Update: September 2016
On 14th September 2016 the Scottish Government announced that they had accepted most of the recommendations of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland. All of the recommendations for the City of Edinburgh were accepted, so the original proposal to split Colinton down the line of the Water of Leith will definitely not be taking place. The existing ward boundary to the west of Lanark Road will continue to be the boundary. The only changes to the Colinton Fairmilehead electoral ward boundaries will be in the Firrhill and the Comiston Springs areas.
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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Update May 2016: The application for the house has been withdrawn.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