Firrhill Community Council would like to welcome you to our website and hope you will find the information you are seeking within its pages. The use of the website as a community activity resource is important to us, if you have any comments to make or consider we have omitted any activity or event, please tell us.

The Community Council is an elected group of people (all volunteers) with an interest in the well-being of the Colinton Mains, Firrhill and Oxgangs area of Edinburgh. Our role is to represent the community and relay residents' views to the elected members and officers of the City of Edinburgh Council and other bodies. We in turn are consulted by the Local Authority on matters affecting our neighbourhood.

Details of our meetings are on this page.  Everyone is welcome and we urge you come along and meet us.  If you are interested in doing more to improve the area in which you live please consider joining us.

Information on Community Councils is available on this website and on the City of Edinburgh's website.

The Community Council elections have taken place and we are pleased to announce 8 members of the community have been appointed as elected members forming the first ever all female community council for this area. As our AGM, held on 25th November, was our last meeting in 2019, may we take this opportunity to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year

See below for our latest postings

Latest Postings
  • NHS Volunteer Support

    We have been asked about how folks can volunteer for the NHS and have obtained the following details;

     “The Voluntary Services Team is currently processing hundreds of applications for ‘ward helper’ volunteers who will be able to begin volunteering from the 13th of April.

    Volunteers are a key part of the NHS tactical response to depleted staffing levels, ensuring that patients have contact and someone to run errands to the hospital shop, ensure that patients have some mental stimulation, are assisted to complete menu cards and are prompted to eat and drink. Ward helpers will have undertaken the required elements of recruitment and induction to keep themselves and patients safe.

    The NHS will be recruiting to additional roles from the middle of April. If you know anyone who would be interested, they should keep an eye on the NHS Lothian Voluntary Services on the NHS Lothian external website.”

  • Firrhill Drive - BT Network Upgrade

    Residents in Firrhill Drive should be aware that Morrisons Utilities will be working in their street between No 49 and the Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre from Monday, 10th to Friday 14th February 2020.  Further information can be obtained from Kevin Cook,  Engineer, for the city of Edinburgh Council, Services for Communities Road Services. Tel: 0131 529 7180.  Mob: 07786334690

  • Food Hygiene Course and Certificate

    Please find details attached for a free, upcoming food hygiene course at Caledonian Community Centre. If you are interested please contact Zak Yousaf directly to book a place (Up to 30 places available). Email Zakia.yousaf100@mod.gov.uk. Information received via EVOC

  • Place Standard Report July 2019

    Within South West Edinburgh Locality, the Oxgangs area is prioritised as one of the four small areas due to the level of deprivation. To understand this community’s needs and what is required to be improved, a community engagement exercise was undertaken. Taking a bottom up or grassroots approach was essential. This community engagement exercise took place with the people living in Oxgangs, Firrhill and Colinton Mains during January to June 2019. To read the report from that exercise go to our News page or click on the heading above.

  • South West Edinburgh CAP - Residents Survey 2019

    We have been asked by the Police to promote an online survey being carried out by the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP).   They would like local residents to tell them what they think about their local area, and in particular about young people (under 18 years old) drinking in public places.  To access the survey click on the title.

  • Oxgangs Green Development Site

    Planning Application 16/06134/FUL for a proposed residential development consisting of 70-80 units of affordable housing with associated roads, parking, infrastructure and landscaping was withdrawn on 4th Sept.
    The applicant has now submitted Planning Application Notice 17/0444/PAN for a revised proposal consisting of 70 to 90 units.     

  • Dog Fouling: Leaflet

    Keeping an environment clean and free from hazards is the responsibility of those who live in that locality.  A regular complaint made by residents is dogs fouling our pavements and places where our children play.  Environmental Wardens in the South West Neighbourhood have issued a leaflet covering dog fouling and we have copied it here for your information.  If you have a dog please heed the advice given.

  • Police Alert

    We regularly receive reports on break-ins to both vehicles and sheds / garages. Police are asking local residents to be aware, to be vigilant to security light activations, unusual noises etc.? 

  • Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

    A new page has been added to our website advertising the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.  As can be seen from the Police Alert above, theft from houses and garden sheds is constantly being reported to our meetings by the Community Police Officer.  At our February meeting, she presented a leaflet promoting the scheme.  It has been reproduced on our new page along with a link to the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland website.

  • Personal Safety

    We provided access to information from the Police on how to protect yourself from Doorstep Crime and Bogus Workmen as such crimes had been highlighted as a result of recent incidents in this area.   The Police website also provides information on how to protect yourself from other risks.  For more information on this go to our Useful Info - Police page.

Our meeting place

Oxgangs Care Offices

Firrhill Neuk

Our next Meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday 27 April 2020 at 6.00 pmPlease note that all meetings have currently been cancelled

Draft Agenda and note of previous meeting

Firrhill Community Council meetings are normally held on the 4th Monday of each month with the exception of December, when no meeting is held. 

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Date of next meeting: 27 April 2020 at 6.00 pm
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