Heart of Newhaven - December Update

Hot off the Press!

We have now registered with The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) The Heart of Newhaven Community Constitution as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).   Once approved this will be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council with Stage Two of our formal Application for the acquisition of Victoria Primary School by Community Asset Transfer.  

This follows the successful submission of Stage One, since when we have kept the Council fully informed of our progress.    

As a SCIO we have had to define our geographical area.   How?

Mapping the Area

No model is without challenges:  postcodes, wards, community councils, catchment areas all overlap.   To combine them produces a large, odd outline.  

Instead we have drawn a simple perimeter as on this map, with GPS co-ordinates for the technically minded.   

Others may find a “virtual tour” helpful – so try this, clockwise from point 1 just north of Corinthian Quay in Lochinver Drive. 

Dive in if you want to swim;  otherwise take an imaginary ferry across the Firth of Forth to just beyond the lighthouse entrance to the Port of Leith 2.    Turn right and scrabble along past the Martello Tower 3.      Right again in a straight line to the bridge at Ocean Drive at the entrance of Victoria Dock 4.  Another turn for the short distance to the edge of Victoria Dock 5.  

Our boundary now turns left (southwest-ish);  this straight line clips the edge of (but does not include) the Scottish Office Building, crosses over Commercial Street into Citadel Place and up the steps into Couper Street until it crosses over Coburg Street to the far side 6.

The next bit is easy:   across Junction Street traffic lights into Ferry Road on the library corner.  Go all the way along to include Edinburgh Tabernacle in Inverleith Gardens on the left 7.   Here turn right into Granton Road, up to the bend 8, and on, still including addresses on both sides to9.  Finally across Granton Square but only the east side, including the Army Reserve Centre, and back to the start.      

Everyone over 16 years at every address inside this line can be a “ordinary” voting member if they wish.   Adults outwith, plus all organisations can be non-voting “associate” members, anyone 12-15 a “junior”.   Of those already on our list well over 300 qualify as ordinary voting members;  perhaps you do.   Details of what this means will be explained in due course but this is a very encouraging start.

For the time being….

…it is very important to increase our current list, (sign up or print for a friend here) as the best way to keep everyone fully informed of each step we take.   We want everyone who wishes to be part of our plans to help form the ideas being developed, with no one forced to join unless they choose.   

So please make this known to those around you.   Don’t let anyone say later, “No one asked me!”  On the other hand if someone says,  “That’s not ‘Newhaven” you can answer “This IS the defined geographical area of The Heart of Newhaven Community”.  

One more thing for now

We will have a stall at Victoria Primary School Christmas Fair on Saturday 14th from 10-12.  Please let me know if you can help us hand out forms – and our trademark heart-strawberries.  That’s an excellent way to pass the message on.  And who knows, by then there may be even more to report.    

Email chair@theheartofnewhaven.co.uk              

Rodney Matthews (Vision Facilitator)

What Can I Do?

1.   Have a handful of copies of the registration form (download and pen handy

2.   Knock on the door of your next door neighbour. Talk to your friends and colleagues and share your enthusiasm.

3.   Have forms handy when meeting friends.

4.   Forward or share the the link http://heartofnewhaven.co.uk/contact.php with your friends, family and on social groups.

5.   Explain that all that is necessary is a name, email address or address and signature.

6.   It cost nothing and the contact is protected by Data Protection Regulations

7.   Ask if they know people (do you?) who might miss out because they are always "the forgotten'. Think hard about that one. It's the people we forget we need to remember.  

8.   Encourage anyone who has a bright idea of what our hearts should include if it is going to be a hub of creative activity. Tell us! Why had no one suggest Newhaven needs public toilets? Add obvious things to the list. What/who else should be included. admin@heartofnewhaven.co.uk 



Pulsating with energy is Victoria Primary School, full of children who in 2020 will move across Lindsay Road to a new site to pursue dreams for the future.

This iconic building is  an invaluable asset to focus the whole community right at its centre: THE HEART OF NEWHAVEN


YOU can be part of a plan for this building to throb with life, the heart pumping the blood back into the COMMUNITY.

What would you like see happen at the Heart of Newhaven? You can help make a dream come true.


Newhaven has a distinct identity.

Its rapidly increasing population and range of activities is crying out for a focal point to express our sense of community life, especially to help those in greatest need of care and well-being.

As soon as Victoria Primary School moves to its new site at Western Harbour in 2020 our community can apply to acquire the site at THE HEART OF NEWHAVEN through Community Asset Transfer – but we must show why we need it.

You can help make a dream come true.

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