Spotlight Magazine - Issue #08 - South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Dalmeny & Newton

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Welcome to the 8th Edition of Spotlight Magazine


elcome back to the 8th edition of Spotlight Magazine, your friendly local guide to what’s on in South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Dalmeny and Newton... and welcome also to 2020! The Christmas and New Year festivities will seem a long way in the past, but there are still a few photos we’ve not published since issue 7 from the Christmas in Queensferry lighting-up ceremony and the Rotary’s clubs ever-popular Santa’s Sleigh Tour.

in the centre of Queensferry. Anyone who is fed up working from home but dreads the commute take note! Elsewhere in the issue you will find our usual summary of what’s on in the area over the next two months. Don’t forget that if you have an event to promote in this section, just drop us a line at hello@ and we’ll happily include it. We’re excited about the year ahead and have plans to engage with the local community on an even broader scale than before, so look out in future issues for increased coverage of news and events that matter to you.

This issue also features two major local news stories; the long-awaited project update from Ironside Farrar on the High Street refurbishment works, on behalf of Edinburgh City Council. Also, we have a feature on an exciting new development at the newly refurbished Quantum House

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At the last business meeting of 2019, the Rotary Club of South Queensferry unanimously agreed to donate ÂŁ1,000 towards the construction of a new vessel for Mercy Ships. This faith-based organisation operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world. Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the Africa Mercy delivers free, vital medical care to some of the world's least developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Equipped with a complete surgical hospital, the ship spends up to ten months in various African ports treating dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and various other conditions. The Mercy Ships team also mentors and trains local medical professionals to improve their skills and enable them to offer after care to the patients who have been operated on. In many cas-

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Saturday 1st. South Queensferry Artisan Craft Market, hosted by Artisan Antics.

1.30pm to 5.30pm, Port Edgar Scout Hall. Monthly Maker’s Market where you will find a selection of beautifully handcrafted gifts from local artisans and makers.

Sunday 16th. Snowdrop Sunday (Scottish Snowdrop Festival)

Sunday 2nd. Dundas Castle Wedding Showcase. Hosted by Dundas Castle.

1pm to 4pm, Dundas Castle, South Queensferry, EH30 9SP. Fantastic opportunity to see the Castle beautifully set up for a wedding, with the team on hand to answer any questions. A selection of recommended suppliers such as photographers/ florists will be attending the event also. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance due to limited space. Further information: email or call 0131 319 2039.

Saturday 8th. Winter Wildlife Workshop

12pm to 1.30pm (drop in anytime) Drop into the castle and give wildlife a helping hand this winter. Make a bird feeder, bird box or mini beast home to take away. Included in normal admission price.

Friday 14th. Spring Fling Ceilidh to raise funds for Queensferry Rowing Club

7pm to 10.30pm, Port Edgar Scout Hall Tickets £15/£10 for U18s. For tickets email Lorna Bark: or buy from QRC shed. BYOB, includes half time food.

10.30am to 4pm As part of this annual festival Hopetoun’s grounds are open for one day only. Explore the natural snowdrop display in the Hopetoun hundred acres, there will be maps and a trail for children and adults to follow along the way. Warm up with delicious food and hot drinks in the Stables Kitchen, open exclusively to Snowdrop Sunday customers. Ranger led walks at 10.30am & 2pm which must be pre-booked by emailing ranger@ hopetoun or by phone on 0131 319 3956. £5 adult/£2.50 child. Further general information: email enquiries@ hopetoun or call 0131 331 2451.

Thursday 20th. Gin Lamp making class @ Honeypot Creative Café, run by The Scottish Bag Co.

7-9pm The Scottish Bag Co wlll be running their 1st gin lamp class for 2020, be creative and learn to make your very own lampshade from scratch. Cost is £45 which includes everything needed to make your bottle lamp, except the fabric. Book your place by contacting The Scottish Bag Co.

Friday 28th. Queensferry Sports & Community Hub quiz night.

7pm @ The Hub, 30 Ashburnham Road, EH30 9JN. To raise funds for maintenance and improvement to the community facilities. Tickets are £5 each or teams of up to 6 £25, available at reception at The Hub or call 0131 629 8115. Ticket includes a finger buffet.

Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th. Edinburgh Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair.

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Feb 29th. Open Mic Night, hosted by Kirkliston Gala page.

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Queensferry High Street Town Centre Improvement The latest update from the environmental consultants, Ironside Farrar, on South Queensferry’s town centre improvement project. • Installation of a three-way signalised junction at the foot of the Loan to improve road safety and deliver a pedestrian crossing.

Progress so far: Since the last consultation project update in June 2019 a detailed package of construction drawings has been prepared to take forward the £2million project.

• Promotion of an Environmental Order to restrict heavy vehicles passing through the High Street (not heavier than 7.5 tonnes), allowing limited HGV service access between 6am and Midday.

Following detailed design discussions with the project Steering Group the scope of the works will include the following:

• The same number of car parking spaces retained on the High Street.

• New high-quality granite footway and carriageway surfacing with whinstone kerbs and reclaimed cobbles, all laid on a high strength concrete base.

The project will focus on resurfacing the main High Street, narrowing Newhalls Road leading up to the Hawes Car Park to create additional parking spaces and the construction of a new turning circle at the West end of the Hawes Car Park.

• Retained two-way traffic – the road will be narrowed to 4.5m wide in line with Edinburgh Designing Streets Guidance. 36

The project is now in the Tender phase and we expect the contract to be awarded in March 2020 with construction due to start in April 2020.

to function. Details relating to the programme and phasing of the works will be made public when a contractor has been appointed next year.

When the contract is awarded, we will hold community update meetings with residents and businesses, so the contractor can meet stakeholders in the Town Centre and discuss programming and access requirements.

Community & Business We will be creating a package of measures to support the needs of local business and residents in advance of work starting. It is our intention to establishing a Community and Business Forum to develop proposals for business support and ensure good channels of communication between the Council, the Contractor, and the Community. The Queensferry & District Community Council continues to provide invaluable support in taking the project forward.

When the work starts, we will continue to hold quarterly community meetings and we will issue regular updates regarding works programming, access arrangements and construction progress from the contractor.

Construction At this stage we don’t know how the contractor will phase and undertake the work, however, due to the restricted nature of the site we anticipate the High Street will need to be physically closed for almost a year. Works shut-down periods have been written into the contract for the Ferry Fair and the Christmas 2020 trading period to allow the Town Centre

A meeting was held with business representatives in September 2019 to discuss the planned road layout, access requirements during the construction phase, likely phasing of the works and ideas for an Open for Business campaign. The project team will be supporting Stakeholder Liaison and Communications for the project in 2020 until completion.


More information If you need any more information about the project at this stage please contact me on the following email david.sinclair@

In advance of the works start date we will arrange meetings for local residents and businesses to meet the project team and contractor. In the New Year we will setup drawings and plans in a venue on the High Street (to be agreed) so you can see the plans in more detail.

We will be arranging for project updates to be posted on the Queensferry and District Community Council Facebook page and Website as well as community noticeboards in the Town.

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