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LCCC October 2020 meeting agenda

Please note that this is an online ‘business’ (members-only) meeting, mostly discussing how LCCC will conduct its affairs online, in particular its annual general meeting.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
  2. Approval of minutes of business meeting 21 September 2020
  3. to agree:​ LCCC to hold an AGM on 16 November 2020 using the following format, agenda and rules of engagement and currently online only:
    1. AGM Format:
      1. While the online platform will be decided by the Communications Group, (taking into account the rules of engagement below, as well as the need to accommodate users of Council hardware and members of the public), members need to agree a budget of a maximum of £570 towards this
      2. Using the chosen platform, a prior technical and logistical test needs to be carried out as a dress rehearsal
      3. the maximum length of an online meeting should not exceed 60 minutes
      4. The Chair will obtain proper dispensation from the Standing Orders (see SCHEME FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILS​) for the AGM that is less ambiguous than the current ‘We can now endorse holding AGMs using virtual means’ (CEC 13-08-20)
    2. AGM Agenda:
      1. Recording of membership present and apologies received
      2. to agree: ​minutes of the last annual general meeting of LCCC.
      3. to note: Chairperson & Secretary’s & Engagement Officer’s annual report (and questions from the floor).
      4. to agree: ​Treasurer’s submission of balance sheet and annual accounts duly independently examined and certified correct (and questions from the floor).
      5. Demit of current office bearers/election of office bearers.
      6. to agree: ​Dates, times and venue of future ordinary meetings
      7. to note: Date of next annual general meeting
    3. AGM rules of engagement
      1. Prior identification of anyone who wants to speak (no aliases)
      2. Roll call of LCCC for any votes taken
      3. The Chair will identify and appoint (neutral) facilitator/s of the above, including definition of their roles and responsibilities.
  4. to note: ​until the AGM or the next properly constituted LCCC meeting, whichever comes first, office bearers will continue to act and communicate on behalf of LCCC under previously delegated powers with any decisions taken on behalf of LCCC to be reported and ratified at a subsequent properly constituted meeting.
  5. Reports from office bearers and sub-committee convenors.
  6. AOCB
  7. Next Meeting:​ 16 November 2020 (AGM)

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 August 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Stead’s Place: public meeting notes and video

The following text has not been checked by LCCC office-bearers or Drum Property Group. However, LCCC’s minutes secretary has endeavoured to provide an accurate – but not verbatim – account of this section of its September meeting. This account might be altered when LCCC considers the full minutes of this meeting in October.

The Zoom video-recording is available on Youtube.

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LCCC August 2020 DRAFT minutes

Please note that these are draft – while LCCC’s minutes secretary has tried to ensure they are accurate, they are provided for information only and do not represent LCCC’s decision until ratified (possibly with changes) at a subsequent meeting.

Minutes of the members-only meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held via Zoom on Monday 17 August 2020 at 7:00pm

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Stead’s Place online session – 21st September

We’re delighted to announce that we are hosting a presentation from Drum Property Group, regarding the Stead’s Place development, followed by a Q&A session on Monday 21st September, 7pm.

Local residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance, but are also welcome to ask questions directly at the session. Pre-submitted questions will be addressed first, followed by open questions.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome, though spaces are limited. To take part, please note;

  1. This is a pre-registered event. Please register using Eventbrite.
  2. The meeting will take place on Zoom, so please ensure you are able to use Zoom videoconfrencing software.
  3. You can familiarise yourself with the new plans linked on our Eventbrite page and below.

More information and registration: eventbrite.co.uk/e/lccc-steads-place-session-with-drum-property-group-tickets-120065937451

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 July 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 30 July 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Leith Central Community Council forced to cancel properly constituted August meeting

Following a sudden change of advice issued by City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) has been forced to cancel its first properly constituted meeting since March, scheduled for 17 August. Alongside other important live issues, the main item on the agenda was a presentation by Drum (Steads Place) Ltd and their advisors regarding their fresh plans to develop 106 – 162 Leith Walk, followed by a Q&A, as part of the Pre-Application consultation process.

Drum had submitted their Pre-Application notice on 24 March, shortly after lockdown. In response, LCCC immediately flagged up that the timing would make it problematic to agree an appropriate consultation format. In early April, the Pre-Application rules were changed allowing online-only consultations, despite LCCC’s clearly articulated misgivings. However, this rule change – after Drum’s submission – did not impact on LCCC’s carefully considered view: online meetings are unable to support equitable, large group interaction, and lack the accountability and independence of a properly constituted in-person public meeting. Over the following months, negotiations with Drum continued, inching slowly towards a hybrid model: an online consultation, followed by the well-established format of a presentation and Q&A session at a public LCCC meeting.

LCCC’s 17 August meeting was called following advice from CEC on 6 July that the latest Scottish Government guidance gave more leeway for community councils to re-start physical meetings. This was confirmed by phone conversations with relevant Edinburgh Council officers. In view of the public interest in the fresh Drum application (which followed the high profile Save Leith Walk campaign in response to Drum’s previous application), it was decided to take advantage of CEC’s guidance and call a properly constituted meeting in an extra large venue. This would enable very generous physical distancing, appropriate mitigation measures while overall attendance would be strictly limited by a ticketing system which recorded track and trace information in a GDPR compliant way. LCCC was confident that this created a safe environment for a properly constituted meeting which was duly called on 2 August.

When LCCC received new advice on 5 August from the Chief Executive of CEC, strongly recommending “that all Edinburgh’s community councils continue to meet remotely during this period […] in the interest of safety and public health”, albeit without referencing their earlier advice and the reasons for the change, LCCC’s office bearers felt that there was no choice but to cancel the meeting on 17 August.

Contact for interviews: chair.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk and planning.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk

LCCC August meeting – in-person! 17 August 2020

LCCC will hold a public meeting on August 17, at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 7pm to 9pm.

This will include a presentation from Drum Property Group, regarding the Stead’s Place development, followed by a Q&A and suggestion session.

Register to attend via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-central-community-council-lccc-meeting-august-tickets-114644504800

LCCC June 2020 DRAFT minutes

Please click to see the PDF of these draft minutes: 2020_06_15 draft V1

Please note that these are draft – while LCCC’s minutes secretary has tried to ensure they are accurate, they are provided for information only and do not represent LCCC’s decision until ratified (possibly with changes) at a subsequent meeting.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 June 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading