The Scottish Water repair works on Redford Road including the construction of a new manhole followed by sewer lining on Redford Road is not now due to start until the end of January.
Pentlands Book Festival 2017
Pentlands Book Festival (PBF) has bagged additional help for 2017. We much appreciate the generosity of our continuing sponsors, and in addition this year we are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application to participate in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. The Scheme is funded by the 5p levy on plastic bags, and PBF will be voted for, along with two other projects, in Tesco Colinton Mains between 1st July and 31st August. Each time you shop there and take your own bags, please ensure you get a token from the cashier and place it in the receptacle near the front door. The number of tokens deposited in the PBF section will affect the donation PBF will receive, so please do give us your support so that we can continue to keep the festival free for everyone.
As a reminder, PBF this year will run from 16 November to 2 December. We are still finalising the details of some events but again plan to appeal to all age ranges and cover all locations in our communities. A full programme will be published but in the meantime do "like" us on Facebook and/or keep an eye on our website www.pentlandsbookfestival.org and in Currie and Colinton libraries for further details.
Christmas on the Corner 2017
2018/19 Edinburgh Council budget engagement
Everyone should have their say on this. Go to https://goo.gl/4PscWo to take this survey.
On Monday 27 November, the Council will host a 'Question Time' event to give citizens an opportunity to ask questions of senior councillors. If you would like to attend this event, you can register by Wednesday 22 November using this online form.
Co-op builder work on schedule for Christmas finish
The contractors at Bridge Road hope to complete building works by Christmas, after which the Co-op will start their fit-out, aiming for a March 2018 opening. Of course, at this time of year, bad weather may extend that timescale.
Nonetheless the really messy work is now over and the basement floor concrete will go in next, creating a useful working platform, and the rate of progress should accelerate.
After comment by the Community Council, the Co-op are reconsidering the location of their satellite dish, which was to have been at the side of the building, beside the Long Steps. Happily it seems they agree with us that this position is not appropriate!
Left: a view into the site from the street level floor, showing steel frame well progressed
Following the May 2017 local elections, several local authorities in major Scottish cities have made positive statements around LEZs, and we are encouraged to see the strong political will across local government to support improvements to air quality. Our Programme for Government committed to introducing LEZs into Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2018 and 2020, and you may have read or heard in the media that the first LEZ will be put in place in Glasgow by the end of 2018.
The consultation will close at 23:59 on 28 November 2017.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Pentland Beacon. If you haven’t explored these (virtual) pages before, you’re in for a treat. The Beacon collates articles from outdoor professionals across the Pentland Hills area, letting you know what’s been happening in the hills, and about upcoming activities.
Plans are being drawn up for a week of volunteer public tree planting at Dreghorn and Castlelaw Ranges on the edge of the Pentlands this May.
The Woodland Trust is marking the 100th anniversary of World War I by planting Centenary Woods in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Download the latest version of Pentland Beacon HERE Pentland Hills Regional Park website