The ScotRail Alliance will confirm how they are improving rail services for customers in East Lothian at a public meeting on Thursday evening (03 May).
The most recent figures show the level of service on the North Berwick route has improved in recent months, with 94.1 per cent of ScotRail trains meeting their target arrival time, having stopped at all scheduled stations. This is up by 10 per cent from the most challenging period last year.
And, over the past twelve weeks, just one in almost 3,000 services to run on the route missed a stop in order to prevent disruption spreading across the network.
More carriages are also heading to services in East Lothian: a number of trains on the route already have six carriages, following a trial early last year that has since been made permanent. By the end of the year, the majority of peak-time trains between North Berwick and Edinburgh are expected to have six carriages.
Once the new Hitachi Class 385 trains enter service, these will be introduced on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route, followed by the North Berwick route.
This announcement comes ahead of a public meeting on rail services in East Lothian which will take place in Prestonpans Town Hall, on Thursday 3 May at 7pm where leaders from the ScotRail Alliance will meet customers, as well as Martin Whitfield MP and Iain Gray MSP.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s Head of Customer Operations, who will be at the meeting said:
“Along with ScotRail Alliance colleagues, I’m looking forward to meeting with our customers in Prestonpans, answering their questions about the service we provide and the improvements we will be making.
“We know that East Lothian is an exceptionally popular place to live, and there’s an ever-growing demand for our services to and from Edinburgh.
“With that in mind, we are doing all we can to ensure everyone has a comfortable journey. By the end of this year, even more of our customers will be able to benefit from longer trains with more seats and better services.”
This grant will enable the charity to work with international labyrinth artist Jim Buchanan in holding several events in Cuthill Park to design a labyrinth linked to the salt-panning heritage of Prestonpans, and have it installed at the top of our beautiful, sloping park where it will have breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth and bring the benefit of mindful, peaceful, reflective labyrinth walking to our whole community.
The group will involve the community in workshops to develop a unique design for the Prestonpans labyrinth under the guidance of experienced labyrinth artist Jim Buchanan. This is an exciting and unusual opportunity for the community to be part of the development of something beautiful, enduring and positive, which they can take pride in for years to come. Several temporary labyrinths will be mown into the grass in the park, a final design will be chosen and installed using hard wearing, low maintenance materials.
The labyrinth will address the Area Partnership’s priority to improve wellbeing by providing a permanent space for people to go to experience meditative, peaceful pondering. This reduces a person’s stress levels & helps them to develop resilience.
A permanent labyrinth will also provide a focal point for mindfulness events for the community and the varied groups who come to Cuthill Park, from the local Home Educating families, to the nursery, Afterschool Club, DadsWork, and the local schools. Many families bring their children to play in the park, and grandparents, parents and children alike can enjoy walking a labyrinth. Likewise there are hundreds of local dog owners who visit the park regularly and who will have the opportunity to include a peaceful, meditative experience in their daily walk.
There is a great deal of community support for this project. The results of our 2014 community consultation, showed that a maze was the most requested item from all the online surveys, while it came second to a trampoline in all the surveys handed out to youth groups and schools. Sheila Laing, head teacher of one of the three local primary schools, wrote the following:
‘As Headteacher of Prestonpans Infant School, I wholeheartedly support the creation of a labyrinth in Cuthill Park, Prestonpans. My pupils have benefited in the past from the visit of a temporary labyrinth. It is a great way to help children to learn mindfulness and the importance of reflection and stillness. We already teach this in school as a means of improving children’s mental health and wellbeing. Having a labyrinth permanently in Cuthill Park will give our children a place they can retreat to ponder, be still and exercise mindfulness throughout their lives. It would promote mental and spiritual wellbeing in Prestonpans for all ages, which is one of the priorities of the Preston/Seton/Gosford Area Partnership.’
The nursery and the AfterSchool club both take care of raised beds in the community garden, and feel the addition of a labyrinth to the park will bring another facet to their experience there. DadsWork (a charity supporting fathers) use the park regularly and will benefit from the labyrinth.
Di Williams MBE, the UK Master Teacher for Labyrinth Facilitator Training, advised on the best location for the labyrinth, expressing delight over the effect the stunning view will have on those walking the labyrinth.
As shown by the many projects we have successfully completed in the park, we are experienced at working in partnership with other organisations and have the necessary experience, enthusiasm and resilience to see this project to completion. We find great fulfilment in providing our community with a rich and diverse range of opportunities and experiences when they visit our much-loved park.
Friends’ Secretary, Carole Sneddon said: Please help us bring peace and balance into the lives of our community members – vote for us so we can provide this healing space for all who need it, as they walk the labyrinth and experience the ‘landscape of their soul.’
Cuthill Park in Prestonpans, has been honoured at the Nancy Ovens Play Awards, which recognise those who provide or support access to high quality outdoor play experiences for children. The Trustees of the Nancy Ovens Trust commended the park in the Play in the Community category.
The accolade was announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Fearing it may become lost to the community, the Friends of Cuthill Park group sought to safeguard its future and it was given permanent protection from development when it was designated a Queen Elizabeth II Field. Since then, improvements have included the installation of decorative railings in the roadside boundary wall and the annual sowing of wildflower meadows.
The biggest change came in 2015 when £87,000 was spent on play equipment in what Jupiter Play described as a ‘challenging‘ project owing to a mixture of ground conditions including undulating grass areas surrounded by sloping hills lined with trees.
Since the creation of the play area, Cuthill Park has received outstanding 5 star ratings on popular review sites Trip Advisor and Netmums and has seen a large increase in visitor numbers.
Friends of Cuthill Park Secretary Carole Sneddon said:
“We are really thrilled to have our hard work recognised. East Lothian Council’s Amenity Services team have been very supportive in helping us create a very special play park for all sections of the community.”
“Creating the play area has been a lengthy process during which we forged great partnerships with local groups, schools and the Council. We are now looking to develop these links as we progress other projects within the park”
The Head teacher at Prestonpans Primary School says this copper beech is so woven into the life of the school it is almost like having an extra member of staff.
The “Ding Dong” Tree gets its name from a tig game invented by pupils who compete to touch its trunk shouting “Ding Dong!” The tree’s protecting canopy makes it an ideal outdoor classroom, and it brings particular calm to children with complex emotions. Inside the building a calendar display shows pictures of the tree throughout the year alongside pupils’ achievements and most memorable moments of learning. Children hang bird feeders from the branches and it is the subject of many science and art projects. Beloved by generations of pupils, the Ding Dong tree has become central to the life and identity of the school, appearing on the banner of its website.
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Edinburgh based Kentwood Brewing Limited have taken over the running of the microbrewery situated within the Prestoungrange Gothenburg (The Goth) in Prestonpans, East Lothian.
The company will continue to produce the range of ales previously made on the premises including the Prestonpans 80 shilling, Gothenburg Porter and The 45 Wee Heavy with their own creative input into each recipe.
They also intend to fully contribute to the principles of the Gothenburg (The Goth) as a community hub and are already working on plans for a local beer festival to celebrate the region’s brewing heritage.
Beyond the local ales, Kentwood will also make their own branded craft ales for the licensed trade to be distributed within Edinburgh & the Lothians. The first beers out to trade will be their Lady’s Oxter 80 shilling and the El Tropicano IPA.
Kentwood Director & Brewer, Sean Wood said “We specifically looked for a brewing opportunity in East Lothian as we were fully aware of the region’s brewing heritage. The East Coast of Scotland and particularly East Lothian is renowned for the quality of its brewing malts so where better to position yourself than several miles from the barley fields where our main ingredient is grown. And when you couple this with the rich brewing history within Prestonpans itself and the role that The Goth plays as a Community Hub it made for a perfect fit for our own company ethos.”
In response to the news a spokesman at the Edinburgh branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said: “We are delighted to see a member of our Edinburgh branch doing his bit for real ales across the region. We wish Kentwood all the best and hope to see them feature regularly in Edinburgh pubs.”
The final controlled explosive demolition at Cockenzie Power Station has been planned for Thursday 17th December at 2pm, which will see the removal of the remaining boiler house structure.
Nearly two-years to the day since the first explosive blowdown (11th Dec 2013) , Brown and Mason will oversee their thirteenth and final event.
The remaining section of the boiler house stands 220m in length, 60m in height, 30m in width, and is predominantly made of steel.
Sections of both Edinburgh Road and the John Muir Way in the immediate vicinity of the station will be closed from 1pm, reopening as quickly as possible after the demoliotion. A section of the Greenhills will be open to members of the public wishing to view the demolition.
ScottishPower project manager George Camps, said: “Careful planning has ensured that the demolition work so far has been very successful, and we fully intend to carry out this final blowdown in the same manner.
“This will be the last of the main structures to be removed at Cockenzie, and we would like to thank the local residents and community groups for their patience and co-operation as work has progressed.
“The project will continue at Cockenzie for at least the next 6 months, as we clear the materials from the site and remove the old office and other ancillary buildings. We will ensure that local communities are kept fully up-to-date.”