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
April 2016
This newsletter covers:
  • ‘Climbing the highest mountain in every continent’
  • News about our Cramond Association AGM on 21 March 2016
  • Cramond Association’s Planning Adviser
  • Logjams in Cramond Glebe Road 
  • 'Scottish Emigration to North America’
James Ogilvie


A talk by JAMES OGILVIE on Monday 25 April
at 7.30 in the Millennium Room, Cramond Kirk

As I stepped up to the top of Antarctica, the true scale, majesty and magnificence of the white continent were overwhelming. On one side the curvature of the earth could be discerned along the distant horizon. On the other side, remote peaks – most never touched by human boots – stretched out below me. I was in heaven – or at least as near to heaven on earth as I was likely to get. It was, finally, the end of an era, the end of an Antarctic Adventure and the end of my Seven Summits odyssey.”

James Ogilvie’s passion for wild places and ‘getting high’ shines through in his account of his climbs of The Seven Summits and other mountains.
We held a very successful AGM before the talk on 21 March. The Annual Report gave details of everything we have achieved over 2015-16. At the AGM, the Committee asked the members to vote on the proposal for the Committee to pursue the option of the Association becoming a Scottish charity. The resolution was:

“The Cramond Association Committee wishes to pursue the option of obtaining the status of a Scottish charity. The Committee asks for the Association’s members to give approval to it pursuing this option. It is also discussing the implications of this with the Cramond Heritage Trust, which is a registered charity in its own right.”

We think that this will be very helpful to the Association. It does not mean that we need to make any significant changes, because we have been conducting our affairs as if we were a charity – with a proper constitution and annual accounts. It will mean that we can claim gift Aid on our subscriptions which will increase our income significantly and make it easier to do things like improving the paths in the Cramond woodlands. It will also make it easier for us to get grants and if we do get grants, it will limit our liability should there be any problems. All we need to do is to apply to The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to become a Scottish charity and send them a constitution and accounts. We will have to revise our constitution in line with their requirements.
The resolution was passed unanimously and we are now in discussions with the Cramond Heritage Trust about the way forward.
My responsibilities as the Committee member responsible for giving advice on planning matters for the past year has included the regular checking of weekly reports submitted by the City of Edinburgh Council showing all Planning Applications. Details of all the individual submissions for the Cramond Ward are examined thoroughly. Should there be any reason for doubting that the residential environment and the Cramond Conservation Area are endangered or compromised by development proposals, the Cramond Association would be immediately informed for further debate and appropriate action. This includes writing letters, discussing matters with the Barnton and Cramond Community Council and seeing councillors.

The CA committee is currently involved in making representations to the Council for proposed developments such as the Residential Care Home in Whitehouse Road. It will also be considering the building of a village on the Army Site at Craigiehall. Of course the tasks associated with my responsibilities are ongoing, and I shall give them my best attention for the foreseeable future.

Alan (Alexander) Brebner
We are delighted to report on the impact of the parking restrictions on Cramond Glebe Road over the Easter holidays. The City of Edinburgh Council imposed parking restrictions for much of the length of the road with tremendous success. It was an experiment to see if these restrictions would reduce the number, level and severity of traffic jams, not to mention the rows and shouting matches that have occurred as a result. And indeed the experiment worked! Residents could drive in and out of their homes without needing to stand in the road to implore cars to move backwards or forwards – even when sometimes it was an impossibility to do this, so severe was the congestion.

We have to thank the Barnton and Cramond Community Council for this success, and in particular, Ian Williamson, the Secretary. He has worked tirelessly in lobbying Edinburgh Council to take action on the traffic jams. The Council plans to go out to consultation on what would be appropriate restrictions to implement later in the year. Well done Ian!
‘Scottish Emigration to North America’
Speaker: Ms. Jenni Calder

On Wednesday 13th April 2016 in the Millennium Room,
Cramond Kirk Hall, at 7:30 pm

Visitors welcomed – £1.00 per meeting.

Una Woof, Convenor, 0131 336 5233
Ruined croft houses on Fuaigh Mòrin in Loch Roag. The island was cleared of its inhabitants in 1841 and is now only used for grazing sheep.
The Emigrants Statue commemorates the flight of Highlanders during the Clearances.  Located near Helmsdale, Sutherland, Scotland.
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