North Edinburgh residents were delighted to learn that the doors of Pennywell Shopping Centre are being taken down.
It was confirmed on Friday afternoon by an email from the newly appointed senior project manager, John McDonald, who is in charge of the city’s 21st century regeneration project.
The email, which was sent to many local groups, advised that on Monday 22 October 2012 work will start to remove the doors and glass fronts on the shopping centre.Other local shops and residents expected to be told today a bit more about the intended work.
Since the shopping centre was roofed and the doors were put in place, many local residents and shopkeepers hadhighlighted concerns about anti-social behaviour over recent months. Many people who took shelter in the area were consuming alcohol, throwing rubbish and generally causing a nuisance. Residents found this behaviour intimidating and Lothian & Borders Police are often on patrol in the shopping centre to tackle these various issues.
I spoke to one shopper this morning and asked what they thought about the change and she told me that shethought it would be brilliant and might stop the drunks gathering within the centre. She also added that in her view they should have never have been put up in the first place.
Walking through the enclosed centre can be quite intimidating, but when the doors are removed it will hopefully feel a lot more open and more welcoming.
There has also been talk of the roof being removed but I believe this has been delayed due to structural issues.
Submitted by Robert Pearson
The Old Edinburgh Club Winter Programme of lectures starts on Wednesday 17 October 2012 when Neil MacGillivray will talk about ”Epidemic Disease in Edinburgh, 1840-1850” at 7.00pm, in the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
For further details :-
Colin M. Warwick, MBE
Old Edinburgh Club
Scottish Charity Reg. No. SC006177
Submitted by Colin M Warwick
by Robert Pearson
Over recent years bingo halls have closed all across Edinburgh. Many reasons for that spring to mind especially the introduction of the national smoking ban in certain premises.
North Edinburgh’s nearest bingo hall in West Granton closed many years ago. At its peak you would see many people queuing outside waiting to be first in to get their preferred seats, and after the closure, the area was left without any bingo facilities at all.
Well this all changed last month when Muirhouse resident, Jackie Brown, (Big Jackie) heard of a new and exciting opportunity. Inspiring Scotland’s programme Link Up was in the area to work with individuals and groups. Jackie and a few others met up with Link Up development worker, Julie Crawford, and plans were set in motion for a re-launch of bingo in North Edinburgh.
The Reporter asked Jackie why she thought the reintroduction of bingo is a good idea for Muirhouse and North Edinburgh
She said:-“Since the closure of the bingo hall in Granton years ago, it has been sadly missed by many. We would all go to the bingo and enjoy the game, along with a good chin wag with everyone. When I heard of Link Up I immediately thought we could benefit from this. Julie, the Link Up worker, has been fantastic and made this all possible, given lots of advice and support. I really hope that we can continue to sustain our new bingo and that it runs for many years to come.”
Development worker, Julie Crawford, said:-“This fantastic idea of Jackie’s has only been made possible thanks to Inspiring Scotland and their Link Up programme working very closely with Jackie and Muirhouse Millennium Community Centre. I was delighted to see the first bingo game take place last month. Jackie is very passionate about Muirhouse, and will do everything possible to make this venture sustainable.”
On the evening it was a nervous wait for the first bingo session to come round. Often events are arranged in Muirhouse and the take up is not particularly good. Well, there was no need to be nervous, as a fantastic turnout of 29 people came to the Community Centre to have their first game of bingo in years.
‘Eyes down and ready for your first number’ was called, the excitement was clear in the hall, these ladies were at home enjoying bingo in the heart of Muirhouse. “Bingo!” There was the first winner. Jackie had done it. People of Muirhouse and North Edinburgh really were playing bingo! Soon, it was the interval, and there was a positive vibe about the centre as the women laughed and chatted with one another.
Due to the fantastic success of the first bingo, Jackie is pleased to confirm that bingo is here to stay – well at least for the time being. She really hopes to welcome even more people this month.
Jackie and all the ladies who attended last month’s bingo would like to thank all the staff at Muirhouse Millennium Community Centre, as without their support the event would not have been possible.
Link Up Muirhouse is delivered by Muirhouse Youth Development Group in partnership with, and with funding from, Inspiring Scotland. Inspiring Scotland’s Link Up programme is supported by the CashBack for Communities programme. CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for people across Scotland.
Next Bingo night is: 24th October 2012
For more information: 07928 116 375