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Sunday 28th August 2016

ELGT’s (Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust) Dementia Woodlands Programme at the Hermitage – please see the A5 leaflet for more information.

Sunday 31st July 2016


20mph goes live.  The City of Edinburgh Council has produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the scheme.

FAQs 20mph

Monday 4th July 2016

Free Residential Road Closures from 1 July to 31 October for Playing Out Street Play – Apply Now

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Open Door Fashion Show


Friday 27th May 2016

Moringside Heritage Association Heritage Day and Christian Aid Spring Fair, Saturday 28th May 2016, Morningside Parish Church Halls, 10am-2pm

At Morningside Parish Church on 28 May from 10am till 2pm there is a double event taking place, namely the MHA Heritage Day and the Christian Aid Spring Fair.

As part of its Heritage Day, MHA is showing a history exhibition on the famous people and places of early Morningside, some material from the recent 55th Boys Brigade history exhibition and extracts of life in Morningside during WW1. You may like to come along and enjoy this if you are free.

In addition, the Christian Aid Spring Fair has a wide range of stalls selling flowers, books, home baking and much more. There is a raffle where, among other things, the prizes include a signed copy of Jim Naughtie’s new book, Paris Spring,  and some honey from his bee hives in his Cluny Gardens home. Refreshments are available during the day and there is soup at lunchtime. Admission is free.

There is also a wide range of entertainment taking place in the Church. If you enjoy music, you may wish to come along at 10.30 and listen to a 45 minute music concert  with Morley Whitehead, MPC’s organist, and four of his brilliant choral scholars. At 11.30 till 12.00, Mara from the Scottish Story Telling Centre will be telling a fascinating story to keep the children amused and finally, if you are interested in gardening, from 12.15 till 12.45, Judith Bell will be giving a 30 minute illustrated talk on “ Colour in your Garden throughout the year”.

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Roadworks on Comiston Road to replace gas piping will commence on Monday 23rd May 2016 and will last for between 12-20 weeks.  An information leaflet from SGN is reproduced here –





Sunday 1st May 2016

Community Councils and the public are being consulted on a change in licensing policy applying to amplified music on licensed premises.  At present licences generally have a condition requiring amplified music “to be inaudible in residential property”. The proposal is to change the requirement such that amplified music “shall not be an audible nuisance in neighbouring residential premises.   If the change is made, the existence of a nuisance will have to be judged by Licensing Standards Officers (“LSOs”) and it is suggested that they follow the statutory nuisance provisions of the Public Health (Scotland) Act 2008, which require evaluation of 8 “key issues”.  At present, the requirement of inaudibility would seem to be simpler, more objective and more easily enforceable.

The full proposal is Encouraging Live Music in Edinburgh.  It has been produced by the live music industry and venue operators with the support of the City Council’s the Culture and Sports Committee.  It was put to the Licensing Forum (an advisory body to the Licensing Board) in December but it was not agreed by the community representatives on the Forum.  A paper by Stephen Hajducki of New Town and Broughton CC opposing the proposals is S Hajducki presentation.  We encourage you to respond to the consultation at Consultation on amplified music in licensed premises by 22nd July 2016 and also to let us know your views (before 15 June 2016 please) to help inform our response.

Tuesday 19th April 2016

Lists of funding sources (compiled by the City of Edinburgh Council) for churches, sports groups and schools:

Fact Sheet Sport               Schools            Fact Sheet Churches

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Newly established Friends of Morningside Cemetery

Friday 8th April 2016

Historic Scotland’s  list of events (pdf format) being held in Holyrood Park during the months of April – June 2016

Monday 4th April 2016

Hustings Poster 2016

Monday 29th February 2016

Spring Fling 2016 Poster1

Tuesday 5th January 2016

Bruntsfield Morningside Flyer

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Encouraging Live Music in Edinburgh – Council Update


Poster 2015

Tuesday 9th June 2015 – a couple of upcoming events in Morningside


OD Summer Fair posters1

Crossing Countries Ceilidh flyer

Saturday 23rd May 2015 – is the Morningside Heritage Association’s Exhibition of People and Morningside from the Bill Smith Archive, Morningside Parish Church Halls, 10am-2pm.

Tuesday 5th May 2015 – please read Police Scotland’s Multi-Member Ward Plan 2015 for Meadows and Morningside. It outlines Police Scotland’s priorities for the area which have been formulated in response to public consultations.

Thursday 30th April 2015

Replacement of bus shelters in Morningside.

We’ve had the notification below about bus shelters.   It applies to two in Morningside, the northbound stops at Maxwell Street and Marks & Spencer. Both are due to be replaced in June.

Edinburgh advertising bus shelter replacements

The Council and its advertising partner, JCDecaux, will shortly begin a programme to replace and improve advertising bus shelters in the city centre and key locations around the city. The replacement programme starts on week beginning 3 May on Princes Street through to 31 October 2015.

You can get more information and see an interactive map of the bus shelters being replaced and the dates work will take place on the Council’s website .

The works follow a carefully planned programme which covers due diligence, planning permission and safety. All works are registered and with approved traffic management in place.

Impact on traffic, bus users and businesses will kept to a minimum at all times. Replacement works will stop for the Festival period and start again in September.

Where required, temporary stops will be put in place and clearly marked. Temporary signage will also be in place to say why shelters are being removed.

Replacing an advertising bus shelter takes approximately two weeks to complete, depending on electrics and foundations. Please note the foundations can take up to seven days to complete and no other activity can take place on the site until the concrete foundation is cured.

This replacement programme is part of a wider ten-year partnership to revitalise public advertising, install well-designed and maintained street furniture and billboards that are funded by advertising. The partnership will also be exploring innovative solutions to other schemes, such as way-finding signage, which will benefit residents, visitors and local business.

Tuesday 28th April 2015 – following on from the Meet the Funders event, South Central Neighbourhood Partnership colleagues have prepared a list of various free items available to community groups.

Thurs 16th April 2015 – City of Edinburgh Council Public Toilets Consultation – proposals to close several public toilets around the city are being put to the public for comments and suggestions.  Canaan Lane public toilets in Morningside are among those being considered for closure.

Please use the online survey or contact the Council (0131 529 3030 / ) if you have comments.

This consultation closes on Monday 25th May 2015.

Sat 11th April 2015 – Spring Fling at Eric Liddell Centre (11am – 4pm).  Here is a list of organisations that will be there with stalls.

Mon 9th March 2015 – 20mph Zones: information from the City of Edinburgh Council.

20mph Creating a better, safer Edinburgh FAQs

20mph Creating a better, safer Edinburgh – The facts 2

Mon 9th March 2015 – New recycling service: the City of Edinburgh Council has street-by-street information about when collections will be.

Mon 23rd February 2015 – Army Firing Practice: is anyone affected by the volume and/or frequency of army firing practice?

Please get in touch with MCC by email to  /

Thur 19th February 2015 – The Water of Leith Visitor Centre has also published its information and events leaflet for 2015.

 Water of Leith Visitor Centre Leaflet

Wed 18th February 2015 – The Natural Heritage Service and the Pentland Hills Regional Park have recently published information about their services.  These documents also list events to be held in the Pentlands and NHS’s Edinburgh parks during 2015.

Natural Heritage Service (The Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill are part of NHS)

Pentland Hills Regional Park

Sun 25th January 2015 – SAVE MIDMAR PADDOCK

Please read this leaflet from the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill.

Mon 19th January 2015 – OPERATION COMATUS

We’ve been notified by the police that they’re mounting “Operation Comatus” against a spate of overnight break-ins to garages and garden sheds in the Bruntsfield, Grange, Mayfield Road and Gilmerton Road areas, resulting in thefts of bikes and power tools. Although Morningside isn’t mentioned specifically, this sort of crime has also been prevalent here and so we hope that Operation Comatus will help us as well.  The police are distributing these 3 advice sheets on security and are urging residents to report anyone acting suspiciously at or near to private garages, lock-up and sheds.

House breaking – urgent security advice                   Garden crime             Garage advice

Sat 17th January 2015 – Urgent message from the Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill:

Can you help the Friends save Midmar Paddock, Midmar Drive, Edinburgh from development? We need someone to help set up a Twitter account on this issue, to design flyers and to get information out to supporters. The Paddock is protected in planning terms in lots of ways but a planning application for housing is imminent and this will inevitably be pursued all the way to appeal and so on. Please get in touch if you can help.

Wed 10th December 2014Paper regarding Primary School Capacity Pressure in South Edinburgh.  Tabled at Education, Children and Families Committee on Tuesday 9th December 2014

Poster 2014


Keep Scotland Beautiful Award for Friends of the Hermitage The Friends of the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill have been awarded a Level 5 (Outstanding) Award by the Keep Scotland Beautiful Charity this year in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign. Congratulations to them!  November 2014

Research on flooding in Morningside  Glen Dickson, a student at Heriot Watt University, is writing a dissertation on flooding in Morningside.  He has asked for help from residents by filling in a questionnaire aimed at assessing your perception of flood risk and knowledge of sustainable methods of flood prevention.  Return details are on the first page of the questionnaire and they will be treated in complete confidence.  However if you’re concerned about identification via your postcode, Glen is happy for you to leave off the last letter.       22nd October 2014

List of Events in Holyrood Park between October and December 2014.  Information contains details of road closures and also links to each event organiser.

The Cockburn Association’s Edinburgh Doors Open Days are on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.  Here is the brochure.


NHS Lothian is consulting on its 10 year strategic plan. To view a Powerpoint presentation on the strategic plan, please click here. The author of the presentation, Professor Alex McMahon, is keen to hear from anyone with a view on how healthcare should be delivered over the next 10 years in the Lothians.

Emails should be sent to by Friday 8th August 2014.



MCC Coffee Morning 21 June – Update

We held an informal coffee morning at the Open Door in Morningside with the main purpose of meeting local residents and to listen to their issues and concerns. In addition we wanted to raise the awareness of why the Community Council exists and what service we can provide to local residents.

Many subjects of a general nature were discussed with a few residents focussing on:

  1. poor condition of the pavements, particularly for wheelchair users
  2. the reduced timetable of the 41 Lothian Bus
  3. Craighouse redevelopment

The MCC would like to thank all residents who dropped in to see us and all the MCC members who helped make the event a success.



MCC is having a Coffee Morning next Saturday (21st June 2014).  Please come along.

Coffee Morning Poster


MCC representatives Steve Gregory and Graham Cameron met with City of Edinburgh Planning officials on Tuesday 3rd June 2014.  Notes of this Planning Briefing are here.


The Craighouse Partnership intends to submit revised proposals around Tuesday 27th May 2014.  There will be a public meeting for residents to see the new plans and put questions to the Craighouse Partnership on Friday 13th June between 7.30 and 9.30pm, St Peter’s Primary School.  Please attend if you can and pass on the date to as many people as possible.


Bin Collection Days – Calendars for kerb-side collections are now available only on-line.  For more information about how to obtain a calendar, please read here.


Craighouse – The Planning Department have set a public hearing date for the Craighouse Planning Application – 17th March 2014.  More details to follow.


Students in the Community Event – MCC member Jennifer Scarce attended this event on 29th January 2014.  Her report of the meeting is here.


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New Morningside News website
This is a very new site and it will be running things of interest to Morningsiders.  More is likely to be added soon, so check it out from time to time.

Local Free Newspapers

The following free newspapers cover part or all of the Morningside Community Council area and provide local news and advertising. All are monthly.

Edinburgh Southwest.  A locally produced independent advertising magazine which includes articles of interest and photos supplied by local people, charities, businesses and clubs. There are 5000 copies distributed monthly and 15000 different homes in the area receive a copy each quarter. All articles and photographs are available to local not for profit organisations free of charge. Please contact the editor Gillian on 447 7863 or email  Web version available

Morningside Messenger. An independent magazine connecting residents to local business Dlivered to homes in South Morningside.Contact the editor Helen on 466 1053 or e-mail Web version available at


Information on various Council and Government Consultations

Some of these are open for comment by members of the public.  Each link is self-explanatory.

Report on Government Short Life Working Group on Community Councils

Council consultation on The Scheme for Community Councils; Our submission.

Council consultation on Carers Supporting Carers.

Council consultation on Redesign of Property Maintenance and Conservation Service Property Maintenance Consultation

Scottish Government Consultation on Community Empowerment and renewal.  Our response HERE.