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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 16 December 2019
7.00pm
McDonald Road Library

Future meetings are:

  • 2020: 20 January, 17 February, 16 March, 20 April, 18 May (including AGM), 15 June

General Election hustings for Edinburgh North & Leith

Thursday, 28 November 2019 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent

Organised by The Spurtle, this is a unique opportunity to check out the candidates for our constituency and ask them questions important to you.

  • Iain McGill CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST PARTY
  • Gordon Munro LABOUR AND CO-OPERATIVE PARTY
  • Bruce Wilson LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
  • Heather Astbury RENEW
  • Steve Burgess SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY
  • Deidre Brock SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY
  • Robert Speirs THE BREXIT PARTY

LCCC October 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 21 October 2019 at 7:30pm Continue reading

New Telecoms Cabinets in St Clair and Dickson Street areas

Cityfibre Ltd is proposing to install 11 telcoms cabinets in the following locations:
  • 14 ST CLAIR STREET
    53 DICKSON STREET
    79 DICKSON STREET
    4 ST CLAIR ROAD
    4 ST CLAIR AVENUE
    19 ST CLAIR AVENUE
    85 DALMENY STREET
    1 ST CLAIR PLACE
    ST CLAIR PLACE
    20 ST CLAIR STREET
    19 ALBION PLACE
Local residents and businesses may wish to check the plans that have been submitted.

Support lonely elderly people (and bag a great prize at the same time)

(adapted from an email from mealmakers.org.uk)

We are aiming to raise £7,500 so we can continue to develop our services in Scotland for lonely or isolated older people through food and friendship. Due to an extremely challenging financial climate we’re having to identify new funding sources to support us to continue to grow the work that we do.

To achieve this target, we need to spread the message of our campaign far and wide. It is essential for us to get as many shares and re-tweets as possible on all the posts and announcements and promote the amazing reward prizes that have been donated to us to be purchased during the campaign.

During the next 30 days that the campaign will run, with all the above in mind If you can contribute towards the crowdfunding campaign in any of the below ways, we would be extremely grateful:

  • Share the campaign on Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram)
  • Contribute an in-kind donation. Gift experiences, branded products, restaurant vouchers, concert tickets, sport memorabilia etc.
  • Get your workplace involved. Organise a bake sale, donate a hamper for us to use as an award, hold a sponsored event etc.
  • Promote our Christmas Card campaign. Donate £10 and we’ll send a Christmas card with a message from you to an older person who would appreciate it.

AND

Don’t forget we have some fabulous award prizes which would make amazing Christmas present for someone – so make sure you check them out on our crowdfunding page: https://chuffed.org/project/mealmakers-food-friendship

To deliver our services we rely on the amazing generosity of the general public and businesses to help our charity support older people in need across Scotland’s communities. The kindness of people like yourselves helps make the daily lives of our older members safer and happier.

Thank you for your valued support.

The Meal Makers Team
0141 551 8118
hello@mealmakers.org.uk

Safer Leith at Christmas

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service & the City of Edinburgh Council Trading Standards will be holding public drop in events focussing on providing the public with information on how to stay safe over the festive period.

Bogus callers, Dangerous Christmas presents/CE markings, Fire Safety, Home Security, Cycle Safety  etc. are all impacted by the change in season so come along to learn how to stay safe.

On Monday the 9th of December 2019 at the following locations.

  • Bield Sheltered Housing Complex, Gordon Court (Lounge area) – 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
  • Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please come along and speak to them about how to stay safe over the forthcoming festive period. Free bike marking and cycling safety equipment available (limited availability, so come early).Leith poster.Festive

LCCC November 2019 meeting agenda

1 Welcome

1.a to note:declarations of interest in any items on the agenda

1.b to agree:order of business

2 Approval of minutes of 16 September 2019 and 21 October 2019 meeting

3 Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Presentation and Q&A: Euan Leitch onTenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation

Update on the final recommendations of a Scottish Parliamentary Working Group set up to establish solutions to aid, assist and, where necessary, to compel owners of tenement properties to maintain their buildings and upcoming (legislative) developments.

6 Planning

6.a to note: 19/05092/FUL Demolition of existing building & erection of 58 flatted residential development, 14 Ashley Place

6.b to note: status of current planning applications (NOV 2019)

6.c to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area

7 Parks & Green Spaces

7.a to note: Powderhall Railway Path update

7.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

7.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports

8 Transport & Clean Streets (10)

8.a to note: CPZ consultation update

8.b Trams to Newhaven

8.b.i to note: update on Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT)

8.b.ii to note: construction timetable; Leith Walk enabling works; bidirectional cycle-path

8.c to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

9 Licensing

10 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

10.a Community Council elections

10.a.i to note: problems with election process impacting at least three community councils

10.a.ii to note:vacancies for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups

10.b Appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee conveners and subject leads, LCCC representation on outside bodies

10.b.i to agree: appointment of Engagement Officer

10.b.ii Edinburgh Association of Community Councils (EACC)

10.b.ii.1 to note: EACC AGM on 21-11-19 will elect new office-bearers; nominations close by 7pm on 19-11-19.
10.b.ii.2 to note: John Tibbitt has been nominated for Chair of EACC by other CCs and his proposalto improve EACC’s performance.

10.b.iii to agree: LCCC to nominate John Tibbitt as Chair of EACC as a first step towards implementation of his proposals

10.b.iv to note: previous LCCC committees: planning, transport & clean streets, parks and & green spaces; parking working group; licensing subject lead; incoming correspondence triage

10.b.v to agree: committee structure, appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee convener/s, working group/s, subject lead/s and incoming correspondence triage

10.c to note: other outside bodies and need to appoint LCCC reps

10.d to note: Treasurer’s report

10.e to note: reports from other Office Bearers

10.f to note: Comms Group report

11 Open Forum[1]

12 AOCB[2]

13 Bulletin[3]

13.a Save Iona Street: campaign launched to prevent new student flats being built in Leith (EdinburghLive, 1-11-19)

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

14.a to note:

2019: 16 Dec; 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

14.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

14.b.i 16 Dec: 19/04682/PANpresentation by CEC & Collective Architecture on Powderhall site (165 Broughton Rd)

14.b.ii tbc 20 Jan: Bonnington Road Lane development PAC by Platform

14.b.iii tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

14.b.iv tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)

[1]this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest
[2]this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda
[3]this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting

Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.