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.

The next meeting will be held on
Monday 21 January 2018
7.00pm
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library

There is no meeting in December 2018.

Outline Meeting Agenda: 21 JANUARY 2019

Our next meeting is this coming Monday, 7pm at McDonald Road Library. All members of the public welcome! A more detailed agenda will be published soon.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 19 November 2018 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Planning
    1. hearing regarding 106-162 Leith Walk
    2. CEC planning portal issues
    3. Gretna Memorial telecoms mast (Rosebank Cemetery)
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. timeline for proposed tram extension and interdependent projects and issues
    2. Leith Walk Phase 4 remedial works
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. Water of Leith walkway (Bonnington)
    2. disused Powderhall railway green corridor
  8. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  9. Bulletin
  10. Open Forum
  11. AOCB
  12. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

What we’ve been up to in 2018

Another year has passed in which Leith Walk, our much-loved and iconic high street, continues to dominate our meetings. Depending who you’re talking to, Leith Walk, once designated as a pedestrian-friendly boulevard or, more recently, a dual carriageway with pedestrian-deterrent paving (if the current tram designs go ahead), continues to be a political football. Plagued by disruption and road works for over 12 long years, residents are fed up and sharply divided as to whether the trams, should the plans be approved, will actually benefit the area.

Leith Walk disruption

Our Transport sub-committee, already dealing with many large and complex planning applications, have had to pull out all the stops as the comparatively straightforward Phases 4, 5 and 6 of the Leith Walk Programme transmogrified into proposals for the St James Centre, The Picardy Gyratory and the trams.

In response to the prospect of another 5 years of upheaval and uncertainty, LCCC has agreed on a list of measures that we feel need to be implemented if the unique character of the Leith Walk and Easter Road area is to be safeguarded. They range from financial compensation for existing businesses to the improvement of green spaces and better active travel connections to green corridors. To maintain the social mix that makes Leith one of the most popular places to live in Edinburgh, LCCC has also agreed to object in principle to any further planning applications for student and/or hotel accommodation.

Abbeyhill disruption

The Abbeyhill Gyratory, temporarily created for the benefit of the construction traffic to and from the St James Centre, caused serious traffic congestion and pollution. Looking at the St James Development in the long term, it will potentially have a far-reaching impact on the area in terms of housing, businesses, traffic and pollution. We met with councilors and officers regularly to try and improve the situation.

Planning and development

Over the past year the Planning Committee made submissions on 11 applications, including strongly opposing inappropriate proposals to destroy the art-deco shops in Leith Walk near Stead’s Place. We even managed to stop some  over crowded development in confined tenemental spaces by forceful representations. Alongside the community, we are formally representing local people in the Trams consultation, the Powderhall Railway Redevelopment Group, the North East Edinburgh Planning Group and the Powderhall Waste Station Development project.

Vehicle parking

Earlier in the year, our Parking sub-group started a petition to ask CEC to look at ways of regulating parking in the area to reduce car use and air pollution.

The petition gained 390 signatures and was presented to the Transport and Environment Committee on 17 May. Our delegation was well received and we were promised that our parking issues would be considered as part of their report, Strategic Review of Parking, Edinburgh, to be brought to the Committee in August.

However, we were disappointed that this Report, when it was published, did not give us the priority we had expected and a letter was sent to Councillor Lesley Macinnes expressing this. The letter prompted an offer of a meeting with a Council officer which took place early in October. We were assured that the Leith Central Area would be considered along with several other areas of the city and reports would be issued from February 2019.

In the meantime, we have been promised that parking attendants will patrol the area more regularly and on a more random basis. We have also been told that the Council are to appoint a Social Media Officer who will deal specifically with parking issues raised via the various social media platforms.

Both these measures will hopefully have a beneficial effect while we await the outcome of the reports on parking early in 2019.

Supporting the community

We supported the 2nd Leith Chooses, a £120k participatory budgeting project funded by Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government in which all three Leith community councils collaborated. We’re delighted to say Leith Chooses 2019 will take place on the 23rd Feb. Learn more at leithchooses.net.

Have a great 2019! As always, this is a very brief summary of all the meetings and correspondance our community councillors have been up to. If you’re interested, all our monthly meetings are open to the public and we encourage everyone to come along. Our next meeting info can be found on our website.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 29 November at 5:30pm

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£eithChooses: support sessions dates, application deadline

Groups and people wishing to apply for £eithChooses2018-19 funding are welcome to come to drop-in support sessions:

  • Tuesday 8 January 2019, 1pm to 5:30pm, at McDonald Road Library
  • Thursday 10th January 2019, 3pm to 5pm, atLeith Library
  • Tuesday 15 January2019, 3pm to 8pm, at McDonald Road Library

Get your application forms and guidance from either http://www.leithchooses.net/forms or the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership website.

Deadline for applications is Monday 21 January.

Click the graphic for what it’s all about!

Review of Community Council Scheme – Questionnaire

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is currently considering carrying out a statutory consultation on a revised Scheme for Community Councils. The Scheme_for_Community_Councils is the key document establishing governance, relationship with the Council and procedural rules for community councils in Edinburgh.

The current Scheme for Community Councils was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013. A number of areas have been identified where the current Scheme does not provide sufficient clarity or guidance. A formal review is therefore proposed in order to strengthen the community council governance and decision making framework by building upon the existing document. A final decision on whether to proceed to statutory consultation will be taken by Councillors in February 2019.

Key stakeholders are asked to complete the questionnaire (linked below) to help formulate proposals:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/d19b4e28

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or require a hard copy please contact Ross Murray on community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh City Archives Consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

We’re in the process of a consultation to determine how the people and groups of Edinburgh may want to engage with Edinburgh City Archives, and what should be added to our collections in the future. We appreciate that it’s a busy time of year, but we’re reaching out to encourage more responses from across the city to ensure that the diversity of the city is reflected within our future collections. We want our collections to fairly reflect the city.

If you would like to take part in this consultation, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VLWPC5R

The consultation will remain open until the end of December 2018. If you would like to participate but cannot respond by the end of December, please contact Edinburgh City Archives via the contact details below.

Ashleigh Thompson

Ashleigh Thompson | Records & Archives Officer | Information Governance Unit | Strategy & Insight Division| Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Edinburgh City Archives, Level 1, City Chambers, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ |(0131 529 4015 | ashleigh.thompson@edinburgh.gov.uk | Web: www.edinburgh.gov.uk