- The Cramond Association is a thriving local community association dedicated to looking after the special nature of Cramond, Barnton and Cammo. We want to encourage people to take an interest in the area and to ensure the preservation, sound development and improvement of its features. The Association also plays a role in safeguarding and forwarding local planning issues.
- We run a programme of monthly talks and social events in the Millennium Room in Cramond Kirk Hall. We also have a History section which runs its own programme of talks with interesting speakers. We welcome everyone to our meetings.
- The Cramond Association is a membership body. Our views are listened to by our MP, our MSPs, the City of Edinburgh Council and others. Our influence stems from our membership numbers – we have over 700 households as members. We work closely with the Cramond & Barnton Community Council on planning and building issues, and all aspects of transport, traffic and roads within our area.
- This website contains information about the Association and the history of the area. It is well used, with about 400 visits per month.
Please get involved, join the Association if you are not already a member, and help us to sustain the quality of life we enjoy in Cramond, Barnton and Cammo. You can contact any of the Committee (see below) if you would like to join or for more information. The membership fees are very minimal and the Association provides an excellent service for such a small cost:
- Individual/single person household: £7.00
- Family/household with more than one person: £12.00
Officers of the Cramond Association Committee 2015 – 2016
President: Margery Naylor, 25B Cramond Glebe Rd EH4 6NT, Tel 312 8956
Vice President: Prof Anthony Seaton, Tel 336 5113
Treasurer: Gena Wylie, 17 Barnton Park Drive, EH4 6HF, Tel 312 8907
Secretary: Diana Hart, 4 Braehead View, EH4 6BQ, Tel 339 8285
Planning Advisor: Alan Brebner, Tel 538 6392
History Section: Una Woof, 34 Silverknowes Parkway EH4 5LA, Tel 336 5233
Cramond Heritage Trust: Kathleen Dods, 10 Cramond Gardens, EH4 6PU, Tel 336 2124
Cramond... "the village within the city"
Described in the Edinburgh volume of The Buildings of Scotland as "a mill and harbour village with the authentic colour supplement appearance", the Edinburgh village of Cramond has the longest period of continuous settlement in Scotland, dating from 8500BC.
In 1960, residents concerned about a wave of new building in the area formed the Cramond Association "to promote the amenity of Cramond and safeguard its heritage". Later the aim was expanded to include Barnton and Cammo.
The Cramond Association fulfils its aims in the following ways:
Planning & Development
We consider all planning and development proposals for the area and make representations where necessary. We are represented on the Cockburn Association, the Scottish Civic Trust and the Forth Estuary Forum. We attend meetings of the Neighbourhood Partnership and supply a member for the Cammo Estate Committee.
We have planted many trees and spring bulbs throughout the area. We participate in the beach clear-up and provide bird boxes for a number of species. We also keep an eye on road and traffic management and constantly press for better road surfacing.
Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee
In the 1960s the Association challenged successfully the proposal to realign the main runway at Edinburgh Airport, engaging Consultants and forcing a Public Inquiry. Our proposal was an alternative alignment which would have resulted in flight paths with a lesser impact on the local community. The Association's case was accepted by the Reporter but, disappointingly, the Inquiry finding was overturned by the Secretary of State. However, the Association formed the Edinburgh Airport Amenity Group to represent local interests when the present main runway was opened and a member of the Group sits on the Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee.
Programme of Talks
Over the winter months the Association provides a programme of popular talks in Cramond Kirk Hall. "Carols by Candlelight" in early December each year is regarded as the start of Cramond's Christmas celebrations. The Association has sections for those interested in history and the History Section's monthly talks over the winter are well attended
Cramond and Barnton Community Council
The Association welcomed the formation of the Cramond and Barnton Community Council in 2004. The Council as the elected body and the Association as the membership organisation mean that two voices now speak for the community instead of one.