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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
January 2016
This newsletter covers:
  • ‘Alcohol and the Liver: Imagery and Indulgence’, by Dr Stefan Slater on Monday 25 Jan 2016
  • Carols by Candlelight, music, mulled wine and mince pies
  • ‘Chrystal Macmillan: Edinburgh Woman to Citizen of the World’ by Ms. Helen Kay on Wednesday 13 January 2016 
  • Proposed care home on Whitehouse Rd/Cramond Glebe Rd: Message from Sally Watt, Cramond Action Group
‘ALCOHOL AND THE LIVER: IMAGERY AND INDULGENCE’
Carols by Candlelight

Monday

25
January
7.30pm
Dr Stefan Slater tells the story of alcohol and the liver in prose, poetry and art; describes world differences in the amount we drink and in our tolerance to it; recounts alcohol’s toxic effects, which include cancer; and lists ways in which we might combat excessive drinking, including a minimum unit price policy.

Monday 25 January 2016 at 7.30 in Cramond Kirk Hall
Members free; non-members £2.00
 
Carols by Candlelight on 16 December was a great success and everyone enjoyed the mixture of carols and readings for all ages. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a memorable evening. Let’s do it again next year!
THE NEXT CRAMOND ASSOCIATION HISTORY SECTION MEETING
 ‘Chrystal Macmillan: Edinburgh Woman
to Citizen of the World’ 

  by Ms. Helen Kay on Wednesday 13 January 2016 
 
Chrystal Macmillan (13 June 1872 – 21 September 1937) was a Scottish Liberal politician, barrister, feminist and pacifist, and the first female science graduate from the University of Edinburgh as well as that institution's first female honours graduate in Mathematics. She was an activist for women's right to vote, and for other women's causes. She was the first woman to plead a case before the House of Lords, and was one of the founders of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

In the first year of World War I, Macmillan spoke for the peace-seeking women of the United Kingdom at the International Congress of Women, a peace congress convened at The Hague. Afterward, she met with world leaders such as President Woodrow Wilson, whose countries were still neutral, to present the proposals formulated at The Hague. 

 
Wilson subsequently used these proposals as some of his Fourteen Points, his justification for making war to forge a lasting peace. At war's end, Macmillan served as a delegate at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, and helped encourage the founding of the League of Nations. 

All members of the Cramond Association are most welcome to join The History Section. Visitors are welcomed – £1.00 per meeting. All meetings take place in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall at 7:30 pm.  Meetings begin at 7:30 pm for the talk and questions; teas/coffee/biscuits and chat follow at about 8:50 pm in the Gathering Place.
Una Woof, Convenor 
PROPOSED CARE HOME ON
WHITEHOUSE RD/CRAMOND GLEBE RD
Message from Sally Watt, Cramond Action Group
As promised, we are coming back to you with more details around the revised application that has been submitted for the Care Home at 18 Whitehouse Road. As a reminder, our new deadline for objections is 27th January 2016 - which will be upon us soon! You can object at 15/05434/FUL Comments  or you can email Ruth.King@edinburgh.gov.uk.

 The original application was withdrawn
The developers withdrew their original application because the Planning Officers did not support it. Cramond Action Group has seen a copy of the communications, outlining the reasons why they did not support it:  
  • the proposed care home would have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area
  • the design and scale does not respond adequately to the established character of the Conservation Area
  • the scale, massing, density and spatial character of the proposed care home are out of keeping with the surrounding area and would represent over-development in its current form and
  • the proposal is of an institutional scale and would have an adverse impact on neighbouring amenity, particularly in relation to privacy and outlook.
What has changed in the new application?
As you can see from the Developer’s mock-ups attached, very little has changed. 

Our group of professionals have assessed the new application in full and can confirm that only the following small changes have been applied:
  • The height of the roof at a restricted area of both ends of the proposed care home has been reduced by one storey, but the vast majority of the building remains 4-storeys
  • The building has been relocated slightly to the south of the site, but will still be visible from Cramond Glebe Road
  • A slight reduction to the number of beds in the building, but NO significant change to the scale of the building in relation to its surrounds.
Why the new application still does NOT address the concerns of the Planning Officers:
  • It will still have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area
  • The revised design and scale still does not respond adequately to the established character of the Conservation Area
  • The scale, massing, density, spatial character of the proposed care home are still out of keeping with the surrounding area and would still represent over-development; and
  • The proposal is of institutional scale and will still have an adverse impact on neighbouring amenity, particularly in relation to privacy and outlook.
In short, our original objections to this development still stand. 
 
Please note: the withdrawal and re-submission effectively re-starts the consultation process. 
 
This means that we DO all need to comment again and that previous comments will not count. If anything, your support will be even more critical this time as the developers will be looking to convince the Planning Officers that they have made modifications to everyone's satisfaction. The developers say that ‘the proposals have emerged from a design process that includes an appraisal of the local context and the public views and aspirations.’  
 
It is clear from the 340 objections which were made the last time that the ‘public views and aspirations’ are that the Cramond Conservation Area needs to be preserved and that this care home should not be built.
 
Please help us preserve the Cramond Conservation Area and lodge your objections to the revised application by January 27th. You can object at 15/05434/FUL Comments or you can email Ruth.King@edinburgh.gov.uk.
 
If you wish to lodge your objections quickly and easily, you could use your original letter, CHANGING the REFERENCE TO 15/05434/FUL, and say that your original objections still stand.
 
Thank you in advance for your support again. 
 
Sally Watt for Cramond Action Group
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