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
August 2015
This newsletter covers:
  • Family Fun Day on Sun 16 August 
  • Cramond Association Talk on Mon 28 September
  • Renew your membership of Cramond Association for 2015-16
  • Edinburgh University student project on improving the Cramond Foreshore
  • Planning for the future in and around Edinburgh



Bring the family and enjoy time together exploring the neighbourhood with a Treasure Trail, quizzes, games, refreshments, and hot dogs!

At the Maltings Museum on Cramond Foreshore from 12 noon to 3.00pm - just drop in, no need to book!


Monday 28 September - Nairn's Oatcakes
Mr Russell Clink will give us an insight to their history, production and sales operations, at 7.30 in Cramond Kirk Hall.
Nairn’s Oatcakes
Oatcakes and cheese are a classic combination, but it’s time for the oatcake to come out from the shadows of cheese and be enjoyed on its own or in a range of different ways. If you don’t have time to make your morning porridge or you’re looking for something more filling than toast, try oatcakes for breakfast, topped with banana, peanut butter, jam or just a little butter. Swap your lunchtime sandwich for a salad or bowl of soup accompanied by some oatcakes to help release energy slowly throughout the rest of your day or boost your energy mid-afternoon with oatcakes and hummus or smoked mackerel pâté.
Planning for the future in and around Edinburgh

SESplan – the strategic planning authority for South East Scotland covers West Lothian, Scottish Borders, Midlothian, Fife, East Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Councils.  It has recently released a Main Issues Report (MIR), as the first stage in preparing a second Strategic Development Plan (SDP2) for the SESplan area.  SDP2 will have a major influence on future development patterns including those affecting West Edinburgh.  Indeed, the Main Issues Report contains three strategic options for future development, with the preferred option outlining West Edinburgh as one of the main focal points for growth of the City and a strategic development corridor stretching along the A90 to South Queensferry, leaving just Dalmeny Estate and some small parts of the green belt free of development. 

A public consultation programme is currently under way and responses are required by 30 September.  There are several consultation events - please click here for details of all the consultation events.

The Main Issues Report and associated documents are available for viewing online here, in public libraries and at the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning office.  

Concerned members of the community should read the MIR document and make their views known through completion of the online response form.
There Has Never Been a Better Time to Renew your Membership of The Cramond Association!

Thank you for being a member of the Cramond Association. It is a thriving local community organisation that helps you get the most out of living in the very special areas of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo. Membership of The Cramond Association includes:
  • Free entry to a fascinating series of talks about the local area and beyond, taking place every month from September 2015 to April 2016
  • News and updated information and about local events and new developments in the area through a monthly email newsletter 
  • Access to a team of experts who can provide advice and insight into a range of local concerns – including development planning and airport issues 
  • Exclusive priority access to the hugely popular Carols by Candlelight Christmas family concert, plus other special family events throughout the year
  • A wide variety of regular walks and guided talks of the area for all ages, abilities and interests
  • Opportunities to join environmental and planting groups and clean-up campaigns to help tidy up the local area
We are a member-based organisation run by a dedicated committee which has a huge amount of knowledge and understanding about the local area. Please feel free to contact any committee member about any matters of concern with our community. Your ideas for the development of our programme of activity are also welcome. We also have an active History Section with its own programme of talks. 

For more information about The Cramond Association’s programme, committee members, publications and newsletters, please visit our website.

All members will receive a form for renewing your membership in August or you can contact Mrs Gena Wylie, Treasurer, at 17 Barnton Park Drive, Edinburgh EH4 6HF, tel 312 8907.

We look forward to you renewing your membership with us!
Edinburgh University Student project on improving Cramond 
Urban Strategies and Landscape Ideas for Cramond, River Almond and Environs

From January until April 2015, students and staff in three courses at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (University of Edinburgh) focused their attention on the far western edge of the Edinburgh waterfront, which includes Cramond, Barnton, the River Almond and environs. They produced a booklet which is the result of many good ideas, collaborations, workshops and certainly a lot of effort.

The students focused their attention on the historical centre, which sits at the mouth of the River Almond. It is a place with considerable archaeological importance that was once home to important fishing communities and today exists as a flourishing community.

The village still retains much of this earlier character, which when combined with its easy access to both the city centre and airport, has lately attracted some of Edinburgh’s wealthiest residents. Considering that the village is not only interesting to estate agents, the students scoped the value of its surroundings in terms of history, larger social and cultural dynamics, ecological and biophysical value.

The series of projects you may see in their booklet focus on the work developed by the students in landscape architecture. They demonstrate a wide range of conceptual, strategic and design approaches that one might take. These disparate endeavours by a diverse group of students range from the hands-on, practical and pragmatic to the idealistic and fantastical. Their excursions into alternatives to the contemporary Cramond provide, hopefully, a basis for discussion and debate regarding what is warranted, what is desired, and what could be achieved in this historic and beautiful area at the edge of the city.

We are going to set up a small group to look at the feasibility of the students’ ideas. It will meet in late September and we hope it will help us to make some real improvements. 
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