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Next public meeting

(This post was last updated 9th January 2022)

Our next meeting will be on Monday 17 January 2022, 7pm – 9pm, on Microsoft Teams. Get the link from eventbrite.co.uk/e/lccc-public-meeting-january-2022-tickets-242266594907

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Leith Central Community Council provides a forum for local people to engage with and work for their local community. It meets the third Monday of every month. These meetings are usually public, so you are very welcome to attend and engage.

Please rest assured that LCCC members continue to do their best to represent our area’s interests during these difficult times: a lot of work is going on in the background. It will continue to be recorded in our minutes, available at https://leithcentralcc.co.uk/reports.

Following guidance from the City of Edinburgh Council, Leith Central Community Council has not recently held since May 2020. LCCC continues to review the coronavirus/lockdown situation, and to 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:

Covid-19 testing around Leith, Bonnington, Pilrig & Hillside

There are a number of test centres still in operation throughout the city.

McDonald Road Library are still doing community testing for people without symptoms so health authorities can study the spread of Covid-19. Open from Monday 13 December to Saturday 22 January, 9am to 6pm. Library services will still be available at this time.

Leith Library on Ferry Road and the Portlee Day Centre in Restalrig remains fully operational as walk-through test centres. More info on appointments.

Edinburgh Airport is still Edinburgh’s drive-through testing site.

Mobile testing units are available at the following locations/dates;

  • Edinburgh University, Buccleuch Place (outside Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre), until Sunday 9 January, 10am to 4pm.
  • Blackhall Mosque, from Monday 20 December to Thursday 6 January, 10am to 4pm.
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre, 106 Niddrie Mains Road, from Monday 13 December to Sunday 9 January, 10am to 4pm. Closed 1- 4 January.
  • South East Locality Office, 40 Captain’s Road from Monday 20 December to Sunday 9 January, 10am to 4pm. Closed 1 to 4 January.
  • Currie Library until Sunday 9 January, 10am to 4.30pm (open 1pm to 4.00pm on 5 January)

A full list of test centres run by the Scottish Government, UK Government, Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Ambulance Service is available on gov.scot.

Communal bin hubs “rolling out” around Easter Road, Leith Walk and Pilrig next week

After the consultation, Edinburgh Council will be installing the ‘bin hubs’ across the area from 10th January until early March.

Edinburgh Council is creating designated bin hubs to keep communal bins neatly and safely in one location on your street, or a nearby street.

Each hub will have a range of recycling bins. There’ll be bins for mixed recycling, food recycling and glass. There’ll also be bins for any waste that can’t be recycled.

Areas included as part of the road works programme are Easter Road (previously in embargo), Leith Walk and Pilrig. During this time, in order to install the corralling and new bins, there will be minor disruption to resident parking where the new hubs are due to be installed. Engagement with the residents was carried out during November and comments were considered on the final designs which are now publicly available on Edinburgh Council’s website.

Residents may receive a leaflet with relevant information about the updated service.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 September 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Leith Community Councils call for conservation of the Manderston Street arches

In response to Edinburgh Council’s consultation on extending the Leith Conservation Area to include the former railway line that used to run across Leith Walk, the three community councils representing Leith (whose boundaries meet near the proposed area) have penned the following repsonse:

We, Leith Community Councils, would like to express our full support in response to the initiative by the Council to seek views from the Community about the proposal to extend the Leith Conservation Area to include the arches on Manderston Street / Jane street along with the former Capitol Theatre.

The significance, for Leith, of permanent elements such as these arches cannot be underestimated. Not only do they contribute to Leith’s collective memory, they also help Edinburgh reconcile itself to its industrial past by revealing layers of railway, manufacturing and service traditions.

Protecting such a landmark is about finding a balance between singular monuments like the arches and embracing sensitive new developments in Leith. It is about propelling Leith in a future where the Community keeps a sense of belonging, both symbolically and physically.

By having served the Community for over a hundred years and continuing to do so, the arches represent architecture at its highest degree, where constant alterations of functions emphasise the value of the form, may it be as the present Bingo Hall at 24 Manderston Street which once was Edinburgh’s largest cinema or the arches where airplanes used to be made.

We, Leith Community Councils, aspire to protect Leith’s unique character and appearance for future generations and for the city itself so we strongly support the inclusion of the arches and former cinema to the Leith Conservation Area as these are not only Leith’s architectural heritage, they are Edinburgh’s true foundations.

Leith Central Community Council

Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council

Leith Links Community Council

The consultation closes on December 19th if you wish to contribute.

Our two objections to the proposed parking plans

We’ve previously highlighted the plans to introduce parking controls and have encouraged residents and local businesses to engage in the consultation, which closed yesterday, Sunday 5th December 2021.

As a community council, we have written the following two specific objections and look forward to further engagement with the City of Edinburgh Council.

N6 – Abbeyhill  regarding the Abbeyhill Colonies, Rossie Place, Edina Place, Bothwell Street, the north side of London Road  and the eastern side of Easter Road

Read the N6 proposals on edinburgh.gov.uk

We object to the TRO insofar as it includes within the new N6 Abbeyhill zone the part of the N6 area which is within the LCCC area, consisting of the Abbeyhill Colonies, along with Rossie Place, Edina Place, Bothwell Street, the north side of London Road and the eastern side of Easter Road.

We consider that this area, the “Abbeyhill LCCC area” should have instead been added to the N1 Hillside zone because it is  a contained area separate from the rest of zone N6 by  the railway line to the north, London Road to the south and Meadowbank Retail Park to the east.  None of the streets  (save London Road itself) allow access for traffic or pedestrians to the adjoining Meadowbank area to the east so, if it were to be part of Zone N6, permit holders who were unable to park in this area would have to drive back onto the busy Easter Road and along London Road to either the wider Abbeyhill area or Meadowbank. At any time, this could involve a long walk home but, at night, this could be an unsafe practice.

By contrast, if this area were to be part of Zone N1, it would be easier for residents unable to find a place within the “Abbeyhill LCCC area” to park in the eastern part of Montgomery Street/Hillside area as it would simply involve driving across Easter Road to park, and having parked, a short walk home. This option would not be available to residents of the Abbeyhill LCCC area from Monday to Friday during working hours unless the area is within N1. This is of course the current situation and the issues arising for Abbeyhill LCCC residents in not  being able to access this parking within easy walking distance of their home are, we would suggest, already apparent from the current density of  parking in the area.

The geographical alignment of the area with Hillside is demonstrated by the fact that is (unlike the other parts of N6), part of the Leith Walk council ward, part of Edinburgh North and Leith constituency and within the  LCCC area. We understand that residents had previously asked that N1 would be extended to include the area, and had been told by Council officers that it would be. Residents have not received any explanation as to why Zone N1 has not been extended to include the Abbeyhill LCCC area .

We note the introduction of the P001 Rossie St Permitted Parking Area in response to some residents’ concerns and welcome  that Visitors Permits  are being made  available to residents for their guests. However inevitably there are boundary issues with the rest of the Abbeyhill LCCC area – we are aware  of some local concerns that Maryfield , Maryfield Place and the eastern side of Alva Place appear to be omitted from the P001 area . We however note that at p70 of the TRO  the P001 Rossie St PPA is listed and with it as additional addresses or roads eligible for Permit Parking Area permit: Earlston Place, London Road (Nos 1 to 49), Maryfield Place, Maryfield.

We understand from Andrew Mackay of City of Edinburgh Council that this means that residents of these streets will also be above to apply for permits to park in the P001 PPA and we welcome this as a sensible  way to preserve the unity of the colonies area . We pointed out to him that it seemed from the map that the eastern side of Alva Place was outside the P001 PPA area as it has some shared use and resident bays marked on it. Andrew Mackay indicated that he had thought Alva Place was entirely in P001 , but for the avoidance he suggested we mention this in this objection  so this could be picked up and it be made clear that all residents of Alva Place will be entitled to apply for P001 permits- so we hope this can be clarified- ideally when the whole Abbeyhill LCCC area  is moved to N1.  

N7 – Pilrig & Leith Walk regarding  Spey Street Lane and Spey St

Read the N7 proposals on edinburgh.gov.uk

Our objection is to the double yellow lines on both sides of the Spey Street Lane and the north west side of Spey Street.

These lanes house the workshops of 10-15 local businesses ranging from car mechanics to a bath-repair specialist with a Royal Warrant. They provide useful services to the local community who are in the main supportive of their plight. The TRO recognises this by allowing garage permits to 3 car mechanics on Spey St Lane (G009-011) and one garage mechanic on Spey St (G012).  

Putting double yellow lines on both sides of these lanes would be likely to kill off these businesses. These places of work are relatively affordable, provide local employment and are exactly the kind of premises that needs to be allowed to continue to function if CEC is serious about the 20-Minute Neighbourhood as set out in The City of Edinburgh Council’s recent draft  2030 Climate Strategy. Because of the narrowness of the Spey Street Lane in particular and being in the Pilrig Conservation Area, the buildings cannot be easily re-purposed and could quickly fall into disrepair.

By contrast we note that Manderston St, where LCCC support the introduction of garage permits as a hopefully effective measure to accommodate the  needs of local  vehicle mechanic businesses – there are few or no  double yellow line  in front of the garages and instead recognition (by maroon lines)  that garage permit parking will be permitted within  a text based TRO.

Given this,  we do wonder if the presence of these double yellow lines is a cartographical error (and Andrew Mackay has indicated that the consultant was asked to remove them) but, as it may not be, we feel bound to make a formal objection and call for the following changes.

Re Spey Street on the north west side (fronted by  garages): omit double yellow lines in front of any garages/business premises; which we understand to be  2 car mechanics, 2 upholsterers, and a  bath repair man.

Re Spey Street Lane: we would like to object to having double yellow lines along both sides of the lane. Omit double yellow lines in front of any garages/business premises; which we understand to be  3 car mechanics, Tool library, fireplace restorer, an electrician, 2 carpenters, one right down at the bottom of the lane.