Another Proposal of Application Notice

Proposal of Application Notice – Wilkieston (LIVE/0364/PAC/16 at ) :   Stirling Developments propose to submit a planning application to West Lothian Council for housing and infrastructure including the Wilkieston northern link road.   Though this is not in Ratho itself the link road may have some implications for access to Cliftonhall Road.    There will be a public exhibition and consultation on Thursday 4th August from 2pm – 7pm at Linburn Centre, Wilkieston.   If you have any comments these should be addressed to the developer at this time.  The Community Council would also be pleased to hear your views also to inform any discussion with the developer.

Development Public Events – 2 locations

The developer (Rick Finc Associates) for the site between the M8 and Freelands Road, on the east side of Baird Road has arranged public exhibitions at Ratho Community Centre on Tuesday 21st  June – 2.30pm to 7.30pm and Monday 27th June – 4pm to 8pm.

A poster of the location can be viewed here


The developer agents for Stewart Milne (land between East Croft and Ratho Park Golf Course) have confirmed that they will hold two public consultation events in Ratho Parish Church Hall, Baird Road, Ratho, EH28 8RA on Tuesday 21st June – 3pm – 7.30pm and Wednesday 22nd June – 4pm – 8pm.



Road & Footway Improvements

You can download the criteria for assessment of ideas for Roads and Footways in Pentlands Ward here.   This link is valid only for suggestions until 7th April 2016.

Ratho Surgery – Notice to Patients from NHS Lothian

Posted on behalf of Ratho Surgery Patient Participation Group

Ratho Surgery Update (13/05/2016)

Unfortunately, Dr Simpson remains unwell and will be absent from the practice for a further month.  The Health and Social Care partnership are keeping in regular contact with Dr Simpson and will share any information about his return as soon as we have it.

We hope that you can appreciate that for confidentiality reasons we are unable to discuss in more details Dr Simpsons absence.

The medical sessions at the practice are covered by regular locums Dr David Maxwell and Dr Assif Ali, in addition Dr George Mackie works a regular Tuesday morning and Dr David Miranda a Friday afternoon.

We hope by limiting the number of locums we use will enable us to offer a better continuity of care. We also try to book a female locum when we can. If patient would prefer to be seen by a female GP, they should contact reception to enquire when we have one booked and we will do our best to offer an appointment.

As you will be aware we now have a permanent Practice Nurse Nikki Wraight, Nikki is part of a wider nursing team based at Wester Hailes Medical Centre but will spend the majority of her working week at Ratho Surgery.

As Ratho is an unusually small practice with only one practice nurse post we felt it important that Nikki is attached to a larger nursing team for professional accountability purposes and so she can be supported in her role at Ratho by a larger professional group.

Nikki currently has clinics running every morning from 8am – 1pm.  Some of her clinics and additional clinics may be covered by some of the other nurses from Wester Hailes from time to time, this is so we can use the skill mix of a larger team to offer a more extensive nursing service to the patients at Ratho.

New Build

All contracts are agreed and we await the final version of the specification from the developer to enable the legal agreement to be signed.​

Arrangements are in place for emergency cover and we would like to reassure you that if you have a medical problem that requires urgent attention you will have access through the practice to a medical professional.

 We expect the situation to change on a daily basis as medical cover may become available at short notice and we will aim to offer appointments to patients as soon as they become available.

The receptionists at the practice will be updated with any new information to pass onto you as it becomes available.

We thank you for your understanding whilst we try to respond to this situation.

David White, Locality Manager – South West Edinburgh



CEC Bus service consultation

The City of Edinburgh Council are reviewing the supported bus services and are looking for your views. Please complete their bus survey (Word document) and return it to or leave a paper copy in the library.    Paper copies are available from the Library.   Please return all your views by 19 February 2016.

Click here for the link to bus survey here

Security Advice

In view of an increased number of break-ins to steal cars in the west of Edinburgh Police Scotland has issued the following advice:

  • Many opportunistic thieves do not have to break in to homes at all, as a door or window may have been left open or unlocked. Always ensure they are secure.
  • Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or elsewhere that they can be easily found.
  • Don’t put your name on keyrings because if lost or stolen, the opportunist will have all the information he needs to direct him to your home.
  • Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same key ring.
  • Don’t leave valuables in sight of windows.
  • If you have a wall calendar, avoid mounting it near a window from where appointments can potentially be seen – this could indicate when your house will be empty.
  • Mark your possessions with a UV marker. You can use the marker to record your postcode and house number on items such as mobile phones, cameras, laptops and tablets. UV Kits are available on a number of well-known websites and can be purchased for under £10.00. If the unthinkable happens and you are the victim of this type of crime then your property may be easier to identify if it has been security marked.
    Make your house look occupied at all times.
  • Make sure your motor car is secure, preferably garaged if possible and store the car keys out of sight.

Planning Application

At our public meeting about the planning application for 150 residential units near Freelands Farm we were asked to make available on our website the summary of objections so that residents could use some of these as a basis for submitting their concerns.   This is available here .   The document contains information on how to submit comments.    You are asked to put submissions in your own words, and if you are making an objection you should clearly state this.



Public Meeting


Planning Application 15/05224/PPP for 150 residential units on land 164 Metres South Of Freelands Farm, Freelands Road, Ratho.    The Community Council is holding a public meeting in Ratho Community Centre on Thursday 17th December at 7pm to ascertain the views of residents and to outline how effective comments can be made to the City of Edinburgh Council Planning Service.

Christmas Lights in Ratho Village

The Community Council has been involved in fundraising for Christmas Lights.  There is only a short time left to buy raffle tickets in the library.

A full list of prizes, generously donated by local businesses and residents is here



Airport Community Fund

Edinburgh Airport supports local communities and here is a link on how to apply for funding.   Please note timescales.