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The Cramond Association: Promoting the amenity of the community of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo and safeguarding its heritage
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Cramond Association Members' Newsletter
June/July 2016
URGENT AIRPORT EXHIBITION & MEETING
7 JULY
This newsletter contains information about: 
  • Airport consultation, exhibition and meeting on 7 July on flights over Cramond - a message from the Chairman of the Airport Action Group for Cramond 
  • The Cramond Campus Action Group – meeting on 27 June
  • Cammo Estate Local Nature Reserve
  • Friends of the River Almond Walkway and the Salvesen Steps
  • The proposed care home on Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Road
Edinburgh Airport Consultation
This is a very important time for our community, in light of the current Consultation by Edinburgh Airport on flight departure and arrival paths over Edinburgh. You should have received their leaflet on the topic and seen their advertisements. 
We urge you to take the time to participate in the Consultation process in the hope we can achieve meaningful benefits for our community, as follows:
  1. Please take the time to read the Consultation document (and all important flight maps) on the Airport website – letsgofurther.com. If that is not convenient, please request a paper copy from the Consultation Coordinator at the Airport.
  2. Please note the final date for replies to the Initial Consultation is 12 Sept 2016.
  3. When we have easterly departures over our area (and there have been many weeks of this during 2016), the community suffers from the noise (and pollution) created. In our meetings with the Airport, they have expressed a willingness to amend the current deviation protocol for such flights, by ensuring aircraft bank left sooner and push out further to the north over open countryside and the estuary. This would be of considerable benefit to our community and it is urged that in your reply to the Consultation, you make this request – the more residents who do so, the more chance of this being achieved.
  4. The Consultation does nothing to resolve the problem of incoming flights over our area. Aircraft will continue to use the direct 8 mile approach line. The only way in which that will be resolved is by realignment of the existing runway. This is not presently in the Airport’s forward planning (as there would be significant cost involved), but you should register a request for this in your reply to the Consultation, as sufficient numbers and future lobbying will assist.
  5. Please attend the open forum/display on 7 July ( 2.30 – 6.30pm) at Cramond Kirk Hall, and the open public meeting that evening when the Airport management will make a formal presentation (7.30 in the Kirk).
URGENT – EDINBURGH AIRPORT IS GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE AND ITS FUTURE PLANS ARE FOR SUSTAINED GROWTH. IT IS VITAL OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGES IN THE CONSULTATION PROCESS IF THE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY IS TO BE AVOIDED.

Follow this link to read the article written for the Grapevine, Cramond Kirk’s magazine. 

Bob Brough, Chairman and Secretary of the Airport Action Group for Cramond, which was established under the auspices of Cramond & Barnton Community Council in January, 2016.

For further information, please email cramondairaction@gmail.com
CRAMOND CAMPUS ACTION GROUP
Campaigning To Keep Our Open Spaces
The Cramond Campus Action Group has been set up because of concerns about the undeveloped ‘south’ field of the old Cramond Campus site. It forms part of the wider Caer Amon/Brighouse development currently being completed by AMA Homes Ltd.  The City of Edinburgh Council, with support from SportScotland, ruled that the majority of the field should be used for sports and leisure facilities, to replace the previous college site which was well used by the local community. 

The Action Group has been set up by concerned neighbours, local residents’ organisations and the Cramond Association to make sure that this happens. We believe that there is a shortage of proper recreational space in the area, and the campus field represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone that lives here. 
Cramond Campus
AMA was given outline planning permission to build sports facilities on the field, together with a care village and retail units along Cramond Road North. So far, the field has been left in a derelict state. We are having a meeting on Mon 27 June at 7.30 in Cramond Kirk Hall and we would like to invite anyone who is interested in the future of Cramond Campus to join us.

Meeting for residents living near the Cramond Campus Field and people interested in its future on Monday 27 June at 7.30 in the Millennium Room at Cramond Kirk Hall.

Agenda
1. Introduction: Michael Ramsay
2. Presentation on the current position
3. Questions and answers
4. The way forward and future actions
CAMMO ESTATE LOCAL NATURE RESERVE
Cammo Estate local nature reserve
The City of Edinburgh Council intends to declare Cammo Estate as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
 
We think this is a good thing and we would ask you to support it. 
 
A formal consultation runs 30/05/2016 - 30/06/2016 and can be found here.
 
Hard copies are available in Cammo Lodge, Cammo Road, EH4 8AW (Thursday 10:30 – 15:30, Sunday 14:00 – 16:00) and the Drumbrae Hub, 81 Drumbrae Drive, EH4 7FE to make comment. More information from The City of Edinburgh Council, Natural Heritage Service, Hermitage of Braid Phone: 0131 529 2401, email: naturalheritageservice@edinburgh.gov.uk
FRIENDS OF THE RIVER ALMOND WALKWAY
River Almond Walkway
Last week’s Cramond and Barnton Community Council meeting was focused on the Salvesen Steps. The fantastic turnout helped to reinforce the strength of public feeling and the view that something needs to be done.

While the news that Council planning officials were recommending approval of the building of a care home in the heart of the village was present in everyone’s minds, we were pleased to hear the good news that the contract to repair the Salvesen Steps had been awarded and the Steps should be open again soon.
Unfortunately, it was less clear how quickly things were progressing with the project to replace the Steps. On a positive note, the Council has invited Friends of the River Almond Walkway to work with them to oversee the project. This is undoubtedly our top priority and we hope to have good news about progress soon. We will be pushing the Council hard to keep this moving forward.

Once the design of the replacement has been completed, funding the project will be a huge challenge. If you have any ideas about how we can raise the funds for the replacement, we'd be delighted to hear them.

Scottish Registered Charity No SC045077
THE PROPOSED CARE HOME ON WHITEHOUSE RD/CRAMOND GLEBE ROAD
We were delighted to hear that at the Planning Committee meeting on Wed 22 June 2016, the Councillors decided to have a public hearing and another site visit in August because they wanted to know more about the proposals.

Norman Work, one of our local Councillors, emailed us to say that he had mentioned to ‘the Vice Convenor that the community was concerned when only a few councillors turned up for the site visit, so I am pleased that another visit has been arranged and I will ask my colleagues to make the effort to attend.

In a hearing the developers are allowed to have their say and this will give them the opportunity to answer all the concerns. However, the hearing also gives the objectors and more importantly constituted groups like CAG, CBCC & the Cramond Association the same opportunity to have their say’.

So we will be there!  We are grateful to our local Councillors for all the support they have given us in opposing this totally inappropriate development in the Cramond Conservation Area.

We also received another email from Councillor Alex Lunn on the Committee:

Dear Margery

I'd just like to let you to know that at the request of yourself, your neighbours and your Councillor Norman Work, the community have been successful in having this application switched to a full hearing.
 
I am unable to comment further other than to say well done. This has been a good example of a strong community campaign that has brought people together.
 
Best regards


Councillor Alex Lunn, SNP Group 
Vice Convener Planning Committee
Craigentinny & Duddingston 
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