Chairman's Message - December 2014

Dear Friends

A very early announcement. We have set a date for our Annual General Meeting - Monday 9 March – 7.30 at Cramond Kirk Hall. This is intended to double as a member’s meeting and we will have an interesting speaker. Details will be issued nearer the time but put it in your diary NOW!

A strong membership is vital to us; not simply for taking part in work parties but to reinforce our case with other bodies and for funding applications. We continue to be very busy and I hope that our recent Newsletter kept you all up-to-speed on what has been happening. If anyone did not receive a copy, please get in touch. Our Woodland Project is now moving ahead. Surplus and damaged trees have been felled this week, allowing us now to further prepare the site in the New Year. We hope that planting specimens of all Scottish native trees will commence, by the end of winter, providing that our fund-raising is successful. There will be an appeal for augmented work-parties in due course – be prepared!

There is a distinct danger that funding for replacing the Salvesen Steps will not get through the Council’s budgeting process. Given the Steps parlous state, this could lead to the closure of the Walkway as a continuous entity before too long. We continue to lobby and we attach our recent paper setting out our case. It would be most useful if as many of you as possible could independently put pressure on our Councillors and any other influential bodies.

We are pleased to report that plans to improve information signs along the river and extending access towards Kirkliston are making good progress.

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Committee to all our members.

Richard Adlington