THE SOUTHSIDE ASSOCIATION
Founded 1972 Scottish Charity No SCO12262
The Southside Association was founded in 1972 when local people campaigned to halt the demolition of tenements and other buildings in the area. Nowadays, the Association is a non-political amenity group, with an interest in social, welfare, environmental, educational, planning, licensing and recreational matters as they affect the Southside area.
The Southside Association meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7pm in the South Side Community Centre, 117 Nicolson Street. We often have guest speakers on subjects of local interest, as well as a police officer and one of the local councillors being in attendance to answer questions and take up issues on behalf of members.
New members are always very welcome. Membership costs just £6 for a year (running from the AGM in May to the following April).
Chair/Secretary : Colin Christison
Vice Chair : Jo Scott
Treasurer : Hilary McDowell
Carol Service and Festive Lights Ceremony
We had a carol service and lighting ceremony on Tuesday 5th December in St Patrick Square.
See the video.
The Southside Association has applied for funding to paint two more murals - in the pends from Nicolson Street to Gibbs Entry and Haddon's Court. If our bids are successful we hope to be able to brighten these up with some attractive artwork, to make the place look a bit more cared for. Further information here as soon as we hear the outcome of our funding bids.
Annual General Meeting
The annual General Meeting of the Southside Association was held on Tuesday, 2nd May. Colin Christison, elected as Chair for a further year, gave a report which you can see here.
Concern has been expressed about the future of the Nelson Hall, as we understand the South Side Community Centre Management Committee has decided not to continue with the lease. The hall therefore falls back to City of Edinburgh Council control on 1st July. We hope the Council will find a way to allow the hall to continue to be available to the many users, for whom this is a valuable community resource.
The Pleasance Triangle (at numbers 69 to 73) is being upgraded. Raised flower beds have been installed, and a new stone and resin surface laid. It just needs to be planted up now:
The Southside Doctors' Surgery on Bernard Terrace has now moved to Cameron Toll. There is an existing medical centre there, the Conan Doyle Medical Centre, where some space has become available. Here is some background to the move.
Plans for the Causey
The plans for West Crosscauseway drawn up by the Causey Development Trust (which you can see here)
, have now been abandoned after many objections were recieved to the TRO and RSO.
The Southside Association discussed these proposals at its October meeting and decided that some of the proposals were not what the local residents want. A constructive comment was submitted to the Council suggesting alternative ways of achieving the aims of the Causey Project without some of the drawbacks of the scheme as proposed.
New plans are now being developed. They were presented to a drop in session on 1st June, and pictures of the information panels can be seen on the Southside Community Council website www.sccedinburgh.org.uk.