Submitted by Editor on Fri, 31/03/2023 - 15:47


As you read this, advance copies of the April Spurtle are already disappearing from local shelves like daffs at night from municipal flowerbeds.

This month we kick off with campaign news and determined locals who won’t take being ignored for an answer. We continue with the latest on efforts to keep a dear green space available to the local community, dip briefly into follicles, and conclude Page 1 with a sneak look at a project the developers would rather we didn’t bang on about.

Trams, tennis and mixed views on trapezoids follow on Page 2, as do flood measures, snags and a starting-gun for work to begin on perhaps Edinburgh’s most exciting project.

On Page 3 we dive back into bins, taker a close look at the population of Spurtleshire, and take stock of two major issues affecting many in Edinburgh, ourselves included. We discover strong views on the subject of barriers.

An inkpot and quill – long this editor’s preferred tools for cleaning his ears – make an appearance on Page 4 alongside brief items involving pedantry, problematic plumbing and advice on not taking a shortcut out of Waterloo Place.

This month’s Broughton Spurtle contains over 3,500 words of carefully condensed news and gratuitous gossip. If it moos, buzzes, squeaks, whistles or farts between York Place and Canonmills, Howe Street and Pilrig Glebe … we’ve got it covered.

Pick up your printed copy from shops, businesses, eateries, bars and plastic dispensers the length and breadth of the barony. Copies are also available in McDonald Rd, Stockbridge and Central Libraries, plus the delightful book-box at the bottom end of Scotland Street.

Alternatively, download a colourful pdf from our website HERE after midnight tonight.

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