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Welcome to this bumper edition of my monthly eMagazine. Last month I devoted the eMag to the EU Referendum but we're back to normal this month with all the latest news from Edinburgh South, Westminster and a special Labour Party Conference section.
As usual it has been a busy summer in South Edinburgh with an important update on the Campaign to Save Inch Community Centre and news on Edinburgh Rugby's proposals to play home matches at Myreside.
As usual please feel free to contact me if you have any issues you wish to discuss.
Lastly, I have been delivering information leaflets on the implications of Brexit throughout the constituency. I am very interested to know how you voted and why. You should have received a leaflet but if you didn't you can let me know your reasons for voting at: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
A selection of my recent votes in Parliament:
Voted for Publication of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Consultation
Voted against UK Withdrawal from Membership of the European Union
These are just some of the issues I have voted on. For a complete breakdown visit the public whip website. You can also contact me at any time on the above details to share your views of a piece of legislation, or Government policy more generally.
Gilmerton to Shawfair path
Sustrans Scotland have been undertaking route feasibility work for the disused railway path which runs between Lasswade Road, alongside Gilmerton Station Road, under Gilmerton Road (Drum Street), over Old Dalkeith Road and links to the distributor road for the recently developed Shawfair Park. During this time they have met with Local Authority Officers & Planners and a number of key landowners.
Sustrans have made positive progress and are confident that they can further develop this link with potential for delivery in 2017, subject to funding.
Update: Planning Action Group for Sick Kids site
Following a packed public meeting attended by residents, politicians, planning experts, and NHS representative’s there has been some progress on the soon-to-be sold Sick Kids site. There are now discussions between NHS Lothian and the community about organising a community planning event, known as a ‘Charrette’. For more information you can read the blog by Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council.
The Community Council have done fantastic work on this project by ensuring that the site can be developed in the interests of the developer and the community.
Edinburgh Rugby- Public Exhibition
I attended a public exhibition hosted by Edinburgh Rugby about their plans to play 6 home matches at Myreside Stadium. The plans will involve renovation of the existing stand as well as the temporary erection of two other stands which will hold a capacity crowd of around 6,000.
I have been in touch with many residents on this issue: some are supportive, some are not. There are legitimate concerns about congestion and parking. However Edinburgh Rugby have done extensive work to mitigate these issues.
You can view the information from the public exhibition here.
You can view the application on the Council’s planning portal which should be available at the beginning of October. I would encourage local residents to study the application and make representations to the Council.
McDonald's at Cameron Toll- Late Licence application
The new McDonald's at Cameron Toll recently applied for a Late Hours Catering Licence. They applied for permission to be open from 11pm - 5am on top of the standard operating hours. This would have meant the restaurant would have been open for 22 hours per day. I was contacted by many residents concerned about the impact this would have in terms of noise and anti-social behaviour and I know the Police were equally concerned. Following our objections the Council agreed to the late licence but with significant conditions: the McDonald's will be allowed to open 11pm-12 midnight Sun-Thu and 11pm- 1am Fri-Sat.
Important information regarding stair lighting:
South West Voluntary Sector Forum
Please note the next South West Voluntary Sector Forum will be held 5 October at Gilmerton Library from 10.30am – 12.30pm This is an open forum open to any charity or community group working in these neighbourhood partnership areas, chaired by Peter Carruthers.
An agenda for the meeting will be send out 1 week prior to the meeting.
If you are able to attend and/or wish an item put on the agenda please letDianne Morrison know.
For further information about Voluntary Sector Forums please visit here
Edinburgh South Citizens Advice Stats
Click here to view the latest Grange and Prestonfield Community Council newsletter.
Aviva have just launched this year’s Aviva Community Fund and are looking for applications from community groups.
The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as supporting the elderly, health & wellbeing and community sport. Last year they had over 430 separate winners and this year is bigger with over 800 awards up for grabs.
Applications can be made until 11th October using the Aviva website.
Edinburgh South broadband stats
Childhood Cancer Awareness month
September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The organisation turned lots of public buildings gold to raise awareness. You can find out more on their Facebook page - GlowGoldSeptember. A brilliant cause run by local Edinburgh residents.
Ian Murray MP