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 2017
There has been real progress in the regular discussions which Cramond’s Airport Action Group has been having with the Airport, particularly around the noise monitors in Cramond. An independent Noise Management Board is shortly to be formed. The Association has strongly argued that the Cramond area justifies having two members on this Board – one from Cramond & Barnton Community Council and one from Cramond Association,  as we have the largest membership of all local organisations – over 600 households - and we therefore represent more people than any other organisation. Click here for a full report.
Stefan Slater, Cramond Association’s representative on Cramond's Airport Action Group and the Airport’s Consultative Committee and our lead on Airport matters
Jim Foster


Cramond Kirk Hall
A presentation by Commander Jim Foster, RN

This talk will begin with a brief introduction on how a nuclear submarine works followed by a further short introduction on how the Polaris missile system worked.  Nothing too technical but this bit of background is needed to understand the main body of the talk.  This will be followed by the main part of the presentation which is what life was like on a long deterrent patrol:  how we prepared; how we lived within the submarine; what we did from day to day; what we ate; how did 160 sailors get on whilst enclosed in a steel tube for 3 months; what was family life like and much more.  We are very sure people will find this an interesting talk.

The talk will be held in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall at 7:30 pm.
Welcome to the History Section’s next talk
on Wednesday 18 January 2017
Mr. Grant More will talk about recreating a World War II three-level underground Operations Control Room and Cold War Bunker.
During the Cold War, the facility became one of 14 Regional Seats of Government (RSG) distributed around the country, massive underground bunkers where government services would have been transferred to in the event of nuclear war. The RSG was intended to house the Scottish Secretary and members of the Scottish Office, police, BBC, BT and others to form a wartime government in Scotland. 
Barnton Quarry
The talk will be held in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk Hall at 7:30 pm.
All members of the Cramond Association are most welcome to join The History Section. The subscription for the whole season is £6.00. Visitors are welcomed – £1.00 per meeting.
Norah Carlin, Convenor of the History Section

Campaigning To Keep Our Open Spaces

Quick update from Michael Ramsay, Chairman
We have had some very good news – David Jamieson, Head of Parks, Greenspace & Cemeteries, City of Edinburgh Council, has informed us that one of his staff members will help us to draw up a site plan for the campus which has been left by the developer in such a dreadful state. This will help us to move our thinking forward dramatically. 

Here’s to a great new park in 2017!
On Thursday 15 December 2016, the Association held its annual Carols by Candlelight event in the Kirk Hall. This is a community event for all, with a mix of Christmas songs and readings. Over 150 people came and sang along in a mix of traditional carols and songs such as Child in the Manger and White Christmas. The readings were chosen by the readers and were a mix of poetry and biblical readings, some of which were very moving. During the interval excellent mulled wine and warm mince pies were served which put everyone in the mood for an animated action packed rendering of The 12 days of Christmas!

At the end a collection was taken to be shared between St Columba's Hospice and Hopscotch, the Silverknowes charity for deprived children and each will get £150.
Cramond Woodlands Group
I am delighted to say that our grant application to Edinburgh Airport’s Community Grants Board in November was successful in the sum of £3000. We are most grateful to them as this will allow us to start work on the muddy path down to the foreshore carpark past the Mesolithic site and to progress other plans. The last of the road scalpings, dumped years ago in the carpark, have, therefore, been transported up by a hired grab-truck to the top of the path by the side of the driveway to the Kirk Hall.
Click here for a full report.
Ideal Home Energy Advice
What is IDEAL?
 IDEAL is a University of Edinburgh research project investigating how smart technology can help people find ways to use less gas and electricity in the home. It uses sensors to record energy use and details like temperature and humidity, and gives feedback to help reduce energy use, while maintaining comfort and convenience. Changeworks, one of Scotland’s largest environmental charities, has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate, and have asked us to let our members know about the project. For more information visit the website.

To get involved email your name, address, and contact details to, or call 0131 539 8610.

West Craigs Ltd invites you to a public consultation event about the following proposed developments. Two drop-in public consultation events have been arranged where members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions:

Wednesday 18 January 2017 from 2pm to 7pm and  Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 2pm to 7pm, both at the Marriott Hotel, 111 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8NF

Should you require any further information please email Iceni Projects (Planning Consultants) at or telephone Ian Gallagher on 0141 406 9889.

Friends of the River Almond Walkway

Message from Friends of the River Almond Walkway (FRAW) about the Salvesen Steps

Salvesen Steps
We learned on Thursday 22 December 2016 that a routine check by the Council had found that the Salvesen Steps were in such a bad condition that they will have to be closed by the end of January 2017.
To ensure public safety, it is highly likely that the wooden section will be dismantled to prevent them being used.  In a site meeting today we, and representatives of our partner local community groups, including the Cramond Association, met with the Chair of the Council's Transport & Environment Committee and officials from the Council’s Natural Heritage Service. Click here for a full report.
Richard Adlington,
Chairman of FRAW
on Tuesday 10th January at 7.30pm
Bearsden Roman Fort
Professor David Breeze, OBE, FSA, FRSE, Hon FSA Scot, Hon MIFA
at Edinburgh Cine and Video Film Theatre, 23 Fettes Row, Edinburgh. Visitors welcome
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