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Leith Central Community Council provides a forum for local people to engage with and work for their local community. The meetings are on the third Monday of every month and these meetings are public, so you are very welcome to attend and engage with what is happening in your local area.

The next meeting will be held on
Monday 20 August 2018
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library


LCCC August meeting: outline agenda

Notice of the next ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council on Monday, 20th August at 7pm in the Nelson Room of McDonald Road Library.

The outline agenda is below – a detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 June 2018 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Transport & Clean Streets
    … Community Councils Together on Trams … Edinburgh Bus Users Group … Albert Street resurfacing and improvements …
  6. Planning
    … Drum/Stead’s Place … Demolition of existing warehouse and Erection of residential development at 254 Leith Walk
    … Local Development Plan update
    … Planning Bill/AirBnB update …
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    … update on re-opening of Water of Leith Walkway …
  8. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  9. Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Bulletin
  11. Open Forum
  12. AOCB

Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

August consultations: Powderhall site and St John’s Place crossing


A reminder that later this month (20th), a public consultation including an architectural model will be shown regarding the former Powerdhall waste site between Bonnington Road and St Mark’s Park. More info can be found at

St john’s Place (near Leith Links)

(adapted from an email from the City of Edinburgh Council)

A crossing assessment was recently undertaken on Links Place at the junction of Johns Place and Elbe Street. Our intention is to tighten up the radius of the left turn into Johns Place to slow traffic and to construct a pedestrian refuge island at this point.

We wish to gather both your and local opinions on the location and type of crossing proposed at this site. To achieve this we have created an online consultation which can be found at:

Next meeting

Leith Central Community Council’s next public meeting will be held on Monday the 20th August, with an agenda to be published ASAP. Please visit our Meeting Papers page for more info.

Friends of Pilrig park: survey and news

CEC survey about relaxed grass cutting

The local parks team want help making the right decisions about the amount of the park that is given over to more wild-looking grass with wildflower areas, and where to place it.

Please take a look at the survey (Word document) and forward on your answers and any thoughts to

Any changes would be started in the winter, so that we would see the effects next summer. Continue reading

Edinburgh Partnership Review and Consultation of Governance and Community Planning Arrangements

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The Edinburgh Partnership is carrying out a consultation on improving community planning governance arrangements in the city following a period of review.The consultation is asking your views on:

  • How communities and community groups can more effectively influence decisions about their communities.
  • How the governance arrangements can be improved to:
    • make it clear how decisions are made, and who is making them, by improving the groups and structures involved
    • make partnership working stronger
    • make better connections between the different levels of the partnership working in the city.

The consultation is now open and can be accessed using the following link: Consultation link.

You can also take part in this consultation by using the attached word document. It comes with supporting documentation and an equalities monitoring form. The completed word document should be emailed to or returned by post to:

Community Strategies Unit
The City of Edinburgh Council
Business Centre 2/1
Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh, EH4 7BG.

The consultation closes on Sunday 9th September 2018.

If you need further information or support to participate in this consultation please contact us at

Proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill

(adapted from an email from Ciaran McDonald)

As you may have seen in the press this week, Andy Wightman MSP has proposed amendments to the Planning (Scotland) Bill regarding second homes and short-term lets.

If passed, these proposals amend section 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 so that second homes and short-term lets (amendments 44 and 45, respectively) will require full planning consent. Further information about these amendments can be found in the attached briefing paper (PDF).

Andy welcomes your views and opinions on this and requests that you send your thoughts to him by 31 August 2018 via email ( or in writing to the address below.

Ciaran McDonald
Researcher to Andy Wightman MSP
MG.20 | The Scottish Parliament | Edinburgh | EH99 1SP
T: 0131 348 6368

August Licensing Board List – Leith Central Community Council

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

LCCC has been made aware of the following licensing applications. The deadline for comments to the licensing board is 9 August.

The Edinburgh Masonic Club Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
3 Shrubhill Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4RB Club premises, located on ground and upper floor, of a development on Shrubhill Walk, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
The Hibernian Football Club Limited Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
26 Albion Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5PZ To add off sales to the premises, to add bar meals as an activity, to clarify that some activities may take place outwith core hours and to substitute a new Designated Premises Manager.
Hillside Bowling Club Macdonald Licensing
Bf, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB
9a Brunton Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5EG To amend the on and off sale hours of the premises, to add seasonal variations to the premises, to add activites, to amend Children and Young persons access to the premises, to provide that activities may take place outwith core hours during the seasonal variations, to delete conditions 3 and 4 of the Premises Licence and to add a Designated Premises Manager to the premises.

North Edinburgh Path Improvements – Telford Path (Construction Works Notification)

(adapted from an email from AECOM sent on 23 July and forwarded to LCCC’s web-weaver on 29 July)

As part of the drainage and surfacing improvements on the Telford Path, at Easter Drylaw Drive, a path closure and diversion will be in place commencing 23rd July for 2 weeks.  Please see below the proposed diversion route which will be in place for certain activities during this time.

Click the images to see the full-size PDFs.
overview diversion route

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