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The Cockburn Association Newsletter Autumn 2016

Posted on 4 Oct 2016 by Marion

My first Newsletter message to Cockburn Association members comes at an important time. As I write we are waiting to see the new hotel proposal for the Old Royal High School, sometime at the beginning of November, whilst the appeal process has been SISTED, paused, to allow this. The Reporters’ verdict on the Local Development Plan for Edinburgh was delivered recently. Then we had the response of the Scottish Government to the Planning Review, with the promise of a White Paper to follow.

Through all this the Cockburn continues to be very active. Sometimes the good work done by our Director goes unrecognised. For example, early and off-the-record discussions on potential planning applications can result in beneficial modifications which, by their nature, are not publicised. However, it is not possible for us to engage with every planning application, or even to argue the case on a local development for every one of our many affiliated organisations.

We are addressing the challenge in two related ways. We have disbanded the Cases Committee and in its place we are establishing an Urban Design Group that will focus more strategically on development and design across the city. In addition, we are appointing Assistant Directors to work with this group and shape our ideas and responses on significant developments. We will continue to punch above our weight at this critical time.
Finally, I want to thank you for supporting the Cockburn Association. We are independent and so depend on you, our members.

Cliff Hague, Chair



Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2016 proved to be another successful event in our 26th year of organising this popular programme. A week of talks and walks were well attended and then 120 venues opened their doors to the public. We are now going through the feedback, responding to those who have contacted us and a report will be available at the end of the month. Thank you to all those who took part and to all the staff and volunteers who put so much work into opening their buildings. Thanks also to our sponsors, City & Country, City of Edinburgh Council and MacTaggart & Mickel and to all those who made donations and sponsored Joseph’s triathlon.

EDOD 2017 will take place 23/24 September

Autumn is upon us and we have some events to keep you out and about.
Our Annual Lecture takes place on 27 October, we have two site visits being planned for November and a Christmas gathering at the Botanic Cottage for our members on 5 December.
Details will appear on our website events page

We have a vacancy on the Cockburn Council for a treasurer and would welcome interest from our members to fulfil the position. If you would like to discuss this please contact me for details. Thank you to Bob Cowan who stood down recently from the role.

We are busy with planning applications, consultations and partnership working to further our aims. I look forward to increasing our staff numbers to help with our work and implementation of our Strategic Plan. I will introduce our assistant directors later this month.

If you are interested in our work please consider volunteering for one of our committees:

  •  Strategic Planning and Environment (SPEC)
  •  Transport
  •  Events, Membership and Fundraising

Let me know if you would like details and dates of meetings.

I was pleased to be invited to the Scott Monument on 21 September to see the new lighting scheme switched on. I had stood there one wet, cold evening to discuss the scheme with council officers and KSLD. We are all delighted with the results. I recommend you take a look (before 18 November when Edinburgh’s Christmas takes over!).

Our IT system will be upgraded over the period 6 – 11 October. Please bear with us over this period.
The Office will be open Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm as usual; those on facebook can message us; and you can phone 0131 557 8686, leave a message and we will get back to you.

Marion Williams