Local Wester Hailes MSP Gordon Macdonald has welcomed the Council’s decision today to agree to the revised upgrade scheme for the railway underpass linking the new Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre and the Westside Plaza Shopping Centre.
Following the council decision at the Finance and Resources Committee today Gordon said:- “This decision will hopefully result in a more integrated solution between the healthy living centre and the shops at Westside Plaza. Any redesign should take into consideration the safety fears of the local community and as a result should increase footfall in the shopping centre. A win win situation for everyone concerned.”
As part of the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre development, being constructed by the South East Scotland Hubco on behalf of their clients NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council, there is a need to upgrade the access from the Westside Plaza car park. At present the existing railway underpass fails in its compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 amended by the DDA 2005. The existing upgrade scheme had caused safety concerns within the community.
Gordon continued: -“The Wester Hailes Community Council was keen to secure a solution which provided a safe and attractive approach from the Westside Plaza car park. There is a history of problems with pedestrian underpasses in the nearby Calder Road which includes a series of 26 assaults and robberies over a 16 month period. In order to avoid the replication of the issues on the Calder Road the community would like to see an entrance to the railway underpass which is welcoming and inviting rather than the existing proposal which suggest a narrow and steep entrance.”
The community believe that if an attractive passageway can be constructed between the shopping centre and the Healthy Living Centre, then this could be of benefit to the Westside Plaza Centre owners and tenants. The Healthy Living Centre will be a facility for the south west of Edinburgh and many of the people using it might currently shop in other areas. There is therefore an opportunity to attract new custom for the existing tenants.
“Our girl mini Jack Russell has gone missing in the Newhaven area of Edinburgh today. She ran away from our dog walker when she got a fright and we can’t find her. She went missing around 12pm on Tuesday 31st July from open land near the new flats at Newhaven near the harbour and was last seen in the car park areas running away. She broke from her collar so she has no details on her. She is very small, has tan and white colour patches with distinctive marks on her as per the photos. We have searched the area since then and we have not seen her which makes me think that someone may have her and not handing her in. I have reported her to all vets, the police and the dog home and they haven’t heard of any reports of accidents/any dog being handed in. She is very friendly and loves attention and is very out of character to run away. We usually walk her in St Mark’s park, Victoria Park, along the water of Leith and Pilrig Parks but on this occasion she was in Newhaven with the dog walker. A possible reward will be given if anyone finds her or hands her in.”
Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following a high-value break-in and theft from a house in Edinburgh.
The incident happened sometime between 2.30pmpm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 24th July at an address in Craighall Bank.
When the homeowner returned to the property, he found that several items including over 100 pieces of jewellery, a decorative Argentinian knife, a mobile phone and other collectables had been stolen from within.
The total value of the stolen objects is currently estimated at around £8,000. However, this is likely to increase as the victim continues his inventory.
Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.
A police spokesman said:- “The victim has been left devastated by the theft of his property and we have been working alongside him for the last week to establish exactly what has been taken and the values of these goods.
“During that time we have conducted local enquiries to determine whether any residents in Craighall Bank saw anything suspicious last Tuesday afternoon.
“We would now urge anyone else who was in the area between 2.30pm and 4.30pm to come forward if they witnessed this break in or if they have any other information that can help with our investigation.
“Many of these items are very distinctive and anyone who comes across them is asked to contact police immediately.”
Join us at 1pm till 2.30pm today when we will be hosting a live web chat with Chief Inspector Richard Thomas from Pentlands area. You can see a map of the Neighbourhood Partnership areas in Edinburgh below.
Live web chat with Lothian and Borders Police today – Fatal Road collision on Ocean Drive – Finance Committee meeting today – National Museums Scotland have a new chair – The House @42
Please join us at 1pm today when Chief Inspector Richard Thomas is in the hot seat answering questions about policing in his area of the city, Pentlands. You can send us your questions in advance or just join us later today! You can also join us on Twitter by using the hashtag #askLBP
Lothian and Borders Police have confirmed the identity of the man who died after being struck by a vehicle in Edinburgh early on Sunday morning 29 July 2012 as thirty-five year old Craig Williams, who was from the Clermiston area of the city. It is understood he worked at the Marriott hotel there.
Mr Williams was found seriously injured in the bus lane of Ocean Drive just after 2am. Emergency services were quickly on scene and Mr Williams was transferred to hospital but sadly succumbed to his injuries later that morning.
Inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing however it is thought that Mr Williams had earlier been socialising in the Leith Walk/ Pilrig area before taking a bus to Ocean Terminal. It appears that he subsequently fell asleep in the bus lane and was then allegedly struck by a passing motorist.
The 25-year-old male driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra subsequently contacted police and was interviewed within a police station. He cooperated fully with investigators and was later released pending further inquiries. Ocean Drive was closed for a number of hours while the collision investigation was carried out but opened later in the day.
A preliminary report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 01313113131 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
The council’s finance committee meets this morning, although unfortunately we cannot attend as we are preparing for the liveblog mentioned above. There are many things on the agenda and we hope to speak to the Finance Convenor Alastair Rankin later today to find out what the important decisions were. But one of the items which will be discussed is the matter of the underpass at the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre which is being built now. One of the worst aspects is the underpass which the Community Council think could pose a danger for those attending the centre. Following discussions the finance committee is being asked for some money to provide a safer entrance. The report before the council recommends that alternatives are found.
The recommendation reads:-
6.1 It is recommended that the Committee:
- a) approves the suspension of works to the original underpass scheme and the development of feasibility designs for alternative options;
- b) approves the additional capital budget noting the additional £600k will need to be funded by prudential borrowing. This will require revenue funding of £51k per annum jointly by the occupying services. Committee notes that if agreement cannot be reached, or if the preferred option exceeds the budget estimate, a further report will be submitted to Committee;
- c) refer this report to council for the approval of prudential borrowing on the basis that the occupying services identify a revenue budget to meet the £51k annual ongoing costs; and that
- d) notes that the occupying services will also provide ongoing annual revenue funding of £10k to fund the lease of the 20 car parking spaces required to construct the underpass.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, yesterday announced the appointment of a new Chair of National Museums Scotland.
National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe, and cares for a collection of over four million items of national and international importance. Following the recent major redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland, NMS receives over 2.5 million visitors over its various sites and one million web visitors a year. National Museums Scotland is a large, complex and vibrant organisation with five museums, 430 staff, and an annual budget of over £21 million.
The new Chair is Bruce Minto, and replaces outgoing Chair Sir Angus Grossart.
Bruce is a corporate lawyer and co-founded the leading corporate law firm Dickson Minto WS in 1985 where he remains managing partner. Bruce led the successful campaign which, with support from the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund, exceeded its target to raise the funding for the £46m refurbishment of the National Museum of Scotland, widely recognised as an engineering and architectural triumph. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland since October 2010 and has also served as a member of its Charitable Trust Board. Bruce has a keen interest in cultural matters in Scotland, lives in Edinburgh and is married with five children.
This appointment will be for four years and will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2016.
This appointment is part-time and attracts no remuneration for a time commitment of four days per month.
Bruce Minto holds no other public appointments.
This appointment is regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Bruce Minto declared that he has undertaken no political activity in the last five years.
Just to remind you that there is live music at The House tomorrow night and Thursday. We know you are already spoiled for choice even though the Fringe and the Festival have yet to begin, but Douglas Robertson has written to us to tell us about something special (and local!):-
Local legend Nuala Kennedy will be showcasing her brilliant new album at the house tomorrow and Thursday. She’s joined by the Nuala Kennedy Band – Iain Macleod on mandolin, Donald Hay on drums and Mike Bryan on guitar – and I’ve heard a rumour that there’ll be a certain special guest vocalist, all the way from Virginia. Can you guess who it is yet?
The new album, Noble Stranger, is creating something of a buzz and you can be amongst the first to hear it performed this week. Don’t miss out! Nuala’s gigs start at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets cost £10 with every penny going direct to the band. To book PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com and don’t forget to say which day you’d like to come.
Incidents at Haymarket and Ocean Terminal - Live web chat with Lothian and Borders Police – Changes to rubbish collections – Fix my Street – Festivals
Scotrail are reporting some disruption to rail services this morning apparently as a result of a person being hit by a train.The lines are opened again but Network Rail are expecting delays until at least 10.00 a.m.
The BBC reports the details of what caused the roads around Ocean Terminal to be closed yesterday. A man in his thirties was run over, by a car which then failed to stop. He died in the early hours of Sunday morning at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Police are looking for a silver Astra hatchback in connection with the incident. But the Daily Record has a story which one of our Twitter followers claims to have reported to them. A 19 year-old, Ikram Choudhury, who found the man lying in the bus lane at Ocean Terminal is said to have tweeted a photo of the dying man and he did not use his mobile to alert the emergency services despite his own followers urging him to do so.
Tomorrow at 1pm we are running a live web chat with Chief Inspector Richard Thomas who is based at Wester Hailes police station, but whose Pentlands area covers a large portion of the south west of the city from Balerno to the West End. We invite you to join us then in our TER Live section, but also to send us some questions for him. What do you think the policing priorities in the area should be? Do you know about Operation Cypher which is about to get underway?
Changes are being made to the council’s domestic waste collections in a bid to encourage city residents to recycle more.
Managed weekly collections will be introduced to all houses in the Capital which use individual wheelie bins. From September, green domestic waste bins and brown garden waste bins will be picked up on the same day on alternate weeks. Food waste recycling, which was introduced to the same households this year, will continue to be picked up weekly.
While residents already recycle a third of the city’s waste this figure must rise to 50% by 2014 and 70% by 2025 in order to meet national targets. An average of about 0.5 tonnes of rubbish is sent to landfill each year per household, which is harmful to the enviornment and leads to huge pressure on energy and resources.
Food waste makes up around a third of rubbish in an average bin, so it is anticipated that residents who use the Council’s food recycling scheme will produce less domestic waste. This service will be introduced city-wide next year.
Similar services to this throughout the UK have shown that food and general waste can be hygienically stored in bins with closed lids. Research funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) supports this.
Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “Residents can be assured that with another two months untilmanaged weekly collections begin, every person who will be affected will be sent the details.
Staff will be knocking on as many doors as possible so that they can give these details face to face. Information will also be posted on the Council website and a public awareness campaign will start at the beginning of August.
“Refuse collections in Edinburgh are being altered in a bid to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and to encourage households to recycle more. With a large choice of recycling options available, including food waste recycling, we hope that this will reduce the need for affected households – about 50% of the city - to have waste collected for landfill each week.
“These changes will help to reduce the 148,000 tonnes of rubbish we dump at landfill each year, and to raise recycling rates from the current 33.5% to 50% by 2014.
“Anyone who would like more information about refuse collections and recycling are welcome to get in touch with the Council’s Waste Service department.”
If you see a pothole or something on our roads and pavements which needs fixed then you can tell the council by using the Fix My Street website, and now the App which has been developed to make it easier to do so. You can find details of how to report any problems on our streets here.
With all the Festivals approaching it can be a daunting and unrewarding prospect to trawl through websites and programmes to find shows to fit your timetable and budget. The Guardian has a list here which may cut out some of that grief for you. Also as well as all the other various sites you can cut to the chase with a site powered by content from The Scotsman which aims to give you access to all the festivals in one place. We know that it looks a little out of date at the moment but the links do work, and we can only imagine that it will get more populated with newer news as the weeks goes on.There is also the EdFringe App. Any more recommendations as to how to get to the heart of the Festival? We will be bringing you audio of the Festival and the Fringe on Edinburgh Reporter Radio which you can see and listen to the beginnings of here. We are off today to get our first sounds!
Man Feelings, Laughing Horse Free Festival
Venue 259, Jekyll & Hyde
‘Ari Porter’ Exposes Edinburgh-Born Comedians’ Conspiratorial Cunning Plan To Snook A Cock At The Suffocating Orthodoxies Of Male Gender Stereotyping.
Fed-up of teaching your grandma not to cry over spilt eggs after the gift-horse she’s just sucked in the mouth has bolted? Then why not try the frisson of ‘Free Fringe’, comedic entertainment promised by ‘Man Feelings’?
Crafted in Bournemouth University’s seething cauldron of cutting-edge comedy where, day and night, the laboratories of laughter patent new potions of giggles and guffaws, James Cottle & Kevin Kennedy, bring their mutations of mirth divertissement, ‘Man Feelings’ to an Edinburgh stage for its debut run. As with all ‘Free Fringe’ gigs, the clue is in the name. No tickets, no door fee. You like the show, you give them a bung. If you don’t, you give them a bung anyway. It is the inevitable antidote to visiting troupes being bled rotten by ever increasing venue fees where even a run of full houses rarely recoups the outlay.
Rather frighteningly, Cottle & Kennedy’s ‘60km per hour sketch-show’ claims it will remove the ‘safety-net of our inhibitions…dazzle and excite us’ with ‘ a fresh blend of unique characters/ridiculous scenarios and (provide) ‘startling candid expressions of male naivety.’ But, men always say that, don’t they?
Ever ready to poke an investigative stick in to the wasp’s-nest contentious agenda of gender politics, The Edinburgh Reporter caught up with the ‘cantankerous couple’ during a rehearsal break where tempers were becoming decidedly frayed. At issue was the director’s insistence that they would need to draw a professional line between exploring their feminine side on stage but not crossing it later when impressionable pretty media interns came backstage after the show. With Stanislavskian method tantrums put aside, The Edinburgh Reporter went on the attack will all buns glazing.
MF. Originally we tried introducing a self-help for men programme into our native Bournemouth, however “self-help” is an inherently selfish concept, and people soon realised they could cut out the middle-man and sort their own lives out without us. So instead we decided to just be a bit silly on stage for an hour every day.
ER. You’ve trialled at least one performance with a favourable response – is the show still evolving?
MF. The first performance also acted as a tester; we had great fun after the show talking with people, finding out what worked and what didn’t. We’ve applied feedback to the show while also making changes of our own. The show is a living thing that will never stop changing until we finally perform it in Edinburgh.
ER. Tell us why you chose the Free Fringe for your debut outing?
MF. Performing at the Fringe is a staggeringly exciting opportunity, particularly for a debut show. There was a bit of a “jump in headfirst at the deep end of the Pacific Ocean with nought but some rope and a whistle” mentality about it, but, from the festival’s reputation, we know it’s a risk worth taking.
ER. In five words tell the readers why there will ever remain a black-hole in their comedy psyches if they miss the show!
MF. Don’t deny your man feelings.
So there you are, You takes your choice but don’t have to pay the money. Though that would be a serious lack of feelings, Man!
Stockbridge Market – Vintage event – Jools Holland – Restaurant reviews
The popular Stockbridge Market takes place today on the open space at the corner of Saunders Street and Stockbridge. There is such a demand for the kind of products they sell that they are also open on Thursdays too.
Today you can amuse yourself by going along to the vintage event at Spoon on Nicolson Street. Called a Spoonful of Vintage, this is what they say about themselves:-”We have a selection of hand-picked stalls selling ceramics, collectables, homewares and furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s, vintage fashion and accessories. Plus fabulous vintage hair and make-up styling, courtesy of Boosh. And to make your shopping experience even more pleasurable, home-baking and high teas served all day! For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Jools Holland is in Edinburgh tonight. You might be a little late to get tickets….
Scotland on Sunday has a review of the latest restaurant to hit the Edinburgh culinary scene, Jamie’s Italian, accompanied by another Neil Hanna photo… We have some restaurant reviews in our Culture and Entertainment section, but our trusty reviewers are always looking for more food to sample. If you have a restaurant and would like us to review your fare then please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a couple of Edinburgh Reporter announcements which you might tell your friends about. The first is that we are running a live event on Tuesday 31 July at 1pm with Chief Inspector Richard Thomas who is in charge of the Pentlands area of the city. If that is your area of town then join us on Tuesday or send us a question or two now. Lothian and Borders Police are about to start a community engagement project called Operation Cypher. There is a very good blog covering stories from the Wester Hailes area which is just part of the large neighbourhood area, called From There to Here. Their latest story is a good news one, informing readers that there is probably going to be money made available by the Council’s Finance and Resources Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 31 July for improvements to the pedestrian access to the new HealthyLiving Centre. We were there a little while back and it was a bit of a mess……
Our second announcement is that during August we aim to bring you Edinburgh Reporter Radio, which will be audio based reviews of Festival and Fringe shows, as well as the sounds from Edinburgh’s streets during the Festival. You can also upload your Soundcloud sounds to this project by tagging them with EdinburghReporterRadio. If you need any more information then please get in touch with us. email@example.com
We are also hosting our first Festival event next Sunday 5 August 2012 at 12 noon at Hemma on Holyrood Road where we will be happy to meet you to talk about your shows, or the shows you have seen, and where our reviewers will record a live roundup of the Festival so far. Come along!
Hibs fought back from two goals down to earn a credible draw against Championship side Huddersfield Town at Easter Road today.
The Yorkshire club will play in the second tier of English football for the first time in eleven years after their dramatic play-off win over Sheffield United, and despite a summer of transfer speculation over their prolific goal-scorer Jordan Rhodes, the club have managed to retain the services of the Scotland international.
There was a familiar face on the visitor’s bench as former Hibs keeper Nick Colgan took his seat to a warm reception from Hibs fans in the lower west stand.
Pat Fenlon started with the team that many expect will be his first choice when the season starts for real next Sunday at Tannadice.
A disappointing crowd of just over 4,000 turned out to see the new look Hibs team which contained only five players from the team who started the cup final on 19 May. Welshman David Stephens partnered captain James McPake in the centre of the defence, leaving Paul Hanlon at left back and new signing Tim Clancy on the right. The manager’s new 4-2-3-1 formation saw Lewis Stevenson and Jorge Claros as holding midfield players behind Eoin Doyle, Ivan Sproule and David Wotherspoon leaving Leigh Griffiths on his own up front.
Youngsters Ross Caldwell, Sam Stanton and Danny Handling who all scored during the pre-season tour had to be content with a place on the bench alongside two trialists Alan Maybury and Mark Kerr.
Huddersfield started brightly and Rhodes had an effort well blocked by McPake before Ben Williams was called into action twice in the space of a minute to deny Lee Novak.
The visitors took a deserved lead after 15 minutes when a through ball found both Rhodes and Lee Novak in space. The Scotland international calmly slipped the ball to Novak who passed it into the net. Before the restart, the heavens opened and a torrential shower caused everyone in the lower east stand to move to the back.
Five minutes later, Huddersfield doubled their lead when Scannell latched onto an inch perfect through ball from Novak before side footing the ball past the helpless Williams.
At this stage, Huddersfield looked as if they could score at will, but Hibs hit back on the half hour mark against the run of play when Griffiths’ hit a spectacular volley past the keeper from a Wotherspoon cross.
This lifted the Hibs fans, and the Easter Road men ended the first half on top. Mark Kerr, playing as a trialist replaced Claros at half time, and Hibs continued where they left off.
On 60 minutes, Alan Maybury, also playing as a trialist, replaced Eoin Doyle and Paul Cairney replaced Paul Hanlon.
Within two minutes, Hibs got a well-deserved equaliser. Griffiths hit a first time 40 yard pass to Ivan Sproule on the right wing. The flying winger beat the full back twice before curling a 20 yard shot into the top corner to the delight of the Hibs support.
A few minutes later Sproule left the field with the cheers of the Hibs fans ringing in his ears as he was replaced by Handling.
With ten minutes left, Griffiths was replaced by Ross Caldwell and received a standing ovation from the fans. Earlier, Griffiths had confided that he was aware that some Hibs fans were against his return due to his attitude, but he certainly changed a few minds with his performance today.
Hibs continued to dominate and always looked the likelier team to score, but the game fizzled out without further goals.
After the game, a satisfied Pat Fenlon said: “It was a sloppy start from us today. We looked a bit leggy today from the start because of the travelling and the training yesterday, but once we got going it wasn’t too bad. We made a few changes in the second half but pre-season’s like that. We try to pick the positives out of it and work on the negatives and make sure we put them right before next week.”
Fenlon also praised Alan Maybury and Mark Kerr’s contribution and said that the club will have to make a decision as to whether to offer them contracts this week. He said: “I thought the two trialists did OK, they gave us a little bit of experience. There use of the ball was better; they kept it for us and kept the shape of the team. We know what both of them are like, we’ve had them on trial for a while but we don’t know what we are going to go at the minute. We have to make a decision for their sake rather than ours to be honest. They need to know where they stand. We’ll sit down with the powers that be over the next few days and see what we can do.”
Williams, Clancy, McPake, Stephens, Hanlon, Claros, Stevenson, Sproule, Wotherspoon, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs: Antell, Caldwell, O’Hanlon, Booth, Pa Kujabi, Cairney, Handling, Stanton, Smith and two trialists.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Clarke, Lynch, Dixon, Gobern, Clayton, Atkinson, Scannell, Rhodes, Novak. Subs Bennett, Colgan, Woods, Norwood, Ward, .Clarke, Wallace, Lee, Kay, Higginbotham, Robinson, Ridehalgh, Spencer.
Photographs by J.C.Mackintosh
Local boy turns fashion designer for Sick Kids Friends Foundation
AN ARTISTIC school boy has switched his paper for fabric to design commemorative t-shirts for the Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF). Seven-year-old Jack Henderson will become part of SKFF’s 20th anniversary celebrations after designing a t-shirt featuring a unique heart symbol and his signature. The t-shirts can be bought online www.edinburghsickkids.org or from the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children shop.
Jack has also designed a Christmas-themed t-shirt, which will go on sale from October. The young artist, from Prestonpans, in East Lothian, achieved worldwide fame last year when he launched a campaign to raise money for SKFF when his little brother Noah was treated at the hospital after falling ill.
The creative youngster offered to draw anything anyone requested of him in exchange for donations to the Foundation. Such was the demand for his pictures, Jack created his website (www.jackdrawsanything.com) with the help of his dad, Ed. Initially setting out to raise £100 for the Foundation, Jack ended up raising a staggering £32,000 and his creations were commissioned from as far afield as Australia.
Talented Jack said:- “Everyone seemed to enjoy my drawings and now I hope they will like my t-shirt designs. So many people have been very generous and helped me raise a lot of money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, but if you still want to donate, I would be really happy if you would buy a t-shirt!!.”
Maureen Harrison, Chief Executive of SKFF, said: -“Jack has already proved himself to be a very creative young boy with all of his excellent drawings and I’m delighted he is helping us raise even more funds for our 20th anniversary by designing some fantastic t-shirts. We want this year to be our best so far so please dig deep and invest in one of SKFF’s commemorative 20th anniversary t-shirts. All funds raised from the sales of the t-shirts will help fund innovative equipment, training and research, and also provide support for patients and their families.”
Jack’s t-shirts are available in two sizes, ages 3-4 and 5-6, and cost £5 each. His book ‘Jack Draws Anything’ is on sale in the UK, South Korea and Brazil.