The Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) covers an area ranging from Colinton and Fairmilehead in the east, to Bonnington in the West, also covering Oxgangs, Wester Hailes, Clovenstone, Currie, Juniper Green, Ratho and Balerno.
Our NP area has a population of almost 48,000 people, ranging in density from three people per hectare in the outlying areas to 14 in Fairmilehead. This diversity is reflected in the housing stock, which includes high-rise blocks, detached houses and everything in between.
For the most part, people in the Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership area enjoy better health, higher employment and lower crime than other parts of the city (data from the 2001 Census Key Statistics).
The Riccarton campus of Heriot Watt University falls within this area, as does a section of the Pentland Hills Regional Park. The Redford and Dreghorn Barracks come under the area, along with a number of golf courses and other recreational facilities.
The Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership works to highlight local issues, and drives work to tackle them through its Action Groups. Each of these groups has a membership relevant to the area of work and often include practitioners, community members and local councillors.
2014-2017 Local Community Plan
Local Community Plans are written as a summary of the main things local people want to see changed or improved in their area.
The new Local Community Plan will run from 2014 to 2017. The new LCP was approved by the Pentlands Partnership Board on 30th September 2014. It was officially launched at the end of October along with plans from the eleven other Neighbourhood Partnerships in Edinburgh. The new Plan follows on from the 2011-14 Plan which can be found https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/media/12270/NP7%20Pentlands%202011.pdf.
The Local Community Plans are updated to make sure they stay relevant to the needs of communities. We intend to build on the work that has already taken place in the Pentlands and include new emerging issues for the community.
To help revise the Local Community Plan we asked local people what they think the main issues are in their area.
What we did to consult
Over spring and into summer 2014 the Neighbourhood Partnership team consulted across the community on what issues the new plan should prioritise. We produced an online survey that local people were encouraged to complete, with paper versions available on request and at libraries. We focused on getting opinions from specific groups such as young people, older peoples groups, and minority communities. We consulted with the voluntary sector, and tried to ensure the plan reflects the range of opinions that exist across the Pentlands area of Edinburgh.
An executive summary of the process can be accessed https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/media/327170/pnp_exec_summary.pdf.
For more information please get in touch with Michael Edwards (0131 527 3884) by phone. If you're a member of a group based in the Pentlands area which you'd like to be involved in the Neighbourhood Partnership please don't hesitate to get in contact.
Your local contacts
South West Locality Manager
Tel: 0131 527 3801
Lifelong Learning Service Manager
Tel: 0131 527 3830