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Summer Fair: Calling all Performers!

on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:32.

Calling all performers!

Calling all performers! We would like to welcome all local musicians, dancers, sports groups, and entertainment groups to be part of our performance tent programme on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

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Biffa Award Funding Boost for Montgomery Street Park

on Sunday, 01 March 2015 10:08.

The Friends of Montgomery Street Park are celebrating a £40,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Montgomery Street Park is set for a major upgrade after a group of local residents were successful in their funding bid. The grant from Biffa Award means that the hard-surface sports area, which is currently cracked, uneven and pot-holed, will be completely refurbished. The area will be levelled and resurfaced with rubber, then painted with lines for both football and basketball. New goal posts and basketball hoops will be installed and new seating added, in the form of long-lasting and low-maintenance recycled plastic benches. The work will start in mid-March and should be finished by the end of April.

The application was the result of a public consultation exercise, and several local groups, including schools, churches and youth organisations, wrote letters of support.

Jackie Reid, Head Teacher at Leith Walk Primary School, said, "Many of our pupils make excellent use of the park, which has become a hub of our community. As a school, we use the park extensively to ensure our pupils are active and healthy. We also hold our Nursery Sports Day there each year in June. Improving the facility in this way will undoubtedly enhance our school, and wider community."

Rev. Gordy Mackay, Minister of Abbeyhill Baptist Church and local resident, said, "Montgomery Street Park is a vital and very valued space within our community. Over many years Abbeyhill Baptist Church has benefitted from our close proximity to the park. We have used the park for picnics, participated in fun days and enjoy taking groups of children and teenagers there to play games. These improvements to the park and the facilities within it will bring significant benefit to the park's many users and will be greatly welcomed."

Gillian French, Programme Manager at Biffa Award, said "Biffa Award is delighted to support this project, which has been led by local residents and involved local children. Outdoor spaces are incredibly important; the improved area will be a fun, stimulating and engaging place where children and their parents can meet and socialise."

The funding from Biffa Award will go directly towards creating a safer and more usable space for park users, in what is the most densely populated area of not just Edinburgh, but Scotland (Census 2011). The upgraded sports facilities will be free to use. The improvements will promote active living and sports engagement, directly benefiting the health and wellbeing of local residents, who – having small or no private gardens – make good use of the park.

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FoMSP AGM

on Sunday, 25 May 2014 19:40.

FoMSP AGM 28th May 2014, 8:00 p.m. at the Abbeymount Centre (2-4 Abbey Mount EH8 8EJ, next to the Regent Pub).

Sadly we are losing two of our key officers to pastures new, so whilst we wish them the very best of luck in their new endeavors, more FoMSP committee members are now urgently needed.

Do you enjoy Montgomery Street Park? Do you have ideas for improvements to the Park? Do you just want to see what FoMSP is all about? If you answered Yes! to any of these questions, and you could spare just a couple of hours every few months, then FoMSP would really value your involvement!  Please come along to Wednesday's meeting or drop us a line via the Contact page, or Facebook.

Park Improvements Survey

on Sunday, 25 May 2014 19:11.

 


Tell us what improvements you

want to see in the park

and we’ll do our best to make

them happen!

 

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Clarification of continued 'No Dogs' status

on Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:51.

Following the recent removal of the ‘No Dogs’ signs and the apparent re-introduction of dogs to Montgomery Street Park we have been in discussion with the Council to establish definitively the position of the park in terms of its designation with regards dogs. 

James Hunter, City of Edinburgh Council’s Environment Manager for the City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood has now advised us as follows:

"I have sought advice from our Legal team in relation to the ‘dog-free’ status at Montgomery Street Park.  I confirm that in 1999 the City of Edinburgh Council made a decision to exclude dogs from the whole of Montgomery Street Park by designating the entire area as a playground.  I am advised that the decision of the Recreation Committee to exclude dogs from the park has not been overturned or invalidated by the introduction of the new park management rules and that any revocation of, or change to, this decision would need to be made by the Council or one of its committees.

This means that the original decision to exclude dogs from the park remains in place and it is therefore advisable that signage recently removed from the park indicating that dogs are excluded will need to be re-instated.

The local Parks team had interpreted that responsible access with dogs would be permitted, except within the fenced off play area where dogs would not be permitted.  I regret that our actions failed to recognise a previous Council decision to exclude dogs from the whole of Montgomery Street Park.  We are sorry for any confusion caused on this issue."

Mr Hunter kindly attended our AGM on Wednesday evening and has undertaken to promptly introduce a notice into the park clarifying this position and providing a little background to the issue.  He has also undertaken to work with FoMSP to quickly decide the type and location of the permanent signage which will be reintroduced.  Beyond that, it was acknowledged some additional support from Council employees would be necessary in order to communicate the position to park users in the coming weeks to try to counteract the confusion which has arisen.

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