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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.


There has been a request for a special meeting to hear community views on the Spaces for People scheme on Lanark Road, Longstone Road and Inglis Green Road, views that can be presented to CEC. This meeting , via Zoom, has been arranged for 7:30 pm on Monday 2 August. The login link is shows below:


Meeting ID: 864 1121 0868

Passcode: 111894

The open meeting will be followed by a private meeting of LCC to discuss and analyse the various views expresed and to clarify how we present a view to CEC. 

Please note that Covid-19 tests are available at Wester Hailes Library from 2 to 7 August, 9am  to 6pm, and there’s no need to book. Home testing kits are available for people to pick up. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results. 

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.  

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so people are urged to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated. 

ALERT  Kingsknowe Roadhouse

The long-awaited decision on the future of this building was made today (19 May). The Application to demolish it and replace it by a row of 3-storey town houses was granted by the planning subcommittee today. The number of objections was mentioned by the planning officer but the objection by LCC was not. 

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

A cyclist has recently (19 June 2021) found pin tacks on the cycle lane citywards opposite Dovecot Park. He had to walk home to Morningside after deflating one tyre. Beware.

Redhall Grove
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

ReDrawing Edinburgh

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

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 Parks Dept is attempting to drain the subway and LCC is asking it to deal with what looks like a leaking spring. 
     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

Email: cf.play@edinburgh.gov.uk

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.

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