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LCCC April **outline** 2021 meeting agenda

Sign up via Eventbrite for the meeting on 19 April: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lccc-public-meeting-april-2021-tickets-147681301749. We will then send you a Teams link

The ‘statutory’ agenda is below – a detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation by Thistle-Peat Limited and advisors on 21/00991/FUL (Demolition of existing buildings and structures; erection of apartments and associated development) @ 27 Arthur Street EH6 5DA
  6. Planning
  7. Transport & clean streets
  8. Parks & green spaces
  9. Licensing
  10. LCCC governance and office bearers’ reports
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations

Trams TROs consultation: starts 13 April

Please note this is from the Trams to Newhaven team. LCCC will respond in due course – watch this space.

From Tuesday 13 April the project will commence the Traffic Regulation Order public consultation process (TRO). A TRO details the nature and extent of how our roads are used and managed such as road closures, restrictions on turning movements and the position of parking and loading spaces.

The purpose of the TRO process is to invite comment and objections on the parking and loading arrangements being proposed and any changes to moving traffic requirements and entry/exit from streets. Only measures presented within the traffic order may be objected to.

You will be able to view and comment on the TRO from Tuesday 13 April for a period of 28 days.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 February 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Our response to recent planning applications in Pilrig

Our Planning working group spends a considerable amount of time responding to planning applications across the Leith Central area, sometimes in favour, sometimes oppossing.

We try our best to both broadly represent the views of our constituents and ensure any proposed development meets current guidelines, particularly as parts of our ward falls either into either the Leith, Pilrig, Victoria Park or New Town conservation areas.

For transparency, we tend to publish our full comment once the application process closes. These can be found attached to meeting agendas at the relevant date.

Here are two of our recent responses to proposals in Pilrig:

54 Rosslyn Crescent (change from bowling green to high-density residential)

Application 21/00528/FUL on edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC have objected to this application. The City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department will make a final decision in the coming months.


50 Pirig Street (change from detatched house to block of flats)

Application 21/00246/FUL on edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC have objected to this application. The City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department will make a final decision in the coming months.

LCCC March 2021 meeting agenda

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business below
  2. Approval of Minutes of the Ordinary LCCC Meeting on 15 February 2021 meeting
  3. Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report

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Easter Road & Bonnington parking consultations end this weekend

Edinburgh Council are finishing a bunch of parking consultations this Sunday (14th March), two of which are in the Leith Central area.

The following maps use the following key;

PINK – Permit Holder Bay
BROWN – Shared Use Bay
BLUE – Disabled Bay
GREEN – City Car Club

We advise clicking on the links below to see them in better detail and put your thoughts in, whether positive, negative or indifferent!

Easter Road

Map showing roads east of Easter Road (description below)

Streets just east of Easter Road including Albion Gardens, Drum Terrace and St. Clair Road are set to get new permit-holder bays (pink on the map) along them, while other roads are set to recieve some changes too.

View the map and comment on the plans at consultprojectcentre.co.uk/ph2easterroad.

Bonnington

Map showing roads in the Bonnington area (description below)

Permit Holder Bays (pink on the map) are proposed along Pitt Street, Anderson Place and Redbraes

View the map and comment on the plans at consultprojectcentre.co.uk/ph2bonnington.

Other proposals

Alongside these two, other areas of Edinburgh, including Leith Links (dubbed ‘West Leith’ on the Council website) also have proposals that may be of interest and close at the same time.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 28 January 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 January 2021 at 5:30pm

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Details of changes to the layout of the bi-directional cycleway on Leith Walk

LCCC has been asked by Trams to Newhaven to publish the following. Any queries should be sent to them, via one of these contact-methods. LCCC was not consulted on these diversions and will study their impact in due course.

Location: North-bound side of Leith Walk

Timescale: 15 March 2021 till Autumn 2021 (in sections)

To allow for the continued construction of the new tram line and to begin creating the segregated cycleway that is part of the final design for the project, we are now required to review the bi-directional cycle lane provision on the north-bound side of Leith Walk.

While these works are being carried out there will be restrictions in in place for cyclists.  Sections of the temporary bi-directional cycleway that are currently in place will need to close. Where possible, alternative routes will be signposted for cyclists, however there may be instances when this is not possible.

There will be signage installed for cyclists accessing the north-side of Leith Walk to advise of these changes.

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Final design ground-borne noise and vibration on the Trams to Newhaven extension

The following statements were released by the Tram Team to the coalition of the four community councils along the tram line extension. They address the delay around the conclusion to the final design, not the quite separate (noise/vibration) issues that may occur during construction.

2021_02_18

I can confirm that we are expecting the outstanding design submission by the end of next week (26th Feb) at which point we will have a 3 week review period to go through the submission (this period is set out in the contract). On the basis that the information is provided and is accurate, we would anticipate getting the report finalised by mid to end March. I am continuing to see if we can accelerate timescales but as I have said before this is not within our control as the contractor is working to an agreed design programme. I will of course keep you posted as more information becomes available.

2021_02_15

[…] We are having to work within prescribed design approval timescales which means the matter is not being closed out as quickly as I would like, that said, work is underway with Atkins and I thought a short progress note would be useful ahead of your community council meeting this evening. It is worth noting that the team continues to work under Covid-19 restrictions affecting all of us, this has inevitably had an impact of some of the design packages meaning we have had to prioritise design approvals to align with the construction programme.

As you know the matter arose following observations raised by Prof. Thompson in relation to a specific property on Leith Walk. I subsequently met with the property owner and representative of the community council to discuss the issues raised.

The issues are twofold. Firstly, there are specific queries around the Leith Walk property and the conclusions reached in relation to vibration. Secondly there are more general queries relating to ground borne noise (GBN) on the line.

On the back of the meeting, we asked Atkins, the Council’s technical advisor, to liaise with the contractor and the contractors design  team to address the vibration queries and to also provide some commentary on ground borne noise.

On the first point, Atkins are still awaiting final design information from the contractor to be able to provide a definitive view on the proposed design, this has been through several iterations, which is not unusual, and we anticipate having the last of the information in the very near future. On a positive note, Atkins have confirmed that the track system being brought forward is from a very well established company in the field of track components (Pandrol) and that they will be able to supply whatever vibration attenuation measures that the contractor specifies.

As well as addressing the specific questions raised by Prof. Thompson, we have also asked Atkins to confirm whether, taking a conservative approach, there are any instances where vibration would exceed the design standards specified under the contract, I am hopeful they will be able to provide a definitive answer to this once they are in receipt of all the design information. We have also asked them to set out and explain the standards adopted by the project.

With regards to ground borne noise it is common on light rail/tramways not to state limits as the GBN contribution is likely to be insignificant in comparison to the air-borne noise contribution for which limits are specified in the contract. We have however asked Atkins to research other light rail schemes to confirm this point and to also discuss the matter with the contractor and the contractors design team. The purpose of this is to provide greater certainty for people whose properties are close to the line and have concerns about ground borne noise levels. This will be included in the Atkins report.

Coalie Park: future of the space under Junction Street bridge?

Image credit: Water of leith Conservation Trust (image depicts the path running alongside the river)

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust, who help look after the river from the Pentlands to the Leith Shore, are asking people who use the strip of land next to the Water Leith (formally known as Coalie Park) what it should be used for.

Take their 4 minute survey if you want more bins, lighting, a playpark, skatepark or a nature reserve on the site.