Community Councils Together on Trams:  response to tram extension consultation 2 (November 2018)

(The following is the text of Community Councils Together on Trams’ repose to the second consultation about the proposed extension of Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. It was submitted in November 2018.)

Community Councils Together on Trams: response to tram extension consultation 2

Introduction

  1. Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT), the coalition of the four Community Councils along the proposed route extension, was formed in June 2018 to respond to the proposed tram extension from York Place to Newhaven.
  2. This was accompanied by the publication of CCTT’s Joint Statement which sets out CCTT’s support in principle for the tram extension, but also a number of serious concerns around the on-street design, the impact on the local economy along the proposed tram corridor, the absence of an up-to-date environmental case, and the very tight time frame – from June to December 2018 (when the final decision to go ahead was due be made by CEC) – to address these concerns.
  3. There exists – currently – a most successful eco-system along the proposed tram extension and its hinterland, where a wide variety of businesses and a reasonable public transport system sustain the most densely populated area in Scotland and where the majority of households don’t use a car. This must not be damaged beyond repair during construction or reduced to a sterile transport corridor with an unattractive – or even more polluted – pedestrian environment post construction
  4. Since June, CCTT members have participated in all public events, exhibitions and a number of workshops following the publication of the first designs for the tram extension. In addition, CCTT has held monthly meeting with the Tram Team, working through CCTT’s key concerns.
  5. In the course of these meetings with the Tram Team, CCTT has realised that the Tram Team’s scope is too narrow and does not include many of the ‘supplementary’ projects that CCTT see as essential to helping the existing successful ‘eco-system’ along the route survive – and that are crucial to the successful operation of the tram post-construction. CCTT is aware of a number of good initiatives that are currently being pursued by CEC, but remains concerned that the envisaged timelines – including the horizons of 2030 and 2050 – do not meet the needs of the area post construction (2022). Sufficient progress of these projects (in terms of plans, budgets, timelines) prior to the final decision would be a key factor for CCTT’s support continuing in the run up to the final decision the period of early contractor involvement, and, crucially, during construction.

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LCCC October approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 15 October at 7:00pm

Actionsand decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC November meeting agenda

  1. Welcome
    1. introductions
    2. attendance, apologies
    3. declarations of interest
  2. Approval of ​​Minutes of 15 October 2018​​ meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes and not included in agenda below
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
    1. to note: ​update on recent relevant incidents, crimes and police activities in LCCC area (October 2018)
  5. LCCC office-bearers’ reports
    1. to note: Treasurer’s report
    2. to note: ​other office bearers’ reports
    3. to note: ​report of LCCC Communications Group
    4. to note: ​current meeting and business arrangements of LCCC
    5. to agree:​ ​the revised remit of T&CS committee and the new remit of the Clean Streets subcommittee
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Proposed tram extension – Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT)
      1. to ​note:​ revised tram decision making and project ​timeline
      2. to ratify: ​CCTT submission ​to 2nd design consultation on tram extension and business support package on behalf of LCCC (and the other CCs along the route)
    2. to note:​ progress of public realm reinstatement at Shrub Place/Places for People
    3. to note: ​update from LCCC Parking Working Group (strategic parking review)
    4. to note: ​Leith Street future traffic management – potential options
      1. Does LCCC agree that Leith Street should be open only for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport:
        a) while the current work on Picardy Place is taking place or
        b) permanently?
      2. If so, what steps should we take to progress this?
  7. Planning
    1. to note:​ ​status of current planning applications November 2018
    2. to note: ​LCCC’s response​ to CEC’s plans for the defunct Powderhall Waste Transfer Station
    3. to note: ​recent planning portal upgrade – initial feedback
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note:​ continued closure Water of Leith Walkway (between Anderson and Newhaven) since 20 May 2015 and further delay of re-opening to December 2018 or January 2019
    2. to note: ​Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: ​update on other Friends groups
  9. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Open Forum (for residents of LCCC area only)
  11. Bulletin (for information only; LCCC members may request discussion of related items at a future meeting)
    1. George Street, First New Town Design Concept (​Online Questionnaire to 25 January 2019​)
    2. Scottish Government consultation on onshore unconventional oil and gas development and Shieldhill & California CC’s campaign (Scottish Community Alliance, October 2018​)
  12. AOCB (for LCCC members only)
  13. Future meetings (usually 3​​ Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: ​future LCCC meetings to June 2019
      21 January; 18 February; 18 March; 15 April; 20 May; 17 June
    2. to note:​ proposed future presentations/discussions: ESJ impact and progress; Leith Viaduct Project; planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; North East Locality Manager; impact of City Deal and ​Council Business Plan 2017-22​ on LCCC area

Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading

City Plan 2030 newsletter

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Hello and welcome to the first newsletter from the City Plan 2030 team.

In this issue: What is City Plan 2030?, Engaging with children & young People, An update on recent community workshops and A look ahead to the choices for City Plan 2030.

  1. What is City Plan 2030?

City Plan 2030 will be Edinburgh’s next local development plan. It will set out a strategy to guide Edinburgh’s growth and the policies which we use to guide new development. The City Plan 2030 project was launched in September 2018, via our Development Plan Scheme. The Development Plan Scheme explains how City Plan 2030 will be prepared, a timetable and further information on how you can get involved. You can download the Development Plan Scheme from our website.

  1. Engaging children & young people

As we start to prepare City Plan 2030, we have been visiting secondary schools across Edinburgh, coinciding with the 2018 Year of Young People. We have been asking young people about what they think about their area, and what issues are facing the city.  You can see the findings from the workshops on our blog and we will be using their thoughts as we start to prepare the plan. 

  1. An update on recent community workshops

We have put together a short video on how we have been engaging local communities to date. You can view the video on our blog.  If you have any ideas for future engagement, get in touch with the City Plan Team. We are holding an additional community workshop on Monday 3 December at Currie Library from 6pm – 7.30pm, registration and light refreshments from 5.45pm.

  1. A look ahead to the choices for City Plan 2030

The main consultation for City Plan 2030 is due to take place over 8 weeks in February and March 2019. The consultation will set out the main choices that we need to make as we prepare the next plan and we are keen for people to get involved. You can keep up to date with the project by:

City Plan team| Place Directorate| The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG| Tel 0131 529 4692 | email: cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk | http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030

Shrubhill substation – replacement transformer delivery ** Monday 12 November**

(adapted from emails from SP Energy, with bullet-point information and photos supplied by H Tobermann)

An update in terms of the ongoing project at Shrubhill Substation. The delivery of the replacement transformer is scheduled to take place on the evening on Monday 12 November 2018. This will involve an escorted load being arranged by specialist contractors who are experienced in such activity.

  • planned completion of the project site works 29-03-19
  • Shrubhill substation serves some 40,000 business and residential customers from the New Town to Leith (the most densely populated area in Scotland), including the Scottish Parliament
  • the removal and delivery of the transformer is managed by our contractor’s haulage firm and Police Scotland and is under control.
  • The old transformer and the rest of the equipment were all removed from site safely last month, we have also completed the demolition .
  • The new transformer is due to be delivered on the 12/11/18 and the process is being managed by the haulier JB Rawcliffe who have significant experience working not only on deliveries of transformers to Scottish Power’s substations but delivering equipment across the UK.

The delivery is planned to arrive sometime prior to midnight and will sit at the entrance until morning before the process of moving it into the substation commences in daylight conditions.

Best regards

Colin Wylie
Community Liaison, Major Projects
Ochil House, 10 Technology Avenue, Blantyre, G72 0HT
0141 614 3231 / 07808 000148

Photos were taken at the end of October 2018:

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