Community News: Store's bid for licence met by objection

The Costcutter store on Bruntsfield Place has applied for permission to open 24-hours-a-day.

The move has attracted an objection from Bruntsfield Place resident Jane Walker, who claimed there is no demand for retail through the night.

She also said that the shop will encourage more antisocial behaviour.

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Councillors will make a decision on the application at a meeting to be held on Friday.

Charity gets ready for maiden auction event

A CHARITY which helps homeless people in Edinburgh is to hold its first auction.

A series of paintings from top artists, including John Lowrie Morrison, will be sold off to raise funds for the Bethany Christian Trust.

The free event will take place on Saturday at the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel, with public viewing from 9am and the auction starting at noon. All proceeds will go towards the city-based charity, which assists vulnerable as well as homeless people in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Speed camera spots revealed

Speed cameras will be in operation next week at A90 Cramond, Muirhouse Parkway, West Granton Road, A706 Longridge, A71 Briech, A89 Armadale, A71 Polbeth, A705 East Whitburn, A899 Lizzie Bryce, A198 DirletonToll, B1345 Drem, B1377 Drem to Ballencrief.

Buses prove popular fare

MORE than 1000 people visited Lothian Buses' central garage as part of last weekend's Open Doors Day.

The depot was one of dozens of buildings around the Capital which opened to the public for the annual event.

Steve Johnson, the event organiser, said: "The day was a great success."

Solar panels up for grabs

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A CITY MP is urging schools in his constituency to take part in a competition to win free solar panels worth up to 40,000 each.

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz said the contest being run by British Gas was an opportunity for schools to save up to 20 per cent off their annual electricity bills.

Bridge abseil sure to get adrenalin up

ADRENALIN junkies can get their fix with a charity abseil from the Forth Road Bridge next month.

Towering 165 feet above the beach, entrants can free-fall SAS-style from a rope onto the sand and help raise money for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

A similar event in June raised 67,000 for the charity.

A spokesperson said: "You can register to take part in the Forth Rail Bridge Abseil on October 3." Each entrant must pay 21.

Contact 0845 450 2000.