Welcome to the website of Longstone Community Council
We represent about 4000 residents who live in most of the parish of Slateford/Longstone, which includes, not just Longstone, but Redhall, Slateford, Kingsknowe and the area around Dovecot Park south of Lanark Road to the river (see plan on the ABOUT US page).
This page will show the latest news and activities. For older news go to our NEWS page.
LCC does not meet in January, April, July or August unless there is urgent business.
If you have memories of our are that could form part of an archive commemorating the 1920 extention of the City boundaries, please go to this link, which shows what's wanted and where to send them. The deadline is 26 April! THIS IS URGENT
Cycle lane on George IV Bridge.
New cycle lanes and midroad parking have been marked out on Lanark Rd and Inglis Green Rd/Longstone Road (as far as the roundabout). This prohibits all kerbside parking but parking is allowed in designated areas outwith the cycle lanes. LCC has not been consulted about these changes. Not all LCC members oppose the proposal but some believe them unjustified and are concerned about traffic congestion. LCC does not endorse the views of the 'South West Edinburgh in motion' Facebook Group, but is content to await developments.' As part of the scheme, the speed limit on Lanark Rd through the LCC area has already been reduced to 30 mph. If you want to complain about the scheme, go to this website: https://www.change.org/p/stop-edinburgh-council-making-dangerous-road-changes-cycle-lanes-parking-cuts-permanent
This road has been close to traffic at the junction with Redhall Drive and a notice at the Redhall Rd end advises drivers that the road is closed except for access for residents and school staff vehicles. This seems to be working successfully.
A student at Heriot Watt University sudying travel probelms faced by people over 55 would like those interested to complete a survey. Go to this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8l9CbGVo30Kk245q9jSBPSVlrczG3QtFiAcnAhG4tRNUMk8wWFNURkYzVTVVSTNSQktMSTdWTTNHUi4u
LCC held its ceremony, observing social distancing at the war memorial on Sunday 8 November 2020. Des Loughney's address and a picture of the wreaths is on the NEWS page. 16 people attended, one a piper.
Edinburgh Council is comemorating the expansion of the City boundaries 100 years ago. An exhibition about it went live yesterday. The link to that is here: https://www.capitalcollections.org.uk/view-item?i=51114
Longstone was one of areas added. The Lord Provost has recorded a message on the matter; go to https://youtu.be/O2qWBButbm8
Flooding in Redhall Park
Investigations have now shown that a blockage caused a well-flowing pipe to overflow. The blockage has been cleared and a new inspection chamber built over a critical junction where field drains from the Park joined the pipe. The source of the water flowing in this pipe, which runs along the north side of the Park, is unknown at present. Investigations will continue. Unfortunmately there is still some flooding in the Park which LCC has asked to be investigated.
Until about 1968, the subway under the canal ('The Tunnel') was the only way to cross the canal, but since then the foorbridge has replaced it. The subway has since become flooded for a reason yet to be found. The history of the subway and it use by local people would be of interest, so could any who have recollections contact the secretary? Photo below is of the south entrance.
LCC has refurbished the outdoor classroom at Longstone Primary School. It was first erected in 2007 in memory of Duncan Colquhoun (see photo of classroom and new plaque below).
If you are concerned about the security of your home, note that Police Community officers can provide home and business crime prevention surveys free of charge. Call 01786 289070.
A report on LCC's Remembrance Ceremony on 11 Nov 2018 is on our NEWS page.
See NEWS for result of 2019 election for LCC.
For meetings and events see the DIARY page.
Close your street for play events
Do you want to arrange a street closure for a children’s play event in your street? Playing Out is a pilot scheme that runs from July to October 2016 that lets you close your street for free.
For more information on Playing Out contact
If you can't get to a City library, make use of this free bus service run by the RVS.
You can choose your books and enjoy a coffee and a chat before being taken home again.
Or use the Home delivery service or the Mobile library service, which visits care homes, retirement flats and sheltered housing complexes.
For the Water of Leith Conservation Trust go to their website.
Residents should note that a local forum called Nextdoor allows them to keep in touch with neighbours, local events and issues. The LCC Secretary is a member of the Nextdoor 'Kingsknowe' group.