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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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Leith Walk closures tomorrow from 7pm – 5am

We wanted to remind you that the Trams to Newhaven works require the running lane in Leith Walk to be closed tomorrow from 7pm to 5am and will repeat every weeknight for the coming week. Please see the below tweet;

Lothian Buses have also issued an update on their website at lothianbuses.com. Day buses will utilise Easter Road and Night Buses will use Bonnington Road.

You can keep up with the Trams to Newhaven project and sign up for their regular updates at edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven.

McDonald Road Library (& some others) re-opening next month

McDonald Road Library is set to re-open during the day from Tuesday 13th October 2020.

Services resuming include book borrowing and internet access.

Please see the below posters from Edinburgh Council for more information. For up-to-date information, please visit yourlibrary.edinburgh.gov.uk and talesofonecity.wordpress.com.

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

Tram works TROs

Leith Central residents, visitors and businesses might want to be aware of the TRO proposals to do with the tram-works. LCCC understands that formal consultations are likely to start in early September (lasting 28 days).

TRO drawings for the full route are available on the Trams Project website, but for convenience  here are the ones covering Leith Central’s area. Click any thumbnail to access the full-size PDF.

Foot of the Walk to Jane Street Steads Place to Jamieson Place
Dalmeny Street to Pilrig Street Albert Street to McDonald Road
Brunswick Street to Elm Row

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

Pilrig residents campaign for community garden

A group of residents in Pilrig have started a petition to convert the now-closed Bowling Green behind Rosslyn Crescent into a community garden. The site is currently owned by Lothian Buses.

We are currently unable to take a firm position on this until our next consituted meeting, but residents can learn more about it on EdinburghLive and read the petition itself on 38Degrees.

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

Major gas replacement works around Montgomery Street

Below is adapted from an email we recieved from Scottish Gas Networks (SGN):

Summary: Works will commence on Monday 31st August and last for six weeks around the West end of Montgomery Street and Montgomery Street Lane.

As you are aware, SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. We also provide the gas emergency service in these areas.

I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in the Montgomery Street, area of Edinburgh. This project involves us replacing our existing gas mains with new plastic pipe.

Our essential work will ensure the local community receives a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with Scottish Government to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance.

We’re looking to start work in the Montgomery Street area of Edinburgh on Monday the 31 August and will last approximately six weeks.

These works involve the replacement of pipe feeding Montgomery Street Lane, as this is a cul-de-sac we will need to ensure access and egress is maintained. Should we need to close access for any reason affected residents will be notified again.

We wish to assure you that work will progress as quickly as possible and we will make every effort to minimise any inconvenience caused by our works.

We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

 

Notification of major gas replacement works: York Road area Edinburgh – 17 August

Although outside of our area, those close to or due to travel in the York Road area on 17th August may be interested in this gas works notice.

(adapted from an email from SGN)

I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in the York Road area of Edinburgh. This project involves us replacing our existing gas mains with new plastic pipe.

Our essential work will ensure the local community receives a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with Scottish Government to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance. We shouldn’t need to interrupt gas supplies to homes or businesses, and our engineers won’t be calling at residents’ homes, unless it’s an emergency.

We’re looking to start work in the York Road area of Edinburgh on Monday the 17 August and our project will last approximately four weeks.

We are required to remove a small section of pipe at the junction with East Trinity Road. During this project and due to the location of the pipe it will be necessary to close York Road at its junction with East Trinity Road. Local diversions will be in place during this time. To help carryout these essential works parking suspensions will be in operation and there will also be a requirement for temporary traffic signals.

We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus

I’m also writing to local stakeholders to make them aware of our project. Please feel free to also share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our project.

If you have any specific enquiries about this project, please call us on 0800 912 1700 and our customer service team will be happy to help.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times and if there’s anything else you need please let me know.

Kind regards

Caroline Lawrie, Stakeholder and Community Manager
T: +44 (0)131 469 1701 (: 31701)
M: +44 (0)7747 7577 99
E:
caroline.lawrie@sgn.co.uk
SGN, Axis House, 5 Lonehead Drive, Newbridge, Edinburgh,EH28 8TG
sgn.co.uk