Parks consultations: please have your say – thrice!

(adapted from a rather confusing email from Edinburgh Council) 

Survey of events in parks

This year’s survey about events held in parks across the city in 2018-19 has been published today:

This surveyfocuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.

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LCCC September 2019 approved minutes

The content of the following is exactly the same as the draft minutes published here

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Outline Agenda for the LCCC Meeting 18 November 2019

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting/s
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: Euan Leitch on Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation (more details here)
  6. Planning
    …. 19/05092/FUL | Demolition of existing building and erection of 58 flatted residential development @14 Ashley Place
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    …. Powderhall Railway Path update
  8. Transport & Clean Streets
    … CPZ consultation; Trams construction timetable; Leith Walk enabling works; bidirectional cycle-path
  9. Licensing
  10. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    … committee memberships and conveners, subject leads, LCCC representation on outside bodies
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations
    … Powderhall PAC in December; Bonnington Road Lane development (Platform) PAC expected in January

Meeting papers, including latest minutes (from October 2014 onwards) are in the cloud at

The meeting papers will also be on LCCC’s website in due course on the meetings page.


Constitution St bus-stop and bus-route changes

(with thanks to the Trams to Newhaven team for supplying the map. Constitution St is not in LCCC’s area, but this information may be relevant to LCCC residents and businesses.)

Further to the post about forthcoming tram-work on Constitution St, Lothian Buses has issued this map of bus-stop and bus-route changes in the area. Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF.

map of forthcoming bus-stop and bus-route changes around Constitution St

Briefing events on Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU Settlement Scheme for local authorities in Edinburgh

(adapted from an email from EU Citizens Rights Project:

EU Citizens Rights Project has partnered with COSLA and the International Office for Migration (IOM) in Scotland to offer a series of briefing events about Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU settlement scheme for local authorities, including community councils.

The first session is in Edinburgh on Monday 11 of November from 09:30 – 12:30 in Augustine United Church (Studio Room), 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL.

You can register your interest here.

Attendees will be signposted to any relevant materials and support tools, such as Home Office toolkits, and specific advice services for citizens who need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

These free briefing sessions will:

  • Give attendees a clear understanding of the EU Settlement Scheme (the new immigration status that EU citizens will need to apply for after Brexit)
  • Explain the changes to EU citizens’ status, and when these will come into effect
  • Explain possible changes to EU citizens’ rights to work, study, access public services, and to vote.
  • Signpost sources of further information and support from COSLA, Citizens Advice Scotland, IOM and others.
  • Give practical information on the steps EU citizens, and the organisations that work with them, can take to resolve any problems.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at

Yours faithfully

Noelia Martínez
Project Coordinator
EU Citizens Rights Project

Forget about Brexit. This is important.


What is more important than Brexit? Tenements!

Arguably, tenements are the most successful form of urban living around the world. Our area* – the most densely populated in Scotland (census 2011) – is more or less defined by strong lines of tenements along our residential and shopping streets. Where these tenements are arranged around a “back green” they also provide much needed breathing space in a busy city. A lot of tenements in our area are more than 100 years old. Most residents in our area live in a tenement.

For a variety of reasons (latterly, including AirBnB), it is sometimes difficult to manage a tenement and even more problematic to maintain them collectively. This has also been recognised elsewhere as an issue and since March 2018, a Scottish Parliamentary Working Group has been meeting with the purpose of establishing solutions to aid, assist and, where necessary, to compel owners of tenement properties to maintain their buildings.

Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) is pleased to have Euan Leitch, Director of Built Environment Forum Scotland, at our monthly public meeting on 18 November at McDonald Road Library to provide an update on the final recommendations of the working group and upcoming (legislative) developments. His talk is titled Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation and will be followed by a Q&A.

* roughly between Easter Rd, London Road, Leith Walk, McDonald Rd, Ferry Road and the Foot of Leith Walk

18 November 2019 7pm McDonald Road Library – all welcome

Housing 2040: Scot Gov exhibition / consultation

The Scottish Government & Architecture Design Scotland are coming to Edinburgh on  11th and 12th December. They say

Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.

We’re here to explore the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

By listening to voices from across the country and across generations, we’re building a picture of a housing system that can evolve and adapt to the challenges that tomorrow brings, from an ageing population to the climate emergency.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.

The travelling exhibition is curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish practice Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday. Accompanying the exhibition are facilitated workshop sessions, designed to hear from a range of voices.

The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

The exhibition and consultation will be at Castlebrae Community High School from 6pm – 8pm.