Is Greyfriars Bobby getting his lamppost back.

The pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge could include a replcement lamppost for Greyfriars Bobby.

The current pavement refurbishment on George IV Bridge.

The statue situated on Candlemaker Row was unvieled without ceremony in 1873.

It was erected by Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, with the permission of the City Council.The original statue contained a fountain for the public with bronze cups chained to it and at ground level a drinking trough for dogs. Bronze cups were used because the copper in the bronze kills germs and is hardwearing. They new a thing or two in those days.

Tell tale signs. Two plastic pipes for the wiring of the Lamppost.

There was also a gaslight behind the statue which illuminated the statue at night. This light was cut down to the height of the railings and stoppered when the city streetlights were converted to electricity. After a further refurbishment it was removed altogether

Now there are tell-tale signs that the City Council is replacing the lamp during the refurbishment of the pavements on George IV Bridge. To plastic pipes can be seen behind the statue of Bobby suitable for electric cables.

This idea of replacing the light at the famous and most photographed statue in Edinburgh came from the One o’clock Gun and Timeball Association.

Local historian George Robinson has recently compiled ‘The Greyfriars Bobby A-Z in fact & fiction’.

The book is available from Edinburgh Books, West Port, priced £5.00.


Planning Applications, April 4th 2011, from Friend’s of Gardner’s Crescent and for the Arnold Clark site at West Tollcross.

Garden at Gardner's Crescent

Comprehensive plans for the refurbishment of Gardner’s Crescent gardens submitted by the Friend’s of Gardner’s Crescent submitted. Looks very impressive with re-instatement of railings and gates and replanting trees.

Material alterations to planning on the former Arnold Clark site at West Tollcross with the application for Student Housing.

An application for off-street parking at 61 Gilmore Place. Access to the parking will be over the pavement through a large gap in the boundary wall at the rear of the property. This property is in the Marchmont, Meadows and Bruntsfield Conservation area.

Also new windows to be fitted to a flat at the rear of Lothian House.

All applications can be viewed here.

The above planning applications can be discussed at the next Tollcross Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13th April at 7.00pm, held in the Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge.

For those unable to get to the viewing of the new James Gillespies School plans there are also pre-planning sketches of the proposed James Gillespies High School available here.

Members of the design team will be at the next Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council meeting next Wednesday (13th) at 7:30pm in St Catherine’s Argyle Church. There will be an opportunity from 7pm to ask informal questions before the meeting.

Flashlight Mob Torch The Causey

On Wednesday evening, 9th March 2011, I joined fifty cheery people of all ages help light up The Causey.

The event, PopUP Lighting at The Causey, led to the lighting up of two hstoric buildings, the Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church on West Crosscauseway and The Chapel of Ease on Chapel Street.

There was also a very clever group who worked on the traffic island, lightpainting to create some fantastic images.

We met at the Southside Community Centre at 6.15pm and after coffee, sandwiches, biscuits and a tin of chocolates, there was a short presentation, then after being divided up into three groups we progressed to The Causey.

On arriving at our destination we were given large torches and some colour film. These powerful torches were used to light up the buildings with some spectacular effects.

It was a cold and rainy evening but half way through Isobel came round with Mars bars which were very welcome.

After more fun and games, including playing at shadow puppets on the wall of an adjoining building, we adjourned to 56 North to watch the rushes on a big screen TV and enjoy a complimentary drink from the landlord.

Pictures by kind permission of the The Causey Development Trust project led by Natalie Bell of KSLD and her colleagues.

A complete set of images are available on Facebook.

Meadows & Morningside Partnership to meet

The papers for the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership are available here.

Items on the Agenda include James Gillespie’s re-build consultation, and a report improving the response to the Severe Winter Weather.

The Community Grants Fund has been cut by 8 percent so get in early if you need money for a local project. Amounts up to £5000 are available.

The meeting is open to all members of the public living in the Meadows and Morningside Wards and is being held in the Business Centre, City Chambers, on Monday 14th March at 7.00pm with tea and coffee available from 6.30pm.

Gillespie’s planning application and Police news

The latest planning applications for the Tollcross area are available here.

The applications include property on Gilmore Place, Lady Lawson Street and Lister Housing, at Lauriston Place, Lauriston Terrace and Archibald Place along with James Gillespie’s High School new school, Whitehouse Loan.

The latest Police report for the Fountainbridge & Craiglockhart areas is also available here.

There is an opportunity to discuss Planning applications and Policing matters at the Tollcross Community Council meeting at Tollcross Community Centre on Wednesday 9th March at 7.00pm.

Keep up-to-date with the Tollcross area at Tollcross Online.