The role of chocolate!

(adapted form an email from a PhD student)

I am a nutrition PhD student and I am researching nutrition and healthy ageing, with a particular focus on chocolate’s role. The study is looking for volunteers from in and around the Lothian area aged between 50 to 60 years. Approval from the Research Ethics Committee at Queen Margaret University has been obtained.

Here is a link for some more information on the study: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/20170608-edinburgh-and-lothian-chocolate-lovers-wanted-for-university-study/

If you would like any further information about the nature of this study please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.

Ruth Ashaye, MSc, ANutr
PhD Research Student
Queen Margaret University
Musselburgh
EH21 6UU
Email: RAshaye@qmu.ac.uk

 

Heat opportunities mapping: public consultation on draft supplementary guidance

The City of Edinburgh Council has prepared draft Supplementary Guidance on Heat Opportunities Mapping. This sets out potential opportunities for establishing district heat networks within the context of the Local Development Plan.

You can view the draft Supplementary Guidance online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance or through the Council’s Consultation Hub: consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/heat-supplementary-guidance.

(All of CEC’s Supplementary Guidance, providing further details on policies in the adopted Edinburgh Local Development Plan is online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance.)

The consultation begins on Thursday 29 March 2018 and closes on Thursday 10 May 2018.  All response should be submitted via the Consultation Hub.

If you have any queries about the draft guidance, then please contact Lynne McMenemy of CEC by email: lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 529 2485.

Lynne McMenemy|Planning Officer|Development Plan team|Place Directorate|The City of Edinburgh Council |Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG|Tel 0131 529 2485|lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk|www.edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC minutes: February 2018

The following minutes were approved at LCCC’s meeting on 19 March 2018.

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 19 February 2018 at 7:00pm

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

TIMING CORRECTION: Steads Place Pre-application consultation

We apologise for some tiny gremlins that crept into this post, which has now been corrected. The correct times for the public sessions are:

  • 23 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
  • 24 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5
  • 4 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
  • 5 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5

 

Tram Extension to Newhaven

Last year, the newly-elected City of Edinburgh Council voted to press ahead with preparations for the tram extension (short of construction works), by allocating monies to draw up detailed plans in readiness for the tender process and to consult with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. At the same time, the Council halted the repair and renewal of Leith Walk (severely damaged during the previous, aborted attempt to build a tram line through LCCC’s area) which had progressed up Leith Walk at a snail’s pace for the last 7 years.

While the tender preparation process has continued in the background over the last few months we have now reached the consultation stage. In particular, the tram team will attend the next LCCC meeting on 16 April for a presentation and Q&A session. The meeting is open to the public and we would encourage local residents and businesses to attend.

Before that, there are a number of public information days during this”first-round” consultation:

  • 22 March: Leith Theatre 10-6
  • 3 April: McDonald Rd Library 10-4
  • 12 April: Leith Community Education Centre 3-9
  • 21 April: Ocean Terminal 12-5

In addition, a lot of pertinent information has been made available on this website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven/

Leith Central CC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the drawings available at the information days and the papers published on the website, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 16 April as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask hard questions.

Stead’s Place: pre-application consultation on demolition of existing buildings and erection of a mixed use development (18/01015/PAN)

LCCC’s very well attended meeting on 19 March (photo credit: L Porteous)

Drum Property Group, the new owners of the buildings at 156-162 Leith Walk, have initiated the statutory pre-application consultation (PAC) process prior to developing their site. The developer’s plans, as intimated in their pre-application notice (PAN), are

‘the 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’

As part of the PAC process, LCCC has asked the developer for a presentation and Q&A session, which has now been set for Monday, 21 May 2018.

Prior to that there will be exhibitions, where the developer’s pre-application plans can be studied:

  • 23 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
  • 24 March   Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5
  • 4 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-8
  • 5 May        Out of the Blue Drill Hall 12-5

Pre-application plans, by their very nature, are often still quite vague; the intention of the planning process is to invite constructive input from members of the public before the plans are ‘set in stone’. The planning process requires the developer to consider such input with a view to incorporating it into their application drawings. Or to set them aside by providing adequate reasoning.

LCCC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the pre-application drawings, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 21 May as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask questions and provide constructive input.