The Wester Hailes Community Council held their October Meeting at Wester Hailes yesterday, Wednesday 3 October 2018, hearing a report on crime in the area over the past month and discussing the difficulties with repairs on mixed tenant properties.
The meeting attended by local councillors Susan Webber, Ricky Henderson and Neil Gardiner began by passing the minutes and addressing any issues from the previous meeting.
They then welcomed a report from community Police Officer Euan Chancellor, last month in Wester Hailes there were:
- No Housebreakings
- 13 Assaults with 5 solved – incidents of note included a robbery against a taxi driver in Dumbryden and a Police Officer assaulted in the Calders
- 3 Road Traffic Offences – including a case of careless driving on Wester Hailes Road
- 11 Thefts – mostly involving Shoplifting however 1 car was broken into and electronics were stolen
- 3 Hate crimes
- An incident of Anti-social behaviour at Wester Hailes library where 3 have been charged
PC Chancellor then gave an update on Operation Aftermath which is targeting the drug supply in the area. He was happy to report that there had been a number of successes with 2 separate drug seizures in Murrayburn. PC Chancellor thanked the community for their support with Operation Aftermath and urged anyone who thinks they may know something about drug use to report it, this can be done anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Community Council then heard from the local Councillors. Councillor Henderson gave an update on an issue raised by a resident relating to the repairs of properties where the tenants are made up of both council and private residents. One resident had reported that the Council had removed the cladding on the outside of his property but were yet to make repairs because the tenants were mixed. Councillor Henderson reported that he had taken the issue to the relevant team at the Council and was awaiting a reply. After several questions Councilor Gardiner stated that he would find out the Council’s policy on maintaining ownership on flats where the building has mixed ownership and relay it to the Community Council at their next meeting. Finally Councillor Webber reported that a recent waste amnesty in Murrayburn had been a huge success with 6 tonnes of waste received, she urged any residents who have seen items of furniture abandoned to report it to the Council’s Flytipping hotline 0131 608 1100.
Moving on to any other competent business it was reported that the metal fences that have been lying on the Greenway, outside Canal View Primary School for several weeks has been reported to the Council, who were under the impressed that they were needed for Gas works. They agreed to look into it with the Gas Company and see about getting them removed.
The next meeting of the Wester Hailes Community Council will take place on Wednesday 7 November 2018, 6.00pm – 7.45pm at Wester Hailes library.