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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LeithChooses 2021: 2021 Feedback Night (9 March) and questionnaire

LeithChooses is holding a feedback night on Tuesday 9 March (6pm) and running an online questionnaire. Details follow:

LeithChooses 2021 Feedback Night, 9 March 6pm.

The LeithChooses Steering Group is always looking for feedback from the community, after each participatory budgeting event.

You are warmly invited  to attend a ‘Feedback Night’ meeting, online. This will be on Tuesday 9th March at 6pm.

Each year, LeithChooses has found that although not many people can make it to the Feedback night, those that DO come always provide a tremendously valuable input. As this year has been so different, LeithChooses would especially like to hear from you about what you feel went well – and what didn’t – at LeithChooses 2021.

Sadly, there can be no cups of tea or Tunnocks tea cakes, but LeithChooses hope we can have an informal discussion and listen to your views. Do join!

Join via Eventbrite  by clicking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eithchooses-2021-feedback-night-tickets-144028373743

Questionnaire

LeithChooses would like to glean your individual thoughts on the £eith Chooses 2021 experience through a questionnaire.

LeithChooses would appreciate if you would complete this questionnaire, and share it with anyone who has a view on the process.

Please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/leithch2021. It will be live for one month. LeithChooses is keen to refine and improve what it does so your thoughts are most welcome; LeithChooses does listen carefully!

Please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Lamond (Caroline.Lamond@edinburgh.gov.uk) if you have any questions about the feedback night or the survey; Caroline is happy to help.

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.

Edinburgh’s (2022) Low Emission Zone: eco-car grant for drivers

Transport Scotland (Scottish Government) and the Energy Saving Trust are offering £2,000 to dispose of petrol cars and are also offering bus tickets and money to purachse bicycles.

Edinburgh’s new Low Emission Zone will likely include the Old Town, New Town, Haymarket and the Meadows. Learn more on LowEmissionZones.scot.

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are being introduced in Scotland’s four largest cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, next year. LEZs are a key initiative established to protect public health by reducing levels of air pollution from road traffic. 

Vehicles that do not meet the minimum emission standards will face a penalty if they enter a Low Emission Zone. Generally, petrol cars registered before 2006 and diesel cars registered before September 2015 will not be allowed to enter a Low Emission Zone area. The date of vehicle registration is only a guide. Please check with your vehicle manual or the manufacturer.

Funding has been made available to help low-income families meet these requirements via the LEZ Support Fund. 

Households in receipt of particular means-tested benefits can claim up to £3,000 through the LEZ Support Fund. This includes £2,000 which can be used to dispose of an older car. The money can be used to help replace it with an LEZ-compliant car or be invested in an alternative mode of transport.

Additionally, up to two £500 ‘Travel Better’ vouchers can be claimed for use towards sustainable travel options e.g. to buy a bike or e-bike and/or to purchase a bus or train season ticket. To be eligible, applicants must live within a 20km radius of the planned LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For more information on the LEZ Support Fund and to check your eligibility, please call 0808 808 2282 or visit the Energy Saving Trust website here.

 Further information on the introduction of Low Emission Zones can be found here.

energysavingtrust.org.uk/LEZ-support

lowemissionzones.scot

LCCC January 2021 minutes

Meeting highlights

  • death of John Hein, resignation of John Tibbitt, co-option of Lucy Watters
  • Planning: Dryden St area, Bonnington area
  • various governance matters
  • LCCC response to Public Spaces Management Plan
  • Transport & clean streets: spaces for people, tram-works
  • Licensing: various matters

Minutes of Leith Central Community Council ordinary meeting, held via MS Teams, on Monday 18 January 2021 at 7:00pm

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 November 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
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Free transport for people with mobility challenges to their vaccine appointment

An offer from Handicabs. LCCC is forwarding the below for information, not as a recommendation.

HcL are delighted to share that we are offering FREE transport for people with mobility challenges to get their vaccine.

Please note:

  • You do not need to be registered with HcL already.
  • Any person who has challenges with getting out and about due to age, disability, heath issues (short-term or long-term), additional support needs or geographic remoteness is eligible to use the service.
  • Bookings are subject to availability so call the relevant office as soon as you have your appointment and we will do our very best to help get you to your appointment and home safely.

West Lothian – 01506 633953

Edinburgh / Midlothian / East Lothian – 0131 447 9949

Just give either office a call to book.

But please note that transport cannot be offered to those with coronavirus symptoms. See https://www.hcltransport.org.uk