next LCCC meeting

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
19 March 2018
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library

Tram Extension to Newhaven

Last year, the newly-elected City of Edinburgh Council voted to press ahead with preparations for the tram extension (short of construction works), by allocating monies to draw up detailed plans in readiness for the tender process and to consult with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. At the same time, the Council halted the repair and renewal of Leith Walk (severely damaged during the previous, aborted attempt to build a tram line through LCCC’s area) which had progressed up Leith Walk at a snail’s pace for the last 7 years.

While the tender preparation process has continued in the background over the last few months we have now reached the consultation stage. In particular, the tram team will attend the next LCCC meeting on 16 April for a presentation and Q&A session. The meeting is open to the public and we would encourage local residents and businesses to attend.

Before that, there are a number of public information days during this”first-round” consultation:

  • 22 March: Leith Theatre 10-6
    3 April: McDonald Rd Library 10-4
    12 April: Leith Community Education Centre 3-9
    21 April: Ocean Terminal 12-5

In addition, a lot of pertinent information has been made available on this website:

Leith Central CC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the drawings available at the information days and the papers published on the website, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 16 April as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask hard questions.

Stead’s Place: pre-application consultation on demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use development (18/01015/PAN)

LCCC’s very well attended meeting on 19 March (photo credit: L Porteous)

Drum Property Group, the new owners of the buildings at 156-162 Leith Walk, have initiated the statutory pre-application consultation (PAC) process prior to developing their site. The developer’s plans, as intimated in their pre-application notice (PAN), are

‘the demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use development including affordable housing (flats), post graduate student accommodation, hotel (Class 7), restaurant (Class 3), space for potential community (Class 10 & 11), retail (Class 1), public house or commercial uses (Class 2 & 4). Includes associated infrastructure, landscaping and car parking’

As part of the PAC process, LCCC has asked the developer for a presentation and Q&A session, which has now been set for Monday, 21 May 2018.

Prior to that there will be exhibitions, where the developer’s pre-application plans can be studied:

  • 23 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 11-8
  • 24 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5
  • 4 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 11-8
  • 5 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5

Pre-application plans, by their very nature, are often still quite vague; the intention of the planning process is to invite constructive input from members of the public before the plans are ‘set in stone’. The planning process requires the developer to consider such input with a view to incorporating it into their application drawings. Or to set them aside by providing adequate reasoning.

LCCC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the pre-application drawings, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 21 May as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask questions and provide constructive input.

OneCity trust open for grant applications: grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city. Ideally with an annual income of less than £200,000, are invited to apply for funding for equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;

  • community connectedness
  • cultural bridging
  • civic inclusion

For the third year, the trust is also in a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. This is a Community Benefit Legacy fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract and is managed through the OneCity Trust.

Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a…

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Consultation on the update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

(adapted from an email distributed to all CCs via the Improvement Service)

The Scottish Government is seeking views on the update of the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

The Scottish Government is responsible for regulating the powers of Scottish local authorities and Licensing Boards in relation to licensing the sale of alcohol.

The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1st February 2008. They provide for various procedural matters under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, relating to, amongst other things, the notification of licence applications, objections, representations, determinations and hearings.

A Consultation on: Update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 has been published on the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space.  Share views and respond to this consultation online at:

If you are unable to respond online you can submit your response along with a completed Respondent Information Form to:

The consultation can also be viewed at: The consultation closes on 6th June 2018.

Dalmeny Street Park: Easter community fun day

(adapted from a flyer circulated by community police officers, who invite you all to share the flyers – click the graphics to see the full-size PDFs)

Destiny Angels would love to invite you to be part of an Easter Community Fun Day in Dalmeny St Park.

Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt, Egg & Spoon Race, Football Tournament, Face-Painting, Crafts, Free Food, Litter Picking, Graffiti Clean-up, Gardening, Fire Engine, Police Bikes, Balloon Modelling.

With local organisations and residents helping out, it promises to be a great day to celebrate our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more info contact or phone 0131 4542001

Destiny Angels is part of Destiny Church Edinburgh Registered Charity SC017898