Edinburgh man arrested for the murder of his mother 17 years after her disappearance

A 36-year-old man has been charged for the murder of his mother, Louise Tiffney.

Sean Flynn was arrested Friday morning and appeared at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Louise Tiffney disappeared after being last seen near her home in Dean Village, Edinburgh in May 2002.

Ms Tiffney’s remains were found 15 years after her disappearance near Gosford house, in Longniddry, in April 2017.

Mr Flynn has been released on bail and is set to go on trial on Thursday.

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Edinburgh councillor explains why Christmas trees remain on streets three weeks after Christmas

An Edinburgh Councillor has said that the city’s Christmas tree collection issues will continue unless a new system is put in place.

As more and more people opt to display natural Christmas trees as the centrepiece of their home, the struggle for adequate collection increases.

Stripped bare of their twinkling lights and baubles and left on the concrete, the city has become a graveyard of Christmas trees in the weeks after the festive season.

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Green Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre, Claire Miller, said that the council have yet to come up with a solution.

“The reason we don’t have something better in place is budget, resources and because it is expensive to employ extra people to go out and collect [abandoned trees] across the whole city in a very short time window,” Miller told EN4 News.

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), eight million real Christmas trees are sold in Britain each year, more than half a million are purchased in Scotland alone.

City residents have taken to social media to highlight the issue, and mourn the Christmas trees past.

According to Zero Waste Scotland, most Scottish councils offer recycling or compost services to ease the struggle of discarding the trees that aren’t put in our attic for years to come.

The City of Edinburgh Council have written a guide to easily recycling your own Christmas trees with most Household Waste Recycling Centres open seven days a week.

Miller said that she puts her Christmas tree into her garden bin and explained that the trees collected often have the same fate. “They’re used in a really sustainable way. I think what we need to be doing is making sure that all those trees are used for those kinds of purposes and that they are recycled.”

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Surge in UK pub numbers “more down to food than drink”

A supervisor in an Edinburgh pub has said the rise of the number of pubs in the UK is because they are selling more food than drink.

The number of pubs and bars is on the rise in the UK for the first time in ten years, and according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this is the first increase of pubs opening in over a decade.

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said that the rise in these businesses is “cautiously welcomed.”

Owners are suggesting that these increases are connected to the change in customer demands. There is a trend in people spending more money eating out rather than drinking out.

The number of people that are employed in the pub and bar industry has increased over the course of the years. However, this has been suggested to be due to the growing numbers of larger, food-orientated pubs.

Management is now employing more positions serving food rather than people behind the bar.

The shift has resulted in an increase in customers going to pubs to eat rather than drink – the number of kitchen and waiting staff rose from 29.1% to 43.8%, according to the recent ONS report.

The Golf Tavern is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs (Credit: Caitlin Gallagher)

However, small local pubs, particularly those outside of city centres, are still under pressure as they are facing challenges in order to match the low prices that larger chains are able to offer.

Robert Alexander, bartender at Usquabae Whisky Bar And Larder, thinks smaller pubs will struggle under the rise of more businesses.

“I feel smaller pubs will be affected by this rise as people are always looking for the next new thing, especially the younger generation.”

Bar supervisor, Sian Salmon, believes that pubs are focused more on food and doesn’t see the rise in pubs as a bad thing.

“I think it’s good because, like you say, there are a lot of small pubs at capacity, but if you’re at capacity then you’re at capacity. I think it gives people a lot of options and a lot of different types of venues, but I don’t see it as a bad thing.

“We are a lot more food-heavy than we used to be. Just over the last few years, people have realised and just keep coming back for food. We get a lot of repeat custom here and a lot of tourists as well because we are quite an old pub in the books.

“My personal experience would just be time to cook. I guess it’s just a bit more social, something to do outside the house. Once you’re drinking you might get a bit peckish especially on the weekends, after you’ve had a few pints you might smell the food around the room.”

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Waverley Mall to be visited by pest control following pigeon infestation

Pigeons in mall as customers eat (Credit: EN4 News)

Waverley Malls’ food court is due to be visited by food safety inspectors following an infestation of pigeons in and around the mall.

The managers are to meet with the food inspectors to discuss steps forward and control plans.

The issue began when last winter, while the station was undergoing maintenance to widen its entrance. There were no doors to the building- allowing a flock of pigeons to enter.

Pigeons are free to roam
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There was a plan to use high-frequency sound technology to drive the birds out but the plan was discontinued following complaints from the public that the frequency affected people’s hearing aids.

After exhausting all avenues to deal with the birds humanely, managers have asked pest control to step in.

Little Maestro employee Joanna Barnes told EN4 News: “It never really affected business for us but we did notice less and less people eating in.”

Anime Republic employee Rebecca Paxton shared a similar view on the pigeons saying that the birds being there has made no real difference.

She said: “We don’t really have much interaction with them.

“They’ll come inside sometimes and fly around but they always kind of just make their way back out.

Pigeons in mall as customers eat
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“A lot of customers eye them but there’s not really any major difference with them being here or not.”

Mrs. Paxton also went on to describe how the pigeons actually enter the shops.

“Yeah they come in. There has only been once that they’ve come all the way in, but most of the time they’ll just come to the till area and have a wee nosy and walk back out.”

The pigeon problem has continued to escalate in recent times with as many as eight pigeons being seen in the mall at any one time. Managers and pest control are now hoping to deal with the problem sooner rather than later.

“A city transformed” Edinburgh Council unveils radical mobility plan

Edinburgh Council has announced a 2030 vision for Edinburgh, as its new City Mobility Plan (CMP) looks to shake up transport in a quest to make the capital carbon neutral by 2030.

A three-stage plan released by the council reveals that the city will become more eco-friendly and efficient as part of its CMP. Priorities of the council include; enhancing public transport, the creation of people-friendly streets, new developments and becoming carbon neutral.

Chamber Street with ‘people friendly’ street change’s (Credit: Edinburgh Council)

The plan outlines three dates which projects are expected to be completed by. The first phase will conclude in 2022, expectations of this phase are that the tram to Newhaven which is currently under development will be largely complete. A systemic review of bus routes and times will come into place.

The introduction of a low emission zone (LEZ) which will help tackle Edinburgh’s congestion and pollution by only granting certain vehicles access to parts of the city.

The second phase in 2025 will see air pollution drop as part of the successful integration of LEZ, as bus congestion will have improved. A transit plan will have been largely agreed by this point. George Street will be completely transformed and discussions regarding Princes Street vehicle access will be addressed.

The new pedestrianised ‘George Street’ (Credit: Edinburgh Council)

 

The third phase, aptly named “A city transformed” shows that the mass tram network will have been finished. Reaching out from the airport to Newbridge, The Royal Infirmary and the waterfront in the north. The city centre “will be largely car-free, with the workplace parking levy reducing in revenue as car use to commute declines.”

Edinburgh Trams (Credit: Edinburgh Council)

And the “Waverly Masterplan” a plan to further develop Edinburgh Waverly will be fully implemented.

Speaking about the plans, Council Leader Adam McVey has said the council was making “great strides towards reducing carbon emissions” and emphasised that now was the time for bolder actions if the city was to achieve this carbon-neutral goal by 2030.

Addressing the major climate concerns Mr McVey said: “I’m confident that we’re doing the right things to help tackle the increasing threat of climate change but it’s clear that we need to act with even greater pace and urgency if we are to protect the city, while creating a greener, healthier, better-connected environment for generations to come.”

In a meeting on Thursday the Transport and Environment Committee met to discuss the draft CMP. Committee member Ian McFarlane said it was “critical that we [the committee] are radical” and that there was no option to “stand still”.

Ewan Kennedy, the Senior Manager of Transport Networks, said that Edinburgh is “undoubtedly one of the best transport cities in the country.” He further alluded to how the council needs to be proactive with the need to tackle climate change and that the committee and council were “committed” to this.

Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland, said that it was “vital” for Edinburgh to match various European capitals in its quest to reduce its emissions. Discussing the increase in pedestrian activity and the reduction of vehicle access Mr Hay said: ”Creating space by removing traffic will need further development of Edinburgh’s well-regarded bus service and more strategic tram routes. Substantial investment is needed, so new funding sources such as the workplace parking levy are vital.”

Claire Miller, Green Councillor for the Edinburgh City Centre, said that optimism is our best bet in completing plans to become carbon neutral on time.

 

The draft will go to public consultation in February for 8 weeks to further develop the CMP.

Students open up Edinburgh’s first sustainable club night

Students from Edinburgh University are set to launch a new club night for the city. The night, called ‘Zero Chill’, will be Scotland’s first-ever sustainable night club.

The students are part of the social enterprise group “Conscious Change” and will be launching the club night on Friday 17th of January with all products being environment-friendly as well as locally sourced.

The club night will take place in La Belle Angele, a venue that was specifically chosen due to its use of LED lighting and the short distance between Edinburgh’s student hubs.

Resources that are being used include things such as veg-ware cups, which are naturally decomposable and even the toilet paper will be recycled. The group are confident that this will be a big hit with students.

The group leader of conscious change, Imogen McAndrew, has said that the night will be ‘a celebration of global music diversity and global conscious changes’.

“The response has been great. This is just the start and we’ll see what we can do. We’ve nearly sold out tonight so it should be a good night.”

The proceeds from the event will go directly back into the conscious change group and will aim to help students think about the ways that they can help the environment during life at university.

“We can’t escape sustainability. As students, we have the luxury of putting on a night like this. It’s completely in our hands to make a change and we have the platform to do this. Even the legacy we leave for the next group of students is massive.”

The plans for the future are simple. The group want to become one of Edinburgh’s leading club nights whilst being completely sustainable. Once they have got up and running with the event, they will try to replace the biodegradable veg-ware cups with the multi-use steel cup. The idea behind the steel cup is that it will work in a deposit scheme with one glass for the night.

While the group remain optimistic about being able to break into the club market, Edinburgh is already one of the UK’s leading nights out with clubs open through the week. However, Imogen hopes that the unique selling point will be enough to draw the crowds in.

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Edinburgh brothers break world record by rowing across the Atlantic in 35 days

Three Edinburgh brothers have become the fastest trio to row across the Atlantic Ocean, beating the previous record by six days.

Lachlan, Ewan and Jamie MacLean completed the row from La Gomera to Antigua in 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes, and as well as being the fastest to row the Atlantic, they are also the youngest trio to do so.

The three brothers finished third overall in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, beating several teams who had more members.

Ewan MacLean, the oldest brother, said: “This was, without doubt, the defining experience of my life. It was incredibly difficult, but the way we came together, the way our bodies and minds coped with every single challenge, will stay with me for a long time.”

The brothers celebrate after smashing the previous record by six days. (Photo Credit: BROAR)

The three of them had to overcome seasickness, battery issues, dehydration, and storms in order to complete the journey.

After their cables were damaged by seawater and the sub, resulting in no music, podcasts or audiobooks for the final 20 days of their voyage, the brothers found entertainment in their bagpipe, harmonica and ukulele.

The trio are also trying to reach their fundraising target of £250,000 for Feedback Madagascar and Children First.

Managing Director of Feedback Madagascar, Jamie Spencer OBE, said: “Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan are an amazing team; it seems like there’s nothing they can’t do.”

And Ewan has expressed interest in trying something similar in the future: “Who knows what comes next. We’ll be eyeing up other oceans.”

Two Midlothian brothers found ‘safe and well’ hours after going missing from primary school

Brothers Michael and James O’Brien have been found “safe and well”

Two missing school children have been found “safe and well” following an urgent appeal for information after the pair failed to attend school on Thursday.

Nine-year-old Michael O’Brien and his six-year-old brother James, known as Jamie, were dropped off at their school in Carnethie Street, Rosewell at around 8 a.m. but were not present for their morning lesson.

The police’s  canine unit had been deployed immediately in the search for the two boys as well as a large amount patrol officers.

Midlothian Police wrote on Twitter confirming that the boys had been found.

“We are pleased to report Michael and Jamie O’Brien, missing from Rosewell this morning, have been traced safe and well. Thank you to everyone who shared our information.”

Gorgie City Farm campaign boosted by £27,000 cash injection from Edinburgh Council

Gorgie City Farm has been described as a “symbol of community”

An ailing community farm in Gorgie has received significant financial aid in its hour of need.

Edinburgh Council stated on Thursday that they will help Gorgie Farm with a £27,000 boost. If the cash input goes ahead, this will see Gorgie Farm add almost £30,000 to an already large cash pot to help improve the farm.

The Edinburgh local city farm went into liquidation on November 1. Soon after, a GoFundMe appeal was launched to save the much-loved establishment.

The crowdfunding campaign reached over £69,000 within the first two weeks and more than 11,000 people have shared the GoFundMe page so far.

Many also took to Twitter to show support with one user stating:“I really, really hope the farm can rise from these ashes, it will be a symbol of hope and community.”

As well as the council’s cash injection, a mystery donor has given £20,000 to help Gorgie City Farm to stay open. The campaign set up to save the site received an overwhelming amount of public support and donations in the first few days of being set up. The total amount so far is over £93,000.

Council Leader Adam McVey said the positive response to the crowdfunding is a sign of just how much people across Edinburgh value the attraction and described the level of interest as “encouraging”.

The recent donations and the boost from Edinburgh Council will take Gorgie farm to almost a £100,000 cash pot, this will help the farm improve and continue to survive in such a tough situation.

EN4News Local Bulletin: 21/11/19

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