Leith Central’s Traffic Regulation Orders: Our Response

An example of the Traffic Regulation Order proposed.

Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) has reviewed the above TROs from the Trams team and in particular the section of the route from Picardy Place to McDonald Road (covered by Sheets 12 – 14) and we comment and object as set out below.

Our headline concerns are the triggering of rat runs through narrow streets and the narrowing of several pavements.

We refer to TRO/20/24A (“on-street conditions that will allow for the safe and efficient operation of Trams”), TRO/20/24B (waiting, loading and unloading restrictions) and sheets 9-14 in this set of TRO drawings.

our refTRO drawingIssueLCCC comment/objection
1Dwg 14 (25-03-21We are concerned that the absence of a left turn from Leith Walk into London Road will trigger “rat runs” through nearby narrower and residential streets, and/or extra traffic from a detour around the Picardy Place gyratory, contrary to neighbourhood traffic and environmental policies.Object. Suggested alternative: a short left filter lane is introduced to accommodate waiting left turn traffic. This could be achieved by moving bike lanes east, thus straightening the proposed “bike slalom” closer to the desire line.
2Dwg 14 (25-03-21We are concerned that the absence of a right turn from London Road into Leith Walk will trigger “rat runs” through nearby narrower residential streets and/or extra traffic from a detour around the Picardy Place gyratory, contrary to neighbourhood traffic and environmental policies.Object. Suggested alternative: an outside right hand filter lane is introduced
3Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned that the introduction of unidirectional traffic from the Arthur Street “extra dog leg” to Leith Walk (opposite to the status quo ante) will trigger “rat runs” from Pilrig Street traffic heading north on Leith Walk wishing to avoid traffic lights at junction Pilrig Street/Leith Walk, where it will cross a busy pavement near a tram stop with poor sightlines, contrary to neighbourhood traffic policies.Object. Suggested alternative: the “extra dog leg” (which has no residential frontages) is turned into a cul-de-sac accessed only from the “main leg” of Arthur Street, perhaps with loading bays serving Leith Walk shops and ample pedestrian space, as practiced currently under TTRO measures.
4Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned about the extremely narrow pavement at the floating bus stop outside 344 Leith Walk, next to a much wider downhill cycle path. This is contrary to design guidance and has a number of serious safety implicationsObject. Suggested alternative: the bike lane is narrowed to absolute minimum width (as shown near Pilrig St junction).
5Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned about the extreme narrowing of the pavement on Pilrig Street by Pilrig Church Hall’s entrance. This is contrary to design guidance and impacts negatively on the setting of an A-listed building in a ConservationObject.
6Dwg 10
(07-04-21)
We are concerned about the extremely narrow floating bus stop platform outside 238 Leith Walk, next to a much wider downhill cycle path. This is contrary to design guidance and has a number of serious safety implicationsObject.
7Dwg 10
(07-04-21)
We note the stop line for the left hand turn from Smith’s Place and question if this allows for safe egress onto Leith Walk.Object.
8Dwg 9
(30-03-21)
While outside our area, we note the absence of a north bound bus stop at the Foot of the Walk. Is this a mistake? If they are to be nearby in Duke and Great Junction Street, we would expect them to be shown as part of the tram TROs.Comment.

LCCC May 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 19 April 2021
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
  4. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Trams to Newhaven
      1. to agree: LCCC’s objections to the tram TROs (TRO/20/24A and TRO/20/24B)
      2. to note: CCTT/TT minutes of 25 March 2021
      3. to note: issues that have been raised in Leopold Place, Windsor Street, London Road, Montgomery Street arising from temporary traffic management connected to tram works and SfP schemes
      4. to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team
    2. to note: update on Communal Bin Enhancement scheme in LCCC area
    3. to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  5. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    1. to note: resignation of Amy Woodhouse, Engagement Officer, due to relocation outwith LCCC area
    2. to agree: vote of thanks for Amy Woodhouse’s work
    3. to agree: to appoint interim Engagement Officer
    4. to note: need for handover of Teams admin
    5. to note: update on LCCC’s emerging communications protocol
    6. to note: problems with reaching LCCC ex officio member and CEC ward councillor Lewis Ritchie by email
    7. to note: changes to LCCC’s ex officio membership following recent Scottish parliamentary elections
  6. Planning
    1. to note: LCCC objection to 21/00991/FUL and 21/00990/CON at 27 Arthur Street
    2. to note: LCCC comments on 20/05553/FUL at 106 – 162 Leith Walk
    3. to note: Housing & Student Housing in Leith & NE Edinburgh since 2016 (compiled by Andy Arthur and Gordon Carmichael)
    4. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: delays to Stage 1 of Powderhall NW-SE Green Corridor
  8. Open Forum (local residents)[1]
  9. AOCB (LCCC members)[2]
  10. Bulletin[3]
    1. Former biscuit factory reborn as year-round food, drink, arts and festival destination in Leith (EN, 12-05-21)
    2. The Inverse Care Law in road safety (Essential Evidence No.38, published April 2021 by Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute)
  11. Future Ordinary Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to agree: AGM on 21 June 2021
    2. to note: future meetings (face to face as soon as possible) on 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm (except July and December)
    3. to note: future presentations and charrettes
      1. tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

[1] this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest; during online meetings, please raise your virtual hand

[2] this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda

[3] Items of local interest that may be raised at a future LCCC meeting – not for discussion at this meeting)

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

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

LCCC March 2021 minutes

Minutes of Leith Central Community Council ordinary meeting, held via
MS Teams, on Monday 15 March 2021 at 7:00pm Continue reading

LCCC April 2021 meeting agenda

online only – local residents wishing to join, sign up via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lccc-public-meeting-april-2021-tickets-147681301749 Continue reading

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

LCCC February 2021 minutes

Meeting highlights

  • move to online meetings
  • planning: 50 Pilrig St, Rosslyn Bowling Club, Arthur St, Edinburgh Development Concordat
  • Transport: Atkins report Trams vibration), lack of treatment of icy pavements, consultation on controlled parking zone

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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.