Welcome to the website of Longstone Community Council
We represent about 4000 residents who live in most of the parish of Slateford/Longstone, which includes, not just Longstone, but Redhall, Slateford, Kingsknowe and the area around Dovecot Park south of Lanark Road to the river (see plan on the ABOUT US page).
This page will show the latest news and activities. For older news go to our NEWS page.
LCC does not meet in January, April, July or August unless there is urgent business.
LCC will next meet on 13 June 2022 in Slateford/Longstone Church (Kingsknowe RoadNorth) from 7:30 to 9pm. This will consist of the 2022 AGM and also a normal monthly meeting.
Scotland's Census Day was 20 March. But there is still just time for those who have not yet completed it, to submit it, either digitally or via the post. If you don't submit it by the end of May, you will incur a £1000 fine!
If you are in need of financial or material help and live in our area, you can apply to The John Hutton Trust. Go to this link (our LINKS page) and click on the John Hutton line.
For the LCC Chair's address at the war memorial on 14 Nov 2021, go to NEWS: Remembrance Sunday
To see the film associated with this, go to this link and scroll down to the picture of a tram. There you can see the film by renting it for £1.
Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so people are urged to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
Home testing kits are available for people to pick up. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has reopened (as of 9am on 21st Dec 2021) as a Covid-19 vaccination site. The clinic will offer a combination of booked and drop-in appointments for first, second or booster doses. EICC clinic opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Please also see the following link which provides a guide for doing nasal only Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) at home in various community languages - How to do a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test at home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you can’t get to one of the test centres, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119 or collect them from most chemists or libraries in Edinburgh.
You can find out more about community testing at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting
New cycle lanes and midroad parking have been marked out on Lanark Rd and Inglis Green Rd/Longstone Road (as far as the roundabout). This prohibits all kerbside parking but parking is allowed in designated areas outwith the cycle lanes. LCC has not been consulted about these changes. Not all LCC members oppose the proposal but some believe them unjustified and are concerned about traffic congestion. LCC does not endorse the views of the 'South West Edinburgh in motion' Facebook Group, but is content to await developments. As part of the scheme, the speed limit on Lanark Rd through the LCC area has already been reduced to 30 mph. If you want to complain about the scheme, go to this website: https://www.change.org/p/stop-edinburgh-council-making-dangerous-road-changes-cycle-lanes-parking-cuts-permanent
During term time, this road is closed to traffic at the junction with Redhall Drive and a notice at the Redhall Rd end advises drivers that the road is closed except for access for residents and school staff vehicles.
In 2019 LCC refurbished the outdoor classroom at Longstone Primary School. It was first erected in 2007 in memory of Duncan Colquhoun (see photo of classroom below). Unfortunately, due to its deteriorating condition, the classroom has not been used for 2 years and is unsafe. Neither the school nor LCC has the funds to restore it, which, in any case, is probably not practicable. It may have to be demolished.
If you are concerned about the security of your home, note that Police Community officers can provide home and business crime prevention surveys free of charge. Call 01786 289070. Police recommend the following security measures:
Keep windows and doors locked/Secure sheds and garages/Fit-check outside security lighting is working/Fit a shed or garage alarm/Fit an intruder alarm/Record or security mark valuable property/Consider additional garage door locks/Use timer switches on lights/Secure bicycles to a ground anchor/Consider leaving a radio or audio device on when not at home
See NEWS for result of 2019 election for LCC.
For meetings and events see the DIARY page.
For alcohol addiction treatment go to the LINKS page.
Close your street for play events
Do you want to arrange a street closure for a children’s play event in your street? Playing Out is a pilot scheme that runs from July to October 2016 that lets you close your street for free.
For more information on Playing Out contact
If you can't get to a City library, make use of this free bus service run by the RVS.
You can choose your books and enjoy a coffee and a chat before being taken home again.
Or use the Home delivery service or the Mobile library service, which visits care homes, retirement flats and sheltered housing complexes.
Residents should note that a local forum called Nextdoor allows them to keep in touch with neighbours, local events and issues. The LCC Secretary is a member of the Nextdoor 'Kingsknowe' group.