July 2019 – Second work party clearing entrance at Cramond
August 2019 – FRAW response to CEC Dowies consultation report
September 2019 – Meeting Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP to discuss Dowies Weir
October 2019 – Meeting with CEC with partner local groups to discuss Dowies Mill Weir – CEC agrees to consider alternative to their preferred option
October 2019 – Council replaces sign message at School Brae car park.
October 2019 – Submission sent to CEC detailing counter proposals for Dowies Weir.
October 2019 – Top dressing applied to new path surfaces at Dowies & Peggy’s Mill.
October 2019 – Meeting with SWECO to discuss progress on Steps. Costing information delayed until 26 Nov.
November 2019 – Last brush cut in Community Woodland to prepare for further path work etc
November 2019 – Work party to continue clearing and burning brash in Community Woodland.
November 2019 – SWECO meeting to discuss costings etc for Steps replacement.
January 2019 – Meeting organised for local groups to discuss with CEC plans to remove Dowie’s Weir to improve fish passage -a last minute response to a long-term request for information.
January 2019– Dowie’s Exhibition held at Cramond Maltings. Members and local groups asked to attend and comment.
January 2019 – Meeting with Christine Jardine MP to discuss Dowie’s Mill proposal.
February 2019 – FRAW Dowie’s submission sent to CEC stating that to avoid the many problems with the proposed option that no work should be agreed until a better and cheaper alternative to retain the weir was properly investigated.
February 2019 – Well attended work party took place in Community Woodland to open up south end by clearing and burning brash barrier that had collected there – more to be done.
February – March 2019 – Salvesen Steps – specialised forestry team clears band of vegetation from rock-face using ropes and boats to enable the next stage of a LiDAR survey prior to design work.
March 2019 – FRAW advised that over 140 Dowie’s submissions had been received by CEC and that these would be analysed prior to submission to the appropriate council committee (May/Sept?)
April 2019 – FRAW AGM – 7.30 Cramond Kirk Hall.
April 2019 – Work Party to apply top dressing to newly laid path at Haugh Park
May 2019 – LiDAR survey of rock surface for Steps replacement by consultants SWECO
June 2019 – Work Party to weed & clear entrance at Cramond
June 2019 – Aggregate laid to improve paths at Peggy’s Mill & Dowies turning circle.
June 2019 – Council releases Dowies Weir consultation report
June 2019 – concern expressed to CEC at new sign in car park at School Brae
July 2018 – Final visits this academic year by Cramond Primary P7’s to plant and care for wild flower project at Cockle Mill – see Newsletters.
August 2018 – Second stage of clearance of saplings etc in stretch of path down from Cramond Brig to improve vistas of the river.
October 2018 – Brush cutting around trees in Community Woodland
October 2018 – Impromptu and well attended work party to clear large infestation of Himalayan balsam and associated clearance above river from Fair-a-Far
October 2018 – Work Party above car park towards Fair-a-Far to clear rock-face, ground cover, vegetation and leaves.
November 2018 – Meeting held by Parks & Greenspaces Service with FRAW, Sustrans & Consultants SWECO to discuss outline design for Salvesen Steps replacement and agree programme and finance for next stages of work required to take the project forward – see Newsletter.
November 2018 – New Botanical Board installed by Peggy’s Mill
November 2018 – Bulb planting by select band of volunteers in newly cleared ground above School Brae car park
December 2018 – Second flight of steps installed up to Community Woodland – see Newsletter.
December 2018 – Boat organised by FRAW to facilitate environmental survey of rock-face by Sustrans at Salvesen Steps prior to other work taking place
FRAW News Updates – August 2017 – June 2018
August 2017 – Temporary Salvesen Steps opened following demolition of old Steps six months previously.
November 2017 – Work Party to clear path and vegetation from Harbour to Cockle Mill
January 2018 – Second Work Party to lay woodchips on paths in Community Woodland
March 2018 – FRAW AGM – see Documents for Minutes & Annual Accounts
March 2018 – Small work party installs path drainage experiment up river from Fair-a-Far
April 2018 – Official opening of new fish pass at Fair-a-Far after six month construction period.
April 2018 – First stage by well supported work party of sapling removal etc down river from Cramond Brig to improve visas of the river.
June 2018 – Combined FRAW/RBS work party spread aggregate on path junction area by ‘Jock Howieson’s Cottage’
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We’re delighted to attach the latest FRAW News with that rarest of things – some encouraging news about the replacement of the Salvesen Steps.
Please read and hopefully enjoy!
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201811 FRAW News.pdf