Free Collection by Edinburgh Council of garden waste to end in October 2018

(adapted from a post on New Town and Broughton CC’s website)

Edinburgh Council is introducing an annual £25 fee (per bin) to collect brown garden waste bins. Coincident with this – the new service will be fortnightly throughout the year, instead of once every three weeks.

The current free garden waste service will continue until 5 October 2018 BUT if you want to continue receiving garden waste collections after that date, action is required before 22 July to register and pay to receive this service after October 2018.

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LCCC minutes: May 2018 ordinary meeting

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Please note that section 5 below (on Stead’s Place) has not been adopted, and so remains in draft status. This is due to need to check Drum Property Group’s record against ours. All other sections below have been adopted. Continue reading

public exhibition: Western Harbour

(adapted from an email from Forth Ports)

Forth Ports are revising their proposals for the ongoing development of Western Harbour. The proposals will facilitate the development of new homes, the relocation of Victoria Primary School with associated games area and the creation of Western Harbour Park. The potential for a new medical centre will also be recognised. In order to facilitate the proposals Forth Ports are preparing a Revised Design Framework which will be submitted to the Council in late August 2018.

Forth Ports will be hosting a public exhibition at Ocean Terminal on 25th June 2018 between 2.30pm and 7.30pm (on the first floor between Ocean Bar and Superdry) setting out their proposals and this will provide the public with an opportunity to provide their feedback.

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poster about public exhibition

LCCC minutes: May 2018 ordinary meeting draft minutes

Draft minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm

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

Stead’s Place – drawings from developers

At Leith Central’s meeting on 21 May, Drum Properties provided hard copy of drawings of the proposed Stead’s Place development. Scans of these drawings are below.

Digital versions are not currently available by searching for the planning number (18/01015/PAN) on CEC’s planning portal. The only drawing available on the portal at the time of writing this post (2 pm on Thursday 31 May 2018) is a location drawing.

Update: this is perfectly normal – drawings such as the ones below are ‘consultation drawings’ and their only purpose is to support and stimulate discussion. There is no rule that forces developers to provide any drawings. The author of this post apologises for any ill effects caused by the former version of this post.

Click the thumbnails to see the fill-size PDFs.

Stead’s Place: Next steps

18/01015/PAN: Demolition Of Existing Buildings And Erection Of A Mixed Use Development Including Affordable Housing (Flats), Post Graduate Student Accommodation, Hotel (Class 7), Restaurant (Class 3), Space For Potential Community (Class 10 & 11), Retail (Class 1), Public House Or Commercial Uses (Class 2 & 4). Includes Associated Infrastructure, Landscaping And Car Parking. At 156, 158b, 160 And 162 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DX

The recent pre-application consultation meeting with Drum, the developers of ‘Stead’s Place’ was the first time where a proposed development in the LCCC area has aroused so much public interest at this early stage. I would like to thank the members of the Taskforce that LCCC had convened for this purpose for their input and contributions to the consultation which has now – nearly – reached its end.

The next steps are:

  •  the developers will come back with their summary of the meeting with LCCC which will be considered at LCCC’s June meeting. Once agreed, this will be an important part of Drum’s planning application.
  • Drum submits planning application – this could be as early as June
  • after that there’s only a limited amount of time to formally respond (object); LCCC can ask for an extension, if it is during the summer break
  • assuming that the application that comes forward is not sufficiently different from what we have seen and heard at the meeting on 21 May, it is important that as many people as possible object on planning grounds; LCCC may issue notes at the time to help people formulate objections
  • the application is likely to go to the Council planning committee (rather than being decided by a planning officer under delegated powers); this will be another opportunity for objectors to make their voice heard in the form of a ‘delegation’; ward councillors who are not on the planning committee can also ask to speak when the application comes up

Harald Tobermann
Vice Chair
Leith Central Community Council