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(last updated 9th August 2020)

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

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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

Leith Central Community Council forced to cancel properly constituted August meeting

Following a sudden change of advice issued by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) has been forced to cancel its first properly constituted meeting since March, scheduled for 17 August. Alongside other important live issues, the main item on the agenda was a presentation by Drum (Steads Place) Ltd and their advisors regarding their fresh plans to develop 106 – 162 Leith Walk, followed by a Q&A, as part of the Pre-Application consultation process.

Drum had submitted their Pre-Application notice on 24 March, shortly after lockdown. In response, LCCC immediately flagged up that the timing would make it problematic to agree an appropriate consultation format. In early April, the Pre-Application rules were changed allowing online-only consultations, despite LCCC’s clearly articulated misgivings. However, this rule change – after Drum’s submission – did not impact on LCCC’s carefully considered view: online meetings are unable to support equitable, large group interaction, and lack the accountability and independence of a properly constituted in-person public meeting. Over the following months, negotiations with Drum continued, inching slowly towards a hybrid model: an online consultation, followed by the well-established format of a presentation and Q&A session at a public LCCC meeting.

LCCC’s 17 August meeting was called following advice from CEC on 6 July that the latest Scottish Government guidance gave more leeway for community councils to re-start physical meetings. This was confirmed by phone conversations with relevant Edinburgh Council officers. In view of the public interest in the fresh Drum application (which followed the high profile Save Leith Walk campaign in response to Drum’s previous application), it was decided to take advantage of CEC’s guidance and call a properly constituted meeting in an extra large venue. This would enable very generous physical distancing, appropriate mitigation measures while overall attendance would be strictly limited by a ticketing system which recorded track and trace information in a GDPR compliant way. LCCC was confident that this created a safe environment for a properly constituted meeting which was duly called on 2 August.

When LCCC received new advice on 5 August from the Chief Executive of CEC, strongly recommending “that all Edinburgh’s community councils continue to meet remotely during this period […] in the interest of safety and public health”, albeit without referencing their earlier advice and the reasons for the change, LCCC’s office bearers felt that there was no choice but to cancel the meeting on 17 August.

Contact for interviews: chair.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk and planning.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk

Major gas replacement works around Montgomery Street

Below is adapted from an email we recieved from Scottish Gas Networks (SGN):

Summary: Works will commence on Monday 31st August and last for six weeks around the West end of Montgomery Street and Montgomery Street Lane.

As you are aware, SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. We also provide the gas emergency service in these areas.

I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in the Montgomery Street, 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’re looking to start work in the Montgomery Street area of Edinburgh on Monday the 31 August and will last approximately six weeks.

These works involve the replacement of pipe feeding Montgomery Street Lane, as this is a cul-de-sac we will need to ensure access and egress is maintained. Should we need to close access for any reason affected residents will be notified again.

We wish to assure you that work will progress as quickly as possible and we will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience caused by our works.

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

 

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