Coronavirus and Leith Central

There’s not much we can add to government advice and rulings, but we want to reiterate;

  1. Stay at home. Protect the NHS.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Ensure your news is from a trusted source.

Leith, Bonnington, Broughton and Hillside are very densely built up areas which means we need to take particular care and heed the advice. If you’re confused about the fast moving rules, please check out either of these definitive websites (and only them!);

We applaud the dozens of community groups popping up in the area in response to COVID-19, from street-wide WhatsApps to larger community networks.

Here are a few which are working in our area;

Please remain safe and vigilant when helping, particularly of people’s information and personal safety. Leith Central Community Council are not in a position to formally endorse any one group, and encourage individuals to protect themselves and each other

Leith Central area-specific

North East Edinburgh area-specific

Edinburgh-wide

We’ll post more groups as we get them.

Last updated by J. Caldwell, 18:45 24th March 2020 on behalf of the LCCC communications group. Information may change.

Next public meeting

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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.

The next meeting will be NOT held on
Monday 30th March 2020
7.00pm
VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM – find out more!

Future meetings are:

  • 2020: 20 April, 18 May (including AGM), 15 June

 

Trams: shut-down plans overview (27 March)

(from the Trams to Newhaven newsletter dated 27 March)

Construction on Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will stop this week to protect the safety of workers and residents during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

The Council’s decision to instruct contractors Morrison Utility Services (MUS) and Sacyr Farrans Neopul (SFN) to cease site works follows advice from Scotland’s First Minister that all construction sites should close, unless the project being delivered is essential, such as a hospital.

SFN and MUS will make sites on Leith Walk, Constitution Street, Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive safe and secure by the end of the week before shutting down. There will be contractors on site as necessary for safety and security checks.

Emergency services have access to all sites at all times should they require it.

Work will continue off-site where this can be done remotely,  including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. The project team will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.

Trams updates: bins; construction-work ceasing soon

(copied from emails from CEC and the trams team)

Bins

Just a quick update to let you know that the bin relocations necessary during the upcoming roadworks (and along the detour route) are going to schedule; we’ve already positioned the new, wheeled bins and will be removing the large, side-loading bins next week.  Most of the new bins are next to the existing bins to make life easier for residents, as the old bins are removed we will reposition the new ones slightly to minimise obstruction wherever possible.

We’ve already started running the night shift route to get the crews used to the new route.  If they identify any potential over/under-provision due to the increased collection frequency, we will adjust where necessary.  A couple of the existing paper bins (blue lids) will be replaced with packaging bins (green lids) to improve recycling opportunities for residents.

We will continue to monitor the locations to see if any need to be adjusted.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,

Peter Jones, Project Officer, Waste and Cleansing Services, The City of Edinburgh Council,
Seafield Depot, 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6RD
Tel: 07889 645979
Peter.Jones@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

Construction work ceasing soon (temporarily)

Formal instruction has been issued to Sacyr, Farrans Neopul (SFN) and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) to shut down the Trams to Newhaven construction site. This is in accordance with advice given by the Scottish Government over the last 48 hours.

The complexity of this project means that it will take a few days to action and there may be works that need to be completed in order to make the site safe and secure. Any further work that is undertaken will be done in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines around proximity working. Current traffic management arrangements will remain in place.

Work will continue off-site, again operating to strict social distancing guidelines, including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. We will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.

The project contact centre will continue to be operational for any queries.

Chris Wilson
Trams to Newhaven

Leith Central are meeting virtually!

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are hosting a virtual meeting from 7pm on Monday 30th March.

Residents are welcome to join in using Zoom with the link zoom.us/j/323515008

It will follow the agenda initially outlined for the meeting on 16th March which can be read on our meeting page, including our response to the City Mobility Plan and new proposed developments at Iona Street.

Residents and community councillors are encouraged to follow the chair and keep microphones muted unless selected.

Special thanks to Community Cllr. Amy Woodgate for facilitating this new solution.

Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

(copied from an email from Edinburgh Council. This CC would not normally be just a mouthpiece for CEC but clearly these are not normal times. A link to this post will be added to our sticky post very soon.)

23 Mar 2020

LATEST NEWS: Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

See this email in your browser here: https://edinburghcoun-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/latest-news-further-measures-to-protect-edinburghs-hardest-hit-residents

  • New Local Critical Resilience Centres rolled out as Locality Offices close
  • Measures to support those financially affected by the outbreak
  • Residents urged to go online, only phone in an emergency or critical need

Continue reading

Helping communities affected by COVID-19

(from the Scottish Government website)

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

 

CityPlan 2030 update

(with apologies for the delay in posting this)

Following current government guidance on Covid-19, the final Choices for City Plan drop-in event scheduled to take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at the St Bride’s Community Centre was cancelled.

If you had been planning to attend and/or have any questions about Choices for City Plan 2030, please contact the City Plan team and we will do our best to answer your queries.  You can contact us via email cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk or via telephone 0131 529 4692.

The Choices for City Plan online consultation will remain open for you to let us know your comments until 31 March 2030.

A new Development Plan Scheme outlining the proposed schedule to take City Plan 2030 to the Proposed Plan stage will be presented to Committee later in 2020.

You can keep up to date with the project and any changes by: