As you may be aware, the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has proposed changes to the electoral boundaries around Scotland for local council elections. In Colinton, this proposal divides the community into two parts, moving the boundary from the north side of Lanark Road to the Water of Leith.
The effect of this is to move about 440 households (about 860 electors) in the following streets from Ward 8 (Colinton Fairmilehead) to Ward 2 (Pentland Hills).
Note: If the Commission’s report is to be taken at its literal word (or map), then it also includes 25 Spylaw Street (Spylaw House, in Spylaw Park) and 10 West Mill Road (the flats built on the former FlyGlobespan site). These total 22 households, and although lying north of the river, their addresses are in streets south of the river, and can only be accessed from south of the river.
If the Commission’s report is accepted in its current form, then these streets which clearly belong in Colinton will be detached from Colinton for local council election voting.
Help us to keep the Colinton community together, and to get this proposal rejected.
For more info, please download our information sheet: CAA info sheet
** UPDATE - 30-July-2015 **
Royal Bank of Scotland announce closure of the Colinton Branch by early November.
For more info, see:
Evening News article: RBS to close three more branches
The City Council's Development Management Sub-Committee refused Co-op planning permission at 8 Bridge Road for reasons of inappropriate design and massing having an adverse impact on the Conservation Area. It remains to be seen how the applicants will address this, whether by re-design or planning appeal.
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