|Colinton & Merchiston Choir - 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall of Merchiston Castle School.|
|The Colinton & Merchiston Choir has been rehearsing each week since September for its forthcoming concert of Christmas music. Schubert’s setting of the Magnificat and the very atmospheric In Terra Pax by the English composer Gerald Finzi, and accompanied by a string quartet, will form part of the programme. There will also be a number of Christmas carols, both for the choir and for everyone to join in singing.|
|All members of the local community are invited to attend the concert, for which there is no charge, and after which refreshments will be served. A retiring collection will be made to help defray costs.|
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland consultation period for their 5th Review has now closed. The Commission has to make its final report to the Scottish Government ministers in May 2016, in time for the local government elections in May 2017.
Depending on the considerations of the Commission following the 12 week public consultation (30th July to 22nd October 2015), they have an option to develop revised proposals and bring these to the public for consultation, with the possibility of local inquiries between December 2015 and February 2016. These are only options and possibilities - the Commission could reach its conclusions from the initial public consultation. If there is an option to have further input into the process, we ask you to consider your opinions of whatever revised proposals they may bring forward, and put in your opinions to the process, whether for or against. If there are further consultations or local inquiries, the Colinton Amenity Association will publicise it on its website and notice boards (it will fall between issues of the Colinton Magazine). We would want to hear from you with your opinions so that we can take forward our thoughts based on local consultation.
** UPDATE - 15-Nov-2015 **
An appeal has been submitted by agents of Kirkpatrick Property Group, the owners of 6-8 Bridge Road, after refusal of their planning application in July 2015. The appeal, submitted at the end of October, is to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (part of The Scottish Government).
The status and documents of the appeal can be seen at:
The documentation submitted to the appeal (ref. PPA-230-2164) includes the applicant's documents, plus all of the representations made to the original application. A reporter will be assigned to this appeal in due course.
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