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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
7.00pm
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library

 

Healthy ageing research study

(adapted from an email from Heriot-Watt University)

link to PDF about the healthy ageing research

Click the graphic to see the full PDF

Are you aged 65 or over? Do you want to take up a new activity?

As we get older, some of us might experience changes in our thinking or memory skills. Research has suggested that taking up a new activity, especially one we’ve never done before, might help maintain our thinking skills.

We are a research team at Heriot-Watt University exploring how taking up a new activity might benefit our thinking skills and wellbeing. We are looking for people aged 65 and over in Edinburgh and the Lothians to take part.

If you or someone you know might be interested, or you would like some more information, please contact us on 0131 451 8009 or healthyageing@hw.ac.uk. We’ll give you full details about the study and answer any questions you might have. A Facebook post about the study can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/HWPsych/posts/2169303666623147.

You can also find some more information about the research at https://healthyageing.hw.ac.uk/contact.html.

We look forward to hearing from you!

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council is reviewing its planning guidance on outdoor advertising (the adverts you see on the side of the road or on the pavement). Stakeholders and members of the public are being asked for their views to help to inform new guidance.

The consultation, which will run until 14 September, is asking people what types of outdoor advertising are acceptable, where it is suitable, as well as what they think about more adverts changing to become digital.

Views gathered after the consultation will help to inform the new planning guidance which will go to a future Planning Committee for approval. When approved it will be used to assess new outdoor advertising applications going forward.

Your comments would be much appreciated: please click here for the survey.

If you have any further comments or would like to discuss the issues in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Anna Grant | Senior Planner | Place Directorate | City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court – Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3521 | e-mail: anna.grant@edinburgh.gov.uk | www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dryden Gait: proposed amendments to waiting restrictions

In accordance with the terms of the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999,  City of Edinburgh Council proposes to promote an order which will amend waiting restrictions at various locations, including Dryden Gait.

Map of proposed waiting restrictions on Dryden Gait

Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF.

Formal objections are not invited at this stage, as a further period will be allowed for the submission of objections when the proposals are formally advertised. CEC will welcome comments on this proposal up to 23 July. Relevant contact details are here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20016/roads_travel_and_parking/263/view_or_comment_on_traffic_orders

What is Open Space?

At the recent Additional Development Management Sub-Committee of the Planning Committee (29th June 2018), where the future of the closed Meadowbank site was discussed for seven (!) hours, the concept of ‘Open Space’ was invoked by councillors, planning officers and members of the public. Some speakers thought the current site constitutes ‘Open Space’, while other claimed it wasn’t because it is not accessible by the public. Why is this important, even if Meadowbank is clearly outwith the LCCC’s area?

The answer is that Open Space is protected by the Local Development Plan in Policy Env 18 (Open Space Protection):

Proposals involving the loss of open space will not be permitted unless it is demonstrated that:

  1. there will be no significant impact on the quality or character of the local environment
    and
  2. the open space is a small part of a larger area or of limited amenity or leisure value and there is a significant over-provision of open space serving the immediate area
    and
  3. the loss would not be detrimental to the wider network including its continuity or biodiversity value
    and either
  4. there will be a local benefit in allowing the development in terms of either alternative equivalent provision being made or improvement to an existing public park or other open space
    or
  5. the development is for a community purpose and the benefits to the local community outweigh the loss.

In other words, existing Open Space has quite strong protection under this policy and can only be sacrificed for development if the first three conditions (a-c) are met and either (d) or (e).

So is Meadowbank Open Space or not?

There is a clear-cut answer in Planning Advice Note: PAN 65 Planning and Open Space:

The term ‘open space’ covers greenspace consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water, path or geological feature within and on the edges of settlements, and civic space consisting of squares, market places and other paved or hard landscaped areas with a civic function. Some spaces may combine green and civic space elements, but one type or other will usually predominate.

All spaces, regardless of ownership and accessibility (i.e. public and private spaces) contribute to the amenity and character of an area and can be taken into account by councils when undertaking their open space audits and strategies.

The intention behind this definition is that Open Space is not only valuable because it can be accessed, but – just as importantly in a densely populated city – that it provides ‘breathing space’, and its usefulness and amenity can arise simply from the opportunity for city-dwellers to rest their weary eyes on a natural feature or the horizon.

And this is very relevant to people living and working in the Leith Central Community Council area, which includes the most densely populated area in Scotland (census 2011).

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Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release (PDF)

Introduction

  1. As a coalition of the Community Councils (CCs) affected directly by the proposed extension of the Edinburgh tram through Leith to Newhaven, we approve the project in principle, and view it, if done well, as an important opportunity for the broader social and economic development of the Leith area and beyond. However, we currently have strong concerns that are outlined in this statement.
  2. We are committed to ensure that, whatever the final decision of City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), the communities along the extended tram route are not adversely affected by that decision more than is absolutely necessary.
  3. We have agreed to work together as CCTT to promote and safeguard community interests during this next phase of the project and to ensure that, as the work proceeds, if it does, our respective communities’ interests and views are effectively communicated to the Tram Team (TT) and CEC, and that timely, evidence-based responses are received by the community.
  4. The communities that we represent are understandably extremely eager that the mistakes of the previous tram construction works should not be repeated. We think all sides can agree on that. Consequently the community is seeking a high standard of solid evidence that this time the work will be better planned and implemented.
  5. Whilst we acknowledge there has been some limited community consultation, other experiences don’t bode so well. Some CCs have had promised presentations cancelled, and frequently our requests for additional information have not been answered.
  6. This leaves the unavoidable impression that issues are being rushed and key information is not being shared. We fear in such circumstances that mistakes, a lack of incorporation of community concerns, and oversights, are all possible. It is vital that the confidence of our communities is not put at risk through inadequate information and communication.
  7. The result is that, as of the present time, the four CCs which are party to this submission do not have the level of confidence and standard of evidence that our communities need.

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Free Collection by Edinburgh Council of garden waste to end in October 2018

(adapted from a post on New Town and Broughton CC’s website)

Edinburgh Council is introducing an annual £25 fee (per bin) to collect brown garden waste bins. Coincident with this – the new service will be fortnightly throughout the year, instead of once every three weeks.

The current free garden waste service will continue until 5 October 2018 BUT if you want to continue receiving garden waste collections after that date, action is required before 22 July to register and pay to receive this service after October 2018.

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LCCC minutes: May 2018 ordinary meeting

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Please note that section 5 below (on Stead’s Place) has not been adopted, and so remains in draft status. This is due to need to check Drum Property Group’s record against ours. All other sections below have been adopted. Continue reading