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.
LCC will next meet on Monday 8 November...
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.
Lateral flow tests are no longer available at Wester Hailes Library but you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.
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.
Mobile test units will be at Westside Plaza Shopping Centre car park, Wester Hailes Road, EH14 2SW from Monday 18 October to Saturday 30 October (closed Sundays), 10am to 5pm. These will PCR tests.
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. However, it appears that there are no immediate plans to demolish the building.
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
WARNING to CYCLISTS!
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.
During term time, this road is closed 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.
Until about 1968, the subway under the canal ('The Tunnel') was the only way to cross the canal, but since then the foorbridge has become the preferred route. Latterly the subway became flooded due to a drain blockage. This has now been cleared and water entering the south end drains away at the north end via a gulley (shown in the picture below). It is thought that the source of the water is a spring. LCC would like the spring sealed but it cannot persuade CEC to undertake this at present.
The history of the subway and it use by local people would be of interest, so could any who have recollections please contact the LCC secretary.
In 2019 LCC refurbished the outdoor classroom at Longstone Primary School. It was first erected in 2007 in memory of Duncan Colquhoun (see photo of classroom below). Unfortunately, due to its deteriorating condition, the classroom has not been used for 2 years and is unsafe. Neither the school nor LCC has the funds to restore it, which, in any case, is probably not practicable. It may have to be demolished.
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. Police recommend the following security measures:
Keep windows and doors locked/Secure sheds and garages/Fit-check outside security lighting is working/Fit a shed or garage alarm/Fit an intruder alarm/Record or security mark valuable property/Consider additional garage door locks/Use timer switches on lights/Secure bicycles to a ground anchor/Consider leaving a radio or audio device on when not at home
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.