Incorporating Cramond, Barnton, Cammo & Quality Street (West)

Chair: Andrew Mather Secretary: Ian Williamson Planning Rep: Peter Scott
21 Inveralmond Drive 17 Cramond Village 86 Cammo Grove
Edinburgh EH4 6JX Edinburgh EH4 6NS Edinburgh EH48 HD 
Phone: 336 2336 Phone: 476 3897 Phone: 339 7839

Dear Sirs, 

This letter introduces the 2019/20 Chairman’s Annual Report and commends this for the attention of and where appropriate action by the City of Edinburgh Councillors and Officials. The annual accounts are also submitted for your attention.

Looking back over the last year, the Chair has highlighted three headlines:

  • Another active year – including 9 Community Council meetings, extensive involvement in planning matters, and ongoing liaison with local partner organisations, neighbouring Community Councils and CEC
  • Frequent frustrations over the lack of productive engagement with City Council at Locality and HQ levels on issues, often of great importance to our community
  • Development of Community Council’s communications through our web site, Facebook page and occasional newsletters

From this you will see that the Community Council have striven to widen their engagement with the community and to ensure that as far as possible their views truly represent the feelings of local residents. This reflects on both our status as a Statutory body and your wishes to see the grass roots concerns better reflected.

However, the report recognises that there continues to be a number of communication dislocations with the City of Edinburgh which are now leading to the regular need for us and our neighbouring community councils to revert to formal process. Whilst we respect that the execution of CEC functions must rest with its elected members and officers, their decisions must under statute take considered account of the community councils’ expressed views.

With this in mind, for the coming year we would wish specifically to see improvements in our relationship with the Council through actions by the Council in the following areas:

  1. The CEC provides a clarification of how it operates through a set of clear organograms of the council structure and function and contact details of relevant officials, particularly in the areas or transport and planning, and takes measures to regularly update these.
  2. The CEC reviews the options for regular general discussion with the community council and groups of neighbouring community councils. This request has been formalised by a Participation Request led by one of our neighbouring community councils.
  3. Particularly in the area of transport, CEC seeks to take a more holistic view of the several and disparate initiatives promoted, particularly where lack of co-ordination can introduce unintended or adverse effects on community severance and environmental detriment. It can please no-one when the community council and CEC find themselves seeking to resolve issues through the fora of local public inquiries.

I would in closing make the point that much of what we strive to influence and improve benefits communities of Edinburgh well beyond our curtilage. We are aware that we are fortunate enough to live in an area described by the LIP as “an affluent and leafy suburb”.

It provides amenity comprising much beauty including river walkways, shorelines and heritage sites which have become the destination of choice for many people in recent years and especially this year as a local tonic for the misery of Covid-19.

We now look forward in expectation to a more constructive relationship in 2020/21.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Williamson

Attached 2019-2020 Annual Accounts