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Scotland's largest sewage works celebrates 40 years

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:45

Seafield, Scotland's largest waste water treatment works, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The site in Edinburgh processes 300 million litres of waste water every day, enough to fill 121 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Scottish Water said it is a hugely important part of Scotland's infrastructure and is critical to keeping the cycle flowing for almost a million people.

The site also generates electricity and produces waste for agricultural use.

Over the last four decades it has been transformed from a much smaller site which treated and separated waste water from untreated sewage disposed of in the Forth via the MV Gardyloo ship.

And no-one knows more about the changes at the site better than Ian Carnevale who has worked at Seafield since before its opening in April 1978.

'We had to deal with a lot of unpleasant things back in the beginning.' Ian Carnevale

Ian, 62, said: "We had to deal with a lot of unpleasant things back in the beginning, like pulling dead birds, vermin and even dogs out when they got caught in the screens with the bricks, stones and chuckies.

"Our safety equipment was more or less hard hats, boots and gloves so we had to be careful as we got a lot of cuts and grazes and used to be given regular injections due to the type of stuff we were handling.

"Working and loading the Gardyloo was hard work which was particularly foul in the summer as we did the loading from the dock side and then had to clean out our tanks by hand. But we knew the job had to be done and was benefiting the whole city."

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In the early 1960's it was clear Edinburgh's ageing sewer network which still relied on large parts of infrastructure built by the Victorians was not fit for a growing modern capital city.

In 1966 feasibility studies were carried out by the then Edinburgh Corporation for a new sewage disposal scheme.

The decision was taken to build Scotland's largest waste water treatment works from reclaimed land at Seafield in Leith.

In February 1978, Ian, then aged 22, joined Lothian Regional Council and began working at Seafield ahead of its official opening.

He began as one of five day operators. There was just ten members of staff in what was then only a primary treatment works.

'Our main role was to take grit, rags, and solid waste out from the liquid which was then piped straight into the Forth.' Ian Carnevale

Ian, from Dalkeith, said: "When we first started everyone was feeling their way as to what the best processes should be. Our main role was to take grit, rags, and solid waste out from the liquid which was then piped straight into the Forth.

"At the beginning they didn't even know how much solid waste we'd have and how many sails they'd need from the Gardyloo whether it was going to be two or three a day or a week."

After a month the council realised they needed a shift system in place and Ian moved to work in a three-man team as a process operator.

In 1984 he was promoted into his role as process controller where he stayed for 15 years until the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) of Stirling Water and Veolia took over running Seafield from East of Scotland Water.

By then the Gardyloo had been taken out of service, the site expanded to 20 acres and serving 800,000 people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Ian, a dad-of-one, said: "Over the years the technology has changed completely, it's like night and day. It's a lot more technical now due to the amount of investment we've had."

The plant is capable of producing up to 2300 kilowatts of sustainable electricity.

This is produced by gas powered generators which use the gas produced in the six digesters on site to generate this "green" power.

A multi-million pound plan to improve odours produced by the plant was completed six years ago.

After his 40 years' service Ian feels the job has provided him with a number of advantages, including being able to keep fit by walking and climbing around the large site.

'The public can play their part, by being careful what goes down the loo.' Ian Carnevale

He also takes pride in his job providing a vital service to the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians and urges people to do their bit to help the staff at Seafield.

Ian said: "One of the biggest problems we had back then was rags getting in and clogging up the system and today it's wipes, so it's different material causing the same problem 40 years on.

"The public can play their part by being careful what goes down the loo, and not things like wipes, sanitary products, cotton buds and stuff like food waste and fats and oils."

And asked what had surprised him the most he said: "I'd never have expected a major fast food outlet like McDonald's to open up opposite a sewage treatment works. I think that proves Seafield is very much part of the fabric of the city and here to stay."

Veolia said it hoped to move Seafield towards energy self-sufficiency in the coming years.

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: "Seafield has played a crucial role to the capital for the last 40 years and will continue to do so as the city expands.

"This milestone anniversary comes as we look to shape the future of Scotland's drinking and waste water with the launch of our consultation to address the key challenges and opportunities facing Scotland's water industry in the decades to come.

"We are also preparing plans to ensure we can provide a continuous supply of high-quality drinking water, protect and enhance the environment, support Scotland's economy and communities and invest in future water services."

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Review – War Horse, Festival Theatre*****

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:28
Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel echoed the subtle homage to Erich Maria Remarque’s 1928 devastating anti-war polemic, All Quiet On The Western Front, later filmed by Lewis Milestone in 1930. (Unsurprisingly, Hitler had all available copies burned in the ‘decadent’ purification hysteria.) Remarque’s narrative threads weave tragic, elagaic tableaux where a platoon of rookie […]
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Gilded Balloon – shows added for Fringe 2018 – tickets on sale now

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:02
Another 70 shows have gone on sale today for the shows forming the Gilded Balloon’s Fringe 2018. Katy and Karen Koren, Directors of Gilded Balloon, said: “We cannot wait to host the Honeys in our biggest venue. We still have a few surprises up our sleeves… there’s definitely more to come!” The Honeys refers to […]
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Speedway – Harkess demands home win

The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:37
The Staggs Bar Monarchs hope to consolidate their position in the Border section of the Championship Shield on Friday by beating Glasgow Tigers at Armadale. They face a Glasgow team with a great deal of experience and Armadale expertise. And Alex Harkess, Monarchs’ president, said: “We must win the home match. “It’s just a six-match […]
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The Edinburgh Reporter - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:33
Glasgow Tigers team manager Cami Brown has praised Claus Vissing’s “remarkable” start to the season. And he hopes the Danish star can keep it going against his old club, Edinburgh Monarchs, in the Challenge Shield this weekend. The first match is at Armadale on Friday (tapes-up 7.30pm) with the return at the Peugeot Ashfield Arena […]
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Final warning letters issued over gas plant smoke

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:12

Shell and ExxonMobil have been served with final warning letters after residents complained of unplanned "flaring" at a gas plant in Fife.

Maintenance failures caused several days of flaring at the Mossmorran plant in June last year, with clouds of black smoke blowing over nearby homes.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) said residents suffered "considerable disturbance" from the noise, smoke and vibration caused by the flaring.

As well as issuing the petrochemical giants with final warning letters, Sepa will conduct a review of the environmental permits to operate sites at Mossmorran.

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ExxonMobil issued an apology for the issue in June last year, though the NHS later warned the smoke was causing health problems for those living nearby.

Sepa's chief executive, Terry A'Hearn, met senior ExxonMobil and Shell executives directly on site and said that "environmental compliance is non-negotiable."

Mr A'Hearn said: "Every day, SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland's environment and compliance with Scotland's environmental rules is simply non-negotiable.

"The impact of unplanned flaring from Mossmorran last year was both preventable and unacceptable.

"We're disappointed that both ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell UK caused an environmental impact on local communities which is why we've issued formal final warning letters, have commissioned a full review of environmental permits to operate and an enhanced programme of air quality monitoring.

"It's clear that further actions are required by ExxonMobil Chemical and Shell UK to ensure the frequency and impact of flaring is reduced, but we're encouraged by how both companies have responded, committing to respond positively to a strengthening of environmental controls."

Sepa received a total of 74 complaints over the Mossmorran plant during the summer of 2017.

An ExxonMobil spokesman said: "We apologise to the local community for the flaring in June last year which we recognise caused particular concern and inconvenience.

"We have cooperated fully with Sepa throughout its investigation and accept its findings. We have worked thoroughly to address the issues identified, consistent with our internal investigation."

ExxonMobil had since improved its maintenance process and would improve its communications with local residents, he said.

The spokesman continued: "Flaring is safe and is used widely in petrochemical plants and refineries worldwide. Flares are designed to process hydrocarbons safely when production is interrupted.

"While the flare is a vital safety system for the plant, it is otherwise of no benefit to anyone including our operations because it impacts on production."

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Alcohol availability 'boosts crime rate'

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:20
Campaigners are calling for action to curb the number of places selling alcohol in the worst affected areas.
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Monopoly: Special edition Edinburgh board to be released

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 00:01

A new official Edinburgh version of Monopoly is hitting the shops soon, 20 years on from the first.

The special edition of the popular board game will take players around the Scottish capital as they gobble up property, get put in jail and financially ruin family members at Christmas.

It follows the original 1998 Edinburgh edition, which was the first Monopoly board themed around a UK city outside of London.

For this new version, the traditional Monopoly playing tokens such as the racing car, top hat and boot will get the boot to be replaced by new Auld Reekie-inspired items.

Amongst the tokens could be a bust of Edinburgh's most famous son Sir Sean Connery - or perhaps the first woman to sit in Bute House, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Other mooted possibilities include a panda, a comedic mask, a rugby ball, a miniature Sir Chris Hoy and a miniature Edinburgh Castle, with a public vote to ultimately decide which six will be made.

The board game's maker Winning Moves UK also said there is a good chance the traditional Scottie dog playing piece will be tweaked to resemble Edinburgh's beloved Greyfriars Bobby.

It will be the first time a Scottish city has received the honour of its own tokens as well as its own board.

Since the first Edinburgh edition 20 years ago, several versions based on other Scottish cities have been released, including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and - most recently - Stirling.

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Winning Moves UK's Benjamin Thompson said: "Scotland's capital city has grown and changed enormously, now with its own parliament and a whole new generation of people.

"The tokens will be customised for the first time in Scotland and will all be dedicated to Edinburgh.

"The Monopoly streets will all be Edinburgh landmarks and also new will be the chance and community chest cards which will be very heavily Edinburgh-themed.

"One could send players back three spaces for getting stuck in traffic on Queensferry Road whilst another could reward players with a VIP visit around Edinburgh Castle."

He said the game would be a "love letter to Edinburgh".

Mr Thompson added: "We are expecting to be very spoilt for choice for landmarks to fill this board.

"This very special edition will go into production to be ready in time for this Christmas and will hit shop shelves this October."

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Edinburgh World Heritage Launch new manifesto

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:35
Edinburgh World Heritage has launched a new manifesto today outlining what the young people of Scotland think is necessary to ensure a stronger connection between them and the country’s heritage. The manifesto was written by a group of young people living and studying in Edinburgh, and was launched at a World Heritage Day celebration attended […]
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Sepa warning over flaring incident at Mossmorran chemical plant

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:22
Bright flames and black smoke were seen during an incident at the chemical plant in Fife last June.
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Three arrested following shoplifting spree in East Lothian

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:06
Police have arrested three people in connection with thirteen incidents of shoplifting involving over £4,500 worth of goods. The incidents took place between 3rd March and 13th April at nine business premises in Prestonpans, Dunbar, North Berwick, Tranent and Gullane. Electrical goods, food, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and household items were among the items which were […]
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Two cars stolen following Linlithgow housebreaking

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:26
Police are appealing for information after two cars were stolen in a housebreaking in Linlithgow. Offenders broke into the property on Grange Knowe at around 2am this morning and stole car keys which were used to then steal two vehicles – a white Audi S4 Quattro and a red Ford Fiesta. Police were quickly alerted […]
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City of Edinburgh Council apology over injured pupil

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:58
Parents complained that an ambulance was not called after a head injury left their child confused and with memory loss.
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Michael Parkinson at Assembly Rooms on Saturday night

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:36
For so long the only chat show host, and then the purveyor of great music on Sundays, Sir Michael Parkinson will appear on stage at Assembly Rooms on Saturday night alongside his son Mike. It is well known how much he loves music, and it is the music with clips from his Parkinson archive which […]
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Fife photographer dies scuba diving

BBC News - Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:19
The 53-year-old from Fife got into difficulties and was pulled unconscious from the water but died a short time later.
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Quarry set to become Scotland's first surfing lake

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:03

Plans for Scotland's first artificial surfing lake have been recommended for approval by officials.

Wavegarden Scotland is seeking permission to turn the disused Craigpark Quarry, near Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh, into a lake which can produce waves on demand.

The development, called The Cove, would be able to generate 1000 waves an hour ranging from 80cm to 2.4m, making it more convenient than many coastal locations.

Officials have recommended councillors approve the plans at an Edinburgh city council committee meeting next week.

A report for the development management sub-committee said it was "a unique opportunity to reuse the redundant quarry".

The developers said the project will generate £11m for the local economy annually and create 129 jobs once it is operational.

Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, which is developing Wavegarden Scotland, said: "Wavegarden Scotland is an exciting project which we believe would deliver a number of economic, social and health benefits.

"We look forward to hearing the outcome of our planning submission next week.

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Police issue CCTV image following Scotmid robbery

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:52
Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace in connection with an armed robbery at the Scotmid shop in Walter Scott Avenue which took place around 7.20pm on Sunday 15th April. Officers believe the man pictured can assist with their ongoing investigation and anyone who can assist in identifying him is […]
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New Pennywell All Care Centre officially opened

City of Edinburgh Council - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:28
The new Pennywell All Care Centre was officially opened today. Staff and guests welcomed Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony.
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CCTV appeal after armed robber targets Scotmid store

STV News - Edinburgh & East Scotland - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:21

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace in connection with an armed robbery at a convenience store.

The Scotmid shop in Walter Scott Avenue, Edinburgh, was targeted at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Police would not say whether the robber managed to steal anything.

Detective constable Stevie Herd from Gayfield CID said: "While no-one was harmed during this robbery, it was a terrifying ordeal for the staff members to endure and we continue to treat this matter with the utmost seriousness.

"We believe that the man in the CCTV footage can assist with our inquiries and if you recognise him then please contact police immediately."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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Witness appeal following theft of mountain bikes in Penicuik

The Edinburgh Reporter - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:20
Police are appealing for witnesses following three housebreakings and thefts in Penicuik which took place overnight between Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April. A garage was broken into in the Eskhill area with a black and green Voodoo Wazoo Fat mountain bike stolen. In the Clerk Road area a garage was forced open and three mountain […]
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