Date of Next Meeting

If you live and/or work in the are of Gorgie and Dalry we invite you to attend our next Community Council meeting on Monday 4th December 2017 at 7pm in Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church 190-192 Gorgie Road. We hope to see you there.

Christmas Light Switch On

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and took part in our Christmas Light Switch On Service tonight outside Gorgie City Farm. Special thanks go out to The City of Edinburgh Lions International, Cllr Donald Wilson, Lauren Brown (Tynecastle High School), Hannah Murphy (Dalry Primary School), The Dalry Primary School Choir, The Gorgie City Farm Cafe, The City of Edinburgh Council (Event Safety Team), Police Scotland, all the volunteers from the Gorgie Dalry Community Council and last but not least Santa.

Chistmas Light Switch On

Lauren Brown xmas lightsWe would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone along to our Christmas Lights Switch On outside Gorgie City Farm @ 6pm on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Dalry Primary School Choir will be performing, Carol Singing, Santa, Winner of Poster Competition and Best Dressed Shop Window Announcement and Special Guests. Hope to see you all there.

Martin Salkeld (Secretary)

GDCC Meeting Minutes, Mon 2nd Oct 2017


Chair welcomed everyone and stated that the speaker on the proposed development of student accommodation in Russell Road would be first on the agenda.  Edinburgh Lions International were also present to talk about the Christmas lights switch on would then clarify their plans to work with GDCC.


Aaron Napier, the developer, came to the community council earlier in the year asking for support with his proposal to the planning department to develop a site in Russell Road for student accommodation. Aaron explained that the initial proposal had been refused by the planning department for a few minor reasons which could possibly have been overcome. It was decided by the developers, rather than submit the plans again, to submit a larger proposal for the 17 acre site. It would still have student accommodation but also housing. A new case officer for the council is now involved. Aaron also hopes for the continued support of GDCC; there will also be consultation with the police.  The council request CCTV in the area, this would benefit the immediate area and the cycle path especially, as would an improvement to the lighting in the surrounding area Murieston park. This would all be beneficial to the local area. The intention is to provide bikes and some electric cars for the students use.

The draft designs were shown to CC, with more consultation still to be made with council rep and other local groups.

It was agreed that GDCC supported the proposal but would like to be kept informed of the development plans as they progress and may well be in contact in the future as the project proceeds.   It is hoped to have the project ongoing, if not finished in approx. 18 months.  Aaron was thanked and he stated that he would be willing to return at any point to update GDCC on the progress or any changes he may be required to make.



CITY OF EDINBURGH LIONS INERNATIONAL Norm and Susan have attended to let us know that they have their helpers ready to be there on the night. In previous years this group has been good enough to help with the switch on of the Christmas lights.  They supply the presents that are given to the children and assist with stewarding the event.  Date was confirmed 3rd December we are awaiting confirmation from CEC regarding the licence application. We have been told by council officials that the lights and tree will be provided but we have to access our own sound system and stage for the event. We will try to access this equipment ourselves. The sleigh has been requested awaiting a reply. Once again thanks to this group for all their help we will keep them updated as frequently as possible. They have contact details for GDCC also.



Aaron Napier [Developer of proposed Russell Road development]

Norm Campbell and  Susan Whiteford [City of Edinburgh Lions International]

PC J Baillie  [JB Police Scotland]

Adrian Herbert  [AH  GDS Church]

Michael McMullin  [MM  GDS Church]

Rona Brown [RB  Chair GDCC]

Angela Astor [AA GDCC]

Eilidh Troup  [ET  GDCC]

Laura Baird [LB  GDCC Friends of Westfield Court Park]

Martin Salkeld  [MS  GDCC ]

Jim Park  [JP  GDCC]

Sharon Walker  [SW  GDCC]

Jim Hogg  [JH   Treasurer GDCC ]

Marie Stein  [Caledonian Village Owners]



Sonia Squires St Martins Church,

Cllr Cathy Fullerton CEC.

Cllr Donald Wilson  CEC

Nancy McDonald  Garvald

Graeme Russell  GDCC



Name correction for Michael McMullin and Jim Park

Proposed MS and AH



Craig Dunlop CEC  contacted re Friends of Westfield Court Park

Jonathan Tink  Hearts football Club contacted about the mural proposed for the gable end of the tenement in McLeod St, at the entrance to the Hearts stadium

Angus Graham re McDonalds clean up planned date 8th October

LB will contact bowling club for tables, etc.



Lets paid £90     I.T. fee £55.30

Grant receive £922.94  = Balance  £1720.49

Dale still to request amount required for let he has now use of 2 halls MM informed us the first class is due to start on the 31st October.

DD commented Community fund might aid Christmas lights



POLICE  PC Bailllie updated  info for this month (papers available):  3 house breakings and 7 assaults. Road safety is an ongoing priority.

Bike thefts are still high: 22, people advised to mark details and register; no hate crimes; phone calls are down. Drug seizures are up.



DD reported that Alan Carson has taken over from Helen Harrison as Chief Inspector Commander he is keen to continue as previous Chief Inspector

RB mentioned the continued problem with double parking and blocking access to venues by Domino pizza delivery drivers.

MS said parking in Caledonian Village was an ongoing concern with some people parking dangerously and blocking access

GDCC will email Parking attendants to seek information/assistance at Easter Dalry Place and Rigg.

Area has been busy St Brides –  work ongoing to update.  Cllr Dixon has been chasing up outstanding maintenance issues in St Brides.

Tynecastle High School DD was at a tribute to Wilfred Owen who was a pupil at THS.

South West locality work in progress to encourage closer co-operation with the local community DD will update as able.

LB mentioned bins in Westfield Rd over flowing.  DD asked if intercoms had been repaired as this was mentioned months ago, LB said no work had been done to sort the problem as many flats are owned, so difficulty in getting agreement for repairs. DD said this should not a problem.

M Stein mentioned graffiti on sub station – some of it is offensive.

M Salkeld raised the matter of Westfield Rd, where parking is causing a problem for buses and larger vehicles trying to pass they especially at the traffic islands.

Possibility of painting new lines involving transport and environmental departments.

Public Toilets: Hearts have said they will try and help with this problem, match days are particularly bad.

GDCC will update Tynecastle Gorgie area toilets.

M Salkeld may attend to update for November meeting on new stand, etc.



HMOs  TROs   Licencing  NIL


SWNP N0 contact  Mike Avery

FWCP     LB   Craig Dunlop hopes to plant trees in the autumn, bulbs and grass cut later – area much improved.

There is a group called FRIENDS OF MURIESTON PARK.  Craig Dunlop is involved with them we will invite them to GDCC




Best Dressed Window presentation at the Switch on: leaflets and info will be available asap in November.

Choir from Dalry School will be asked to perform.

M Salkeld will contact schools THS and Dalry to see if pupils could design a poster for these events. The winners would then be asked to do the xmas light switch on.

LB will check out Gorgie end re lights and posters

Approach Aldi,  Sainsburys,  Scotmid,  McDonalds,  Hearts

Public Safety is priority Officer Julianne Neil re new lights.



Litter pick McDonalds 8th October, Aldi car park 10am – 4pm

Entertainer for Xmas light switch on, sound system, program, choir carol singing, community singing.

AH may have a gazebo Contact with Destiny church

Farm for use of café after ceremony and access to power for sound and stage lights.

NM may also have a gazebo.



6th November 7pm,  GDS Church Gorgie Road.


McLeod Street Gable End Mural

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has proudly stood in the heart of Edinburgh, and in the hearts of the Gorgie community, for generations. Tynecastle Park has become a home for our community- not only through football as a means for entertainment, but as a vehicle to drive social transformation and positive change. As part of the Club’s redevelopment, we are building a new main stand that will bring our capacity from 17,000 to 20,000. With additional facilities, Hearts will be able to increase engagement with fans and the community- providing quality and safe spaces for Hearts and external organisations to provide football and non-football social programmes as part of daily business.

In addition to these developments, Hearts realise an opportunity to bring more attention to Gorgie with the painting of a mural on the Gable End of McLeod Street to reflect the history of Gorgie and Dalry through the ages. The mural will be the feature piece on the new plaza at the front of Tynecastle Park.

The mural will be painted by Chris Rutterford, an artist and muralist who has been working in the art industry for twenty years. He has recently specialised in murals and epically scaled crowd portraits as seen in Bannockburn Visitors Centre, The Three Sisters, The Tron, and more across Edinburgh and Scotland. The overall narrative thread of the mural depicts the stream of match day fans through the ages walking through the streets of Dalry and Gorgie to the new stadium. Elements featured in the mural include the Heart’s old main stand, a steam train on Gorgie Bridge, an old Edinburgh tram, Gorgie City Farm, the brewery, the nursery, the Heart of Midlothian brick mosaic, McCrae’s Battalion sat on a field of memorial poppies, and the Heart of Midlothian War Memorial at Haymarket junction.

Above all, we want our community members to take pride in this mural as it reflects a strong community value of Dalry and Gorgie. We anticipate that the painted Gable End mural alongside the new facilities at Tynecastle Park will attract more people to the Gorgie area; thus, circulating more people into our local businesses and contributing to the increasing development of this area.

I have been invited to attend your monthly GDCC meeting on Mon 6th Nov 17 to give a presentation on the mural project, answer any questions and seek the community’s support with this project.

I look forward to meeting you.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Tink

Head of Planning and Development

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

GDCC Meeting minutes, Aug 2017


The chair welcomed everyone asked that they introduce themselves. Requested approval for a presentation by Natalie Magee from Print Sign Centre to be heard first – accepted.


Sonia Squires [SS  St Martins Church]Adrian Hebert [AH   GDS church]

Aaron Peters [AP  GDCC]

Jim Hogg  [ JH  GDCC Treasurer]

Sharon Walker  [SW  GDCC ]

Graeme Russell  [GR  GDCC ]

Nancy McDonald [NM  Garvald]

Rona Brown [RB  Chair GDCC ]

Angela Astor [AA  GDCC ]

Cllr Denis Dixon [DD  CEC ]

Cllr Ashley Graczyk  [AG  CEC]

Natalie Magee, Print Sign Centre  Gorgie Rd

Michael McMullin  [GDS Church Outreach worker ]

Graham Angus  [GA  McDonald’s  Gorgie Rd.]

PC Kirstie Mauchline  [KM101]

Darren King, local resident

T Ammion, local resident

Helen Atkinson,  local resident



Marie Stein  [MS  Caladonian Village Owners ]

Eilidh Troup [ET  GDCC ]

Jim Parks  [JP  GDCC]

Laura Baird  [LB   GDCC Friends of Westfield Court Park]

Martin Salkeld  [MS  GDCC]


PRESENTATION  Print Sign Centre

Natalie explained that the business which is based in Gorgie would like to give something back to the community, the idea being they could produce a community paper which would give information on community events and other information the public might be interested in. Big Hearts are also interested in being involved. It is hoped to have other groups in the area who may want to pass on information use this avenue.  The paper would be on-line and also in print to allow wider access to the public distribution points will be looked at. There may be advertising for local businesses, this could go towards financing part of the project in time.  The community Police are interested in having some input but PC Maughlan will ask permission to contribute.

Natalie will be away for a while but it is planned to get an eight page magazine out by September and produce one approximately 4 a times a year

The GDCC members all thought this was an excellent idea and would be happy to be involved. Natalie said she would keep in touch.


Graham Angus, McDonalds, Gorgie Rd

Keep Scotland Tidy Campaign, last year a few events were held supporting this and Graham hoped there would be others. He remains committed to community involvement; ideas include scraping, painting and varnishing.

McDonalds will be closed for approx. 6 weeks around October but the intention is to continue to have clean ups. The council will be approached for help.  Gorgie facelift is one idea on 8th October in Aldi carpark.


MINUTES OF GDCC  previous meeting

Approved Sharon Walker and Aaron Peters



Leanne Perry from Hearts would like a meeting.

Letter with dates for planning and training for community council members.

Quilts exhibition.

Email with details of work being carried out at Saughton Park etc. and a video.



Donation of £100 to G in the Park

Balance £942.93



POLICE  PC Maughlin explained that she was replacing PC Craig and working with PC Baillie.

A report was left for GDCC info listing crimes and results for the area one important item mentioned was there had been no hate crimes in the ward

There would be special ops in September using bikes. Policing 2026 would be tackling issues.

Saughton – maybe a football match.

Reports or complaints can be emailed to or on Twitter @PoliceScotland these are checked daily.

Dale, who has in the past contacted GDCC regarding football and sports training for the young, was looking for a venue, it was mentioned. Kirstie knew of him and would be interested to be involved if possible. CC had told Dale they were interested and willing to make a donation, contact required.


DD has been involved with RB trying to help with staffing problems at St Brides Centre.

Tynecastle Stadium – expected September deadline for certain finished areas is now in doubt.

Fly tipping and dog fouling is a continuing problem in the ward which is one of the largest in the city

DD is chair of the Locality Committee covering 4 areas NW SW NE SE

DD is also chair of SWNP + SW Pentlands Consultation till Dec 2017 pos, March 2018 Locality model will hopefully be ready.

RB mentioned council officers doing this work are not councillors – what does this mean? Should it be a concern?

LIP   Local Improvement Plan redevelopment funding finances still to be decided Neighbourhood Partnership

Social Health Committee be more involved

15th August 2017 SWNP

AG mentioned the intention to have a Gorgie Dalry Festival  3rd September 2017

Big Hearts want to involve people who are isolated in the community

Gorgie City Farm Festival on 2nd September 2017

RB mentioned Sharing Secrets

NM will contact by email Distillers Festival

GA said McDonalds will have an electronic screen and will advertise events etc.



HMOs & TROs nil

Licence Chicken Shack late opening application decision delayed till 21st August.



SWNP walkabout areas to change DD will check this out.

Westfield Court Park paths have been done work continues

Community Park no info at present re cycle path

G in the Park CIRC details lessons learned for next year



see above



Michael McMullin introduced himself and outlined the work he hopes to do as Outreach worker for GDS church based in Gorgie Rd. His post is funded to help involvement with the young in the area, open to suggestions or help.

John Conway, minister at St Martins church, Dalry Rd is leaving after 16 yrs in the area to take up a new post as Provost of St Marys Cathederal in Palmerston Place. We wish him well.


DONM 4th September 2017 –  7pm, GDS Church, 190 Gorgie Rd.