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Welcome to the official website of the Queensferry & District Community Council, a voluntary but statutory body representing the people of Queensferry and Dalmeny.


NewsIconv2.jpg (Click headline for more info.Some links are pdf files) • Lothian Bus Fare changes 2nd Feb 2020  • Just Eat Bike Hire in QueensferryBurnshot Bridge Update #18Hopetoun Rd Closure from 6th Jan for 13 weeks - bus diversionsHigh St Improvement Project Update Dec 2019  • CALA Presentation on Builyeon Rd & Springfield 25th Nov 2019  • School Term Dates 2019/20   • Forth Bridges Area Tourism Strategy  • THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL KEY FACTS AND FIGURES 2019-2020

* Download pdf reader here if required

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For up to date news including TTRO's (Traffic/ roadworks orders) check our Facebook page.No FB account required and recent posts can be viewed on the feed on this page.

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3D-Red-Heart-Transparent.png Registered Defibrillators Location List (May 2019).

            Full list from Scottish Ambulance Service here.


FP INEOS Dalmeny Siren Procedure in emergency - click here.   Go in, stay in, tune in


Some of the key areas of focus for 2020: • High St refurbishment  • Cruise Liner Visits - Management of the experience, the transport set up & promoting Queensferry •Youth Engagement programme  • Local Business engagement • Housing Developments - Springfield, Builyeon Rd, Ferrymuir, South Scotstoun • New QHS facilities opening • Forth Bridge Experience • Just Eat Bike Hire.....


Upcoming Main Events in Queensferry 2020 

For details, updates and other events see What's on in South Queensferry here.

* Details and dates subject to change or cancellation. Please check with organisers before making plans

Cruise Ship Visit dates will be announced on CruiseForth Website shortly. 


safeTalk

As a member of the Queensferry Community you will likely be aware that the area is used as a destination for people who are having suicidal thoughts. We know that if you feel confident to approach and speak to people who are experiencing distress you can save a life.

safeTALK is suicide alertness training. It teaches people to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and how to communicate with them to provide practical assistance and to activate a ‘suicide alert’ by following the ‘TALK’ (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) steps.

Training has been arranged for the Queensferry community on Thursday 20th February 2020 from 6-9pm at the Forth Bridge Education and Contact Centre. It would be particularly relevant for people working in the community for example in shops, pubs and libraries and also members of the public who regularly walk, run or cycle in the local area and over the Forth Road Bridge.

I would be grateful if you could share details of this training with any relevant people. Booking for the training can be done via Eventbrite at the link below. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safetalk-training-for-the-qu…

If you require any further information please get in touch.

Kind Regards,
Amy
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HOPETOUN RD BRIDGE UPDATE from City of Edinburgh Council...

(Expected road closure from 6th Jan for 13 weeks)

‘The masonry parapet along the north the Hopetoun Road has moved and showing signs of distress. As a matter of public safety, the path directly under the bridge has been closed for fear of the parapet collapsing unto a pedestrian or cyclist below. Works are scheduled to begin 6 January 2020 under a full road closure between Morison Gardens and Plewlandcroft. The closure is anticipated to take 13 weeks, to facilitate the following works:

  • Take down of parapet wall to top of the masonry arch.
  • Rebuild masonry, correcting the bulge in the wall.
  • Strengthening works to rebuilt wall to prevent slippage in the future.
  • New drainage measures to improve the water management and surface run off of the carriageway
  • Reinstatement of carriageway and road markings.

There will also be general repairs to the walls either side of the parapet, sealing of the masonry arch and investigations prior to the repairs commencing, to determine the cause of the parapet failure.’

Bus stop closures and diversions will be in place..

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Cycle Hire Proposal

QDCC & KCC representatives met with TfE and Serco last week in relation to a proposal to place hire bikes throughout Queensferry & Kirkliston from March/April this year.
The project is subject to approval of a grant and also agreement of various landowners of currently proposed site locations as shown below, which may be subject to change.

The explanation of the hire system can be viewed here: https://edinburghcyclehire.com

The project is funded on a commercial basis by Serco and not City of Edinburgh Council.

QDCC & KCC are continuing discussions with stakeholders on optimising the proposal and progressing to the next stage.
The current condition of some of the cycle paths and connectivity is also on the agenda but any improvement may only be driven by hirer feedback once the bikes are implemented given the proposed timescales.

• Statement from Transport for Edinburgh (TfE)...

“Transport for Edinburgh has secured funding to extend the Edinburgh Cycle Hire scheme (“Just Eat cycles”) to South Queensferry and district.
The proposed scheme will operate as a satellite for one year as a pilot and will be reviewed and adjusted during this period. The plan includes 12 bike docking stations – 9 stations in South Queensferry, 2 in Kirkliston and 1 at Ingliston Park and Ride.
The Transport for Edinburgh Outreach and Engagement team will be out and about in the region to answer any of our questions, show how the scheme works and what the benefits to businesses and individuals might be. If anyone would like to arrange a meeting or a neighbourhood visit, they can contact bikes@transportforedinburgh.com or call Richard, Team Leader, on 0131 553 8424“

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Please note the change of venue for the Wellbeing Space to Rosebery Hall.... 

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Latest High Street Proposal information . 

High St Refurbishment - Project Update Dec 2019 here. 

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Queensferry

 bridgenight_large.jpgSituated on the edge of the City of Edinburgh and on the banks of the Firth of Forth, Queensferry, more popularly known as South Queensferry, is framed by the historic Forth Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and now the Queensferry Crossing, three bridges built in three consecutive centuries.The old town is a conservation area, with a narrow cobbled High Street. As an ancient former Royal Burgh it forms an attractive destination for many thousands of visitors and tourists each year. The situation and its proximity to Edinburgh have resulted in considerable growth with substantial housing schemes mainly in the Scotstoun, Echline, Springfield and Station Road areas. Today Queensferry forms the largest settlement in rural west Edinburgh with four primary schools, a high school and numerous local amenities such as shops, bars and restaurants.

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For information about Queensferry and its many features see the Visit Queensferry site here: Visit Queensferry

For other local events, clubs, organisations and updates What's on in South Queensferry click here.

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Ancient History

A stroll through the ancient town is a must for any historian, who will soon get a feel for Queensferry’s Scottish heritage, which dates back to the 13th century. Meandering along its cobbled streets is a great way to see the coastal town’s many points of interest and soak up its sense of history. The town’s name itself comes from Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore, who reigned as King of Scotland between 1057 and 1093. The Queen often visited Queensferry – using The Binks as a landing point on her way to Edinburgh from the Royal Palace in Dunfermline.

Its oldest building, the Priory Church, dates back to the 15th century while nearby Dalmeny Kirk, circa 1130, is perhaps the best-preserved Norman Church in Scotland.

The Tolbooth town hall originated in the 16th century, with its clock tower, which dominates the High Street and ancient burgh, added in 1720 to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Other historic landmarks include Queensferry’s elegant terraces – East, Mid and West – a distinctive group of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and Black Castle, the oldest house in the town which was built in the High Street in 1626.

At the foot of The Loan, just off the High Street, there’s a square of buildings known as The Bellstane, which takes its name from the stone where a hand bell was rung to announce the opening of fairs and sales.

The famous 400-year-old Hawes Inn in the east of the town overlooks the Hawes Pier and is where Robert Louis Stevenson stayed in 1886 – inspiring him to write the classic tale ‘Kidnapped’. The year 2016 marks the 130th anniversary of the publication, which tells the tale of David Balfour’s kidnapping and adventure on the high seas as he is smuggled around the coast of Scotland. In the book, Balfour survives a ship-wreck off the isle of Mull and makes his way back overland with Alan Breck-Stewart to Queensferry and on to Edinburgh to claim his rightful fortune.

A group of fundraisers embarked on the Big Sail Walk in 2016 to recreate Balfour’s journey from Queensferry – travelling around Orkney, down the Minch to the island off Erraid, just off Mull, before making their return journey 270 miles on foot – to commemorate the literary work and in the name of Parkinsons UK.

Since its publication, the book has inspired The Stevenson Way, a wilderness walk from Mull to Edinburgh and the Hawes Inn also features in Sir Walter Scott’s The Antiquary.

'Ancient History' Information & Visitor's Guide © Queensferry Ambition 2016


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Dog Fouling   

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