About

We have two types of Members, elected and nominated. This is as required by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Scheme for Community Councils.

The Scheme sets numbers too. OTCC needs a minimum of six Members. The Scheme requires three Elected members for each Nominated member.

Elected

  • Sam Piacentini
    • Chair
    • Leads on Licencing
  • Paul Penman
    • Secretary
  • John Thompson
    • Treasurer
  • Patrick Keady
    • Web & Social Media
  • Marie Mcarthur

The Community Council can have up 12 Elected Members.

Nominated

OTCC can have up to 6 Nominated Members.

Associate

The Community Council has no Associate Members at present.

Ex-officio

They include the MP and MSP for Old Town – and City of Edinburgh City Centre Councillors

  • Ruth Davidson MSP
  • Councillor Karen Doran
  • Councillor Claire Miller
  • Councillor Joanna Mowat
  • Councillor Alasdair Rankin
  • Tommy Sheppard MP

Minutes

  • Karen Aitkin

Meetings

Edinburgh Old Town Community Council meets every month (except August).

Purpose

OTCC‘s purpose is to represent the Residents of Edinburgh Old Town

How

OTCC does this by focusing on what matters to people living in Abbeyhill, Grassmarket, Princes Street Gardens and The Royal Mile. We do this by :

  • listening to residents in Old Town and influencing what happens in their areas.
  • bringing local groups together
  • consulting with residents
  • contributing to local issues such as, planning, licensing and environmental projects
  • working in partnership with Councillors, MSPs, MPs, Police Scotland, NHS Lothian, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the voluntary sector to identify and agree local priorities and develop and deliver local community plans to make the area better.
  • developing and delivering local community plans that help improve the experience of living in Old Town.

Our Priorities

To improve the experience of living in Edinburgh’s Old Town by:

  • Taking part in community clean ups.
  • Campaigning for better parking and transport.
  • Monitoring the upkeep of the area.
  • Applying for funding for local projects.
  • Organising and taking part in festivals, sporting and Christmas events.

Getting involved

There are lots of ways for you to get involved:

  • Take part in consultations.
  • Follow our updates here, on Facebook, Twitter and on local noticeboards.
  • Attend public meetings.
  • Become a member.

Everyone has something to offer, regardless of experience, interests and background. You may also develop new skills along the way: community council members receive training and support to help them carry out their tasks.

Further information

Please contact us to find out more about the work of the Old Town Community  Council. Keep up to date with our Posts Page for details of forthcoming meetings, and minutes of those that have taken place.