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FRAW News November 2019


November 2019

In our last FRAW News we promised to report on progress with the Dowies Mill Weir controversy and the Salvesen Steps replacement saga (now in 7th year and counting).


A meeting was convened on October 30 attended by CEC officials & Councillors, SWECO the consulting engineers, Sustrans and a strong team from FRAW. It had been hoped that a costing would be presented to determine the viability of the project but this will not now be available until a meeting scheduled for the end of November. Continue reading FRAW News November 2019

FRAW News September 2019


September 2019

The period since our last FRAW News has not been without its frustrations. Progress on the two major areas of concern, Dowies Mill Weir and the Salvesen Steps has been disappointing and we summarise below what the current position is to the best of our knowledge.


FRAW, together with the bulk of locally expressed opinion remains staunch in its view that the proposals to demolish the weir are the wrong solution. In a nutshell, we believe, the proposal severely damages a local amenity and environment loved by many. The alternative of Continue reading FRAW News September 2019

FRAW News Updates – January 2019 – June 2019

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. Continue reading FRAW News Updates – January 2019 – June 2019

FRAW News June 2019


June 2019

This is our first Newsletter since our well attended AGM in April – many thanks to all that came along. Many thanks too to all those who have renewed their membership and a welcome to new ones. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone that has not yet renewed would take the time to do so as strong numbers are vital to much that we set out to do.


Coinciding with the ‘going to press’ of this Newsletter came the release of the Council report on the responses to the public consultation earlier this year. This is a stage in the process that Continue reading FRAW News June 2019

FRAW News March 2019


March 2019

The proposal to remove Dowie’s Mill Weir has been our main focus recently and a brief résumé is presented first here. However, it’s not only been about Dowie’s Mill – a lot of other useful work has taken place and the rest of this FRAW News is dedicated to this. Much of what we set out to accomplish takes a long time to come to fruition and it has been very encouraging that in recent months good progress has been made in several areas – even some completions!

Dowies Mill Weir – Quick Update

We encouraged our members earlier this year to Continue reading FRAW News March 2019

FRAW News January 2019


January 2019

At the start of another exciting and productive year, we are looking forward to the recent excellent progress with the Salvesen Steps continuing and are finally hoping to hear the plans for the weir at Dowie’s Mill. More on these later.

However, we thought for this our first FRAW News, we’d look at a project we’ve been working on since FRAW first started.

Back in 2012, there was Continue reading FRAW News January 2019

FRAW News Updates – July 2018 – December 2018

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 Continue reading FRAW News Updates – July 2018 – December 2018

FRAW News – Cramond Primary P7 Wildflower Garden

We’ve decided that, rather than our usual FRAW News which includes updates on virtually everything, we would try issuing ‘single subject’ FRAW News on a (hopefully) more frequent basis

The first of these is attached and is about the Wildflower Garden we created at Cockle Mill with the help of the two P7 classes in Cramond Primary. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this and believe it has been a great success.

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