The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland (LGBCS) has submitted to Scottish Ministers its Reports and Final Recommendations, for the number of councillors and the electoral ward boundaries in each of Scotland's 32 local authorities. Their press release can be seen at: Link to Press Release
We are very pleased that the LGBCS took note of the many representations from the Colinton area and beyond and left the whole of Colinton in the Colinton/Fairmilehead electoral ward. It is a huge step forward that the boundary to the west side of Colinton is no longer proposed by the Commissioners to be moved. All we await now is for the Scottish Ministers to give their approval to the LGBCS's proposals. The notice in the papers by the LGBCS says that "It should be noted that under the provisions of section 17(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the Scottish Ministers may not make an Order giving effect to the proposals contained in the Commission's reports, either as submitted to them or with modifications, until after the expiry of 6 weeks from 26 May 2016, that date being arranged for the formal submission of the reports."
Their recommended boundaries can be viewed on the following map: Map of proposed Ward 8 boundaries
On the LGBCS website, the public representations (with personal information redacted) can be seen. The vast majority (88%) of the almost 300 representations concerning Edinburgh wards are regarding the boundary in the Colinton area. Of these, 100% were against the original proposal to divide the Colinton area. These were from the Colinton Amenity Association, other organisations, and a great many individuals. We are very thankful for the strength of local opinion that was submitted to the LGBCS.
Links to the representations can be found on the following web page: Details and representations for the City of Edinburgh Council wards
To see the earlier article on this matter, click on "Read More" below.
Update — April 2016
It will now be for the Kilpatrick Property Group to agree the final design with the Co-op, secure all the necessary authorisations and tender the contract. Construction is unlikely to start until early Autumn, and handover to the Co-op for fit-out etc is likely to be some time in the first quarter of 2017. The Co-op are not likely to commence trading before the end of March 2017. In the meantime Kilpatricks have agreed to include representatives of CAA and the Community Council in their meeting with the Co-op next June. CAA will of course be carefully monitoring the progress of the development.
Reporter's Decision — January 2016
Frances M McChlery, the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government, has upheld the appeal by the Kilpatrick Property Group Ltd against the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to refuse planning permission for their proposed extension to their property at 6-8 Bridge Road, to house a Coop supermarket. The Scottish Government has stated that this decision is final. This effectively marks the end of a long campaign by CAA, the wider Colinton community, and its elected representatives against this development.
Update May 2016: The application for the house has been withdrawn. The application for the burial ground is awaiting further information from drainage and watercourse studies.
We do not wish to alarm unduly, but the police have reported a spate of targeted house break-ins across the city recently. It is believed that this is being co-ordinated by the same group of criminals. They seem to go for houses that are unlit, with a view to forcing entry, stealing car keys and any easily-snatched valuable items; they then steal the car to make their getaway