What we do
Juniper Green Community Council was formed in 2009 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and consists of 7 elected members together with various ex-officio members, including the local councillors. There are also co-opted members such as the Head Teacher of Juniper Green Primary School.
All Community Councillors are residents of the area who act on behalf of local people to try to preserve those aspects of Juniper Green, including Baberton Mains, which they believe are worth retaining, while also encouraging developments which will benefit the community and ensure that it will continue to flourish. All planning applications are monitored and where appropriate amendments are suggested or written objections are submitted. We will strive to preserve the Green Belt, the walkway on the Water of Leith and all green spaces within our area.
One of the responsibilities of Community Councils is to seek and take note of the views of residents. The Juniper Green Community Council usually meets in the Committee Room of the Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7pm. These meetings are open to all local residents and a time is set aside for members of the public to raise matters of concern and to question the Council on any topic. This is one of the ways you can "have your say" on any decision or question which affects the public life of the area. You may also write or speak to a member of the Council or send a message through this website (Link to Secretary’s email).
The Community Beat Officers’ report on crime in the area provides a typical regular update at public meetings. Each meeting may feature a presentation on a matter of local interest or concern given by, for example, officials of the City of Edinburgh Council, or from other public bodies such as NHS Scotland, or, in the case of developers, by their architects, engineers etc. Topics addressed in the first six months of JGCC’s existence included the steepness of the ramp joining the shopping area of Juniper Green to Baberton Mains, the problem of flooding on that same pathway, care of the green spaces within our area, the design of this website, other publicity ideas and events such as the Westminster hustings on 28th April 2010 and the walks around the area to discover trees, birds and history in the run up to the first AGM on 6th May 2010.
A report of each meeting appears in the Currie and Balerno News each month, and on this website.