonal refreshments and over £100 was raised for Dementia Care.
Very little of our work would be possible without the co-operation of local ward councillors, some city offi cials, the police and other agencies. Our statutory responsibility is to ascertain and refl ect the views of residents living in our area. In order to do this, we need local residents to contact us about issues that concernthem. We have already been tipped off about messy front gardens in tenemental areas and about nuisance seagulls – and will be looking into these shortly.
Have a look at our website www.merchistoncc.org.uk or email us at email@example.com or phone 447 8846.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Tel. 447 8846.