The Wester Hailes Community Council held their June meeting yesterday, 6 June 2018, at Wester Hailes library.
The group began by discussing matters arising announcing that their new website was now online though at the moment was just a landing page. The group agreed that they would need to agree on content to fill out the website, with suggestions that it could take on a notice format and then could be distributed on the various community notice boards located throughout Wester Hailes.
The next item in the agenda saw new member David Harper co-opted onto the Community Council. David had shown an interest in acting as the groups Secretary, following a quick election where no one else was nominated David was then elected Secretary.
The Community Council welcomed a report from Police Scotland on some of the crimes that have taken place in the area over the past month. These were:
- 2 Housebreakings.
- 18 Assaults, of note were one on Calder Road which has now been solved and one in Murrayburn Place where inquiries are still ongoing.
- A number of road safety offences including people caught driving without the consent of the vehicles owner, without insurance and without licences.
- Theft, including a case where paint was stolen and then used to vandalise a number of cars in Barn Park.
- 1 Hate crime, which was solved.
- Anti-social behaviour including a male found in the Healthy Living Centre in possession of Class A drugs, as well as a number of youths charged after dropping items on to Hailesland Road from the bridge above.
The Police Report then detailed the ongoing Operation Aftermath which is targeting drug relating has so far resulted in 14 arrests and the seizure of £65,000 worth of drugs. The Police now plan to hold a stall in Westside Plaza on Friday 22 June 2018, where they will be giving drug related advice.
The Community Council then received an update from local Councillor Susan Webber on Edinburgh Council’s Local School Review which has postponed merging WHEC with Currie High School into a new super school. The decision date has now been postponed to Thursday 21 June 2018.
It was also reported that the Wester Hailes Community Trust and Architects HarrisionStevens will be holding a consultation event next Thursday 14 June 2018, 11.00am – 7.00pm at Westside Plaza, asking people what they would like to see in a new civic square, as part of the Making Places project.
The Community Council then decided to use the rest of the meeting as a planning session to discuss how best to promote the group and outline some of the changes they would like to see in Wester Hailes.