LCCC December 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 16 December 2019 at 7:00pm Continue reading

Night shelter details

There is a free night shelter offering food and sleeping facilities to people who are homeless.

Evening meals will be provided by local churches from 9.30-10.30pm. Breakfast is available at 6.30am and people using the service must leave by 7am.

The shelter is at Diadem, 539 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3AR

Transport is provided to the shelter in the evenings from the first bus stop going out of town on the Western Approach Road at the Lothian Road end at

  • 9pm
  • 9.30pm
  • 11pm (please note: no food will be available at this time)

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LCCC January 2020 meeting detailed agenda

Monday, 20 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library. Continue reading

Beer-garden in Leith: Wetherspoon’s open-day

(adapted from an article in the Edinburgh Evening News)

As the site in question is outside LCCC’s area, it is unlikely that LCCC will comment if and when the proposal described below proceeds to a formal planning stage. LCCC also notes how a similar application for the same site was handled in 2018.

J D Wetherspoon is hoping to transform a redundant piece of land on Duke Street into an outdoor drinking space for the Foot of the Walk, which runs behind the frontage of the site.

What: A drop-in event where the project team will be on hand to provide more information about the proposals and answer any questions.

Where: Foot Of The Walk pub

When: Thursday 16 January, 3pm until 8pm

For more detail, check out the Evening News article – or go to the drop-in session!

Garden waste collection

(adapted from a page on Edinburgh Council’s website)

Edinburgh Council empties brown bins once every two weeks, except over the festive period when there will be no collections between 16 December 2019 and 14 January 2020.

Garden waste is a £25 fee bin collection service that runs from October to October.

Current garden waste permits run from 7 October 2019 to 4 October 2020. Registration for the garden waste service is closed. You can sign up from 10am on 20 January 2020 until 3 February at 2pm. This will be the final chance to sign up for this year.

If you receive Council Tax Reduction (formerly called Council Tax Benefit) you do not need to pay the £25 fee but you still need to register to receive the service. Other council tax reductions, such as Single Occupancy discount or Garden Aid, do not qualify for free garden waste collections.

Read ore on Edinburgh Council’s website.

National Planning Framework 4 – early engagement

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Please note that the early engagement period for the development of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is now underway. https://blogs.gov.scot/planning-architecture/2020/01/09/national-planning-framework-4-npf4-early-engagement-now-underway/.

NPF4 will be a long term plan for Scotland setting out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. Forming part of the development plan, it will be key in day-to-day decisions at all levels of planning in Scotland.

The early engagement programme provides people an opportunity to set out their aspirations for a future Scotland, and sets out how the planning system can help deliver those aspirations. To make sure you and your community can keep up-to-date and stay involved, it will be using a new website www.transformingplanning.scot as a hub for essential information and opportunities. Over the next few weeks the Government will publish dates and booking details for the Scotplan 2050 Roadshow; details of a community grant scheme; more information about national developments; and background information notes on Scottish Planning Policy topics.

The Government’s Programme for Engagement explains and highlights the package of engagement opportunities over the coming months to help gather ideas to inform the draft NPF4 that will be published for consultation in September 2020.

The Scottish Government has also opened a Call for Ideas – the Government wants to hear about your priorities for NPF4.  It is inviting any comments within the scope of the NPF by 31 March. You can find more information at www.transformingplanning.scot.

It will be regularly adding to this new web resource with further materials over the next few weeks and will tweet whenever it adds significant new material – @ScotGovPlanning #scotplan. If you have any other questions, the Government can be contacted at scotplan@gov.scot.