Minutes from the Muirhouse & Salvesen Community Council meeting,
Tuesday 20th May 2014, Muirhouse Millennium Community Centre
1. Apologies: Cllr Redpath, Cllr Day, Cllr Jackson, Cllr Cardownie & B Stevenson
2. Members Present: R. Douglas, Chair, J. Davidson, Vice-chair, A. Blezard, Secretary W. Adams, M. Templeton, PC M Hogg
3. Minutes from previous meeting (April 2014) P – MT S- WA
Matters arising: 5a) Money spent on environmental projects that have failed to be maintained and managed. Local projects left to become overgrown, unkept.
-actioned – RD has sent a report to NP
4. Treasury report: RD, end of year £788.19, payments to be made will bring the account to £714.69. The accounts have to be scrutinised by an Independent Examiner for the forthcoming AGM in September.
a- D Knoxx re memorial stone, RD has referred him to M. Penman at the Edinburgh North Office. He will liaise and organise.
b- Ref correspondence from R. Pearson. JD chaired this section of the meeting due to a conflict of interest with RD. It is noted that JD is also V-Chair of TRIM. A work group was formed to take this issue forward, JD then stood down. The Work Group (WA MT AB) will take the issue forward on advice from the City Council and will write to the Secretary of TRIM requesting that the letter be read at their next meeting.
c- CATS – making schools more accessible to local communities
d-Training on the planning system- Sat 7th June 10am – 2pm, Planning concordat, understanding planning.
e- Primary care contractor – Recognising M&SCC stance to proposed pharmacy within Muirhouse Gardens Shops, No 55.
f- Thomas Brown, Editor of NECN, tweeted that M&SCC supported NECN. CClr’s discussed to clarify M&SCC previously recorded that they gave their support to North Edinburgh News (the NEN) and not any other any production that may be in conflict with NEN.
AB informed the meeting that when the digital newspaper NECN arrives in the e/mail inbox of the M&SCC e-mail address, and the writer requests to share’ with our ‘network’ and contacts.
After discussion it was agreed; we know the CC like other local organisations hasn’t been asked to subscribe to the NECN. Therefore the CC requests its editor to remove our contact details from their listings.
6. Police report: PC Hogg in attendance, explained that a youth had been arrested for theft of motorbikes but wasn’t given a jail term. RD the motorbike issue is distressing the community. We support all police operatives in dealing with the motorbike thefts and speeding. WA called the police after nearly being knocked over by a speeding biker in the Linear Park. The response by Police was quick and efficient at that time.
PC Hogg went on to say; All crimes are being monitored. There has been an increase in housebreak-ins in the local area so residents are asked to be vigilant.
Concern over new tenants in Martello Court; elderly tenants have voiced their concerns over some of the new tenants and their anti social behaviour habits.
Discussion on Community Officers why do we not see them?PC Hogg explained that the Chief Constable didn’t recognise Community Officers per se, as they were known previously. WA suggested that a ‘Community Police’ day should be organised where the community & Police Scotland can get together, a kind of ‘family day. Big messages like the theft of motorbikes & housebreaking can be discussed by both. RD mentioned that West Pilton is having a neighbourhood day where the Police Scotland will have an info stand and encouraged members to attend. MT asked that with the travelling people down @ gypsy Brae was there an increase in the crime rate? PC Hogg said the there was only an increase in fly tipping and a few bogus workers going door to door asking if they need painting or gardening and asked that people be vigilant when opening the door to strangers.
The priority policing is motorbike theft, racing and ‘boy racers’. JD asked whether the CCTV suite in Northfield Court was still there and if so still functioning? PC Hogg advised there is one in Birnies Court where Police viewing can take place.
RD asked about the anti-social behaviour in and around Muirhouse Library. PC Hogg said it’s usually one person causing the trouble and when he turns up the staff call the Police and they move him on.- PC Hogg was thanked for his report and then left the meeting.
7. City Cllr Report: No CCllrs were present but a report had been received by e-mail from Cllr C Day.
-“HOUSING DEVELOPMENT – 34 new homes at West Pilton Crescent are nearing completion, letting from August 2014. Urban Union are expected to be on the site in June to commence ground exploration prior to the build of 700+ homes. Visits by members of local organisations and officers with elected members to Lauriston in Glasgow are to look at urban union’s developments took place recently and feedback will come to IMP meeting later this week. MHA continue their development at McGill Drive and successfully letting high quality affordable housing.
-YOUTH CRIME: Cllr Redpath and I continue to meet with the Chief of Police and council directors to target resources at the problems locally. A new midnight youth service has commenced. Local communities have requested how they can Okay their part, with an open event being planned for Thursday 29 May at 3-7 West Pilton neighbourhood centre. All welcome to discuss with the council, police and local projects on what’s being done and what more the community can do to support this.
-LIVING IN HARMONY: Each Wednesday this group are holding an informal chat ‘voices’ at Pilton Community Health Project. All welcome. Cllr Redpath can give more info if reqd
-DOG FOULING: We are aware of local concerns on this and hope to commence a local pilot project in June supported by the community council and local tenants groups. This will target the Muirhouse area and be supported by the local community shop and community centre providing free dog poop bags, information & advice. There will be an increased warden presence and a community visibility to support this.
-NEP: Local community response to how we allocate neighbourhood environmental projects funding in Forth. An event has been scheduled and will be promoted throughout Muirhouse & Salvesen.
8. Action Group Report – NP as per circulation report
IMP RD gave verbal report
a-JD/RD went on the Glasgow visit to look at the Urban Union development in the Gorbals area. The group only viewed one property development. JD said he wasn’t too impressed with size of rooms in the flats. RD added he was concerned by the quality of the build. These comments will be feedback to the IMP meeting.
b- Friends of Linear Park – Tuesday 9th June at 7pm, there is a public meeting in MMCC hall. JD will lead the meeting. He is asking for assistants, perhaps a young team to do a leaflet drop.
c- WA asked if M&SCC would sponsor one of the raised flower beds at the side of the Millennium Community Centre which was agreed. WA was asked to go and price some plants suitable for the flower bed.
d- M&SCC received a tweet regards to the Mobile phone masts, etc on the roof of Martello Court. RP from TRIM replied to the tweet asking what prompted the tweet re items on the roof. RD responded to RP on behalf of the CC.
Meeting closed 21:15
Date of next meeting tbc