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Next public meeting

LCCC’s next public meeting is on August 17, at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 7pm to 9pm.

This will include a presentation from Drum Property Group, regarding the Stead’s Place development, followed by a Q&A and suggestion session.

Register to attend via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-central-community-council-lccc-meeting-august-tickets-114644504800

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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.

Agendas and minutes are added to the Meetings page as they become available.

Update on LCCC activities during lockdown

Following guidance from the City of Edinburgh Council, Leith Central Community Council did not holding public meetings during May and June.

As the majority of transport, planning and other developments were postponed, and effective consultations were not possible via fully digital methods, the committee members agreed to postpone public meetings until further notice. Any decisions that could not be postponed, and hence werre made via email, video-meetings etc, will be ratified at future, properly-convened public meetings.

LCCC continues to review the situation and work within the guidance outlined by our partners in the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government and the UK Government.

LCCC intends to continue representing our communities as much as possible, and our website will continue to receive updates.

If you have any questions about  LCCC or related issues, please contact us using the email addresses below:

chair.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk
secretary.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk

Notification of major gas replacement works: York Road area Edinburgh – 17 August

Although outside of our area, those close to or due to travel in the York Road area on 17th August may be interested in this gas works notice.

(adapted from an email from SGN)

I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in the York Road area of Edinburgh. This project involves us replacing our existing gas mains with new plastic pipe.

Our essential work will ensure the local community receives a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with Scottish Government to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance. We shouldn’t need to interrupt gas supplies to homes or businesses, and our engineers won’t be calling at residents’ homes, unless it’s an emergency.

We’re looking to start work in the York Road area of Edinburgh on Monday the 17 August and our project will last approximately four weeks.

We are required to remove a small section of pipe at the junction with East Trinity Road. During this project and due to the location of the pipe it will be necessary to close York Road at its junction with East Trinity Road. Local diversions will be in place during this time. To help carryout these essential works parking suspensions will be in operation and there will also be a requirement for temporary traffic signals.

We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

I’m also writing to local stakeholders to make them aware of our project. Please feel free to also share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our project.

If you have any specific enquiries about this project, please call us on 0800 912 1700 and our customer service team will be happy to help.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times and if there’s anything else you need please let me know.

Kind regards

Caroline Lawrie, Stakeholder and Community Manager
T: +44 (0)131 469 1701 (: 31701)
M: +44 (0)7747 7577 99
E:
caroline.lawrie@sgn.co.uk
SGN, Axis House, 5 Lonehead Drive, Newbridge, Edinburgh,EH28 8TG
sgn.co.uk

LCCC August meeting – in-person! 17 August 2020

LCCC will hold a public meeting on August 17, at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 7pm to 9pm.

This will include a presentation from Drum Property Group, regarding the Stead’s Place development, followed by a Q&A and suggestion session.

Register to attend via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-central-community-council-lccc-meeting-august-tickets-114644504800

LCCC June 2020 DRAFT minutes

Please click to see the PDF of these draft minutes: 2020_06_15 draft V1

Please note that these are draft – while LCCC’s minutes secretary has tried to ensure they are accurate, they are provided for information only and do not represent LCCC’s decision until ratified (possibly with changes) at a subsequent meeting.

McDonald Road Fire Station works update

A small update from the Robertson Group working on redeveloping McDonald Road Fire Station, part of which is being converted into the Edinburgh’s Museum of Fire;

Residents Letter – 006 – Progress Update to end of July 2020

Due to the pandemic we are currently all living with, first & foremost I hope that this newsletter / update finds you and your families safe & well.

Since reopening on 4th May 2020, the project continues to be operated under the Construction Scotland Safe Operating Procedures accepted for use for essential works.

The safe operating procedures have allowed the following works to progress on site.

• Progression of the roof coverings including insulation
• Facing brick feature bands to Dryden Terrace & McDonald Road
• Installation of new structural steelwork including projecting window pods
• Installation of bracing steel & structural strengthening works
• Installation of new lift shaft steel structure

In the next few weeks further SFS framing systems will begin being installed which will allow the closing in of the building envelope to commence. By October we will be preparing for window installation to make the building watertight.

Internal fit out will then commence in October.

Early design & detailing work for the Museum of Fire has commenced with the designdisciplines working remotely & from home.

We have also recently been involved with a social media request to assist with watering the street trees on McDonald Road which now appear to be flourishing.

You can find out more about the ongoing development at robertson.co.uk/project/museum-fire-mcdonald-road-edinburgh

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Copied from an email from CEC’s Spaces for People. LCCC position on such rushed ‘consultations‘ (for example, in this post) remains that ‘LCCC regrets that the procedural shortcomings of a foreshortened consultation process may impinge on the quality of the proposed measures and undermine public trust and support.

EDIT: Great Junction St is not in LCCC’s area, but it is quite possible that the changes will impact the area.

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Following our email of 26 June advising that we would notify you once further details were available for the proposals above, we are pleased to be able to provide these now. We are aware that you were initially given proposals for Great Junction Street and Easter Road in a single notification, however in an effort to provide details at the earliest opportunity these have been separated and plans for Easter Road will be issued as soon as they are available.

We would suggest that you view the plan to see the detail of what is proposed.

map of proposals for Great Junction St and Easter Rd

Click the graphic to see the full PDF. LCCC’s web-weaver is not happy that the map does not include a key.

Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 June 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

No short-term lets in tenements for now

From Scottish Government guidance on ‘self-contained holiday accommodation’, and following from this post:

Most self-contained holiday accommodation, including fully self-catering accommodation, holiday homes/second homes and caravan and campervan parks can open from 3 July on the condition that the only accommodation provided/allowed are fully self-contained units with no shared facilities between households. For the avoidance of doubt shared facilities include entrance hallways, stairs and landings. Properties that are accessed via a common entrance cannot therefore reopen at this point.

Source: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-caravan-sites-and-holiday-parks/

Short-term lets: interviewees wanted

(adapted from an email from Andy Wightman MSP’s researcher)

Short term lets (STLs) are a growing in popularity across Edinburgh, although there are consequences for residents that should be considered. LCCC has raised this topic with new developers (e.g. Sept-19 minutes), shared consultation opportunities (June-19) and highlighted how to report a problem (Oct-19 website post) but your continued input as a resident is required to gain a better picture of the impact STLs are having on our area, both positive and negative.”

Andy Wightman MSP’s has a Homes First campaign – scrutinising commercial short-term lets and their impact on permanent residents. You may have seen that Andy has been raising concerns recently in the Scottish Parliament over short-term lets in shared stairs opening up to guests again: https://twitter.com/andywightman/status/1275883146416979974?s=20

Now the BBC has asked if we can put them in touch with anyone willing to be interviewed about short-term lets operating from their stair/building. If you would like to express interest in a filmed (physically distanced) interview, please reply with your contact details giving me permission to pass on your details to the BBC.

For those of you who filled in our survey of short-term lets at homesfirst.scot, you will be pleased to hear that we will be releasing the results of the first 6 months (January – June 2020) next month. We will also be launching a new section of the site looking at residents’ concerns specifically relating to the pandemic and short-term lets.

Many thanks

Charlotte Maddix
Parliamentary Researcher to Andy Wightman MSP
charlotte.maddix@parliament.scot
0131 348 6369

Trams to Newhaven Newsletter: 2nd July

The Trams to Newhaven team have published their latest newsletter which details the Leith Walk roadworks, new bins arrangements and an incoming cycle-lane. We have posted the Leith Central-related plaintext below but you can sign up for the alerts directly by going to edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven

Leith Walk
The establishment of the construction site from London Road to Crown Place is ongoing. The city bound lane is operational. Please visit our project website for further information on the traffic management arrangements. Details of Lothian Bus diversions are available on their website

Site Investigation works have commenced from London Road to Annandale Street and will be continuing down Leith Walk.  

The junction of McDonald Road and Leith Walk will be closed from 10th July for 6 weeks to undertake utility works in this area. 

Bins
Communal bins for Leith Walk are now situated at the nearest side street to their existing location. The regularity of uplifts will be increased to ensure the area is kept clean and tidy and uplifts will take place in the evening to minimise traffic in the area at peak times. If a bin collection has been missed please report this on the council’s website. 

Cycle Way on Leith Walk  
We are installing a bi-directional cycle lane as part of the establishment of the construction site. This will result in a separate cycle way for cyclists adjacent to the pedestrian footpath and both will be maintained throughout the period of construction. We are aware of concerns raised by residents and members of the public and as an interim arrangement we have installed advisory signs. In the meantime, we would ask that all cyclists approach the area with caution. 

Parking
All parking and loading provisions are suspended on Constitution Street and between Foot of the Walk to London Road with no street parking or loading facilities available on the running lane on Leith Walk. Parking areas will be provided at three locations during the works to facilitate access to businesses and local properties. These parking facilities will be short stay only for 30 mins and will be located in the vicinity of Crown Street, Pilrig Street and Elm Row.

COVID-19 Measures
Following the outbreak of COVID19 we have implemented strict measures to ensure that optimum safety is achieved for our staff and the general public.  We have uploaded a short video to share our new controls.  All works must now be carried out in compliance with Scottish Government guidance.  We have implemented the following protocols

  • All staff and operatives have now been re-inducted to communicate the projects COVID 19 measures. These are followed up with regular briefings to ensure the message is continually communicated and to reiterate the importance of good hygiene and physical distancing requirements.
  • Work will be carried out in compliance with Scottish Government guidance however workers will also be provided with additional Personal Protective Equipment when required
  • Temperature testing is now mandatory on the project and all staff, visitors and operatives are subject to a daily temperature check when presenting at site.
  • All sites will have infection control station, shown in the photo above. These stations are available to our operatives whilst out on site to promote good hygiene practice.
  • The project site office has been remodelled to include measures for physical distancing and optimum hygiene measures. Anyone entering the project office is re-inducted and advised of the above measures in order to prevent spread of COVID19. Those who can work from home are required to continue to do so.

In order to allow for physical distancing, pedestrian footways across the route will be widened where it is safe to do so. There are several sections of the footway where this will not be possible due to open excavations and/or uneven surfacing. To address this, we are installing suggested one-way systems on several sections and introducing passing places where possible.  We are continuing to review our working areas and liaising with council colleagues to ensure that we implement best practice but in the meantime in areas where space is restricted, as in other parts of the city, we would ask that people consider other pedestrians and give them space, stay alert especially if you are using your phone or wearing headphones, and keep left if possible and pass on the right.

Logistics Hubs
The logistics hubs on Mitchell Street, Foot of the Walk, Dalmeny Street, Albert Street and Montgomery Street are now operational. Logistic officers are working within the physical distancing guidelines outlined by the Scottish Government. The logistic hubs are there to help businesses with deliveries and dispatches but any resident on the construction route that is expecting a bulky delivery should contact the logistic hub who will be able to assist. 
We have received positive feedback about our Logistic Officer’s practice and would encourage anyone who requires support to make contact with them.

Your thoughts sought: Parks, Quiet Routes & Housing

We’ve been contacted by several organisations, including Edinburgh Council, wanting the views of people in the Leith Central area (June 2020). If you have opinions about the following, they’ll want to hear them;

Parks and Greenspaces survey
by The City of Edinburgh Council

Cycling ‘Quiet Routes’ after dark survey
by Oliver Caron-Nowak (University of Edinburgh) & The City of Edinburgh Council

Active Commuting (walking & cycling) survey
by by The University of Edinburgh & The City of Edinburgh Council

Opportunities you have to rest, relax and recover at your home
by Mina Sufineyestani (Heriot Watt University)

(Please note these are not conducted by Leith Central Community Council)