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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 (LCCC’s AGM) will be held on
Monday 21 May 2018
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library

LCCC minutes: April 2018

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 16 April 2018 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem conmeans that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC minutes: 2017 AGM

Minutes of the AGM of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 22 May 2017 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. URLs added by minutes secretary. Continue reading

Trams to Newhaven: timeline

(Dates taken from an email sent by Rory Garriock, Communications and Marketing Manager, Anturas Consulting Ltd)

item date
Tenders out 20/04/2018
Analysis of consultation responses May 2018
Community Workshops 2nd half of June
Tenders returned End of July 2018
Design changes July – August 2018
Engagement 2 Early September 2018
Preferred bidder selected November 2018
Vote of full Council End November/start December 2018
Engagement impact report January 2019
Enabtdng works commence on Leith Walk Spring 2019, followed directly by infrastructure works
London Road to Manderston Street expected completion Winter 2020
Manderston Street to Duke Street expected completion Summer 2021

LCCC May meeting AGM and ordinary meeting agendas

This month’s meeting will consist of firstly the annual general meeting, then the ordinary meeting.

The meeting is at 7pm on Monday 21 May, at McDonald Road Library. Continue reading

LCCC annual report, 21 May 2018

Another year has passed in which Leith Walk, our much-loved and iconic high street, continues to dominate our meetings. Depending who you’re talking to, Leith Walk, once designated as a pedestrian-friendly boulevard or, more recently, a dual carriageway with pedestrian-deterrent paving (if the current tram designs go ahead), continues to be a political football. Plagued by disruption and road works for over 12 long years, residents are fed up and sharply divided as to whether the trams, should the plans be approved, will actually benefit the area. Continue reading

Parking petition a success – so far

The petition sponsored by Leith Central Community Council, Improving Parking in the Leith Central Area (LCA), closed on 10 May with 390 signatures. On Thursday 17 May, members of LCCC and Abbeyhill Colonies Residents Association (ACRA) were invited to the Transport and Environment Committee to speak to the petition.

Iona McLeod, ACRA chairperson and spokesperson for the LCCC Working Group on Parking, spoke about the issues around parking in the area. Charlotte Encombe, LCCC Chairperson, and Sheila Kennedy, LCCC Secretary and ACRA Treasurer, made supplementary comments. Councillor Susan Rae of the Green Party was there in a supportive role and also spoke of the effect parking pressures can have on residents in the area. You can see the full discussion, from 1:59, at

The points made were well received by the committee and it was agreed that we had met the criteria in Section 2 of the Controlled Parking and Priority Parking Protocol.

Council officers are currently working on a strategic plan on parking for the whole city with a report due in August. It was agreed that the LCA would be considered as part of this review but also as a separate entity due to its particular pressures. If Controlled Parking Zones were to be extended following this report, this would be done on a rolling basis and LCA would be one of the first. The pressures discussed were:

  • The proximity of the area to the city centre and the use of the area by commuters
  • The proposals to extend the tram and the extra effects this would have on parking and pollution
  • The current and proposed developments in the area which put further pressures on parking.

In the very short term, a Council officer agreed to look at better enforcement, in discussion with colleagues in Parking, to deal with drivers who park on double yellow lines or who double park and cause obstructions.

The delegates left the meeting feeling very positive but will await further developments!

Alcoholics Anonymous – A Service for Professionals

(adapted from an email from Alcoholics Anonymous)

In Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) we are always seeking to strengthen and expand our communication with professionals. Those who work or support with problem drinkers share a common purpose with A.A: to help those people stop drinking and lead a healthy, productive life.

A.A is a non profit, self-supporting, entirely independent fellowship – ‘not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution.’ A.A as an organisation and fellowship is in a position to serve as a resource to you through its policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with the professional community.

The Free Event

17th May 9.30 – 12.30pm Patrick Geddes Centre, Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket Edinburgh EH1 2PG

The aim of this event is provide some insight into Alcoholics Anonymous and how our 12 step programme and meetings can help problem drinkers recover from alcoholism. You’ll hear about the free services we can provide to those involved with problem drinkers and how we provide talks and literature for Schools, Colleges Universities, other Agencies and Employers.

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